Dining news: Open Bottle Bistro welcomes wine importer Joe Barsotti
Open Bottle Bistro, 5884 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside, will welcome wine importer Joe Barsotti for a Sicilian Summer Wine Dinner, with Ryan Taylor providing guitar and singing entertainment, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13.
The event will feature a first course of Arancine, warm Sicilian rice balls with cheese, ham and orange flavor with the 2013 Cavallina Bianco; second course of antipasto Siciliano, buffalo mozzarella, Italian salami and capanota, grilled eggplant, black olives and capers with “Frontoia” Sicilian olive oil, with the 2011 Notorious Nero d'Avola; third course of Sicilian grilled swordfish with a sauce of red bell peppers, chopped tomatoes, capers, black olives, minced garlic, basil, fennel, crusted red pepper and olive oil paired with the 2008 Destro Sciarake Rosso; and dessert of cassata, Sicialian ricotta cheesecake paired with the Duca di Castelmarte, Zibibbo Vino Liquoroso.
The cost is $70 per person with tax and gratuity included.
The restaurant also will host Trudy Holler from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 20. Holler will perform her songs and classic jazz, bossa nova and French favorites. Dinner reservations are available prior to the performances.
Details: Call 412-450-8217 or www.open-bottle.com
Wigle Whiskey will host a Triple Double party from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, at the Barrelhouse, 1055 Spring Garden Ave., North Side.
The Triple Double is made of three barleys — two malted and roasted — which creates a porter-like whiskey with rich chocolate notes. Event tickets are free and available online.
Attendees can also register for the Barleyhole Tournament. Two-person teams enter for $20 and get a team badge and two cocktails. Tournament winners get a bottle of Triple Double.
Details: 412-224-2827 or www.wiglewhiskey.com
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Summer 2014, from Aug. 11 to 17, is a celebration of food and restaurants in Pittsburgh.
The event highlights fine dining, fresh harvests and outdoor seating with restaurants offering diners special menus including multi-course meals and specialty items from $20.14 to $35.14.
Restaurant Week aims to bring individuals from surrounding boroughs or suburbs to the city to walk the streets and enjoy meals at discounted prices.
Menus available online. Reservations recommended.
At list of participating restaurants are at www.pittsburghrestaurantweek.com.
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