Category Archives: italian food

Senti Is Heaven Sent

Achievement: #3. 5 New Restaurants

In the mood for a night of fine, truly Italian-style dining? We can’t recommend Senti highly enough. Their one-year anniversary celebration starts this week, so check out our report, wipe away the drool, and call for a reservation. Continue reading

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A Locally Sourced Italian Dinner With Donatelli’s

Achievement: #61. Prepare Meals Sourced from 5 Local Ethnic Stores

Throughout the year, we’ll be doing more local shopping at various ethnic stores, and then making meals from what we gather. First up, we’re starting in the comfort zone with Italian cooking. We shopped at Donatelli’s in Bloomfield; check out what we made! Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Lombardozzi’s Restaurant

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

In this third installment of the Baller Meatball Ball-Off, we return to the site of one of our very first Achievements, Lombardozzi’s Restaurant. We remembered well the succulent balls of Lombardozzi’s; but were they truly baller enough for this ball-off? Read on to find out. Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

Might we have already found the winner of the Ball-Off? Come and have a look at the delectable meatballs served at Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana. Continue reading

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Italian Feasting (With A Side Of Decorative Weaponry) At Zarra’s

Achievement: #66. Dinner at Zarra's

Zarra’s: cutting between Polish Hill and Schenley Park, you might have been past it once (or if you’re us, a hundred times). What’s inside? Some unique style, some wild history, and some big, bold Italian dishes. Take a look! Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Emporio at Sienna Mercato

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

We continue our quest to find the ideal set of meatballs by visiting a specialist: Emporio on the 1st floor of Sienna Mercato, a meatball joint (or “ball joint”) with a massive variety of meaty options. Did their meatballs truly ball, or were they merely “meaty-ocre”? (Sorry.) Click to find out! Continue reading

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Run, Don’t Walk, To Cafe Sam!

Achievement: #92. Cafe Sam

In which we take a long-overdue trip to Cafe Sam, a lovely little restaurant located on the cusp of Shadyside and Bloomfield. In our humble opinion, this place is a gem — read on to see why. Continue reading

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A Super Saturday Morning In Pittsburgh’s Strip District

Achievement: #56. Saturday Morning in the Strip District

Spending Saturday morning in Strip District is more than a fun time; it’s a Pittsburgh institution. Follow us as we take you on a brief tour of some of our favorite spots in the Strip! Continue reading

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An Epic Italian Dinner At Pino’s

Achievement: #45. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (Winter)

On Saturday night of Restaurant Week, we braved the crowds to check out a husband-and-wife-owned Italian joint called Pino’s. While they specialize in “small plates,” we left more than satisfied. Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: Mixed Service But Great Food At Lucca

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants | #45. Try 5 Things in the Entertainment Book

Our next Oakland restaurant was a bit of a mixed bag. We headed to Craig Street for an early dinner on a Saturday night at Lucca, a restaurant we’d heard much buzz about. Being the dedicated multi-taskers that we are, … Continue reading

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