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.
Behind the quaint façade of Mama C's Cafe, an impressive menu awaits. Hot from the oven, 18 varieties of specialty pizza include classics such as a margarita, or more unconventional breakfast pizzas topped with eggs, sausage, bacon, and the morning newspaper. The chef's specialties take other forms as well, with the meatball sandwich lined with homemade meatballs and the lasagna with a special "gravy." The menu also shows a non-Italian side with options like chipotle wraps, buffalo chicken salads, and cheeseburgers.
The owners of Grannies named the spot after their grandmother, a woman they remember as both an "amazing cook and amazing grannie." They recreate her sumptuous recipes inside the cozy Jeanette eatery, preparing rotating menus of comforting Italian, Polish, and American cuisine. Stuffed cabbage rolls, egg-dipped Monte Cristo sandwiches, and chicken pot pies are a few specialties. A chocolate-chip cookie accompanies each dinner, ending meals with a sweet touch.
Libras's proprietor, Diana DiBridge Robosky, serves up a satisfying menu of breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches. Red-potato hash, cheese, and meat crown the cheesy omelet bowl ($6), and the grilled veggie sandwich on ciabatta ($8) holds more produce than Peter Rabbit's crisper drawer. Traditional caesar salad comes topped with house-made garlic croutons and fresh ground pepper ($5), and florets and pasta mingle in the broccoli-tortellini salad ($6).
The chefs at Chef Dato craft elegant American entrees using ingredients purchased from local grocery stores, 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 hand-cut, grilled New York strip steak. 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.
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.