Healthy burgers and dogs served on the freshest Cellone’s rolls? Two please!
Doug Baros is opening his second Burgerz and Dogz (BnD’z)restaurant in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Mount Lebanon neighborhood on Monday September 29th. Burgerz and Dogz’ flagship location on Brownsville Road in South Park has created quite a following since opening its doors in October 2012.
With an extensive menu and a customizable ordering sheet, Burgerz and Dogz aims to please! The delicious food coupled with a focus on healthy, gluten free, and vegetarian offerings, is a combination that Pitts-burgerz seem to like! Who doesn’t love their dinner in a fresh Cellone’s bun? Doug creates an experience for the customers. From the open kitchen floor plan to the highest quality ingredients, he totally thought of everything!
Doug says, “I wanted to offer something differrent. Healthy, real food without all of the additives, preservatives, and chemicals.”
Burgerz and Dogz most popular menu items? The garbage burger and the bison burger! Worth the stop!
“It would be a dream come true if we were allowed downtown. [The Three Rivers Arts Festival] was our favorite event. People were lined up 30 minutes before we started!”- Saucy Mamas Italian Food Truck and Catering
Did you know Pittsburgh food trucks cannot legally serve food to the public downtown? With strict laws regarding parking locations, amount of time serving, and hours of operation, Pittsburgh food trucks are in a constant struggle to get in front of their customers. According to
www.pghmobilefood.com, some of the current laws are driven by distance from downtown restaurants. Would the customers buying a Bar-B-Cone or a chicken panini on the street be the same customers doing lunch in one of Pittsburgh’s finest?
Head over to Pgh Mobile Food’s website and read the information, fill out the petition to change the laws governing our fabulous food trucks.
Enjoy my next stop! The Pittsburgh Food Truck series continues with even more unique, awesome food served through a window on a truck!
Paninis, meatballs, and Italian sausage, all of the authentic homemade Italian favorites you wish for, cooked and served by the authentic, saucy mamas you expect!
Saucy Mamas Diane Forrester, Megan Coleman, and Brittany Newton opened their food truck for business in February with Steel City work ethic, a lot of sweat -a food truck in the summertime is hot!- love, and hope that people would enjoy their food.
As I chatted with a few customers in the Saucy Mamas lunch line at a Wexford office building, they were expecting average Italian food and were blown away by the delicious, homemade menu items.
Flattered by the compliments and praise, Megan told me a great customer story, “One customer bought a tray [of the five cheese meaty lasagna] for his mother’s birthday and called the next day to say it was the best he and his family had ever had.” The saucy mamas are so humbled and grateful for the feedback…they better get used to it!
The meatballs, wow! Without giving up their secret meatball recipe, the saucy mamas did tell me their balls are baked and loaded with garlic and herbs. The secret to keeping them moist? Parmesan cheese. Topped with the Saucy Mamas’ marinara and fresh grated parm, Yum!
The Saucy Mamas are just getting started. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Brace yourselves for their fall menu! Hearty soups and cheesy lasagna will be new for fall!
Entertaining for the upcoming holiday season? How about a tray of Saucy Mamas meatballs? Or lasagna? Reasonably priced and Homemade- these meatballs are not coming out of a freezer!
Saucy Mamas Italian Food Truck and Catering
A frittata is a flat Italian style omelette in which the ingredients are mixed into the eggs instead of being stuffed like a traditional omelette. The top layer is the creative, artistic finishing touch. I like to serve a gorgeous frittata by using vibrant colored vegetables. Like a traditional omelette, a frittata can be healthy, or not.
How to make a healthy frittata:
Use egg whites
Add healthy vegetables
Sprinkle in chia seeds
In this frittata, I wanted to use some beautiful prosciutto cotto. Prosciutto cotto is the highest quality Italian cooked ham with a smooth mild flavor. Perfectly paired with a gooey mozzarella or fontina on a panini, or in this case, baked into a frittata.
Prosciutto Cotto and Mozzarella Frittata
2 tbsp. milk
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or fontina cheese
4 slices prosciutto cotto, chopped
1 small tomato sliced
2 tbsp. Oregano
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs with a whisk.
Continue whisking while adding milk until egg turns pale yellow in color.
Add cheese and prosciutto cotto and stir.
Pour into a Pam coated 9″ round cake pan.
Top with sliced tomato, oregano, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
Bake 20-30 minutes or until the egg is cooked through and set.
A quaint, small restaurant nestled in a city block; long open doors allowing a soft breeze; exposed brick for character; white tablecloths for class; a fabulous wine list; Italian staples that never disappoint. This is how I would describe my trendy, hot, new Lawrenceville restaurant. They beat me to it! It’s called Matteo’s.
Open less than two years and already earning the titles 3rd best chef in the city by City Paper and “best restaurant” for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, Matteo’s front man, Matt Cavanaugh, is showing no signs of slowing down.
After working for over 15 years in the restaurant business, Matt worked his way up the restaurant ladder from busboy to kitchen manager at legendary Pittsburgh steakhouse Red Bull Inn. Matt also gained experience at Dominica’s and Serafino’s. Matt explains, “I worked hard and learned everything about the restaurant business. I worked every position. I knew I wanted to open my own restaurant.”
A humble 34-year-old, Matt took the jump with the tools he learned and the ones that can’t be taught- a strong determination and a refreshing view of life.
Matteo’s menu is authentic and traditional- and then totally not. Matt combines his steakhouse background by serving steak and seafood alongside an array of Italian favorites. If mussels served in a horseradish cream sauce wouldn’t be your first pick (Are you crazy?), Perhaps the greens and beans with sliced spicy sausage would be your pick.
The wide range of absolutely irresistible menu items makes ordering impossible and returning imperative. My first visit was during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, where area restaurants draw in new customers by offering a course menu at a discounted price. Matt says his restaurant is “three times busier” during restaurant week. Shhhh, don’t tell, but I actually had a reservation at another restaurant week restaurant the following night and cancelled so I could eat my Matteo’s porcini cappelletti leftovers. Yes, it is that good!
I was blessed to celebrate my birthday at Matteo’s last weekend with a large group of friends. I snuck back to the kitchen to learn some tip and tricks and to surprise you with a fabulous recipe!
This group setting was the perfect opportunity to sample everyone’s food! Hey, I was the birthday girl! I got to taste the black and blue ribeye, the tuna steak with a Jack Daniels glaze, the veal diavola, the mushroom ravioli, and many more. I ordered my favorite, the porcini cappelletti.
Everything was cooked to perfection and everyone loved the food, the location, the vibe.
Since the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, these are “the perfect days for private parties,” says Matt. Funny, you would think he wants a day off!
The desserts are beautiful, fresh, and delicious! Matt’s wife Andrea whips up a perfect tiramisu!
Here is the recipe for you from Matteo’s kitchen:
Surprise!!!! It is the amazing
Porcini Cappelletti Sauce! Can you believe it is this simple?
Porcini Cappelletti Sauce Matteo’s Pittsburgh
1/2 parts heavy cream /Marsala wine
Reduce to thicken
Salt and pepper
Throw in your favorite mushrooms sliced raw- shiitake, field, portobello
Serve over your favorite cooked pasta!
Thank you Matt Cavanaugh and the Matteo’s staff for your hospitality!
Visit Matteo’s before it gets too cool to keep the doors open and sample the fall food and drink menus! Tell them I sent you!
Next time, I’m trying the linguini clams!
3615 Butler Street
09/08/14 Dear Parmesan Princess:
I’m hoping you can help me out. I want to surprise my family and cook or bake something for our 1st Anniversary as a family October 4th…for our new blended family. Something for breakfast or possibly dinner. Recipe must be very simple.
Thank you, (He would like to remain anonymous, so we will call him, Pumpkin)
This is awesome! Congrats to you!! Since October 4th is the first Saturday in October, how about something pumpkin for breakfast? Your house will smell amazing the whole rest of the day! I’m a super pumpkin freak, well until Thanksgiving, and then I’m totally over it- sick of it- done.
I’m thinking 2 ingredients should do the trick? And a muffin pan?
A mom actually contacted me recently about an easy pumpkin muffin recipe for her son’s football team and I have been playing around with different ideas, so good timing!
My “church ladies” taste-tested the same recipe, but with eggs and a larger can of pumpkin last week and they were delicious, but totally too sticky. I took out the eggs and they were great!
These muffins are super easy and perfect, Pumpkin. ; ) Enjoy!
Super Easy Pumpkin Carrot Muffins Makes 16 muffins Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Carrot Cake
1 15 oz. Can Pumpkin Pie Mix (not just plain pumpkin filling) but the pie mix.
Yup, that’s it!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl, mix pumpkin into Super Moist carrot cake mix.
Spray muffin pan with Pam.
Fill each circle in the tin 3/4 full.
Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Is Pittsburgh finally catching up to the food truck boom? There is something trendy, hipster, and totally sexy about getting great food from a mobile truck! The latest trend? Hiring food trucks for wedding receptions, after parties, and corporate events to supply the hottest gourmet grub.
I can remember only a few Indian and Middle Eastern trucks feeding students and faculty at Pitt library. They are still there with long standing permits and no air in their tires. Other trucks are mobile babies born from successful restaurants, to talented cooks looking to build a brand with little overhead. My first stop on the food truck roundup is the South Side BBQ truck!
When I met up with South Side BBQ, it was lunch hour outside the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip.
Brothers Mike and Pat Joyce took their BBQ to a truck about 8 months ago. The two have extensive restaurant and food service backgrounds which has helped make them successful. Not to mention, they totally thought of everything!!
With a Stump Smoker right on board and a large grill, these two did their homework.
Mike and Pat took a trip to Memphis in May for the biggest food truck convention in the country to learn tips and tricks from the best.
Pat says, “They’ll laugh you outta there if your ribs fall off the bone. Means they were cooked way too long!”
I must admit I never knew that?? and I cook mine too long. Oops!
As we were talking customers lined up, mostly first timers. Beautiful, juicy pulled pork and creamy mac ‘n cheese were in every order. In my opinion this would be the hardest part, to keep the food hot, juicy and not let it dry out. Mike said, “You learn your time and temps to keep everything perfect.”
Wings and ribs are made to order on the South Side BBQ truck.
The most popular item? The BarBCone. A fresh waffle cone filled with creamy mac’n cheese a big scoop of juicy pulled pork pork, a squirt of house-made BBQ sauce, and topped with a crunchy vinegar based coleslaw.
New for Fall is the goBBlerQ!
Mac’n cheese or stuffing, smoked turkey, and cranberry coleslaw!
I am definitely going back to try it! Gobble Gobble!
Find out where the South Side BBQ truck will be and when! Pittsburgh Food Trucks
Follow South Side BBQ on twitter and Facebook!
Stuffed cabbage rolls, Halupki or Pigs in the Blanket – for many Western Pennsylvanians- remind us of church festivals, fairs, neighbors from our childhood, and grandparents. I’m not going to lie, the little old Polish ladies make them the best! Halupki can easily be made as a soup, a casserole, or the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls! How much time do you have? With the same ingredients, you can make stuffed cabbage three ways! The only variable is the additon of whole tomatoes. Leave them out for the rolls!
Stuffed Cabbage Ingredients:
1 head cabbage
1lb. lean ground beef and/or ground pork mix
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 28oz. can tomato sauce (keep 1 cup for a sauce for the casserole and the rolls)
1 35oz. can whole tomatoes (except for the rolls)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup sauerkraut and extra 1/2 cup shredded cabbage (kept aside for casserole)
Directions: For Soup:
Shred cabbage and throw all ingredients in the crockpot!
Cook 8 hours on high!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook rice according to the package.
Brown beef and/or pork in a pan with the onions.
Mix sauerkraut, and cabbage together in a bowl.
Mix tomato sauce and tomatoes in a bowl.
In a 9×13 pan-“lasagna style” -layer ingredients, starting with tomato sauce.
Cover sauce with shreded cabbage mixture, a layer of meat and top with tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Repeat layers until pan is 3/4 full. End with 1/2 cup cabbage on top.(2-3 times)
Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
For cabbage rolls:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Boil 12-15 cabbage leaves until wilted and softened.
When cool, cut leafy sides from hard stem .
Cook rice according to the package.
Brown beef and/or pork in a pan with the onions.
Mix sauerkraut, and cabbage together in a bowl.
Line a 9X13 baking dish with tomto sauce, 1/2 cup shredded cabbage and 1/2 cup sauerkraut.
Set up an assembly line and spoon rice meat mixtures on leaf.
Salt and pepper.
Roll away from you, fold over the right side, then the left, creating an envelope roll.
Line them in the pan and top with tomato mixture.
Salt and pepper again.
Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes-1 hour or until sauce is bubbling and rolls are cooked through.
Antonio Branduzzi must be proud to have the Colangelo family celebrate his legacy by continuing the traditions and recipes of Il Piccolo Forno. As a testament to the late baker’s impeccable reputation with colleagues, customers and friends, it was no surprise when Braduzzi’s close friends Nicholas and Denese Colangelo decided to carry on the baker’s legacy.
Located adjacent to La Prima Espresso Company and sharing a common walkway, Colangelo’s Bakery is a natural spot to grab a pastry or a slice. I found Colangelo’s Bakery with my kids, ages 5 and 3. They are the perfect height to spot the square pizza with the tiny pepperoni in the case. We all fell in love with this pizza.
After meeting Denese Colangelo and her son Nicholas, I knew I had to make my kids’ favorite pizza and spend some time here- yeah, I already somehow felt like part of the family.
Customers are family in the quaint bakery on 21st street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. I was introduced to many people and saw so many faces light up while ordering their “usuals.”
Sit outside at the tables, hover at the pub tables inside, or take it to go!
It was a busy Saturday morning and the fresh pastries lined the sill between the case and the kitchen. My eyes were bugging out of my head when Nicholas Colangelo greeted me and mentioned the pizza we would be making. As I was surrounded by frittata, mele, ricotta pie, Danish, cinnamon sticks…I thought “What?”
Oh yes! I nearly forgot about the square pizza with the tiny pepperoni.
Nicholas mixed the dough in his super mixer, flattened it in the sheeter, shaped it in the rectangular pan, passed over it with the docker, proofed it…
The pizza is then topped with the finest, freshest, local ingredients and baked. Ezzo pepperoni, an old fashioned made pepperoni from Columbus, OH, to Grande mozzarella, Colangelo’s Bakery does not cut any corners.
A secret garlic olive oil sauce here, a sprinkle of a secret herb blend dashed there, I knew I would never be able to replicate this one! Oh well, we know where to get it!
Nicholas says the significance of the secret toppings lie in the Colangelo’s philosophy, “Add flavor after the best ingredients are used. That is what makes our food so classic and naturally delicious.”
As lunch time approached, I was surprised to see the menu items being ordered. Salads, focaccia, Beans and greens? One of my favorites!
While taste testing…
Denese told me the story of Antonio Branduzzi and his Mele, one of the many original recipes the bakery serves in the great baker’s honor. Once the health department questioned the refrigeration of his egg custard Mele, Branduzzi told them, it would be ruined. He made many other delicious Mele fillings after this. They sell so fast it makes no difference. One night in the refrigerator is ok, says Denese.
So since that Saturday morning, I have visited Colangelo’s Bakery and had the beans and greens with sausage, the cannoli, the avocado salad, the ricotta pie and much more. The place that was once only the square pizza with the tiny pepperoni is now Colangelo’s Bakery. Everything is Delicious. Perfect. Amazing.
(Inspired by Nicholas at Colangelo’s Bakery)
One of the most basic and most delicious pizzas.
To make traditional Margherita pizza,
Cover dough’s surface in your favorite sauce, or chunky tomatoes drained,leaving a 1/2 inch border.
Add sliced buffalo mozzarella.
Drizzle olive oil.
Salt and pepper.
Bake at 400 degrees until cheese is melted and bottom is golden brown.
Remove from oven and top with fresh basil.
Thank you Colangelo’s for having me, allowing me to cook with you, and becoming part of your “family.” It is an honor to know and to be able to share Antonio Branduzzi’s legacy with others.
Organic, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Pesatarian…Ok, Ok, but does it taste good? The Nomad Cook says, “yes.” Traditional recipes meet modern health and wellness in the 1st healthy Venezuelan cookbook.
Like most Mediterranean cooking, the overuse of oils containing polyunsaturated fats and refined sugars, have been proven to cause chronic illnesses such as heart disease, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. The Nomad Cook’s “Healthy Venezuelan Cooking” suggests healthier alternative ingredients, without sacrificing the delicious traditional tastes.
After being asked to review this new cookbook with Nicky D Cooks, food writer, cooking instructor, baker, and foodie friend of mine, we decided to make the same recipe two different ways. An excuse to eat, drink and be merry!
We chose The Nomad Cook’s ground beef and tomatoes recipe.
Like many recipes in “Healthy Venezuelan Cooking,” the ground beef and tomatoes recipe can be an empanada filling, served with arepas, or simply served over rice. Since I make Sicilian empanadas, I decided to use The Nomad Cook’s ground beef and tomatoes recipe as an empanada filling. Nicky D Cooks prepared the dish over a delicious rice pilaf.
Here is the recipe:
Ground Beef and Tomatoes
by The Nomad Cook from “Helathy Venezuelan Cooking”
The Nomad Cook’s notes:
“This recipe is a Latin version of the Italian Bolognese sauce. It is used as a filling for arepas, empanadas, and as a main course with rice. The empanada filling should be on the dry side to avoid the empanada from breaking apart while being cooked.”
Rinse the ground beef with water in a colander before cooking. Beef will lose somew of its color, turning pinkish. Heat olive oil over medium heat, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Lightly brown the ground beef with the onion for 10 min. Add Worcestershire sauce, cumin, salt, and oregano. Stir to combine and add the tomato, beef broth and tobasco. Stir and simmer on medium-high heat until sauce thickens, about 15 more minutes.
Here is my empanada recipe! I did not use the rosemary for these empanadas. A basic pizza/Stromboli dough.
Notes from the cooks!
-I used 93/7 ground beef and Nicky used an organic ground beef that was 80/20. Her beef and tomatoes contained more liquid that could easily be strained with a slotted spoon.
– I doubled the recipe but less than doubled the beef broth. I was scared of a runny empanada filling. Nicky quadrupled the recipe with no differences in taste.
– I used fresh oregano and she used dried. We saw no difference.
The Final taste!
Both recipes were delicious! I would say the majority of the taste testers liked the beef and tomatoes in the empanadas more than over rice.
You can easily add a spicy kick to this recipe by adding more tabasco or Sriracha. (My husband dipped his empanadas in a mound of Sriracha – we are a spicy family!)
I stopped myself from adding shredded cheese!! Oooh this would be so good! Next time!
If you like healthy, delicious, authentic recipes grab this cookbook! Thank you to the Nomad Cook for your contribution to the food world. Your concern for the healthy while keep the delicious is contagious! “Healthy Venezuelan Cooking” is wonderful! Congrats!
The Nomad Cook’s “Healthy Venezuelan Cooking” is available on Amazon!