Little Bites: Local restaurant news

Cafe Vita owners to open restaurant in Lawrenceville

San Lorenzo, a 44-seat Italian restaurant from the owners of Cafe Vita in Oakmont, will open the end of February at 4407 Butler St. in Lawrenceville. The BYOB restaurant will offer a menu of appetizers, salads and pastas priced at less than $20.

"This is the first restaurant we have opened from scratch," said co-owner David Ariondo.

It joins Piccolo Forno and Matteo's among sit-down Italian restaurants on Butler Street.

Bluebird Kitchen opens second Downtown location

Bluebird Kitchen opened a second location, with seating, this week in the lower level of the First Niagara Building at 11 Stanwix St., Downtown. For now, it's open only for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast will debut next week.

Owner Liz Moore said she will offer sandwiches, salad, soup and hot food -- a slightly different menu from the Forbes Avenue location. The Stanwix location has only drip coffee for now, with espresso to come.

Ms. Moore opened Bluebird Kitchen in May 2012 at 221 Forbes Ave., serving made-to-order breakfast, sandwiches, salads and pastries. Steven Thompson will remain chef with Aubrey Gustovich making pastries.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

After the holiday cooking and eating extravaganza, it's time to prolong the food festivities into the new year with the Winter Edition of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

During the weeklong event that runs from Monday to Jan. 19, diners have the opportunity to try prix-fixe menus and special dining deals at more than 70 restaurants in and around the city. Prices range from $19.14 to $35.14 for dinner. A handful of restaurants are offering discounts during lunch. It's the third year of the biennial event.

For a list of the participating restaurants, visit

Vinyl brunch at Union Pig & Chicken

Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Pig & Chicken, East Liberty, offers brunch, while upstairs, Dennis McCarthy spins and sells vinyl. (Incidentally, the former drummer for Boston-based Ape Hangers is featured on the soundtrack for the 1995 movie "Empire Records.")

All brunch entrees, such as the chicken-and-waffle brunch with country gravy and real maple syrup as well as sides of greens and macaroni, are $13. Biscuits and gravy, corned beef tongue hash, or duck ham Benedicts also are featured.

Drinks include unlimited mimosas ($7 with the purchase of an entree), smoked bloody marys and Zeke's coffee.

-- Melissa McCart, dining critic ( and on Twitter @MelissaMcCart. Read more food news and views on The Forks blog at


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