Little Bites: restaurant news in Pittsburgh area

Hartwood Restaurant lobster fest

Hartwood Restaurant will celebrate lobster with a special menu through Aug. 30. Appetizers include tempura fried lobsters and shrimp skewers ($13) while entrees list a 11⁄4 pound lobster stuffed lobster with brown butter and hollandaise ($30); lobster and shrimp pappardelle ($25), and lobster and crab croquettes ($25).

Phipps hosts Garden to Plate dinner

The Garden to Plate Dinner will be held Sept. 7 in the garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens starting at 6:30 p.m. with a V.I.P. reception and 7:30 p.m. dinner.

UPMC vice president Diane Holder will chair the event; Theodora Polamalu, Ryan B. Martin and Dr. Maureen Russell are co-chairs. Tickets are $175 for dinner and $200 to include the reception and can be purchased by calling 412-651-5281 or via email at

Altius opens for Sunday brunch

Altius on Mount Washington starts brunch service Aug. 17, a prix fixe, $29 two-course meal that includes a cocktail or fresh squeezed juice. Seasonal fruit, grilled flatbread and oysters round out the first courses, while a selection of quiche, Jamison Farm lamb sausage, shirred eggs, and a chicken and waffle sandwich are included among main courses. Brunch will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday following the debut.

Notion to dress up Pittsburgh dishes

Dave Racicot will pay tribute to iconic Pittsburgh dishes Sept. 17-20 with a six-course tasting menu a local will love.

The menu will include a Pittsburgh salad, pierogies, cabbage rolls, chipped ham, city chicken, haluski, kielbasa, and a dessert riff on Clark candy bars and Klondike bars

For reservations, call the restaurant at 412-361-1188.

Cloak Room to open this month

The former Shadow Lounge space dubbed The Cloak Room will open Aug. 23 in East Liberty. Adjacent to The Livermore on South Highland Avenue, the event space will debut with trombonist Hill Jordan and his band. After the weekend, programmed events will run Thursday through Saturday nights.

Sienna Mercato’s Mezzo gears up

Mezzo is hiring servers and other staff for the most food-centric restaurant at the Sienna Mercato location Downtown. The Penn Avenue space includes Emporio: A Meatball Joint and the Il Tetto rooftop.

Billed as a charcuterie and artisan pizza restaurant, Mezzo will also offer open-air dining. Candidates are required to have had two years of fine dining experience and a working knowledge of wine.


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