The Foodie Report: December
Shisito peppers are in; pimentos are out.
Chef Fiore Moletz delivers flavors of Italy, where he trained, at his new venture next door to his first eatery, Burgh’ers. Della Terra spotlights pizza, paninis, meatballs and calamari, among other dishes. Moletz spends time sourcing the best ingredients and equipment. Some produce is from local farms, while select cheeses, meats and kitchen devices, such as his pasta machine, are Italian imports. Moletz says he dreamed of opening Della Terra, and he intends to “do it right,” meaning that his food will remain simple and authentic.
100 Perry Highway, Harmony; 724/473-0630, dellaterrapgh.com
Lawrenceville Joy of Cookies Tour
There’s something magical about wandering through neighborhoods during the holiday season to see the lights and décor. The organizers of the 14th annual Joy of Cookies Tour agree, and they hope you’ll make their event a yearly tradition. The cookie extravaganza lasts three days and affords guests a chance to sample sweets from shops, most of them along Butler Street. In addition, visitors can take home cookie recipe cards from certain spots. During this free event, participating businesses offer special deals. On Dec. 7, Molly’s Trolley will shuttle shoppers from place to place — including the “cookie mall” set up at 4701 Butler St.
Dec. 5-8, throughout Lawrenceville, lvpgh.com
Three East End Spots Add Service
Perhaps you’re scheduling a business meeting. Or maybe you’re starving and in search of sustenance. Either way, mixing up mid-day meal plans is refreshing. Consider visiting these three places, which now offer lunch.
» Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina: Fill up on à la carte offerings or the two-dish special, with such options as tortilla soup and chicken tacos, during Verde’s service, offered Wednesday through Friday.
» Legume: Inside this recently renovated eatery recognized in our 2013 list of Best Restaurants, diners can order from a rotating menu that may include tempeh Reuben or raclette.
» The Livermore: This sister spot of Bar Marco provides a brief lineup of light bites such as crostini along with drinks from Juice Up 412.
52nd Street Market
To outsiders, Lawrenceville feels like a microcosm of Pittsburgh; it’s a mishmash of businesses, people and structures. Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley, neighborhood residents, have put all of their love into a new community market that’s part grocery store, part meeting place and part coffee shop. Must-haves, such as eggs and milk, are stocked alongside paper goods. Baristas serve cups of java, and prepared foods await those who don’t have time to cook.
601 52nd St., Lawrenceville; 52ndstreetmarket.com