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Italian Garden Proje...

In 1910 at the age of 16, my grandfather immigrated to America from a Sicilian village outside of Palermo. By the 1920’s, he started a wholesale produce business with his father and brothers in the part of town my family always called “the produce yards” or simply “the yards,” better...

Larry Klu’s Pro-Sports Arts Sep07

Larry Klu’s Pr...

It’s not uncommon to visit a home in Pittsburgh and see sports memorabilia of some sort on display—an autographed Penguins jersey, a Terrible Towel or even a framed photo of a historical moment like Maz’ 1960 World Series homerun or Santonio Holmes’ Superbowl XLIII catch. If you’re...

Mediterrano Sep06

Mediterrano

  Gyros, baklava and feta cheese. Oh, and stuffed grape leaves. That’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge of Greek cuisine. After a couple visits to Mediterrano, a Greek restaurant on Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills, I can’t say that my knowledge of Greek food has expanded...

D’Imperio’s Aug27

D’Imperio̵...

As I’ve mentioned here before, I am always looking for a good Italian restaurant.  On a recent evening, my female friend and I found ourselves hungry and in the eastern suburbs. I pulled up Urbanspoon on my phone to see what restaurants were close by, and D’Imperio’s was on the list....

Chris Higbee Aug25

Chris Higbee

I should probably start this off by revealing that I really don’t like contemporary country music. The country music I enjoy comes from people like Johnny Cash and George Jones. Genuine God-fearing Southerners who could drink you under the table, might have done some jail time, and sing...

Alpine Slide Aug23

Alpine Slide

One favorite way Pittsburghers enjoy the winter months is to head to Seven Springs Mountain Resort and enjoy skiing, tubing and of course, warming up with a cocktail at the Foggy Goggle. But Pittsburgh Things has found that the resort also has a lot to offer after the snow melts. There’s...

DiPietro’s Restaurant Aug17

DiPietro’s Res...

I’m on a constant quest to find the second best place to get Italian food in Pittsburgh. The number one place for Italian food is my mother’s kitchen, in case you were wondering. I still haven’t made up my mind as to who gets the silver medal for Italian food in Pittsburgh, but one...

Stand Up Pittsburgh Aug15

Stand Up Pittsburgh

Derek and Roxane love new adventures, so when Derek wanted to find a special way to celebrate Roxane’s birthday, he found a new Pittsburgh thing with an Hawaiian flair.  Stand up paddle boarding has made its way from the oceans of the South Pacific to the waterways of Western...

Willow Aug12

Willow

I can’t remember a more exciting time in Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene. It seems like there’s a new restaurant popping up every week creating a new buzz. And while I want to try each new restaurant as soon as possible, sometimes I have to put off trying the newest hot restaurant in order...

CellPig.com

I learned the hard way the importance of having a protective cell phone cover recently. As I was putting my new smart phone into my pocket a few weeks ago, it slipped from my hands and hit asphalt, screen first. The large glass touch screen shattered. The phone was insured, but I still had to...

Highland Park Aug01

Highland Park

Most people would agree that the Pittsburgh Zoo is one of the city’s greatest amenities. But what most people probably  don’t realize when they go to ogle polar bears and sharks is that another jewel of the city sits just up the hill from the zoo, Highland Park. In 1879, the city built...

Boyd & Blair Jul31

Boyd & Blair

I was at a food festival a couple years ago when I first learned that vodka was being distilled in Shaler. Shaler? Vodka? I pictured the water pouring from the waterfall built into the facade of the Shaler Water Authority building on Route 28 being turned into vodka and couldn’t help but...

Kanok Jul25

Kanok

It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, a perfect day to enjoy the light aromatic flavors of Thai food at the new Thai restaurant in Shadyside, Kanok. We arrived to an almost empty restaurant around 1:30 in the afternoon. A smiling waiter promptly brought menus and we both...

Park Bruges Jul24

Park Bruges

I always heard great things about Point Brugge in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood but never made an effort to check it out because I had heard there’s always a long wait for a table. And then a few months ago, I heard that Point Brugge was opening a sister restaurant in Highland...

Labriola’s Italian Market Jul17

Labriola’s Ita...

I know the Strip District is the “go to” place for Italian specialty food shopping, but if you don’t want to deal with the parking mess or crowds of yuppies, there’s Labriola’s Italian Market. I love this place. For a second-generation Italian-American like me that loves Italian...