Lawrenceville specialty coffee pioneer opens South Side cafe -- with daytime meals




South Siders have a new option for specialty coffee: Espresso a Mano has just opened a second location in the space that had been Amazing Cafe.

The shop at 1506 E. Carson St. is owner Matt Gebis’ follow-up to the Lawrenceville original he opened on Butler Street in 2009, where he’ll serve a range of brews to please the most discerning coffee drinkers, including beans from Counter Culture in North Carolina, Coava in Portland, Ore., and local roaster Commonplace, along with featured guest roasters. 

But the biggest difference here is that he’ll be serving breakfast and lunch starting Nov. 7, with a menu put together by Kate Romane of Kate Romane Productions, former chef-owner of E2 in Highland Park. It will feature breakfast sandwiches on bagels from the pop-up Pigeon Bagels, as well as lunch sandwiches on mini-baguettes and sandwich bread that will run from $8 to $10. Look for a spinach, egg and cheese sandwich with sriracha aioli and pickled hot peppers, or a salami sandwich with mozzarella, arugula, cucumber and peppers with lemon mayonnaise.

There will also be bowls, from the yogurt bowl with honey, granola, banana and berries, to the kale Caesar, with bagel croutons and shaved parmesan dressed in a green-garlic vinaigrette. Croissants and pastries are also on sale from Mediterra Bakehouse and Gluten-Free Goat Bakery & Cafe.

The kitchen anchors the space, which allows for the expanded menu. And while there’s less square-footage than the original, the 30-seat cafe is light and airy, with concrete counters and light walls that depart from the wood-accent interior of the Lawrenceville location. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday for now.

Espresso a Mano joins South Side coffee shops such as Big Dog Coffee on Sarah Street, Beehive Coffee on East Carson Street, and Delanie’s, also on East. Carson Street.

Melissa McCart: mmccart@post-gazette.com; Instagram@postgazettefood; Facebook @postgazettefood.





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