Spring 18|volume 11|Issue 3

    What’s New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    Lidia’s Installs Veteran Management Team
    Lidi's Staff

    The new management team at Lidia’s includes (left to right): Eric Barlow, service manager, 18 years; Ashley Tunney, manager Private Dining Events, 10-plus years; and Zach Katz, beverage director, 16 years. Not pictured are Daniel Walker, executive chef, 8 years, and Mary Story, who recently joined the group.

    Lidia’s, a Strip District establishment for over 16 years, is now being managed by a team of employees with a long history of working at the upscale dining establishment.

    “I am extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and hardworking management at Lidia’s Pittsburgh,” says Tanya Bastianich Manuali, proprietor. “They work like a team and think like a team—extremely important for a successful business. Chef Daniel leads them all to constantly think about the best choices for our guests and for the brand,” she adds.

    Ms. Manuali notes that Lidia’s has been in the Strip and part of Pittsburgh’s dining scene for quite a few years, and maintaining a strong business is a constant evolution. “My team is always thinking about the menu, sourcing local, and seasonality. Mary and Eric take great pride in constantly leading the staff in educational meetings about Italian food and wine, which only further add to what the diners experience,” she says.

    “Zach creates our beverage program, which is reflective of current trends in Italian wine, with the core Italian classics as well—all to better complement and enhance the chef’s creations. Ashley makes sure that everybody enjoys their group dining experience—whether for work or a big celebratory party. Our Loft, perched above the main dining room, is a unique event space. I could not be more pleased to be working with such an accomplished and dedicated group of individuals,” concludes Manuali.

    Lidia’s Pittsburgh
    1400 Smallman St. / 412-552-0150

    At Alida’s, It’s a Pittsburgh Story

    Alidia Exterior

    Three lifelong friends want to go into business—one is a chef, the other two have restaurant experience—so they open Alida’s Woodfired Cucina at 3345 Butler Street, adjacent to the Roberto Clemente Museum. Alida’s is the newest addition to the growing retail area on the border between the Strip District and Lawrenceville.

    “We wanted to offer a restaurant that prepared authentic Italian food served in a warm and comfortable environment,” says owners Gene DePasquale and Mark Diulus. “Our goal is to provide a relaxing night out, whether to enjoy dinner or a pizza from our woodfired oven,” he adds. Albert Romagna, the chef and boyhood friend of Mr. DePasquale, counts over 40 years of experience in pleasing restaurant patrons with his flair for Mediterranean-influenced presentations. Maureen McNulty brings her many years of restaurant-management experience to the new establishment.

    Open for lunch and dinner, the new dining spot offers an extensive menu, from a robust selection of Paninis to full-course dinners. The bar stocks a large variety of craft and national beers and wines available by the glass or bottle.

    Alida’s Woodfired Cucina
    3345 Penn Ave. / 412-742-4495

    Atelier de Fer Opens in the Strip District
    Atelier’s owners Matt and Vanessa Marietti.

    Atelier’s owners Matt and Vanessa Marietti.

    A new Strip District specialty café is on a mission to provide its patrons with unique and sustainably sourced coffees and teas—along with a healthy dose of French ambience. Atelier de Fer, which loosely translates into “workshop of iron” to pay homage to the Steel City and French cafés, opened for business in the Strip District on December 23.

    The café, which is located at 2002 Smallman Street, roasts its own coffee in-house, sources its own tea, and offers a small menu and local food products. Specialties include homemade waffles that are made with a touch of espresso in the batter, as well as Chai tea, which they blend from scratch. The café also offers a variety of local food products, including honey from Apoidea and Bedillion, oil and vinegar from Olive and Marlowe, syrup from Paul Family, and meat from Parma and Penn Mac. Pending state approval, Atelier plans to soon sell a small selection of wines, beers, kombucha, and craft cocktails.

    Owner Matt Marietti says that after founding the company in 2016, he choose the Strip for its storefront because of the variety of people the neighborhood attracts. “I don’t know if there’s a better place in Pittsburgh to meet such a diverse group of people,” says Marietti. “There is a such an amazing, rich history—a lot of it involving food—that it’s truly an inspiring place to work. We are extremely fortunate to have found a home in the Strip.”

    Atelier de Fer is open Tuesday through Sunday.

    Atelier de Fer
    2002 Smallman St. / 412-440-8257

    Courtyard Winery Hosts the Dogs
    Officer Rocco

    Officer Rocco

    Spotlighting the dogs that help protect us, on Saturday, March 24, the Courtyard Winery in the Strip hosts the city police dogs and their partners from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Winery is donating 20 percent of all wine sales during event hours to the Officer Rocco K9 Memorial Fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation.

    Like cats? The Winery is hosting the Pittsburgh Cat Adoption Team on April 14, noon to 2:00 p.m. Again, 20 percent of all wine sales during the event will be donated.

    The Courtyard Winery
    Pennsylvania Market
    108 19th St. / 412-408-3237