Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
• Muriel's opened in Allegheny West, the historic North Side neighborhood, last spring. Although it has earned praise from critics and word-of-mouth was glowing, business has been too slow to continue to support the restaurant, which served lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. Owner and chef Stephen Esherick bids his patrons goodbye on the restaurant's Web site, www.muriels.net.
• If you think you spot a certain food network star next week, your eyes are not deceiving you. Guy Fieri, winner of the 2006 season of "The Next Food Network Star," is in town to shoot an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." He'll visit Pittsburgh gems such as The Dor Stop in Dormont, Big Jim's in the Run in Greenfield, Kelly O's Diner in Perrysville and LoBello's in Coraopolis.
• The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is holding its fifth annual Walk and Dine: A Downtown Living Tour Wednesday. Attendees will go on a guided tour of five residential properties and experience food and drink prepared by Downtown restaurants Palomino, Nine on Nine, Palate, Sonoma Grille, Seviche and the Original Fish Market. Tickets cost $60, VIP tickets $150. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception at One Oxford Centre. To purchase a ticket for Walk and Dine, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com or call 412-566-4190.
• La Prima Espresso in the Strip District is featuring a new coffee from the Los Olivos farm in the Tolima area of west central Colombia. Owner Sam Patti describes the coffee as having "a sweet fragrance, medium round body, a subtle but tart brightness, and a quick, clean finish with a nice lingering aftertaste." As part of its commitment to sustainability, La Prima has bought Los Olivos' entire harvest. When farmers can sell "relationship coffee," they cut out brokers and middlemen, earning them a higher than fair trade price. These beans will not be there forever; stop by La Prima for delicious brewed coffee, espresso and beans to take home. For more information, call 412-281-1922.