Dining news: Gourmet group; Mineo's expands; special wine dinners
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
CITY GOURMET GROUP
City Gourmet Group, specializing in special event, corporate and on-location catering for more than 20 years, welcomes Chef Jamie Sola to its restaurant and catering division.
Originally from Boston, Sola is a 2005 graduate of Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, R.I. He also attended the Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles and relocated to the Raleigh/Durham area and held various positions in the next seven years, including Raleigh's 5-Star, 5-Diamond Umstead Hotel and Spa, Prestonwood Country Club and Vin Rouge Frency Bistro in Durham, N.C.
Sola specializes in accessible, eclectic American cuisine, a focus for City Gourmet Group. He loves rustic food preparation such as stews, braised hen, coq au vin, cacciatore and braised pork shoulder.
City Gourmet Group includes Downtown's City Deli and Eats Café. Details: 412-471-1222 or citygourmetgroup.com
MINEO'S PIZZA HOUSE
Mineo's is expanding its Squirrel Hill location at 2128 Murray Ave. with a project expected to wrap up in mid- to late September.
The popular pizza spot is gaining an additional 1,300 square feet in the storefront adjacent to its existing two. The space will feature a U-shaped bar that can accommodate 24 guests and more tables indoors and outdoors. The full bar will feature wine, martinis, craft beer and more.
The menu also is growing, with the addition of items like Italian rice balls, calamari, stuffed olives and artichokes coming soon.
Details: 412-521-9864 or mineospizza.com
THE CARLTON RESTAURANT
The Carlton Restaurant, 500 Grant St., Downtown, will host two more special summer wine dinners this season.
At 6:30 p.m. July 26, the restaurant will feature the emerging wines from Buena Vista, Sonoma's oldest winery. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, the historic winery has been brought back to life by John-Charles Boisset, who along with his family owns more than 24 wineries around the world.
Winery founder Count Agoston Haraszthy, played by character actor George Webber, will host the event. Cost is $99 per person.
At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, winemaker Jeff Meyers will offer samples of his Montevina Terra D'Oro selections.
Meyers joined Montevina in 1981 after graduating from UC Davis. He served as general manager of the winery since 1986, continuing after it was purchased by Trinchero Family Estates in 1988. He crafts Italian varietals and some Zinfandels that have distinct Amador County characteristics.
Cost is $89 per person excluding tax and gratuity.
Details: 412-391-4152 or thecarltonrestaurant.com
KLAVON'S ICE CREAM PARLOR
Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor, 2801 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, held a soft open on July 21 in celebration of National Ice Cream Day.
The parlor, which closed temporarily, is under new ownership. It will now feature ice cream from the Penn State Creamery.
Details: 412-434-0451 or twitter.com/@KlavonsIceCream
Hello Bistro is now open at 1922 East Carson St., South Side. This is the second location for the restaurant, part of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. The first Hello Bistro opened last year at 3605 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, soup, breakfast served all day, milkshakes and more.
Details: 412-390-1922 or hellobistro.com
POP UP PATIO
For one month, Strawberry Way from Smithfield Street to Montour Way will be home to Pop Up Patio, filled with bistro tables and chairs where folks can eat lunch, read a book or just take a load off.
The Pop Up Patio will be available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 22.
Since 2011, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has continued to present programming in the spirit of Project Pop Up: Downtown. This has included five Night Markets, featuring food and handmade items from diverse vendors and artists as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's seasonal Gallery Crawls. Pop Up: Bocce activated a little-used green-space on Penn Avenue several evenings and Project Pop Up: Urban Forest turned a Downtown sidewalk into a calm and soothing green space with trees, shrubs, tables and chairs perfect for lunching and relaxing during one summer month.
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