Food fit for saints

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Cool Food

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This Sunday, April 27, as my PG colleague Peter Smith recently wrote about, Pope Francis is going to proclaim both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II to be saints. 

The landmark Italian restaurant out in Crabtree, Westmoreland County, Rizzo's Malabar Inn, is marking the occasion by serving two of the Blesseds' favorite dishes, Papal Polenta (at top) and Papal Cream Cake (at bottom).

Here's how the restaurant describes what it's up to:

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This is the first time the restaurant has made both dishes, which you can get through this Sunday. The Papal Polenta is $9.99 and and Papal Cream Cake is $5.

For more information, visit the website or call 724-836-4323.

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Lynn Welles of Rizzo's photos

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What's dishing on the blogs: Springtime dishes

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have springtime dishes, decadent sweets and restaurant announcements! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Liz from Stiller Snacks whipped up adorable Yinzer Cookies. Yum Yum opted for a smooth and impressive Vanilla Cheesecake, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker made the Best Butterscotch Pudding. These great desserts will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

On the main course spectrum, Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared a colorful Spring Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs. Katy baked crunchy Panko Peanut Salmon in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Linda from Dinner Plan-it grilled Fresh Blackberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce Pork Chops. And if you're in the mood for gluten-free, try the delightful Pad Thai Veggie Noodles from Sincerely Caroline. Light and flavorful recipes just in time for spring!

And on the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh enjoyed an East End Beer Dinner at Social in Bakery Square and the girls from eatPGH announced that Eat'n Park launched their new Park After Dark menu, which includes items such as chili cheese fries and fried pickles, buffalo chicken wraps and gourmet grilled cheeses, or the delicious waffle sundae shown above!

See you here next week!

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Burgatory will open at The Waterfront on Saturday

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

burgatoryBurgatory will to open its location at The Waterfront (299 W. Bridge St., West Homestead) this Saturday, April 26.

To celebrate, all locations will feature a shake using chocolate-chip cookies by West Homestead neighbor, Nancy B's Bakery.

The original Waterworks location near Aspinwall opened in January 2011 next-door to sibling restaurant Uncle Sam's, a sandwich shop. A stand in the Consol Energy Center opened next, followed last September by the restaurant at The Pointe in North Fayette.

Another in the Blue Spruce Shoppes in Murrysville will open next, followed by a North Shore location, located within the 120,000-square-foot development that's being built between PNC Park and Heinz Field.

Finally, a Burgatory is planned in the Gardens at Market Square on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, now expected to open in 2015.

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Eddie Merlot's opened Downtown yesterday

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

merlotsThe 300-seat steakhouse Eddie Merlot's opened yesterday at Four Gateway Center, Downtown, in the space formerly occupied by Elements.

The open dining room features accents of copper, maple and cherry wood. There are also two wine rooms, three private dining rooms and a patio.

The Platinum Restaurant Group, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., started the chain in 2001 and has expanded to Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville and most recently Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Named for the nickname of founder and wine connoisseur Bill Humphries, the steakhouse has carved a reputation fileting fish, cutting steaks and assembling salads tableside.

Dishes include 7- or 10-ounce prime-cut filet mignon, aged 21 days, or a 14-ounce New York strip, a 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye and a 28-ounce Wagyu Tomahawk rib-eye. Potatoes in several variations, Brussels sprouts and mac-and-cheese are among sides.

Eddie Merlot's will be open for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Lunch service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, will begin on April 29.

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Great Lakes Brewing helps clean up South Side

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Beer

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Earth Day is perfect for sharing the news about a Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week event that is cleaning up a little slice of the Earth.

The company behind it, Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co., is well-known for its environmental friendliness. This year, it's ramped up its commitment with its first "Earth Day Tour," whereby it's giving back to cities that drink its beer.

Here in Pittsburgh, local brewery rep Connie Tucci says Great Lakes has partnered with Friends of the Riverfront and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for a clean-up and tree-planting along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in South Side Riverfront Park. 

Volunteers, and they already have as many as they need, will be treated to an after-party at nearby OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, where they'll refresh themselves with Great Lakes beer, food and prizes.

Plus, Great Lakes and its local distributor, Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale, will be giving about $3,000 to Friends.

Says Ms. Tucci, "It's meant to be a 'Thank you, Pittsburgh' and to promote sustainability."

Adds Great Lakes' Matt Roth, "We try to take care of our natural surroundings and reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible at Great Lakes Brewing Co. so teaming up with friends of the Riverfront only seemed natural, seeing as how beer is made from water, and we need good clean water to make great beer!"

We'll be wrilting more about Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, which runs from Friday, April 25, through Sunday, May 4. You can check out the full schedule of events here.

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Istanbul Sofra opens today in Regent Square

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

sofraToday the Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Sofra, has opened in Regent Square. Located at 7600 Forbes Ave., it's in the space that had been Alma, which closed in November.

The restaurant is the first from Amanda and Adnan Pehlivan and chef Edip Sensel. Mr. Pehlivan originally is from Tarsus in south-central Turkey and the chef and Mr. Sensel is from nearby Mersin. The two are childhood friends.

Istanbul Sofra is one of the area's few Turkish restaurants, which include Daphne Cafe in Shadyside and Alihan's, which opened last year, and Istanbul Grille, both Downtown.

It will be open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Check out the menu here.

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