This Just In: Food & Wine Magazine Loves Pittsburgh

It's been a big week for the Steel City: The editors of the revered publication named Cafe Phipps a top museum eatery and crowned Justin Severino the People's Best New Chef - Mid-Atlantic.

Cure photo by Laura Petrilla


On top of being recognized for its green initiatives, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens recently received props from Food & Wine magazine for its cafe. Cafe Phipps, named one of the nation’s top museum eateries, upholds the conservatory’s mission of keeping sustainability top of mind and encouraging a healthy lifestyle; its menus list dishes featuring responsibly sourced ingredients — produce from the rooftop garden and hormone-free meats are but two examples. Get the full scoop on Phipps’ brunch service in our “Let’s Brunch” feature.

Also worth noting: Last week, we mentioned that our 2013 Star Chef, Justin Severino of Cure, was up for an honor from Food & Wine. We’re happy to report that on Wednesday Severino was crowned the People’s Best New Chef – Mid-Atlantic. He took the news well, tweeting about his gratitude and a photo of his “Champagne shower.” Congrats, chef.

— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Dijlah’s signature platter for three offers plenty to sample and discuss during a lunch or dinner outing; consider it a perfect introduction to Iraqi cuisine. You get salad, generous helpings of chicken and lamb kebabs, rice and a house specialty: Iraqi kebab, a mixture of grilled beef and lamb. At $36, the plate is an ideal entrée for a trio of friends; alternatively, a large group could order it with appetizers — the combo platter comes with red tabouleh, a spicier version of a traditional favorite with tomato. Keep in mind this restaurant is halal, so dinner with alcoholic drinks isn’t an option.

(4130 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2111)

— Gideon Bradshaw, PM Editorial Intern

Some of life’s simple pleasures are free. Case in point: complimentary ice cream. The downtown Ben & Jerry’s location will offer free cones this Tuesday. Mark your calendars — it’s a chance to indulge without breaking the bank while learning about community projects: Life’sWork of Western Pennsylvania operates that shop and has a partnership with Ben & Jerry’s, providing job training to at-risk youth and those with disabilities.

(Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, 936 Penn Ave., downtown; April 8, 12-8 p.m.; 412/281-2723,

— K.M.

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