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Ristorante Arlecchino, McMurray, PA

Ristorante Arlecchino is located at 133 Camp Lane, in Mcmurray, PA. Previously a schoolhouse, the restaurant embodies comfort, and old-world charm. The main dining room is inviting and warm, with an open kitchen where you can see the talent at work.

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Narcisi Winery, Gibsonia, PA

Last weekend my sister was celebrating her birthday, and wanted to meet at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia, PA. I had never heard of the winery, but was eager to have a meal with my family, and enjoy some Italian food and wine. A bit of a preface- Pennsylvania wines are usually less than exceptional because of the lack of sun, wet climate, and baron soil. What results, are wines that are lacking body, and depth. Most east coast wines are also unbearably sweet.

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Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu Recipe   Tiramisu is a light, creamy Italian dessert. There are many layers of flavors within, including brewed coffee, mascarpone cheese, and …

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Lenzis, Monogahela

If you haven’t been to the Mon Valley, chances are you haven’t heard of Lenzis.   Lenzi’s has been serving Italian fare since the …

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Lidias Pittsburgh

  Lidias Pittsburgh It’s always fun when my cousin Laura visits from New York- the extended family has the opportunity to catch up, …

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Olive Garden, Monroeville, PA

  I’m not a huge fan of chain restaurants- I prefer small, locally owned eateries because they usually provide more interesting fare. This …

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Francesco’s Italian Restaurant, Clairton, PA

Francesco’s Italian restaurant is located off of 51 in Clairton, PA. It isn’t a large eatery, probably 50 seats total. I noticed quite a few black and white pics of the Francesco family on the wall as I walked in- I was interested in learning more about the rich history.

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Angelo’s, Washington, PA

The very best fried zucchini I’ve ever tasted was at Angelo’s restaurant in Washington, PA. These particular slices of zucchini were perfectly ripe. Instead of traditional breading (I always make mine with panko for that extra crunch) they were battered and fried. The coating was crunchy and delicious. Each strand of fried zucchini become increasingly delicious as I sampled it with the homemade marinara and spicy horseradish sauce ($10.00)

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for pizza dough recipes lately. This particular pizza dough recipe is easy to make, and yields a great result.

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Vegan Brown Rice Pasta

In my never-ending quest to avoid refined carbohydrates, I’ve come across a few tasty, healthier alternatives- one of them is brown rice pasta. Brown rice pasta cooks differently than regular- it takes twice as long, and often produces excessive amounts of starch in the form of cloudy, bubbly water. This water often overflows from the pot, and is a mess to clean up. Tonight I experimented with cooking the pasta twice. I started with a pound of brown rice pasta. The pasta was placed in a large pot of salted, boiling water, cooked for 4 minutes, then drained. I then re-boiled the pasta in a fresh pot of water for 5 minutes. The end result was a less-starchy product. Try this procedure when cooking brown rice pasta- cooking times may vary depending on pasta shapes.

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