Chefs infuse robust flavors into hand-tossed pizza, piquant pasta, and other traditional Italian entrees on The Grotto Restaurant’s extensive lunch and dinner menus. In the pomodoro pasta fini pasta splashes in a sea of freshly diced tomatoes, feta cheese, and fragrant basil alongside freshly baked bread ($13.99). The Sonny's signature, gourmet crab-cakes dish soaks jumbo lumps of white crab meat in a lagoon of cream sherry sauce ($24.99). The culinary crew also hand-tosses 12-inch pizzas ($11.99–$12.99) topped with sausage, feta cheese, mushrooms, and other savories to round off the menu's savory selection and incite envy in neglected baseballs.
When Sharon and John Klay discovered winemaking while living in New York City, they also discovered their passion. The only thing was, they didn't have the space to bring it to fruition. Their solution: relocate to western Pennsylvania and purchase the 215-acre Fayette Springs Farm. From there, they cultivated 14,000 vines, transforming them into award-winning wines that range from dry white to robust red.
Now, Christian W. Klay Winery, which bears the name of the Klays' son, welcomes guests to its picturesque spot for wine tastings, summer concert series, and seasonal shindigs. It also rents out its attractive confines for private events, such as weddings or birthday parties for grapes who just turned 21.
The chefs at Chef Dato's Table craft elegant American entrees using ingredients purchased from local vendors, farmers, and bakers. Recognized on the Food Network, the restaurant?s Hollywood burger is covered with mango salsa, creamy adjika, and biryani seasoning and served with a bodyguard and five paparazzi. Also popular on the menu: the wild mushroom risotto and the German pork schnitzel. The dressings for the specialty salads are made by hand; the salads also come topped with maple glazed salmon or grilled chicken and mandarin oranges. Additionally, special menus are crafted for occasions such as Oktoberfest; this year's Oktoberfest menu, featured in September and October, includes German sausages, Jagerschnitzel, potato pancakes, German bier pretzels, sauerbraten, roasted pork and kraut, and other German-inspired dishes, perfect for enjoying in the German-style beer garden, which serves a large selection of German and local craft beers.
Not many people get the chance to dine in a restaurant's wine cellar, but at Vallozzi's, diners can book the underground space for a private dinner or dine in one of four other elegant areas. While enjoying award-winning wines, guests can feast on upscale Italian cuisine in Vallozzi's Classic dining room, which awards the eyes with hand-painted murals and romantic lighting. Alfresco dining options include Casa Elena and the patio, where guests can bask in the breeze without picnicking on an airport runway. Rounding out the quintet of rooms and boasting a handmade maple and olive wood bar, Rosso Bianco blends casual and chic with light-strewn tables, wine racks, and flat-screen TVs.
The Cupcake Shoppe passes on cake mixes in favor of all-natural ingredients, making cupcakes from scratch daily and hand-decorating each so the presentation matches the taste. The shop doles out its creations individually, or by the half- or full-dozen, and offers to top off bites with different icings, such as cream cheese and caramel whip. For special occasions, customers can have the shop concoct personalized batches, complete with treat boxes and decorative wrappers.
Located within five miles of both the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Seton Hill University, Abie & Bimbo's Pizza tempts students and other locals with Sicilian-style pies and specialty subs primed for delivery and carryout. Pick from 10 meat and veggie topping options to craft a circular creation, and pair it with your choice of Swinger or Original Pizzaroni sub. The Swinger steams with Virginia-baked ham, salami, and provolone, and the Original Pizzaroni defies geometric logic with pizza-inspired fillings packed inside a toasty sub roll. Customers can also opt for the large antipasto salad, a smattering of meats, hot-pepper rings, and cheeses dancing in a garden of fresh lettuce that's less than secretive.