Where We're Eating in July

The Barleywine pretzel buns from Eliza's Oven make the perfect sliders for summer burgers.




Eliza's Oven

Eliza Bowman learned kitchen basics from her grandmother. Deviating from tradition, she prefers to bake with alcohol: Her Barleywine pretzels contain East End Brewing Co.’s Gratitude Barleywine, a malt-heavy beer that gives off a bold, sweet flavor. Because the beer contains yeast, she must toy with the measurements to yield the right dough consistency. At her Pittsburgh Public Market booth, she sells snack-size pretzels that resemble buns, thus making great dunkers for soup or sliders for burgers. With advance notice, she also can make mini, full-sized and bowl varieties.

2401 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/886-4533, elizasoven.com; photo by Laura Petrilla

 

Pho Van

Pho is filling and budget-friendly. The well-known Vietnamese staple combines slightly fatty (beef) and light (sprouts, noodles) elements. The pho chin, or brisket, and pho bo vien, with beef meatballs, consistently please. Other hits are cold shrimp rolls with peanut sauce and bowls of rice vermicelli with cucumbers and more.

2120 Penn Ave., Strip District;  412/289-7999, phovan.net

 


Out of the Fire Café

Ordering several small plates is advisable. Smoked salmon and hummus tastings are big on flavor but light in substance. Seared jumbo-lump crab cake is improved when you also scoop forkfuls of colorful vegetables and pesto aïoli. The cheddar-corn-scallion grits are more substantial than you’d think.

3784 Route 31, Donegal; 724/259-8887, outofthefirecafe.com

 

Merante Bros. Market

A one-stop shop for Italian groceries, Merante uses some of those ingredients in its beloved 6-inch high My Sister’s Sandwich. The staff saws into crusty Italian loaves to make room for a pile of capicola, salami, mozzarella, provolone, mortadella and hot or sweet peppers with greens. Italian dressing is essential for dipping.

604 W. McMurray Road, Canonsburg; 724/743-5900, merantebrothersmarket.com

 


Amazing Café

Rejuvenation is a core value at this frequent stop for yogis, vegans and healthy eaters. While waiting for made-to-order juices, salads and sandwiches, enjoy complimentary infused water. The aptly named Bliss cake derives much of its flavor from sprouted wheat flour, cinnamon, cacao powder, coconut oil and palm sugar.

1506 E. Carson St., South Side; next to Amazing Yoga; 412/432-5950, amazingyoga.net

 

Cheesecake Caffe

Cocktail-flavored treats are fun, especially this time of year. Staff at Cheesecake Caffe churn out the popular piña colada feature daily starting in July; one of more than 20 choices, it features hints of pineapple and coconut. For a pick-me-up, pair with a cup of espresso.

512 Main St., Irwin; 724/863-3111, cheesecakecaffe.com



 

Larry Lagattuta, Founder/Owner of Enrico Biscotti Co.



 

Larry Lagattuta credits the late Antonio Branduzzi, father of Piccolo Forno Chef/Owner Domenic Branduzzi, for leading him to the baking business and showing him the ropes. Always armed with a colorful story, Lagattuta leads Enrico’s baking classes and is in the work kitchen almost every day making offerings he enjoys, including cannoli and beignets. The company, which produces about 1,200 pounds of biscotti daily, celebrated its 21st birthday in March.   

Secret to good biscotti?
I hate to get all touchy-feely, but you have to honor the ingredients . . . Biscotti is a pretty product; use ingredients that are real and true. In my estimation, you need to make it by hand so it’s truly artisanal. 

Novice baker’s biggest mistake?
In mixing, adding too much water too quickly. Patience. In shaping, overflouring the board. Patience. In the baking process, not letting bread rest for a long enough period of time. Patience. In eating, eating too fast. 

Preferred sweet?
My favorite right now? Any pastry with Nutella in it. 

Advantages of using a stone oven?
Stone is really forgiving — as old-school as you can get.

2022 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/281-2602, enricobiscotti.com

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Goin' to the Chapel – Or Not?

Goin' to the Chapel – Or Not?

With so many options in and around the city, every couple can find the special space that feels just right — whether they’re looking for nature, rustic charm, fairytale romance, stained-glass beauty, treasured religious ritual or classic tradition.
Underground Pittsburgh: Explore our City of Tunnels

Underground Pittsburgh: Explore our City of Tunnels

Delve below the surface to explore the underground areas that serve as vital pathways to our region.
Kitchen Roots: Ruta, Solomonov and Ehland

Kitchen Roots: Ruta, Solomonov and Ehland

Chefs who grew up in Pittsburgh are shaping the culinary scene in other cities across the country — and gaining national recognition in the process.
Restaurant Review: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is Smokin'

Restaurant Review: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is Smokin'

The meat-centric restaurant in the Strip District is helping to redefine Pittsburgh's dining expectations.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Scores as Daughters' Hair Stylist

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Scores as Daughters' Hair Stylist

In a pair of TV ads, watch the Steelers' running back tackle styling the hair of his two adorable daughters.
Greenlight for Girls Encourages Hands-On STEM Learning

Greenlight for Girls Encourages Hands-On STEM Learning

The international organization partnered with local materials science company Covestro to encourage scientific curiosity for girls.
Heinz Releases a ‘Wiener Stampede’ on The Super Bowl

Heinz Releases a ‘Wiener Stampede’ on The Super Bowl

Dozens of dachshunds wearing hot dog costumes star in what may be the cutest commercial this year.
Grove City College Team ‘Takes the Cake!’ on Cake Wars

Grove City College Team ‘Takes the Cake!’ on Cake Wars

Two former freshman roommates created a cake that was part sculpture, part spectacle to win $10,000 on the popular Food Network series.

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our new, daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Goin' to the Chapel – Or Not?

Goin' to the Chapel – Or Not?

With so many options in and around the city, every couple can find the special space that feels just right — whether they’re looking for nature, rustic charm, fairytale romance, stained-glass beauty, treasured religious ritual or classic tradition.
Underground Pittsburgh: Explore our City of Tunnels

Underground Pittsburgh: Explore our City of Tunnels

Delve below the surface to explore the underground areas that serve as vital pathways to our region.
Kitchen Roots: Ruta, Solomonov and Ehland

Kitchen Roots: Ruta, Solomonov and Ehland

Chefs who grew up in Pittsburgh are shaping the culinary scene in other cities across the country — and gaining national recognition in the process.
Restaurant Review: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is Smokin'

Restaurant Review: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is Smokin'

The meat-centric restaurant in the Strip District is helping to redefine Pittsburgh's dining expectations.
Cranking Out Old School Valentines Sealed with a Quirk

Cranking Out Old School Valentines Sealed with a Quirk

In Lawrenceville, a love for letterpress leads to a business whose greeting cards reach audiences across the country.
Pittsburgh's Third Renaissance and Complaints from 2007

Pittsburgh's Third Renaissance and Complaints from 2007

This third Renaissance has allowed us to be spectators as Pittsburgh changed from a city suffering the damages wrought by the collapse of its steel industry to a vibrant, active place known for its academic, medical and technology sectors.

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Scores as Daughters' Hair Stylist

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Scores as Daughters' Hair Stylist

In a pair of TV ads, watch the Steelers' running back tackle styling the hair of his two adorable daughters.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: Yikes! Imagine This Instead of a Fountain at the Point

PittGirl: Yikes! Imagine This Instead of a Fountain at the Point

City leaders considered many options for Pittsburgh's confluence including something that looked like it was designed by the Jetsons, or an absolutely bonkers, batpoop insane idea by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Wigle Whiskey Ripe for Expansion with Threadbare

Wigle Whiskey Ripe for Expansion with Threadbare

The Strip District distillers will launch a hard cider business this fall.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
7 Best Restaurants for College Students in Pittsburgh

7 Best Restaurants for College Students in Pittsburgh

Easy access from universities, wallet-friendly prices and really good food make these our favorite choices for the university set.

Comments


Head to 'Quick and Shameless' For an Unpredictable (and Essential) Night of Pittsburgh Comedy

Head to 'Quick and Shameless' For an Unpredictable (and Essential) Night of Pittsburgh Comedy

The LGBTQ-friendly variety show offers one of the city's most unusual (and often unforgettable) lineups of comedic talent.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
It's Simple This Time, Super Bowl 50 Won't Even be Close

It's Simple This Time, Super Bowl 50 Won't Even be Close

The Panthers are going to get to the Broncos eventually. When that happens, Peyton Manning is going to be forced to throw it. And once that happens, it’s going to get ugly.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Delicate Pieces for the Harsh Winter

Delicate Pieces for the Harsh Winter

Lighten up your look with a cheerful necklace.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
George Clooney, Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks and Some Zombies Walk Into a Multiplex

George Clooney, Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks and Some Zombies Walk Into a Multiplex

Our reviews of "Hail, Caesar!," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "The Choice."

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Sugar and Spice: Cookie Table Contest Winners

Sugar and Spice: Cookie Table Contest Winners

Pittsburgh has it all: a beautiful skyline, breathtaking bridges and the most gorgeous cookie tables we’ve ever seen.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
Pillow Talk: Pittsburgh's Skyline Inspires New Design Line

Pillow Talk: Pittsburgh's Skyline Inspires New Design Line

Check out the new pillow collection from local interior designer Zach Mitchell. Plus, get the scoop on The Pittsburgh Christmas Carol Tour.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Mock Crime Scene to be Held at Waynesburg University

Mock Crime Scene to be Held at Waynesburg University

The event is for high school students who are interested in criminal justice, law enforcement and forensic science.

Comments