Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Former Bar Marco Executive Chef Makes Return Visit to Pittsburgh

Brandon Baltzley and his team of local and traveling chefs will collaborate for two nights of pop-up meals, both homage to classic “red sauce” Italian dishes.

photo by Nick Murway


“Pittsburgh is a place that’s never going to completely get rid of me. I love Pittsburgh,” says Brandon Baltzley, the enigmatic chef who cooked in several Pittsburgh kitchens from 2012-13 — most notably as the executive chef of Bar Marco. He and a traveling band of chefs are returning to the city for two-nights of pop-ups at Bar Marco next week.

“I’m excited to see all these people I know and to meet some new people, too,” he says.

The pop-ups are part of Baltzley’s 4-city CRUX: Winter in the Rustbelt Tour, which also will take him to Indianapolis, Chicago and Winnipeg. “I stopped doing it (CRUX) when the book [Nine Lives: A Chef’s Journey from Chaos to Control] came out and I was trying to open TMIP [his now-closed restaurant in Indiana]. CRUX is supposed to be a collaborative affair, and I couldn’t do that then. I have some time before we open this next restaurant and I figured why not do this again,” he says.

Baltzley and his team of local and traveling chefs will collaborate on two meals, both homage to classic “red sauce” Italian dishes. On Tuesday, January 19th they will serve an a la carte menu, and on Wednesday the 20th there will be a seated, 5-course meal capped by traditional veal parmigiana and accompaniments.

After the tour, Baltzley will return to Massachusetts, where he’s set to open The 41-70 in Woods Hole this spring. The Cape Cod restaurant will focus on technique-driven execution of New England summertime classics like lobster rolls and baked cod, plus, once the kitchen gets rolling, an experimental menu geared towards Baltzley’s creative side.


Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

How Making Juice Changed Sharif Rasheed's Life

The owner of Safi Juice in Garfield left a job he hated to tap into something from his childhood.

Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in April

This month's lineup includes Rick Astley, Billy Price, Christopher Cross and Ronnie Milsap.

Pittsburgh Flicks and Nightlife in April

Tour local social clubs with the Roaming Social Club; expect changes at AMC Waterfront

April: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh

Check out some of the finest stage plays, dance performances and exhibits taking place this month in Pittsburgh.

Undercover: What We're Reading in April

A look back at "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" as it turns 30, plus two literary events coming up in April.

Perspectives: ‘This Is Us’ Is a Story of Us

A former Pittsburgher finds more than a few similarities between his own life and that of the siblings on "This Is Us."

Spare Change: A New Way of Giving

A local group is using music and some spare change to help charities — and filming every step of the way.

Look How Mighty This Bellevue Garden Has Grown

Last season, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden produced 4,862 pounds of food; the harvest was donated to three food pantries.

When and Where to Dump Your Junk (including old TVs)

A state environmental agency wants to help you recycle your hard-to-dispose-of household clutter.

Watch: Trailer of “Won't You Be My Neighbor”

The documentary about Mister Rogers' iconic show takes viewers beyond the cardigan collection and into “the heart of a creative genius.”

On a Lark: Pittsburgh Mom Creates Activewear for Babes

Unable to find cute, environmentally friendly gear for her newborn son, Lark Adventurewear founder Pallavi Golla launched her own line of moisture-wicking clothing for kids.

Pittsburgh MultiStories: The Beacon's Perch – The Grant Building

When it opened in 1929 as the city’s tallest structure, crowds of sightseers paid a quarter to visit the rooftop observation deck of the Grant Building — named for the street, which was named for the hill, which was named for the somewhat hapless general.

Rick Sebak Digs Up Distant Carnegie-Trump Connection

Research into Andrew Carnegie’s marriage reveals an unlikely, albeit tenuous, connection between the Pittsburgh icon and the 45th President.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Teams Up with Drake, Travis Scott and Ninja to Play Fortnite

Drake and Ninja broke Twitch viewing records, and Smith-Schuster and Scott joined in later.

Growing Up: mossArchitects Moving to Garfield

Principal Andrew Moss says his architecture firm will move to the heart of the Penn Avenue Arts District after outgrowing its current space in Lawrenceville.