Restaurant Openings: Summer Wrap-Up

If you spent July and August on vacation or just spacing out at the pool, you might have missed these notable food and drink destinations that started serving while school was out.

Aji Picante
This casual restaurant brought fresh new flavors to the Squirrel Hill dining scene when it opened in August. The eatery’s Peruvian-born chef specializes in the food of his native country: Look for dishes like lime-drenched ceviche with sweet corn and glazed sweet potatoes or Lomo Saltado, a plate of stir-fried steak strips with crispy fries and garlic rice. This is a BYOB establishment (hint: there’s sangria mixer if you happen to bring wine).

1711 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/422-0220,

This white-tablecloth restaurant in Regent Square, which opened in June, was instantly a hit. The tasteful décor, friendly and experienced staff, and generous portions give this place major appeal—as does the authentic Italian food: Think
sinfully rich penne pasta with cheese, sausage and fennel or juicy roasted chicken stuffed with mushrooms. BYOB.

1103 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square; 412/871-5923.

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Rachel Carson Sustainable Feast
The annual market and festival hosted by the Rachel Carson Homestead, which last year tried an urban venue on the Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street), returns to its roots in Springdale this fall. The event, which will be held at the local high school adjacent to the Homestead property, will begin in late afternoon. Live music is new to the lineup this year; the main features remain the same, including the local farmers market, food from local chefs who support the buy local movement, sustainable craft vendors and representatives of the region’s best environmental, conservation and fair-trade organizations.

Info: Sat., Oct. 1, rain or shine. Tickets are on sale now. For details and info, visit or call 724/274-5459.

Big Pour Becomes Big Pour Week
The only problem with Steel City Big Pour—the city’s best craft-brew celebration, which happens to offer fantastic local food as well—has been how quickly the tickets sold out. So, here comes something new: In celebration of its fifth year, Construction Junction and the Big Pour Committee are hosting an all new “Big Pour Week” with five days of events leading up to the big Kahuna: the Big Pour (Sat., Sept.10). People will come for the beer, but considering that previous food partners at the event range from Salt of the Earth (our 2011 “Best New Restaurant” award winner) to local favorites like D’s Six Pax & Dogz and Mad Mex, they’ll definitely stay for the food. Keep in mind: Tickets to the main event still sell out quickly.

For details, visit

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