Sunday, February 10, 2013
Lots of Upper St. Clair restaurants, shops and other great places can be found in our directory. Review them here!
This week's local restaurant spotlight is Calabria's, located on Hidden Valley Road in Upper St. Clair. Overlooking the Frosty Valley Golf Links, Calabria's offers a pleasant atmosphere and a menu of classic Italian dishes as well as American cuisine. The restaurant also has a second location in Castle Shannon. The restaurant was featured in a 2011 column as a great "date night" location. Have you been here? Review this restaurant on the Calabria's directory listing.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Tucked away on a shaded corner of Castle Shannon Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon, Luma Restaurant is one of the South Hills’ hidden treasures.
We passed Luma on the random drive last week that landed us at Carbonara’s and made a mental note to go back when they were open. (They’re closed Sundays, but open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.) So glad we kept this place on the radar! Luma is modern — the lighting is dim and tables are candlelit; black panels on the walls are backlit with different colored light, and the sliding doors to the bathrooms are both chic and space-saving. There’s outdoor seating behind the restaurant, hidden from street view and shaded by big, leafy trees — I can’t wait to test out their lunch menu out there this summer. We, however, were there for dinner, and seated in the corner next to the kitchen, which unfortunately was a bit busy and loud…
Friday, April 29, 2011
Calabria's is great whether you've just played 18 holes or simply want to take in the view over the greens.
My car is currently a rolling advertisement for Venture Outdoors — a moving storage space for climbing gear, camping equipment, and miscellaneous accessories for the horse and dog. However, as everyone in western Pennsylvania is well aware, the recent weather hasn’t been good for anything much more than surfing the net for hiking trails in Hawaii while daydreaming about campfires and fireflies and spending the night under the stars. Surprised by nice weather one recent evening, Jeremy and I were anxious to spend some time outside, so we headed over to Calabria’s at the Frosty Valley Golf Links. They had just opened their deck seating, and so we snagged one of the few tables that wasn’t covered with sound system equipment. We didn’t care — …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Jeremy and Sarah visit reader-recommended Sauce in Bridgeville on a quest for Pittsburgh's best burger and skillet mac and cheese.
At the recommendation of reader — and student — Liz MacLean, Jeremy and I ventured into Bridgeville on a Saturday night to check out Sauce and their top-rated gourmet burgers. Ok, Jeremy was there to check out the burgers. Liz recommended that I try the mac and cheese. We arrived around 7 p.m. and met with a 30-45 minute wait, so we tucked ourselves into the one tiny bench in the entrance area behind the door. The place was packed. The main dining area and bar are side-by-side in a long, narrow room, but managed to feel cozy and inviting with soft lighting and oversized, padded booths. The Pens played on the flat-screens above the bar and the noise level, while elevated, was far from overwhelming. The hostess called us after 20 minutes, …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Fine art and inventive cuisine make Cafe Georgio a must-visit.
Stepping into Café Georgio, a converted house on tiny Donati Road, you’re not sure whether you’re entering a restaurant or an art gallery, but the food and décor are both inventive and full of flavor. Jeremy and I were seated in one of the two downstairs dining rooms – farthest from the entryway, bar, and kitchen, where a handful of tables are tucked in beside a fireplace and a collection of artwork by the owner, Grace Hopwood. There’s an upstairs dining room as well, also uniquely decorated with artwork for sale. Our reservations were for 6:30, and when we arrived, we were the only two in the dining room. By the end of the evening – a Monday night – both downstairs dining rooms were near full, and the recommendation to make a reservation…
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Patch contributor Sarah Klingler and her boyfriend Jeremy explore and review local eateries in this weekly column.
I was sitting across from my boyfriend Jeremy at the Market Square Primanti’s, watching him try to make sense of his sandwich that was exploding fries and coleslaw across our wax paper-covered booth. We met in the fall, only a few months after he relocated to Pittsburgh from Anchorage, Alaska, and though I’d been telling him for months about this Pittsburgh sandwich phenomenon, this was our first visit. He looked at me from across the table and said, “I like this.” “What, the sandwich?” I asked, as a glob of ketchup threatened to fall from his sandwich crust onto his pants. “Nah, not the sandwich,” he replied. “The slaw has too much vinegar. I like just being out with you. Let’s make time for this. Once a week. Date night.” When we …