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MrKotter Apr 7, 2009 10:33 AM

Hello fellow Burgher Hounds,

I thought I would try to start a posting that would keep us updated on local changes with the hope that at least we'll have something to read on a daily basis.....The idea came when I saw Bruschettas el Lago in Peters/McMurray had become Table (anyone been there?) and one of my favorite South Hills pizza on the patio places (Linguini's) is showing signs of ownership change. Any others in town?

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    JC65 Jul 30, 2012 12:24 PM

    I ate at Luke Wholey's in the Strip on Saturday apparently during a soft opening. They're on the block between 22nd and 21st between the asian grocery and the discount sneaker outlet. The grilled scallops were perfect!

    1. cowboyardee Jul 26, 2012 02:13 PM

      I don't know if anyone else will care, but one of my personal favorite Pittsburgh hole-in-the-walls, Oishii Bento (a South Oakland restaurant that serves Korean food, some Japanese and fusion as well, notably some really delicious Americanized sushi), had a fire, I think on June 20th, and have been closed since. They plan to reopen but no word that I know of exactly when.

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        Panini Guy Jul 26, 2012 02:02 PM

        It's been around 3 months now, but for best affordable breakfast/lunch spot downtown, Bluebird Kitchen. I spent a little time there setting up the coffee/espresso program while sampling quite a few of the offerings. Yum. Exceptional baked goods as well.

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          CrazyOne Jul 30, 2012 07:39 PM

          It's very good, have had a few lunches, but sad I never get over there for breakfast. I just don't get into town early enough, always need to head right to office.

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          CrazyOne Jul 23, 2012 07:17 PM

          Elements has closed after a 2-year run downtown. I'm guessing it didn't help that the original chef left fairly early on, plus not really in a location that foot traffic would notice as much outside office hours. I'm sure the construction earlier on (of the subway extension) didn't help either.

          Great spot for someone, but what would work in there?

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            Panini Guy Jul 26, 2012 01:59 PM

            Given the rent expense and the location, that's probably the kind of spot that an 'expense account steakhouse' (e.g. Smith & Wollensky) or a national upscale chain (e.g. Legal Seafoods, Fleming's, J. Gilbert) should go into, not a chef-driven place, unless that chef is Bocuse or Keller.

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            MonMauler May 22, 2012 09:03 AM

            Seems as if Vincent's in North Braddock has closed after a sixty year run at that location.

            http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/l...

            I always likened the place to a dirty hole in the ground: filthy restrooms, Vinny behind the glass with the ubiquitous cigarette hanging from his mouth, ashes everywhere, gruff (to say the least) service.

            That said, I've enjoyed more than one greasy, misshapen pizza there in my life. I haven't been there in years, but back in the day friends and I would go there every few weeks to pig out. I remember it fondly. I know it has it's advocates, but the Vinnie Pie was never my favorite. Still sad to see the end of an institution.

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              Panini Guy Nov 20, 2011 07:13 AM

              Aldo Coffee has been sold to new owners as of last Tuesday. They'll keep it as a coffeehouse with an international brunch every Sunday that is expected to change focus each month (this month's theme is African - the new owners are South African). IMO, it's a really inexpensive brunch (compared to say, Coca Cafe) and the food/flavors are interesting and innovative for the area. Not to mention the coffee is way better than any other brunch spot in Western PA.

              The former owners are eventually moving to Connecticut and may do something there. But only after they get to Verde, Notion and a few other places now that they can afford to eat out again :-)

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                Burghfeeder Nov 20, 2011 08:10 AM

                Best of luck, and congrats!

                http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                  traveleryvette Dec 1, 2011 06:43 PM

                  Many months back, I noticed on the Southside along with Cafe Allegro being gone. Le Prommier was boarded up also. I believe the chef past away . He was also part owner. I was disappointed I wanted to enjoy and celebrate a big birthday there.

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                    yayadave Dec 2, 2011 08:29 PM

                    I wonder if there's anything that could be called a French restaurant left in Pittsburgh.

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                      Jay F Dec 3, 2011 07:00 AM

                      There's the Paris 66 Bistro in E. Liberty: http://paris66bistro.com/

                      I've liked the crepes, the soups, and the quiches. That's all I've tried.

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                        Rodzilla Dec 3, 2011 08:40 PM

                        wasn't a fan myself

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                          traveleryvette Dec 4, 2011 08:34 AM

                          I adore Paris 66 reataurant. The staff are friendly. You can often find the owners walking about the place.

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                            Rodzilla Dec 5, 2011 02:44 AM

                            I liked them, it was the food I wasn't thrilled about. However, I believe they brought on a new Chef since my visit and I'm always up for giving a place a second chance - especially given how much I liked the owners.

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                              Effort Dec 5, 2011 11:04 AM

                              Had brunch and it was good and we had good service. From what I heard service can vary depending on waitress.

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                                sk25 Dec 6, 2011 12:38 PM

                                Agreed. Our experience there has varied on the waiter or waitress we've had, and unfortunately we've had our share of bad ones. I also found the food to be hit or miss - sometimes we'd have a spectacular meal, and other times it was fairly ho-hum. We haven't been back in about 9 months though (mostly due to the inconsistency of the dining experience), so things may have improved.

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                        shadysider023 Dec 6, 2011 08:24 AM

                        Got a tip that Stagioni in Bloomfield will be moving into the old Southside Le Pommier space. I'm interested to see how it might pan out.

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                    CrazyOne Oct 28, 2011 06:52 AM

                    Market Square just keeps packing 'em in. Now Il Pizzaiolo will open a second location there. Apparently they've been on and off looking to add one for years. This is pretty cool for downtown.

                    http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh...

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                    1. chinacat1969 Oct 24, 2011 04:45 PM

                      James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy...old James Street Tavern (Serendipity) Deutschtown (East Allegheny) Northside. Opening soon....

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                      323 N Jefferson St, Mount Union, PA 17066

                      James Street Tavern
                      1224 James St, Monroeville, PA 15146

                      1. Rodzilla Oct 22, 2011 09:48 PM

                        Sousa's new BBQ joint
                        http://www.unionpgh.com/

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                          pgh_eater Oct 22, 2011 09:56 PM

                          That is seriously exciting! I can't wait!

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                            burghgal Oct 24, 2011 06:04 AM

                            oh my you know this will be good!

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                          pgh_eater Oct 21, 2011 07:35 PM

                          I ate a few times recently at Park Brugge, which has been open on Bryant Street in Highland Park for about 8-9 months. It is fantastic! The interior is a bit generic, but I ate at the bar on one occasion and it was a great way to sit and have a pile of mussels (like eating at the bar at the old location- very cozy and pleasant). A stand-out for us was the tarte flambee with carmelized onions and this amazing ham. So glad that Point Brugge expanded, because it's impossible to get a table over there now.

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                            burghgal Oct 24, 2011 06:04 AM

                            if you like mussels, get their classic mussels (in a burre blanc).. divine!

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                            burghgal Sep 14, 2011 05:27 AM

                            Cure restaurant coming in October to Lawrenceville - Justin Severino's place. They have a page on FB.

                            5336 Butler Street
                            Pittsburgh, PA 15201
                            www.curepittsburgh.com

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                              turkoftheplains Nov 6, 2011 01:08 PM

                              And Wild Purveyors is opening up a year-round store within a block of it!

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                              JC65 Jul 28, 2011 01:51 PM

                              Word hit the press today that the Firehouse Lounge will close as of Aug 1. I hope that doesn't send Lucy scrambling to find a place to do her prep and sell her sandwiches.

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                              1301 Merchant St, Ambridge, PA 15003

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                                sk25 Aug 16, 2011 04:44 PM

                                We saw Lucy last weekend and she said that the new landlord was letting her stay on, so no need to say goodbye to her banh mi (well, not until winter anyway)!

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                                  Burghfeeder Aug 19, 2011 06:38 AM

                                  Now that, is great news! I think Lucy makes the best sandwich in the world!!!

                                  http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                sk25 Jun 13, 2011 05:16 PM

                                I just noticed a place opening next to the new Pamela's P&G location in Squirrel Hill called Aji Picante. The P-G describes it as a "BYOB Latin bistro". I'm really pleased to see the variety of restaurants opening in Squirrel Hill lately (Green Pepper, Coriander, Waffalonia, Sababa).

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                                5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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                                  PSUhorty May 27, 2011 11:42 AM

                                  Woodsides Grill up in Wexford, previously called the Stone Mansion, officially closed its doors two days ago. Heard it will be turned into a Funeral Home.

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                                    burghgal Jun 8, 2011 05:27 AM

                                    Amici's Route 51 (outside Liberty Tunnels) closed some time ago. This was the old Tambellini's site. Now I see signs for Premier Family Buffet restaurant opening soon (urf)

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                                    Whigsboy May 17, 2011 06:48 PM

                                    Tamari is opening a second location in... wait for it... Warrendale, right off of the 79 exit in what has been, til recently, a fairly deserted plaza. The owner told us when we were there on Saturday (first time, and it was really good).

                                    Apparently, had I bothered to look, it's also listed as "coming soon" on a sign in front of the plaza. It's also mentioned in comment (in response to a question about the aforementioned sign) on the Tamari FB page.

                                    I have my doubts whether they can attract the clientele in that location. Don't get me wrong, I'm freakin' thrilled, right in my general vicinity. But in my discussions about food with people out here -- and, to be honest, pretty much every conversation I have comes around to food at some point -- I've never got the impression that the large majority are interested in this kind of food.

                                    I really hope it succeeds. It will be interesting to watch, and my pleasure to help make it happen, that's for sure.

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                                      burghgal May 18, 2011 06:05 AM

                                      that's exciting! I hope it does go well. It's nice to see the "little guy" take on the land of chain restaurants with bad food :)

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                                        Burghfeeder May 18, 2011 06:53 AM

                                        That's some good news. The area is slowly attracting some better food choices. I hope they make it.

                                        http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                          CrazyOne May 18, 2011 07:49 AM

                                          Yeah, I had heard about it before, the sign (which matches their web page) and in some info about the plaza, but hadn't heard of any direct info from the restaurant until now.

                                          Tough to say if it'll do well out there, but I think it could work. The plaza has been finished for a while and still mostly empty so they may have gotten a good deal to go in there. What I wonder is if the food (I haven't been yet) survives an attempt to copy it out. Tamari had struck me as a one-off, not something well suited to be perfected and duplicated, but I could be wrong, and I hope I am. If this doesn't succeed it may not bode well for the continuation of either location. If it does work though, I expect to see several Tamaris in the future.

                                          FWIW the space next to Tamari in Warrendale Village appeared to tentatively show a new location for Bartram House Bakery from McMurray in one version of the site plan I've seen, but the plan on warrendalevillage.com right now shows that as available so maybe that didn't work out. Too bad. That seemed like a perfect idea.

                                          EDIT: found the one I'm thinking of, still on there as tentative deal, as is another place at the opposite end just called "The Village" with no indication of what that might be. Hm. Link is to PDF at Echo Developers. http://www.echodevelopers.com/images/...

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                                            Whigsboy May 18, 2011 08:24 AM

                                            Yes, I saw a reference elsewhere on this plaza to that bakery. Really only one non-grocery located bakery option out here, and while it does some fine cakes, doesn't do much else.

                                            I also hear that there is a sports bar going in to the same plaza. So at least there is the possibility of some foot traffic.

                                            Any time you start adding locations, seems to me like an opportunity for the overall quality to dip, both at the original location and the off-shoots.

                                            But if I can get that Tamari roll and spicy chocolate tart of similar quality just minutes from my abode, I'll be an extremely happy camper.

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                                              burghgal May 26, 2011 09:36 AM

                                              Just looking through Pittsburgh Magazine - if these are dupes, I apologize:

                                              Meat and Potatoes - www.meatandpotatoespgh.com - Cafe Zao old space, chef is from Nine on Nine.

                                              Root 174 - www.root174.com - former Legume chef.

                                              BRiX - www.brixpgh.com - chefs/creators from Toast!

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                                                Effort May 27, 2011 05:43 AM

                                                I think root 174 is chris from Six Penn. Did a great job there.

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                                          JC65 May 5, 2011 12:23 PM

                                          A co-worker of mine went to the Strip for lunch today and brought back photographic evidence that Lucy is again manning the sidewalk in front of the Firehouse Lounge.

                                          I'll be there tomorrow!

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                                            CrazyOne Feb 22, 2011 06:47 AM

                                            Richard DeShantz (Nine on Nine) chosen to open a restaurant at Theatre Square downtown on Penn Ave (former Cafe Zao space). Still working on concept, hope to open in spring (which sounds too optimistic if they're still working on the concept). http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11052/...

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                                              LAC06488 Feb 4, 2011 09:36 AM

                                              There was a fanatastic Austrian/Bavarian restaurant in the South Hills...just south of Peter's Township,...they had veal barley stew to die for..is this place still around?

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                                                Effort Feb 4, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                I forget the name but I think this place has been closed for about one year.

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                                                  dmjordan Feb 5, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                  I think you are talking about Abrio's. Before that it was the Candle Keller. I saw one post on a site that said when they went there in April of 2008 it was closed.

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                                                dmjordan Feb 3, 2011 02:01 PM

                                                Park Bruge is now open! Anyone been there yet?

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                                                  Snorkie47 Mar 28, 2011 01:18 PM

                                                  Went to Park Bruge last Tuesday. Excellent roast chicken. Different fries. Garlic mayo instead of the basil mayo to go with the fries. Very noisy. Didn't have to wait for a table, but it filled up quickly.

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                                                  CrazyOne Jan 20, 2011 06:14 AM

                                                  Well, since it's hard to keep track of all the staff changes at restaurants around town, we can just put a link to this article which sums up changes over the last several months. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11016/...
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                                                    CrazyOne Dec 31, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                    Legume is moving to Oakland! And gaining a liquor license too, looks like, as they will take over the space and license of More on N. Craig, which will close after today. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10364/...

                                                    Also Echo in Cranberry was open, then closed for a burst pipe, and is open again. Sold out for New Year's Eve.

                                                    If you hadn't noticed, Penn Ave Fish is serving dinner now at the downtown location a few days a week.

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                                                      CrazyOne Oct 6, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                      New restaurant for Market Square: NOLA, by the guy who brought you Sonoma Grille and Seviche, "blend of traditional New Orleans and modern French bistro fare"

                                                      http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10279/...

                                                      In the former 1902 Tavern space. Hopes to open by Fat Tuesday, of course. ;-)

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                                                        CrazyOne Sep 16, 2010 08:15 AM

                                                        A place to try out in the North: Zuppa's Deli in Wexford, on 19 in the 'flats". It's just north of Wexford Plaza on the same side, roughly across from Baierl Acura.

                                                        Been just once last night, everything we had was great: tomato bisque, the insane white cheddar and brie mac (def try this) and the Italian Club sandwich. I'm a sucker for arugula in most anything, and that was the flavor that surprised me in the sandwich as I had missed that detail on the menu. But the meat is good stuff, sandwich is huge and pricey at over 10 bucks but worth it. You need two people if you want to try the sandwich and get anything else because the sandwich as it is too huge to eat alone if you get anything else! Will go back and try some other stuff.

                                                        http://www.zuppasdeli.com/

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                                                          Burghfeeder Sep 21, 2010 09:10 AM

                                                          Now this is great to hear! I just moved from Mt. Washington to Wexford and have been scoping out some new places. This place already caught my eye...I'm going to try to make it there today or tomorrow.

                                                          I checked out the meny and already know what I'll have: The Zuppaleta. Pastrami and Honey Ham with olive Tapenade, Italian dressing and shaved parmesan. Sounds pretty good! Thanks for the tip!

                                                          http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                            Whigsboy Feb 3, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                            Yes, any time some place good opens in the culinary wasteland that is the northern 'burbs, that's a very good thing. Will try this place next week.

                                                            Somebody mentioned Echo further up this board. Read some not-so-good things about service, food on Urbanspoon or Yelp or something. Anybody been?

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                                                          KristinOrtega Sep 3, 2010 07:54 PM

                                                          In the category of "Where are they now," does anyone remember Emilia-Romagna, a restaurant on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh during the 80s? I was friends with the owners but have lost touch. They were supposed to relocate to the North Hills. Marvelous Italian food.

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                                                            rebrites Mar 27, 2011 06:23 AM

                                                            oh yeah, I remember Emilia-Romagna! It was Italian right down to the old guys in trenchcoats, hunched over their brandy at the bar at all hours of the day and night. The cook had a wonderful mustache -- her name was Carmella!

                                                            It was my first experience with fried zuchinni strips, fried polenta with marinara, and zabaglione in all its wondrous forms. Heaven knows where they are... gone the way of the Shadyside Balcony and Red Bull Inn and Clem´s Ribs, I suppose.

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                                                              Burghfeeder Mar 27, 2011 08:07 AM

                                                              If you were refering to Clem's on rt 22, there's some good news. They were forced to move due to highway construction, but have reopened farther east, closer to Blairsville, but still on 22. I think it's the best BBQ I've tasted around Pittsburgh.

                                                              http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                                Augie6 Mar 28, 2011 12:44 PM

                                                                OH how i miss Clem's .. they did reopen up the road a little ways .. haven't been in years !!! During the constructions years a couple other bbq places opened up along that strectch to Indiana, but all failed as far as i know

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                                                            Burghfeeder Aug 24, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                            The owner of the former Abruzzi's on the South Side has opened up a restaurant called Claudio's Pizzeria and Ristorante, on Painters Run Road in the South Hills. Very good pizza and the pasta dishes comming out of the kitchen looked tremendous!

                                                            http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                              burghgal Sep 3, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                              I read in the Post-Gazette that Salt of the Earth (Kevin Sousa) should be openining the second week of September - Next week?

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                                                                CrazyOne Sep 3, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                                Judging by what he last wrote on the blog it sounds more like week after next. They're doing training next week. Open house tonight (no food tho because permit is not quite final).

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                                                                  CrazyOne Sep 12, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                  Salt, tomorrow, 5pm, call for res starting at 3pm

                                                                  http://www.saltpgh.com/blog/

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                                                                    burghgal Sep 13, 2010 05:19 AM

                                                                    ok someone has to go and do a review lol. I am really curious about the menu.

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                                                              CrazyOne Aug 20, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                              Was just thinking "Hm, not open yet either" on Elements, clicked on their web site, opening Monday Aug 23 which at time of posting is this upcoming Monday. Menus are up:

                                                              http://www.elementscuisine.com/

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                                                                CrazyOne Aug 22, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                                Article on Elements prepping for opening, this place keeps sounding better and better IMO:

                                                                http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10234/...

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                                                                  Whigsboy Aug 23, 2010 11:34 AM

                                                                  Assume this is what another chef with a highly-anticipated restaurant hopefully opening soon referred to in a tweet this morning. Meanwhile, we're headed to San Fran for 4 days next month and that's definitely going to put a big pinch in our going-out-to-dinner-in-Pittsburgh funds! Ugh.

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                                                                    CrazyOne Aug 24, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                    I saw that. At first I thought he was meaning to dis "that other restaurant" but I'm guessing it's more a sense of frustration in that yes he expected to be open 2 months ago. It sure is a whole lot more work to start with a gutted old building than it is to start with a place that was a restaurant until a few months ago and still had its kitchen intact, etc. You can't compare the two processes really.

                                                                    It's all good. We get both places! :-)

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                                                                CrazyOne Aug 18, 2010 07:40 AM

                                                                Mio in Aspinwall, closing Aug 28 and is for sale. Chef owner Matthew Porco will focus on new pizza business. Recently opened one shop there but anticipating making a chain.

                                                                http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2010/08/16/daily14.html

                                                                The people handling the sale say they think he has "lost interest" in fine dining after 4 years. Hence, I guess, the singular focus on the pizza place.

                                                                http://www.miopizza.com/

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                                                                  gmcurology Aug 18, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                  This is no great loss. I've never eaten at a more overrated restaurant in Pittsburgh.

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                                                                    Whigsboy Aug 19, 2010 11:52 AM

                                                                    Had one really good meal there about 2-3 years ago, dropped a ridiculous amount of money, mostly on wine, and we just never went back

                                                                    This area can only support so many high-end restaurants. Wish more would focus on smaller menu with dishes they can execute very well, and of course locally sourced as much as possible. Gee, I think I just described Legume.

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                                                                  CrazyOne Aug 6, 2010 11:34 AM

                                                                  Cafe Zao, downtown, closing Monday Aug 9. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10218/...

                                                                  Good spot for something new.

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                                                                    burghgal Aug 9, 2010 05:18 AM

                                                                    I went to Cafe Zao once.. didn't have reservations but they said they could take us. Sat us near the front door in a snowstorm (restaurant was empty) while the staff stood up front and gossiped. They treated us like dirt. The food was mediocre at best. The restaurant never filled up. See ya! Looking forward to a GOOD restaurant taking their place.

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                                                                      JC65 May 5, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                                      The signs in the window are announcing Meat and Potatoes. However with a name like that web presence is going to be a bit tough to drive.

                                                                      On the plus side, this says Opening in May2011:
                                                                      http://twitter.com/#!/4meatnpotatoes

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                                                                    CrazyOne Jul 23, 2010 04:56 PM

                                                                    The huge Hereford & Hops site in Cranberry is set to become another restaurant. It's a really nutty scheme that seems like it may not work in Cranberry, but we'll see. Check this out:

                                                                    http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2010/07/26/story10.html

                                                                    If you're reading this in the next several days you may not be able to see all of that article. The deal is, a guy running a totally unrelated (metal distribution!) business bought the restaurant and is funding the startup. His son will be the chef. Father says: “He’s got what it takes to make this restaurant successful. He has a passion for this godforsaken business.” and won't be directly involved in operation. Hm.

                                                                    "Hammond said he hopes Echo, named after the building’s cavernous 17,000-square-feet of space, will be fully renovated and able to open in late October. The plan calls for opening in two phases: first, a 120-seat casual restaurant and then later an 80-seat fine dining addition." The cuisine was noted simply as "contemporary American".

                                                                    This sounds like an ordinary, run-of-the-mill disaster I guess. But, throw in this blog post about externships which gives away a few other details (seems to be some sort of blog for PA Culinary students downtown) http://pittsburghstuco.wordpress.com/... There's only one paragraph you really need from there:

                                                                    "Echo, located at the intersection of routes 228, 19, and interstates 76 and 79 in Cranberry Township, will open later this fall. It will feature modern American cuisine using local, sustainable produce and a foundation of traditional western European techniques. The contemporary dining room will offer lunch and dinner as well as artisanal cocktails, craft-brewed beers and an extensive wine list in an upscale casual atmosphere. Additional culinary features of Echo will be on-site charcuterie product made in the restaurant’s meat fabrication facility and breads and pastries produced in-house."

                                                                    Whoa, sounds kinda ambitious. Then we throw in the couple of resume highlights for this chef Brian Hammond: Alinea and Frontera/Topolo in Chicago. If any of that has rubbed off and makes its way to this restaurant, it could be good! Or it could be a spectacular disaster because of execution issues. Or, because it's in Cranberry, it could be a good restaurant but a business disaster with the locals not really getting it. ;-) At least Westinghouse is open now. I'm guessing if the original place opened now, or maybe if it was just a smaller place, it might have survived. This place? Dunno. Can't wait to see what happens.

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                                                                      Whigsboy Aug 19, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                      That's quite a resume! I agree that it's doubtful that the crowd exists in the northern 'burbs to support a place like this. I live out here, and the money is there, but not the taste buds.

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                                                                        CrazyOne Aug 20, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                        No sign of anything happening yet. It's too bad the outside of the building was so tailored to the original restaurant. A modern place will look funny in there. ;-) There were a couple cars outside last night when I went by, one parked right by the door, so presumably someone is doing something in there. Construction would probably happen on weekday daylight, though, so I wouldn't necessarily see any signs of that. All I know is it usually takes longer than what they hope (e.g. Salt of the Earth, still not quite open).

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                                                                          nancykh Nov 6, 2010 01:53 PM

                                                                          Saw them working on Echo today. Clearing things out and taking things down. Liquor licence permit on window. Hope it is a great successful restaurant. We need more unique restaurants here in Cranberry Twp.

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                                                                            CrazyOne Nov 10, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                            As usual, it takes longer than they think. They have some construction photos up on a Facebook page they're updating. There's also a Twitter account but own web site is not up yet. http://www.facebook.com/restaurantecho

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                                                                      CrazyOne Jun 29, 2010 07:49 AM

                                                                      Doesn't look like anyone posted it in this thread. We have this place, coming to Gateway Center in the former Palomino space:

                                                                      http://www.elementscuisine.com/

                                                                      It says opening in July, which seems soon, but then it was already a restaurant of course. My guess is more like August unless they were further along than I thought before first seeing the sign in the window a few weeks ago. Chef was most recently working at Eleven.

                                                                      Story: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10179/...

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                                                                        burghgal Jul 19, 2010 05:23 AM

                                                                        I'm pretty sure I saw a little blurb in the post-gazette about Spoon opening in East Liberty soon.

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                                                                          skoledin Jul 19, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                          Spoon is indeed open. Just stopped in last night for a few drinks and small plates on the Lounge roof. Didn't get too deep into the menu, but it looks/tastes promising. Overall not a bargain (I don't think anyone expected it to be), but you certainly can't go wrong with a $5 draft and and set of beautifully cooked frites with truffle aeoli for another $5. Great looking place, luxury ingredients, prices to match, but not outrageous compared to other places around town. The markups on the wine list were disappointing, but a lot of nice interesting selections. http://spoonpgh.com/

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                                                                            jacktanner Jul 28, 2010 09:45 AM

                                                                            Spoon is open and pretty good. Pricey, but nice. It leans traditional rather than adventurous. Service was fine. The execution not mind-blowing, but is above the former occupant's (Red Room). The lounge next door is also open. The wine list had quite a few bottles around $30, so I've no reason to complain about mark-up.

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                                                                              jacktanner Aug 23, 2010 06:46 AM

                                                                              Addendum: Spoon also does a very nice lunch in the lounge space next door. Similar price range to Casbah, and a newer, more exciting menu.

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                                                                        addiegirl Jun 28, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                        Has anyone been to La Gourmandine, the new French bakery in Lawrenceville?

                                                                        Also, Dozen is opening yet another new location - this one in Oakland on Craig St.

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                                                                          JakeZigler Jun 30, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                          I just posted a thread about La Gourmandine and put up a review on my blog if you'd like to read it. (http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201...) to put it bluntly, La Gourmandine is amazing and you should check it out.

                                                                        2. hassenpfeffer Jun 15, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                          Heard a rumor this weekend that work on Park Brugge, the much-anticipated Highland Park offshoot of Point Brugge, has stopped and likely won't resume due to a dispute with the landlord over tax credits. Anyone know anything more about it?

                                                                          It goes without saying that, if true, this is a huge bummer.

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                                                                            burghgal Jun 22, 2010 11:02 AM

                                                                            Kazansky's Deli in Squirrel Hill closed up shop. Not sure when - noticed this a couple of weeks ago. Hope too many people didn't get stuck with those 1/2 price gift certificates they sell on the web.

                                                                            SOTE - I'm waiting - any word on when Sousa's latest will open?

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                                                                              CrazyOne Jun 24, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                              Sousa blogs here http://www.saltpgh.com/blog/ and is fairly active with Twitter http://twitter.com/saltpgh

                                                                              They appear to be very close. I'd like to think they would make it now before July is out, but I wouldn't actually be surprised if it slips into August, because setbacks happen.

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                                                                                Chowrin Jan 21, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                i posted about it shortly afterward... very sad.

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                                                                                addiegirl Jun 28, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                                                I live in Highland Park and walk by the Park Brugge building somewhat regularly, and there is not a whole lot going on. I peeked through the window recently and though they've done a lot of work, the building is still just a shell - there's not even a floor inside, just dirt. I had heard that they'd open this summer, but that seems highly unlikely. It will be insanely successful if they can get it open... here's hoping.

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                                                                                  hassenpfeffer Jun 29, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                  Addiegirl, I'm in Highland Park as well, and actually saw workers in the building over the weekend — doing work, not packing out. Fingers crossed. Still far too much work left to do to have it open this summer, IMO.

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                                                                                JC65 Jun 3, 2010 06:34 AM

                                                                                Does anyone know when the Sharp Edge will open their downtown (900 block of Penn Ave) location? I went past yesterday and the windows are painted, so it looks close but I can't find anything online.

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                                                                                  hassenpfeffer Jun 3, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                                  June 7th, according to the piece of direct mail I received from them yesterday.

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                                                                                    awu2 Jun 13, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                                    I work near there - have not yet been, but love the East Liberty location. It is open.

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                                                                                      JC65 Jun 21, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                      My first trip to the Sharp Edge (downtown) was Friday right after work. It's three blocks from my apartment and I thought it'd be a good place to have a beer and unwind from a stressful week. However when I got to the front door I simply turned around and walked home. The line to even get into the bar was out the door and onto the sidewalk.

                                                                                      I managed to actually get into the bar on Saturday afternoon (one of the benefits, I guess, of downtown being dead on weekends.) The menu and beerlist is every bit as good (and bad) as all of the other locations. Nothing spectacular on the menu and a beer list that is one of the best around.

                                                                                      I can't be too upset about the wait on Friday since I really do hope they not only stay in business but thrive to the point that they lure other good bars into downtown, and really I don't go there because of the food, so all in all I'm happy.

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                                                                                        jacktanner Jul 28, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                                        I absolutely despise the food at Sharp Edge (the East Lib one). It's all SysCo and friends. Nothing local. And the kitchen seems incapable of dealing even with prepackaged SysCo products - I've even seen them screw up *french fries*, of all things. Pathetic is not the right word. There's enough good beer in this town to not put up with Sharp Edge.

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                                                                                          Panini Guy Jul 28, 2010 09:56 AM

                                                                                          Then why eat there? Sharp Edge is more than worth a visit for the beer - and no, there's not enough good beer in town.

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                                                                                            Chowrin Jan 21, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                                                            is sysco worse than trader joe's?

                                                                                  2. chinacat1969 May 14, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                    Is Salt of the Earth ever going to open???

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                                                                                      Burghfeeder May 15, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                      The last I heard was that they were shooting for mid to late June. I don't know how accurate that is, but I hope it's soon!

                                                                                      http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                        burghgal May 17, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                                        I can't find the link on the Post-Gazette but China Millman wrote up a nice article about the new restaurants that are opening in the area. It was in Sunday's paper. Looking forward to trying the new places!

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                                                                                          chinacat1969 May 18, 2010 01:00 PM

                                                                                          I read that article on Sunday...it does sound like lots of new places are opening and SOTE will open in June. I hope so..Finally!

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                                                                                            shadysider023 May 19, 2010 11:37 AM

                                                                                            http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10136/...

                                                                                            that is the link to the article. highlights (at least for me!) included a new Mad Mex location on South Highland, a place called Spoon opening in the old Red Room space, a new Sharp Edge location opening downtown, and also a possible Penn Ave Fish Co location downtown. all good things!

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                                                                                            Sharp Edge Restaurants
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                                                                                      punkgirl107 Mar 7, 2010 09:12 AM

                                                                                      Two new places have opened in the South Hills. In McMurray near Donaldsons Crossroads, Penny's Diner opened. It is run by people related to Tom's Diner. The breakfast was pretty good but the service needs to be improved. However it was their soft opening so I am sure it will. The other place is in Bridgeville on McLaughlin Run Road where the Good Wood used to be. It is the Little Oasis. It is run by the same family that owned the Oasis in Heidelberg and the fish sandwich is really good.

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                                                                                        JC65 Mar 5, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                                                        As I was leaving Salem's in the strip I noticed that a place called Hot Frank's is now open. The sign shows a hot dog. Has anyone been there or heard more details than just the dog on the sign? It's around 27th and Penn or so.

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                                                                                          shadysider023 Mar 9, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                          The Pittsburgh based blog 'Joe and Betsy' had a write up on the place...http://joeandbetsy.com/2010/03/05/day...

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                                                                                            ralphnf Jun 24, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                                                            Hot Franks is run by the same people that run Bill's sandwich shop in New Castle. Their specialty is NC style chili dogs, burgers and fries. For those not familiar with this epitome of Lawrence county cuisine see the parallel "coney Island" thread here on chowhound. Hot Frank's provides perhaps the best version I've tried, which is difficult for me to say since I grew up eating their cousin's chili at Red Hots in Elwood City. If you do go to Hot Franks, remember its all about the chili, which is like a more peppery version of Cincinnati chili without the strong overtones of sweet spice (though I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they use some allspice). The classic combination is chili, mustard and onion, which is what you'll get if you ask for "everything" up in Lawrence County. Don't expect anything particularly special about the hot dog itself, they don't use high quality natural casing dogs. They're not bad, but the dog is really just a chili delivery device. The chili is nothing less than addictive. Chili burgers (with "everything")are also pretty spectacular, though I gotta say there cousins up in EC have them beat in the fry department. By the way, ignore Munch's recent review. She missed the entire point of the restaurant.

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                                                                                            Burghfeeder Feb 2, 2010 07:29 AM

                                                                                            For you music lovers, the Rhythm House in Bridgeville will close at the end of this month. It will soon be a gas station ):

                                                                                            http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                              JC65 Jan 29, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                                                              I drove through the Strip last night, and it looked to me as though Big Momma's House was abandoned, but I didn't get a great look.

                                                                                              Does anyone know anything about this?

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                                                                                                JC65 Jan 29, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                                                It's probably bad form to reply to myself, but I found this:

                                                                                                http://kdka.com/local/Big.Mama.Restau...

                                                                                                Big Mama's House of Southern Cuisine is moving across the street from the August Wilson Center in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue next month.

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                                                                                                  Davecli Jan 29, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                                                                  Now, that's good news! I noticed the same thing and thought they were gone.

                                                                                                  http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                BCF Jan 27, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                Is Mama Lena's (formerly McKees Rocks) open/operating elsewhere? I LOVED their white pizza and can't find an adequate replacement.

                                                                                                Jergel's, formerly on Babcock Blvd, is open in Ellwood City.

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                                                                                                  CrazyOne Jan 13, 2010 04:24 AM

                                                                                                  The guy who owns Willow out in the North Hills has taken over Cafe Allegro space (looks like purchased building and contents). He interviewed a chef for Willow he says was "overqualified" to work at that place and is going to open a new restaurant in the Cafe Allegro space on 12th Street with said chef, who he wouldn't name. Dunno who that would be.

                                                                                                  http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pit...

                                                                                                  Sorry, that looks like a paid-only link. You get the first part of the story unless you happen to have a Business Times subscription.

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                                                                                                    chinacat1969 Jan 13, 2010 04:54 AM

                                                                                                    Stagioni opened in the old Casa Roma space in Larryville.

                                                                                                    http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/s...

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                                                                                                      CrazyOne Jan 13, 2010 04:59 AM

                                                                                                      Bloomfield isn't it? Anyway, yeah.

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                                                                                                        chinacat1969 Feb 3, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                        Oops! You are right... sorry 'bout that!

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                                                                                                    Panini Guy Dec 1, 2009 06:37 PM

                                                                                                    KousKous on Washington Rd. Mt. Lebanon opened last Saturday. Moroccan. Tagines, pastilles, couscous. The chef/owner Abdel Khila has cooked in several local kitchens, including Casbah, Cafe Zinho and Baum Vivant. He's a neighbor and a sweetheart of a guy. Small space, maybe 20 seats, but all within a few feet of the open kitchen.

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                                                                                                      Panini Guy Oct 19, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                                                      J'eet, 4200 Penn, across from Children's Hospital. Short menu: espresso bar, panini, crepes. Went to the pre-opening last week, looks like it could be a winner. Top quality ingredients - exceptional bread from a baker I'm not familiar with (on North Side, but not Breadworks). Nibbled on a number of small bits of panini and some sweet quiche, all was very good. Best part for me: Bradly (ex-Vault) is the barista. Serving Commonplace Coffee from Indiana, PA.

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                                                                                                        sk25 Oct 11, 2009 05:57 PM

                                                                                                        Does anyone know whether Lucy Sheets has closed up her banh mi stand in the Strip? I haven't seen her the last few times I've been, and when I walked into My Ngoc to ask whether they still made sandwiches, the guy inside said they only made them on Sundays. Lucy had mentioned a few months ago that they were thinking about selling the restaurant, so I'm not sure if her absence is related to that or whether she's just packed it up for the winter (I'll be making a Sunday trip shortly to check it out - love those sandwiches).

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                                                                                                          Burghfeeder Oct 12, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                                          Funny that you should ask that. The last few times I've been to the Strip I noticed her absence also, but I was there this past Thursday morning and there she was, cooking at her grill. Unfortuntally, we had just had lunch! I didn't talk to her, but I sure hope she will be here next year!

                                                                                                          http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                            Rick Oct 12, 2009 07:40 AM

                                                                                                            I'm down the strip several times a week. She seems to only be there once a week now, but she is still around.

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                                                                                                              JC65 Oct 19, 2009 08:59 AM

                                                                                                              Lucy was out today (Oct 19) and says she will be out every day for the next couple of weeks. Then she goes back to Hue for the winter.

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                                                                                                                JC65 Jan 12, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                I noticed on my last trip to the strip that the restaurant run by Lucy's daughter, outside which she stationed herself, is no longer a Vietnamese restaurant. Lucy's grill was out and manned, but from what I can tell the (anglo) guy was selling Italian Sausages with peppers, not Banh Mi.

                                                                                                                I know the restaurant had had a For Sale sign on it for a while. Apparently if finally changed hands. I do not know what this means for our chances of getting Banh Mi in the spring. I'm hoping Lucy can set up outside the Asian Grocery next door, but that's just speculation.

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                                                                                                                  Rick Jan 12, 2010 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                  I noticed the restaurant changed hands, but I haven't seen Lucy since. I just assumed she close up for the winter as per usual. That's really sad to hear. I wish the new guy well, but you can get hot sausage sandwiches anywhere in Pgh, she was the ONLY Banh Mi that I've every found in this city.

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                                                                                                                    CrazyOne Jan 13, 2010 04:19 AM

                                                                                                                    I just read somewhere (yesterday?) that Lucy moved to NY. I don't know how accurate, though. I'll see if I can find where it was.

                                                                                                                    Source for that: http://www.city-data.com/forum/124125...

                                                                                                                    Have no reason to doubt the guy....

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                                                                                                                      Burghfeeder Jan 13, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                      Please please please say it ain't so!!! Lucy makes the best sandwich in the Burgh...She will be sorely missed.

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                                                                                                                        JC65 Jan 13, 2010 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                        The reason I have to doubt his post is that Lucy spends her winters in Hue. It's possible that when she comes back in the spring it will be to NYC but I'm pretty sure she's not there now.

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                                                                                                                        skoledin Jan 13, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                        I don't see it listed in their online menu, but I'm pretty sure that Vietnam's Pho (http://www.vietnamspho.com/) does a banh mi. I haven't had it, so I can't compare/contract with Lucy's, but may be worth a shot.

                                                                                                                        -S

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                                                                                                                          JC65 Jan 14, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                          I've eaten there a handful of times and never seen Banh Mi on the menu. I'll have to ask.

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                                                                                                                          sk25 Jan 24, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                          We were in the Strip yesterday, and noticed that My Ngoc has an updated sign as well as some sandwiches pictured in the windows, so we went in and ordered the Grilled Chicken banh mi, hoping it was the same sandwich. Unfortunately it was not as good as Lucy's - it was missing a few ingredients (cilantro, cucumber, picked carrots) and the chicken just wasn't the same. I really hope to see Lucy in the Spring!

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                                                                                                                            BCF Jan 27, 2010 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                            I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I posted a blog entry that made reference to Lucy and her bahn mi, ( http://thedish-pgh.blogspot.com/2009_...) and an anymous poster responded that Lucy told her she would be moving to NYC with her daughter. I haven't seen her since that response (in September). But, JC65 saw her in Oct. so maybe she'll return with the warmner weather. I feel like this is a real life versoin of "Where's Waldo" with more serious consequences.

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                                                                                                                              sk25 May 20, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                              This may be old news, but Lucy is back! She's outside the Firehouse Lounge seven days a week (according to her).

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                                                                                                                                Burghfeeder May 20, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                That may be old news...But it's good news!!!

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                                                                                                                      PghJen Jul 30, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                      The Istanbul Grille on Centre across from the Market District Giant Eagle in Shadyside seems to be closed too. Not sure if they're just closed for renovations or if it's permanent. They didn't have a sign posted regarding the close.

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                                                                                                                        Panini Guy Jul 30, 2009 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                        A Morroccan restaurant is coming to Mt. Lebo in the near future in the former Enrico Biscotti space (in other words, it'll be small). Owner is anticipating a late August opening.

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                                                                                                                          yammers Jul 30, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                          istanbul grille is permanantly closed. it was a conflict with the landlord. I will miss the baba ganoush :(

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                                                                                                                            burghgal Aug 11, 2009 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                            "The successor to Opus, located in the Renaissance Hotel at 107 Sixth, will be adding French dishes. Opus closed Aug. 2 and will reopen under a new name in early September."

                                                                                                                            Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09223/...

                                                                                                                            Never dined at Opus. Lots of changes going on - hopefully for the better.

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                                                                                                                          drodrolagii Dec 1, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                          Istanbul Cafe is OPEN in Lawrenceville!
                                                                                                                          On Butler St., down from Children's Hospital.

                                                                                                                        3. yayadave Jul 29, 2009 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                          I believe that Scoglio's on Painters Run in the South Hills is closed. I usually had good meals there and at their other previous locations.

                                                                                                                          Something that is so big you overlook it has opened in The South Side Works. It's the new Hofbrauhaus. I think it's more of a spin-off than a chain, but they've had more than 400 years to work on the basic plan.

                                                                                                                          http://www.hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com/

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                                                                                                                            CrazyOne Jul 29, 2009 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                            Bump this up. It was mentioned in another thread a while back that Passport Cafe, Rt 19, Wexford was closed or closing. Well, it's changing and will reopen in a couple weeks as Blue Water Tavern. It appears to have changed hands, not sure how much renovation of the space. In an unusual move around here, they have a website up with menu before even being open: http://eatbluewater.com/ A more conservative menu than Passport, for sure, but it could succeed at least in its stated mission, which is probably a better fit for out there (unfortunate, perhaps, but true). It'll be interesting to see what the pricing of that stuff turns out to be.

                                                                                                                            Also I've heard Palate Bistro, 6th Street, downtown is closed and has been bought and will reopen as something different.

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                                                                                                                              mcharles Jul 29, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                              Palate has closed and was bought by Ed Dunlap who owns Le Mont and then a handful of other truly awful restaurants in town. He also bought Le Pommier as well. He has a track record of buying restaurants that have a long history in town (Tambellini's, The Colony, etc.) dumping a ton of money into them, opening them up as absolutely horrible quality restaurants, only to close them a couple of months later and turn them into banquet facilities. Hopefully he doesn't do the same with Le Pommier.

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                                                                                                                                CrazyOne Jul 29, 2009 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                I read about the Le Pommier purchase, and I'm aware of his track record. I didn't know he was the purchaser of Palate though. Better luck this time? Heh. I doubt it. We'll see. It sounded like he was going to be smart and not mess with Le Pommier, but time will tell.

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                                                                                                                                  yayadave Jul 29, 2009 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'm sorry to hear this about Le Pommier. I believe the OTHER French restaurant in Pittsburgh also closed.

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                                                                                                                                    CrazyOne Jul 30, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                    Here's the P-G story about both. I didn't see this on Monday. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09208/...

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                                                                                                                                Whigsboy May 4, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                Out in the northern 'burbs, a welcome addition is the second location for the brick-oven pizza joint Azzeria, pronounced kind of like pizzeria. Only open like a week or so, still has some kinks to work out, but a nice option. Been once for lunch and once for dinner.

                                                                                                                                Had a good chicken and pesto on wheat panini for lunch. With the family, had a regular pie with red sauce and cheese that was good, and the greens and beans pizza that was also good, although heavy on the garlic for my taste.

                                                                                                                                For those who are true fans of the Neapolitan style pies, these aren't too bad. Dough could use some salt and it lacks a little chew, but still reasonably enjoyable. No fresh mozzarella, as far as I can tell, just "fine cheeses" listed on the menu.

                                                                                                                                The wings, also done in the brick oven, are smoky and herby. My order was a little overcooked, but still good.

                                                                                                                                The gelatto was delicious. Our pistachio really tasted like pistachio, and the death by chocolate and chocolate chip cheesecake were also creamy, although the latter was a bit too sweet for my taste.

                                                                                                                                Hopefully they'll eventually have some more in the way of floor service as things get going, so, for example, tables get cleaned in between diners and perhaps you can place an order from your table and not by having to go to the cash register. Don't know if the latter is in the works, but it would be welcome.

                                                                                                                                Spacious inside and with ample room for outdoor seating, through huge garage doors that open up. Glad this place is out here.

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                                                                                                                                  Panini Guy Apr 30, 2009 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                  As locals who've read the paper already know, Ma Provence had its last service on Sunday due to the chef/owner's passing (so young - 48). And yesterday's news that Richard Chen closed is not good news for the immediate future of upscale dining.

                                                                                                                                  Meantime, the (mediocre) Linguini's at Connor/Washington on the BP/ML border will be yet another family-style Italian place called Pazzo's. Temporary sign just went up yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                    Burghfeeder Apr 30, 2009 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                    Richard Chen is a place that I never made it to...I regret that because I've heard some really good things about it.

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                                                                                                                                      burghgal May 1, 2009 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                      Richard Chen is closed for renovations:

                                                                                                                                      http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pit...

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                                                                                                                                        Panini Guy May 1, 2009 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yes, but when it reopens it will no longer be Richard Chen - it will be something more mainstream and mid-priced.
                                                                                                                                        http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09120/...

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                                                                                                                                          Burghfeeder May 1, 2009 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                          Well, maybe I'll be able to afford it then!!!

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                                                                                                                                            mcharles May 1, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                            They closed and defaulted on their lease. Nothing from Richard Chen will be opening back up in that location.

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                                                                                                                                              hassenpfeffer May 5, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                              This is truly awful news for the burgeoning restaurant row in East Liberty, and the Pittsburgh restaurant scene in general.

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                                                                                                                                            burghgal May 3, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                            I missed that article.. what a shame! I didn't even get to try it.

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                                                                                                                                      CrazyOne Apr 21, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                      Is Thai Cuisine on Liberty in Bloomfield closed? Drove by today, had to stop at the traffic light right by it (headed towards downtown). The sign on the side of the building said that the building was for sale (commerical, 4 apts, garage). I said "Oh, I hope the restaurant isn't closed", but as I pulled slowly forward it sure looked it. It was around 5:45 this afternoon, so it should have been open I would think....

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                                                                                                                                        Mr Siegal Apr 21, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                        always closed on tuesdays, most thai places are closed on mondays but i guess Thai Cuisine figured they would pick up that business

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                                                                                                                                          CrazyOne Apr 21, 2009 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          Oh, that's much better news. Thanks. I guess I never went by on a Tuesday before! Actually, while a lot of places are closed on Mondays, in the places where there is such fluctuation, and that are open both nights, and I've actually been both nights, it seems like Tuesday is the lighter night, so that makes sense.

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                                                                                                                                        Mr Siegal Apr 10, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                        Emiliano's is now open on Carson St. near the southside works. I haven't been to the mcKnight Road location or this one yet. anybody a fan?

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                                                                                                                                          burghgal Apr 10, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                          I've been to Emiliano's a couple of times. It's decent Mexican food.. better than Don Pablo's or Chi-Chi's .. well they really weren't Mexican food places.. anyways.. I like the variety of Mad Mex better but Emilianos is good.

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                                                                                                                                            shadysider023 Apr 13, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                            I have also been to the McKnight road location.. I would agree with the comment below....better than Don Pablo's or something but still pretty standard tex mex stuff....I hope they are able to drum up some business at the carson street location...I drove past Saturday night around 9:00 and the place was empty

                                                                                                                                            And don't forget....Taco Loco has moved from its old location on to Carson Street as well...nearly right across from this Emiliano's joint

                                                                                                                                            For downtown workers, I recently noticed the Amazon Cafe on Grant is now a 'Mixstirs' or however they spell it. I had lunch once at the Mixstirs in Market Square and was not impressed. I don't know if they were owned by the same people all along? I usually save Amazon for when its hot and I am craving a smoothie..I hope the quality has not changed.

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                                                                                                                                              Daveman84 Apr 21, 2009 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                              I work right down the street from the Grant Street Mixstir's and it's a favorite standby for me. Their soups are all homemade and delicious. Their wraps are just so-so, but their panini's are fresh and tasty. I've never tried a salad there, though. Add on a smoothie and you've got a great and quick lunch. It can get packed on Fridays, but it's usually nice and empty during the week. I think for a quick counter lunch, there aren't many better places around.

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                                                                                                                                            six dower Apr 10, 2009 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                            New place in Swickley - Naked Grape. Let me know if you try it!
                                                                                                                                            New in South Hills - Wild Rosemary - I have read great reviews. Anyone tried?

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                                                                                                                                              pghfoodieguy Apr 2, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                              Wild Rosemary is fantastic. My wife and i have eaten there 2....3rd time coming very soon and can't wait. Reservations are hard to get....about 1-2 months out. The place only has 10-15 tables but very much well worth it...in my eyes, one of the best in PGH

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                                                                                                                                              Burghfeeder Apr 9, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                              We can't forget about Cafe Allegro on the South Side. What a great place. I know this was a family run place and I think they closed to retire.
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                                                                                                                                                Panini Guy Apr 7, 2009 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                Mr.K - you might be one of the few who liked Linguini's (assuming you're talking about the one on Washington across from Galleria). We never went, mostly because of what we'd heard from the neighbors. Plus it always seemed like one of those early senior dinner places - lot would be packed at 5, empty by 8.

                                                                                                                                                Carlena's Deli on Painter's Run closed. Too bad - they had excellent hot sausage and meatball subs and were a great deal for catering trays.

                                                                                                                                                Although there's no sign to indicate it, the former Caruso's pizza is now Michael B's Pizza. While Caruso's has been gone for a couple years now, Mike didn't get around to making any menu or decor changes until the last couple of months. Like 99% of other Pittsburgh pizza places, he's added wings.

                                                                                                                                                Matt Gebis, who was the best barista at LaPrima, will have his own place in Oakland, scheduled to open in May so there will finally be some decent coffee in that area.

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                                                                                                                                                  MrKotter Apr 7, 2009 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                  You might be correct (it is the Mt Lebo location). After moving to Pgh from Chicago 12 years ago, I have been on a constant search for good pizza, and I really like the 'za at Linguini's. The crust is quite flavorful and done nicely in the brick oven. The italian sausage sucks (crumbled,ground beef) but that is typical for the Burgh (I have only found 2 places that actually use IMO the correct italian pizza sausage--Bados and Burghs Pizza Pub). Their garlic wings are excellent(no vampires, for sure), and their salads are really good. I've mainly eaten there fore lunch, especially on the patio, or takeout.

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                                                                                                                                                    burghgal Apr 8, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I went to Linguini's when they first opened and wasn't that impressed. Hopefully they've gotten better over time. DiCarlo's Pizza on Route 51 (Overbook) has reopened with new ownership and the menu is small but they have the original DiCarlo taste.

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                                                                                                                                                      VictoriaL Apr 8, 2009 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                      We go to Linguini's near Century III a few times a month and I always am amazed at how few people are there. The oven-baked pizzas are very good, and their chicken (and eggplant) parmesan sandwiches are huge and excellent (especially with those homemade chips). We go there mainly for lunch, but a few times for dinner and I would recommend the homemade gnocchi and the linguine with white clam sauce. Their marinara is almost as good as my Mom's, and much better than most I've had in restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                      Wonder what the management changes will do to the food/ operation? Sometimes the service can be quite slow.

                                                                                                                                                      And nice to know about DeCarlo's, one cannot have too many pizza places! :)

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                                                                                                                                                    PghJen Apr 8, 2009 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                    PG, do you know where in Oakland the coffee shop will be? This is exciting news!

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                                                                                                                                                      Panini Guy Apr 8, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Last I heard the plan was for somewhere on Atwood, but couldn't tell you where exactly.

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                                                                                                                                                        Panini Guy Apr 21, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                        update: the Atwood location is due to be demolished, so Matt is not going to Oakland after all. He's setting up shop in Lawrenceville, Butler & 37th, scheduled for June opening.

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                                                                                                                                                    Davecli Apr 7, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Good idea! A place that comes to mind is Butya's, on Stubenville Pike (toward Robinson). This was really more of a bar than a fine dining establishment but they did do a pretty good lunch and a hugh fish sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                    Linguini's is a place that I've heard of but I haven't been able to find it!!?? Someone told me it was near Century III, but I can't seem to locate it. I was told that it can be good, but that there are some management problems. I'd still like to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                      Davecli Apr 7, 2009 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Another one is Amici, which just reciently opened at the site of Tambellani's on 51. Although it was very close to where I live, I never got a chance to eat there.

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                                                                                                                                                        mcharles Apr 11, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Amici is actually now just a banquet and catering place. Just another restaurant that Ed Dunlap has bought, dumped a bunch of money into, and ruined!

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                                                                                                                                                        Rick Apr 7, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                        It's right where Don Pablo's used to be, in front of the now closed Circuit City. I went there once, never felt the need to return.

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                                                                                                                                                          scadgirl007 Jul 18, 2010 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Linguini's was located in Mountain Ridge Plaza by the Giant Eagle. I've had a couple of people mention it has closed permanently. I am saddened by this since they had wonderful eggplant parm!

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                                                                                                                                                            Rick Jul 18, 2010 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I THINK they moved across the street from The Galleria on Rt. 19.

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                                                                                                                                                              dmjordan Jul 19, 2010 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                              It was Linguini's but it is now Pazzo's. I've never been there.

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                                                                                                                                                                Rick Jul 19, 2010 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Another change over there? That's location can't seem to keep one place for very long.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Panini Guy Jul 23, 2010 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Funny thing is, whatever goes in that location is almost exactly the same as whatever preceded it. It's always mediocre red sauce Italian with a big early-bird dinner crowd. Parking lot empties by 8:30pm.

                                                                                                                                                                  You'd think someone would try something different.

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