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Bravo Franco, Pittsburgh, PA

The show started out well, but quickly became a bit overwhelming and repetitive- a sensory overload to say the least. When the lights came on, and the intermission bell chimed, we decided to skip the second act (along with many other folks) and have an early dinner. We chose Bravo Franco, located at 613 Penn Avenue, because of its close proximity to the theater.

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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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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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Cenacolo, North Huntingoton, PA

I’m constantly asked, “Where can you get authentic Italian food in Pittsburgh?” Until recently, I didn’t have an answer. Last Saturday I had the opportunity to dine at Cenacolo- Pittsburgh’s first truly authentic Italian eatery, located in North Huntington, PA.

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Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon and Scallops

If you’re a bacon fan, this recipe will make your heart sing. The rich Alfredo sauce, paired with the sweet scallops and salty bacon is a divine combination.

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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Shrimp Scampi is a popular dish. It can be made with a myriad of ingredients, and different types of pasta and seafood. The most important factor when preparing this particular recipe is to get large, fresh, good quality shrimp.

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe

Fra Diavolo is the name given to a spicy sauce (usually red) that is used with fresh pasta and seafood. In this particular recipe, I use jumbo shrimp.

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Cucina Bella, Bridgeville, PA

When I arrived at Cucina Bella, I felt as if I was in an Italian cafe straight from Tuscany.

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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Pasta Carbonara is a rich, delicious dish. This is my version- feel free to tweek it any way you want!

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for Mac & Cheese recipes lately. The key to an exceptional macaroni and cheese isn’t the cheese, or pasta- it’s the base sauce.

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