Newsmaker: Linda Iannotta
Noteworthy: Honored by the Allegheny West Civic Council as its 2013 Neighbor of the Year.
Residence: North Side, Allegheny West
Family: Husband, Joel; daughter, Joah.
Occupation: Semi-retired from Linda Iannotta Catering, a gourmet food-service business she operated for 37 years, first from her home in Ross and then at the restored Victorian home on Beech Avenue in the North Side's Allegheny West Historic District.
Background: In addition to her catering business, Iannotta founded and operated the Linda Iannotta Gallery on Western Avenue and has owned and restored two additional properties in Allegheny West. In 1992, she published “Fabulous Feasts,” a cookbook of her recipes illustrated with photographs by Roy Englebrecht.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Languages, French, from Carnegie Mellon University, 1969.
Quote: “I flamed out as a school teacher,” Iannotta said of her intended career out of college. “I was a little better with pots and pans than with books and students. The pots and pans listened to me. The kids didn't.”