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Cafe Io is bright, welcoming and offers lots of bright spots for stomach

By Laura Zorch
“Hot soup” was scrawled with chalk on a sign outside the tiny Cafe Io storefront. Ice on the sidewalk crunched below our shoes, and the ...

Snacks N’At: Chocolate featuring Jacques Torres Chocolate Shadyside

By Alice T. Carter
Until recently, fans of Jacques Torres’ chocolate had two choices — travel to one of his eight stores in New York City or order online. That’s ...

Dining news: Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House open for business

By Rachel Weaver
Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House opened in January in Hempfield’s Greengate Commons off Route 30 West. Tapped is locally owned and operated and features a ...

Art Institute of Pittsburgh students tackle running an eatery

By Rachel Weaver
An Art Institute program gives students a taste of real world experience while offering the public an unusual dining option. Taste of Art Restaurant at ...

Snacks N’At: Aspinwall Beans ’N’ Cream

By Bob Karlovits
Kathy Marsico thinks the word about Aspinwall Beans ’N’ Cream — or ABC, according to the shop’s T-shirts — is getting out. The restaurant has been ...

Stagioni has moved addresses, but has the Italian fare that customers have sought out

By Julia Gongaware
On a street known more for its college-age shenanigans than its delicious eats sits Stagioni, an Italian restaurant focused on serving simple, fresh, seasonal fare. ...

A dozen years in, Elena’s Restaurant and Cafe has stayed here and stayed with its menu

By Liz Hayes
BACKGROUND When Joe and Elena Guzzo closed Giuseppe’s Pizza in New Kensington nearly 20 years ago, they considered moving far from the Alle-Kiski Valley. “My idea ...

Dining news: Capital Grille adds options to popular Plates menu

By Rachel Weaver
The Capital Grille, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown, has launched new winter additions to its popular Plates lunch menu. By selecting from soup or salad and an ...

Wexford Post Office Deli headed to Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

By Deborah Deasy
Expect the old Wexford Post Office Deli to roll out of Pine soon. The one-time post office, antique shop and suburban café is bound for the ...

Snacks N’At: Staghorn Garden Cafe, Greenfield

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Coffee and plants. Not necessarily things that seem to go together. But a local couple hopes to make it a winning combination. Kate and Mark ...

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week cooks up buzz for city dining

By Rachel Weaver
Pittsburghers hungry for inventive menus, inspired specials and great deals are gearing up for a celebration. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Winter 2015 will run from Jan. 12 ...

Noodlehead is no-nonsense, but not when it comes to taste

By Sarah Sudar
I’m not really sure when my love affair with Thai cuisine started. But I can tell you that I’m obsessed with the flavors of curry, ...

Dining news: Trapuzzano Italian Chophouse and Martini Lounge now open in Shadyside

By Rachel Weaver
Trapuzzano Italian Chophouse and Martini Lounge is now open at 5533 Walnut St. in Shadyside. The family-ow ned restaurant specializes in classic Italian fare ...

Strip District restaurant Bar Marco makes change in tip policy

By Rachel Weaver
Bar Marco has a tip for its patrons: Don’t worry about the gratuity. The team at the Strip District eatery plans to eliminate tipping and, ...

Insurer claims misaligned ductwork caused oven fire, $500K in damage at NOLA in Market Square

By Brian Bowling
Two companies negligently installed a brick oven in a restaurant in Market Square, causing a fire that resulted in more than $500,000 worth of damage ...

E2 equals above-average to standout eating for customers

By Amanda Mcfadden
E2 (E Squared) has a few things in common with your average Italian restaurant. Sure, it’s a gathering place where you can find groups of ...

Zamboni Grill keeping up the tradition of excellent food

By Eric Felack
BACKGROUND After the entrees were served at the Zamboni Grill last week, the waitress asked me what I was doing writing all the ingredients down ...

Dining news: Mt. Lebanon’s Arancini House open for business

By Rachel Weaver
Arancini House is open at 615 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. The restaurant serves Sicilian street foods, including arancini, panelle sandwiches, pepperoni rolls, sausage and pepper ...

New owner of bottle shop in New Kensington has big plans

By Ed Phillips
When his job was eliminated, Art Barbus didn’t go looking for work. Instead, he fell back on a longtime hobby and passion. Barbus spent ...

Carmi Soul Food Restaurant is more like Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house

By Tribune-Review
As a little girl, I was an extremely picky eater. But my mom’s mother was a great cook, and I always looked forward to meals ...