RESTAURANT REVIEWS



Three servers each celebrating 50 years at storied Los Angeles restaurant Taix

Three servers each celebrating 50 years at storied Los Angeles restaurant Taix

2012-03-08 08:51:00

With its dim warren of dining rooms and hearty menu Taix feels more Old World than Echo Park.


Little Bites: 03/08/12

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Wigle Whiskey, Strip District, will start selling white whiskey to the public from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.


Munch goes to Flowers in the Attic

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Munch warned Dear One of Munch of the plan days in advance: Sunday brunch was on for Flowers in the Attic.


Feedback: 03/01/12

2012-03-01 12:34:00

Oscar show a winner This year's Oscar performance was the best I have seen in many years.


Paris 66, once only a creperie, is now a full-scale French bistro

Paris 66, once only a creperie, is now a full-scale French bistro

2012-03-01 10:58:00

When Freddy and Lori Rongier opened Paris 66 in 2009, they had large aspirations but limited means.


Little Bites: 03/01/12

2012-03-01 00:01:00

Union Pig & Chicken, East Liberty, is now open Mondays through Saturdays from 5 p.m.


Munch goes to Hibachi Express

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Reliable Friend of Munch is sort of like a postal carrier in better times


Cones at new ice cream shop will funnel money to worthy causes

2012-02-25 00:00:00

This ice cream shop doesn't count calories but causes. When the Dream Cream Ice Cream shop opens at 539 Liberty Ave.


Owners of Del's in Bloomfield try for improvement on 'Restaurant: Impossible'

Owners of Del's in Bloomfield try for improvement on 'Restaurant: Impossible'

2012-02-23 18:02:00

Del's Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo has been a fixture on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield for more than a half-century.


Munch goes to Don's Diner on the North Side

2012-02-23 12:32:00

For 17 years Don and Sandy Notaro have toiled over the griddle of Don's Diner, and the place moves like a Swiss watch.


Little Bites: Stagioni moves, Crate Kitchenware for sale, new chef at Elements, and more

2012-02-23 12:12:00

Stagioni, a seasonally inspired Italian restaurant previously located in Bloomfield, has moved to 2104 E. Carson St. on the South Side.


Munch goes to the California Taco Shop

2012-02-16 12:10:00

Here's a shocking window into the creative process at Munch Inc. LLC.: It's never about the food.


Recipes for change: At local restaurants, many factors shape menus

Recipes for change: At local restaurants, many factors shape menus

2012-02-16 10:34:00

In today's culinary world, we prize independent restaurants for their individuality, particularly when it comes to the food they serve.


LittleBites 02/16: LaBella Bean Coffee House, Crested Duck Deli and more

2012-02-16 10:22:00

LaBella Bean Coffee House and Eatery, Bridgeville, has opened a second location inside Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Melwood


Munch goes to Little Bangkok in the Strip

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Munch has taken up running as a way to work off all of the, erm, munching.


Diners can't do without smartphones, so restaurants are (mostly) tapping into the spirit

Diners can't do without smartphones, so restaurants are (mostly) tapping into the spirit

2012-02-09 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Ding. Bzzzt. Bap. Beep. That's the sound of conversation in restaurants these days.


Little Bites: 02/09/12

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Valentine's Day Elements Contemporary Cuisine will offer a full menu for Valentine's dining, along with a four-course prix fixe for $40 per


The Porch at Schenley brings polish to casual dining

The Porch at Schenley brings polish to casual dining

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Oakland neighborhood is something of a dining conundrum.


Munch goes to Aseoma

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Every dude has what Munch calls a Dude Business Plan.


Consumer health alert issued for Mullen's on North Shore

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Mullen's Bar and Grill on the North Shore after an inspector said


Little Bites: 02/02/12

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Station Street Hot Dogs, East Liberty, the second restaurant venture from Kevin Sousa of Salt of the Earth, opens at 4 p.m. today.


Health Department issues alert for North Shore restaurant

2012-02-01 00:00:00

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert today for Mullen's Bar and Grill on the North Shore after an inspector said


Indiana Township's Cross Keys Inn sold to Andora

2012-01-31 00:00:00

Michael Uricchio and Robert Uricchio announced today that they have sold their restaurant, the Cross Keys Inn in Indiana Township, to the An


Nakama signed to lease for North Side restaurant

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Nakama, a chain of Japanese restaurants that has a South Side site, will occupy the first floor of the former Masonic Hall on North Avenue i


Oakland coffee shop Kiva Han to become Bagel Factory

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Kiva Han, the eclectic coffee shop in Oakland, located on a prominent corner of South Craig and Forbes across from the Carnegie Museum, will


Care to dine, Valentine? Pittsburgh restaurants offer romantic menus and stories

Care to dine, Valentine? Pittsburgh restaurants offer romantic menus and stories

2012-01-26 00:00:00

If you're a food writer, you generally don't favor eating out on Valentine's Day. Like New Year's Eve, it's supposed to be "amateur hour," r


Stars didn't align, so restaurant ratings system adjusted

2012-01-26 00:00:00

A savvy reader recently pointed out that my star ratings don't entirely match up with their descriptions. She was right, and it's high time


Little Bites: Valentine's Day Dining and more

2012-01-26 00:00:00

The Carnegie Cafe at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland, is holding a Valentine's Wine Dinner with Claudia Dilillio of BelVino Imports; Dre


Munch goes to Casa Rasta

2012-01-26 00:00:00

In what might become a regular theme in this space, Munch again finds some surprisingly good grub in an old South Hills city neighborhood. A


Kiva Han to close in Oakland

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Kiva Han, a staple of the Oakland food scene for more than 15 years, recently announced it will be closing February 19.


Turn in that bad restaurant

Turn in that bad restaurant

2012-01-19 00:00:00

This is one nomination that probably wouldn't be an honor, but a producer is seeking restaurants in the region to appear in the reality TV s


A taste of Portugal: Marisqueira Mediterranean Bistro in Aspinwall has its ups and downs

A taste of Portugal: Marisqueira Mediterranean Bistro in Aspinwall has its ups and downs

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Claudio Pereira was born and raised in Portugal. As a young man, he moved to Pittsburgh and began working in his father's restaurant, Mallor


Little Bites: Tamari expands to Marshall, new chef at 1947 Tavern in Shadyside, and more

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Tamari, Lawrenceville, has a new location in Marshall, which opened on Tuesday at 701 Warrendale Village Drive. And 1947 Tavern, Shadyside,


Munch goes to Mateo's Cucina Italiana

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Munch has it all backward (so what else is new?). While the rest of the free world is limiting carbs, trying to fit into their skinny Lucky-


Little Bites: Braddock's American Brasserie, D'Imperio's

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Braddock's American Brasserie at the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown, is introducing "Taste of PA," a beer-tasting event each Thursday at 5 p.m.


Taste of Dahntahn: Busy and brassy

Taste of Dahntahn: Busy and brassy

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Taste of Dahntahn, a new restaurant in the Dallmeyer Building on Liberty Avenue, aspires to be a stylish throwback, celebrating the region w


Munch goes to Noodles & Company

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Munch has never met anyone who doesn't like noodles, and if someone claimed to despise all noodles, Munch would be very suspicious of this p


Iron Chef Michael Symon will open Pittsburgh airport restaurant

2012-01-05 00:00:00

A new restaurant is coming to the Pittsburgh area this spring, one that people will surely be lining up to try. But to get a table, you'll h


Munch goes to Mintt

2012-01-05 00:00:00

Like a lot of folks, the New Year means it's an all new Munch. Munch has made a laundry list of resolutions this year, related to health, to


Little Bites: 01/05/12

2012-01-05 00:00:00

Edible Events Casbah is offering a special, truffle-focused menu Monday through Thursday next week.


Iron Chef Airport? Symon to open Pittsburgh comfort-food spot

2012-01-04 00:00:00

Airmall USA, a developer and manager of airport retail, food and beverage operations, announced today that Iron Chef Michael Symon, restaura


A new year, a new theme for notion

A new year, a new theme for notion

2011-12-29 00:00:00

David Racicot knew he was in for an uphill battle when he opened his 38-seat restaurant notion in Oakmont a year ago this Saturday. In a reg


Chef Kevin Sousa bringing barbecue and dogs to East Liberty

2011-12-29 00:00:00

Kevin Sousa is now doubly committed to East Liberty. While finalizing plans for Union Pig and Chicken, a Western Pennsylvania-style barbecue


Little Bites: 12/29/11

2011-12-29 00:00:00

New Year's Eve Cure, Justine Severino's new restaurant in Lawrenceville, will open for New Year's Eve; chef-owner Severino will serve a five


The 2011 Munchies

The 2011 Munchies

2011-12-29 00:00:00

You'll have to excuse Munch for not coming up with an actual column this week. Too tired. The mere thought of all of the CrossFit, PX-90, To


Lidia's Pittsburgh: Still an Italian charmer

Lidia's Pittsburgh: Still an Italian charmer

2011-12-29 00:00:00

When Lidia Bastianich opened Lidia's Pittsburgh in the Strip District in March 2001, she already was a cookbook author, TV personality and s


On the Menu: A humming dining scene gave Pittsburghers lots of great new tastes in 2011

On the Menu: A humming dining scene gave Pittsburghers lots of great new tastes in 2011

2011-12-25 00:00:00

Today, most Pittsburgh restaurants will be closed. Cooks, servers, bartenders and the rest of the staff will be spending the day with family


Best Dining: Top dishes

Best Dining: Top dishes

2011-12-22 00:00:00

Looking over my notes from 2011, I was struck by how much the Pittsburgh restaurant scene has grown, even in just the four years I've spent


Noodles & Co. restaurant will join the bustling Market Square scene

Noodles & Co. restaurant will join the bustling Market Square scene

2011-12-22 00:00:00

It's probably no surprise that Noodles & Co., a Denver-based restaurant chain, chose Pittsburgh as the site of its first Pennsylvania ea


Little Bites 12/22: New Year's Eve Celebrations galore

2011-12-22 00:00:00

Pino's, Gran Canal Caffe, Root 174, Legume, Eleven, Soba, Arpino's and more ...


Munch goes to The Jaggerbush

2011-12-22 00:00:00

Residents of the South Side Flats continue to try to cope with a very uneasy existence with the dozens of bars and nightclubs -- and the oft


Little Bites: 12/15/11

2011-12-15 00:00:00

The Naked Grape and Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, are celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes Saturday and Sunday; The Pines Tavern is offe


Munch goes to Loose Moose Saloon

2011-12-15 00:00:00

Munch is a little bit Johnny Cash, a little bit Joan Jett. A little bit Froggy, a little bit WDVE. A little bit Nashville, and a little bit


Mediterrano: Family-run restaurant in Ross provides true taste of Greek cuisine

Mediterrano: Family-run restaurant in Ross provides true taste of Greek cuisine

2011-12-15 00:00:00

Pittsburgh has long had plentiful options for Greek food, just consider the dozen or so Greek food festivals thrown in the region each summe


Irish-style pub Molly Brannigans closes in Mt. Lebanon

2011-12-14 00:00:00

Molly Brannigans, the popular Irish-themed pub in Mt. Lebanon, has closed.


Little Bites: 12/08/11

2011-12-08 00:00:00

Holiday dinners at Lidia's, Legume and The Crested Duck; Stagioni is on the move; and more


Munch goes to Sand Presso

2011-12-08 00:00:00

As a lover of food who lives in Pittsburgh, Munch is used to sandwiches being, well, obscene. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Som


Vivo Revival: A sleek modern restaurant emerges in Sewickley with an eclectic menu

Vivo Revival: A sleek modern restaurant emerges in Sewickley with an eclectic menu

2011-12-08 00:00:00

After operating Vivo in Bellevue for more than a decade, Sam and Lori DiBattista closed it earlier this year, and at the end of August opene


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