New Restaurant Openings
BGourmet in Sewickley, Arlecchino in Peters, Bar Marco in the Strip and more.
Photo by Bartram House Bakery
Jonathan and Brandy Vlasic, the owners of Allentown mainstay Alla Famiglia, have branched out to the South Hills with their latest venture. Arlecchino Ristorante, a quaint Italian restaurant housed in a remodeled schoolhouse, offers homemade (and handmade) foods, like pasta and breads. Diners can expect to see favorites like meatballs and soups included on the menu. What’s more, the eatery has expanded hours: In addition to offering the expected lunch and dinner services, early birds can also swing by after Arlecchino opens at 6 a.m. to pick up pastries and more.
133 Camp Lane, Peters Township; 724/260-5414, arlecchinopgh.com
Chris and Jenn Bonfili, owners of Shadyside’s Avenue B restaurant, started getting calls about their newest venture before they even signed a lease on the Sewickley space. That shows just how much excitement is brewing about BGourmet, which will offer top-notch prepared foods from its creative menu. Takeout options include roasted beets with barley, savory cold pasta dishes, quinoa tabouli or homey chicken and pasta salads; “heat-and-eat” items will also be available—think crab cakes, lasagna, vegetable stacks or blue-cheese-and-bacon burgers. And a “Dinners-to-Go” program means that a different full meal will be available daily: Order ahead (by 2 p.m.) and pick it up on the way home.
428 Beaver St., Sewickley; 412/741-6100, bgourmet-pgh.com
Scheduled to be open by press time, this new wine bar has opened in the street-level space of the Strip’s historic firehouse (formerly home to the cocktail bar Embury). Serving hearty, European-style grub, diners can expect the menu to list dishes like patatas bravas (crispy, spiced Spanish-style potatoes), caponata and other roasted-vegetable dishes, sausage with polenta, and charcuterie from local purveyors Crested Duck and Parma Sausage. Old World and small-production wines will be the focus of the brief, frequently-changing wine list, and you’ll also find plenty of top-shelf spirits and a handful of classic cocktails.
2216 Penn Ave., Strip District, 412/554-6037
Bartram House Bakery
After cooking up success at its first location in McMurray, Bartram House Bakery has opened a second site in Wexford. Known for decadent cakes, cookies, fresh breads, homemade pies and pastries, the new location will also offer café service with an all-day menu. In the morning, there are espresso drinks along with crepes, quiche, French toast, omelets and more; lunchtime brings hearty salads, sandwiches and soups with sides like creamy mac-n-cheese.
2000 Village Run Road, Wexford; 724/719-2442, bartramhousebakery.com