When ancient Egyptians built the original food pyramid, many felt its suggested serving of limestone was particularly disproportionate. Enjoy a modern food grouping with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of tapas at La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar.
La Casa's chefs deliver flavors from Spain and Morocco derived from ingredients grown locally. The menu offers modest portions intended for pairing with selections from an extensive wine list (this Groupon is not valid for alcohol). Taste fusion begins with starters such as the harira, a vegetarian Moroccan soup ($7), and the ensalada de matador, boasting an eclectic blend of manchego cheese, sliced apples, and cucumbers dancing through a mandarin-orange dressing ($8). Tapas dishes—available hot, cold, or cryogenically frozen for future clones—include plato de embutidos y quesos, featuring sliced ham, dried sausages, and Spanish cheeses ($15); artichokes gently marinated in garlic and vinegar ($5); and pulpo a la plancha, sautéed octopus served beneath a garlic olive-oil paprika sauce ($13).
Keeping in line with literal translation, La Casa resides in an unsuspecting home along a neighborhood street, welcoming passersby with its patio seating and smooth, red-brick exterior. With a warm, comfortable atmosphere, diners can take their time to nibble, savor, and talk until filled with food, wine, and intoxicating discourse about making stuffed animals out of common household items. Reservations are not required, but they are recommended to ensure a smooth dining experience. La Casa is open for dinner seven nights a week, with additional lunch hours served up Saturday.
La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar
Owner and chef Omar Mediouni imbues La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar's menu of traditional Spanish and Moroccan small plates and entrees with local ingredients and an appetite for culinary fusion that, according to Pittsburgh City Paper, "combines sophistication and comfort, authenticity and simplicity." Flagpole-addicted tongues warm up with a choice of 16 hot tapas, including the chorizo catalan's spicy sautéed sausage and spinach in a red-wine reduction ($10), and tomatoes, sweet pepper, and eggplant form the base of a duo of Moroccan dips ($8 each). Larger entrees ($16–$28) sneak garbanzo beans, chicken, lamb, and eggplant into piles of couscous or saffron paella rice like parents tucking Easter eggs into an egg carton.
Nestled within a brick house along a neighborhood street in Shadyside, La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar greets springtime by opening its patio to warm breezes and showers of cupid arrows. Inside, a hanging Spanish guitar, lanterns lit by candles, and the wide grin of a bright red hearth contribute to a cozy, eclectic spirit.
5884 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232