Winter 2020-21|volume 14|Issue 2

    What’s New?

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

    Mahla’s Amazing Antiques, in the Showroom and Online

    Mahla Antiques

    Mahla & Co. Antiques has been busy throughout 2020. Many beautiful additions to the already amazing inventory adorn their showrooms. Highlights include spectacular mid-century Danish designer lounge chairs with breathtaking modernist textiles; Louis XIV and XV style bench and dining chairs with Emilio Pucci style upholstery; and antique and MCM polychrome finished desks, chests, and side tables. The business’s proprietors comment: “As all of our fellow Strip merchants are doing, we at Mahla & Co. are happily looking after our customers’ safety with constant disinfecting, wearing of masks, and social distancing. It’s been great being back open and seeing our friends in the Strip!”

    Also exciting at Mahla is a new website, for extraordinary “Shopping Online”! It’s easy, with curbside pickup or delivery available. “Items added weekly,” they say, “but unfortunately we will never be able to show our thousands of fabulous pieces that are in the shop … we’re trying, though!”

    As Mahla & Co. Antiques celebrates 25 years in business, it’s a must stop for holiday shopping. Whether it’s to prepare your home for entertaining or to look for that unique gift, you will find it at Mahla.

    Mahla & Co. Antiques
    17th and Smallman / 412-471-2090

    Management Promotion at In The Kitchen

    Albert Maisto

    Albert Maisto

    In The Kitchen, the popular kitchen-supply store on Penn Avenue in the Strip, has promoted Albert Maisto to Assistant Manager. Albert brings over 20 years of retail experience to the new position. He has been associated with In The Kitchen for over three years.

    In The Kitchen
    1725 Penn Ave. / 412-261-5513

    Cioppino Appoints New General Manager

    Dana Zinsser

    Dana Zinsser

    Dana Zinsser has been named the General Manager for Cioppino, the Strip’s landmark restaurant and cigar bar, and the Osteria 2350 restaurant, also located in the Strip. A native of Pittsburgh, Zinsser’s recent experience includes Maine’s prestigious Black Point Inn. Zinsser comments: “In Oregon I worked alongside some great professionals. I then came home to Pittsburgh, and after working at the DoubleTree in Cranberry for over three years, I relocated again to become Food and Beverage Director of a quaint inn on the Maine coast. Within a year, though, I was offered the amazing opportunity to come home again and lead the great team at Cioppino and Osteria 2350. I am grateful to be back in Pittsburgh so I can spend time with my large, loving extended family and to be closer to my mom, my sister, and my three amazing nephews, Jake, Sam, and Ben.”
    Welcome home, Dana!

    2350 Railroad St. / 412-281-6593

    Urban Oven Now in the Strip

    Urban Oven

    The site of the former Bradley’s Book Outlet in the Strip has been rescued by Chef Camille, owner of the new Urban Oven. The wood-fired oven was imported from Italy, the colorful terracotta floors from Istanbul, and the beautiful wood tables by way of Ecuador. The menu certainly matches the surroundings—Mediterranean flatbreads and authentic sautes, Lahmajun, and of course pizza and pizza boats, all made with natural ingredients the old-fashioned way.

    Urban Oven
    2019 Penn Ave. / 412-688-8084

    DiAnoia’s Eatery Opens Pane è Pronto

    A new Italian bread and catering establishment called Pane è Pronto has just opened, courtesy of Dave Anoia and Aimee DiAndrea at DiAnoia’s Eatery and Pizzeria Davide. The Strip’s 2627 Penn Avenue location will be offering fresh bread and pastas, homemade sauces, pastries, and meals to go. DiAnoia’s Nick Malburg is the “bread manager,” baking Italian focaccia and ciabatta, and much more.

    Pane è Pronto
    2627 Penn Ave. / 412-981-1875 (DiAnoia’s)

    Insurrection AleWorks

    The Strip is hosting the opening of a new taproom, direct from Heidelberg (1635 E. Railroad St., off Route 50 in the South Hills, Carnegie area). Insurrection AleWorks is expanding … to 1812 Penn Avenue. The location, which has been fully renovated, is serving beer and a selection of local wines and spirits. No food is sold on-site, but folks are welcome to bring in bites from neighboring eateries.

    Insurrection AleWorks
    1812 Penn Ave. / 412-209-4100

    Contemporary Craft Now Open in Lawrenceville

    Contemporary Craft

    Following the move from its Strip District home, the Contemporary Craft arts organization has entered a new phase with its debut in September in a renovated light-manufacturing building on Butler Street in Upper Lawrenceville.

    “After 49 years of operation, we are thrilled to finally be welcoming visitors into our new, permanent home,” says Janet McCall, Executive Director of CC. “During these uncertain times, the arts can play an even more important role as a resource for wellbeing, hope, and resilience.”

    The inaugural exhibition—now through January 2021 in the Main Gallery—is “The Heart Lives Through the Hands,” featuring works by internationally renowned artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry). Deriving from the exciting world of contemporary street art, Swoon’s often whimsical cut-paper and hand-printed works weave in fairy tales, myth, and a recurring motif of the sacred feminine.

    In addition to the gallery space, the new CC home includes a makers’ space flooded with natural light and updated equipment, and a store featuring functional and decorative art objects by artists from across the United States.

    And during the holiday season (and beyond!), if you are looking for a unique gift to send to a family member or loved one, CC’s official online store ( has over 1,000 exceptional handcrafted art objects.

    Expanded holiday hours from November 18 through December 23, 2020 are: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (timed-ticketing and other safety/health protocols are in place).

    Contemporary Craft
    5645 Butler Street / 412-465-1637

    The Strip’s New Wine, Beer & Spirits Store

    At the new 1700 Penn Wine, Beer & Spirits Store customers will be able to grab to-go bottles and cans from the state’s top wineries, cideries, and meaderies—and sip cocktails and enjoy Helltown and Rivertowne pints. Local artists are painting murals on the inside and outside of the building.

    1700 Penn Wine, Beer & Spirits Store
    1700 Penn Ave. / 412-918-1208

    Allegheny Coffee’s Aromatic Candle-in-a-Mug

    Allegheny Coffee and Tea

    “It smells soooooo good in here”—words heard repeatedly every day at Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange. Now you can say that at home too. Introducing a new line of candles made by Pittsburgh Candle Works filling the store’s coffee mugs. You’ll not only get a soy candle with 75 to 90 hours of burn time but a mug to enjoy delicious coffee in. Available in six wonderful scents.

    Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange
    2005 Penn Ave. / 1-866-569-5865

    Cioppino Returns to Dinner Service

    Cioppino restaurant has re-inaugurated its regular dinner service. The dinner menu includes such Cioppino favorites as their Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, their famous Lobster Risotto, the Greens and Goat Salad, and many others! This dinner menu is available for curbside pick-up plus dining-in. Cioppino is also serving its full bar offerings for dine-in service in accordance with executive orders, as well as wine, beer, and select cocktails to go. Hours of operation for dinner are now: Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    2350 Railroad St. / 412-281-6593

    Alihan’s Restaurant: Online Orders, Full-Service Dining

    Alihan’s is a family-owned restaurant that brings an experience of Turkish cuisine and ambience to Downtown Pittsburgh. Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine restaurant is open for full-service dining, and indoors as well (with limited seating capacity). Alihan’s offers a mouthwatering menu that includes kebabs, seafood, homemade desserts, and also meals for vegetarians, gluten-free diners, and vegans. The restaurant is located Downtown on Sixth Street and accepts reservations via phone 412-888-0630 or the website (see below); you can order online for take-out or free delivery.

    Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine
    124 Sixth St., Downtown / 412-888-0630

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