Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
Chick'n Bubbly has opened
The Korean fried chicken restaurant has opened at 117 Oakland Ave., Oakland. Marked by the chicken logo with bubbles in its comb, it's next door to sibling restaurant, Oishii Bento.
Open for lunch and dinner, the tiny (fewer than 10 seats), bright restaurant offers a limited menu of wings and drumsticks with a choice of sauce, as well as a selection of bubble teas.
With the official opening the end of August, the restaurant will roll out an expanded menu that includes sides.
Casa Rasta in East liberty
The second location for Casa Rasta will open at 130 S. Highland Ave. in East Liberty within the next two weeks.
Owner Antonio Fraga's restaurant menu will be more diverse than the super-casual options of tacos, tostadas, burritos and tortas in Beechview, the original location that will remain open.
Hundred Wood progresses
Hundred Wood was serving lunch on the patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. last week. The restaurant from Melody and Dennis Scott will debut in the former Osteria 100 space on Wood Street, Downtown. It will officially open for lunch and dinner by the end of summer. In the meantime, check for announcements on cash-only lunch or dinner service on Twitter (@densdeli).
In May, the Scotts closed Market Street Deli, Market Street Grill and Asiago Express after 18 years to focus on the new endeavor.
Justin Severino to cook at Outstanding in the Field
Justin Severino of Cure in Lawrenceville will be featured for the seventh time for Outstanding in the Field, the well-regarded dinner series that's been held in picturesque locations around the country.
On Aug. 19, he will cook at Dawson's Orchards in Enon Valley, Pa., at 4 p.m. The multicourse dinner is $205 and can be ordered via the website, outstandinginthefield.com.
Prime rib Saturdays, wine dinner at The Carlton
Every Saturday night through September, The Carlton Downtown offers a $10 discount on prime rib that's $29.99 and served with roasted, whipped potatoes and baby carrots. The restaurant also will host a five-course Sardinian wine dinner on Friday for $109 per person. For information, call 412-391-4152.
-- Melissa McCart, dining critic