La Gourmandine will take over the former Penn Avenue Fish spot on Forbes Avenue
A bite of truth
• Spiders and ghosts were the main occupants at 51 S. 12th St. after Cafe Allegro closed some four years ago.
After a very quiet opening in May, Truth, which bills itself as a lounge-wine bar-restaurant, opened its doors in the space. Now, a few months in, the staff seems to be getting its act together.
Nothing remains of the old cafe. The bar has jumped to the opposite wall, and the dining room is outfitted in sophisticated hues and cushy upholstered seating with a smart look that says, "I'm hip." Or hot, suh-weet, off-da-chain or copacetic, depending on your generation's reference to cool.
Chef Scott DeLuca designed the small plates menu to complement wine, fresh cocktails and happy-hour specials. Look for Jamison Farms' grilled lambsicles, wild mushroom risotto, crispy braised pork belly, beef or crab cake sliders, flaming saganaki, and appealing salads, including a warm duck confit plate. Nibblers might order an Italian meat or cheese plate. With a menu like that, the new kid on the block is worth checking out.
Truth is owned by Pete Kamaras and John Frentzos, whose Greek relatives once were involved with the Harris Grill and the Shiloh Inn; 412-381-9600.
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• Soba Farm Feast 2: This isn't outside like some farm dinners (see The Food Column in today's Food & Flavor section), but it's definitely veggie-heavy. Soba in Shadyside holds its final evening of this year's second "farm dinner" menu tonight. Each course fuses Asian flavors with fruits and vegetables grown on local farms. The menu includes smoked corn chowder, zucchini and corn cupcakes, white tuna with sour cherries, lamb with fruits and vegetables, and a grilled peach dessert. For more information: 412-362-5656 or bigburrito.com/soba.
• A Pair in the Park: Pizza and wine will be paired al fresco at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Point Shelter at North Park. It's $25 for members of Women for Wine Sense; $40 for nonmembers. Payment must be made in advance at womenforwinesense.org.
• More Six in the City Dinner Series: Five-course dinner with wine or spirits will be served at 7:30 pm. Aug. 20 at E², Highland Park. $110 per person. Register ahead: cratecook.com (click on "special events").
• Helen's Restaurant at Seven Springs Mountain Resort has been awarded the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and is featured in this month's issue of Wine Spectator. Helen's offers more than 100 wines.
Wine Spectator's awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. For more, go to 7springs.com and click on "Dining."
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