Hi readers! How was your weekend?! Arnie and I had a really full–but really fun–weekend in the city. A few friends were staying with us on Friday night. We went to 1947 Tavern for drinks on the deck and our waitress was nice enough to bring us a pizza from Bites and Brews next door. I’m drooling just thinking about that pizza.
(^ A few shots of beautiful Highland Park. I may be partial but I think it’s one of the prettiest neighborhoods in the city.)
Saturday morning, we made brunch (and by we, I mostly mean Arnie). We both like to host and have fun entertaining any time we can. Some other friends are sadly leaving Pittsburgh for Philly next weekend, so that evening we went to a Farewell Party. As a side note, I had baked four dozen of these Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coconut cookies to take to the party and to have for our guests on Friday. If you’ve never had these cookies, please make them! They are so. so. so. so. so (you get the picture) good.
And to wrap up the weekend, Sunday morning we finally went to E2 (pronounced E-squared) for brunch. After living in Highland Park for two years, we had never made it to this highly acclaimed restaurant. If you’re a local, then you know that the place opens at 9, but you need to show up early to get a seat. We got there just after 8:30 and the line had already begun to form. During the week, reservations can be made in advance for parties of 6 or more, and no reservations for weekend brunch.
food is a vehicle. my understanding of food started in a mechanic’s garage located behind the bakery where i worked when i was 19. almost daily, for years i was unintentionally taught classic italian cuisine. in the basement of the garage, on a beat up stove, those mechanics and bakers would prepare lunch and I would learn. much like the dining room at e2, there was always good bread with every meal, lots of loud laughter and glasses full of red wine. from arrabiata to red sauce i learned about traditions, about what community really means, and how important relationships are to creating a good meal. these are the values in my kitchen at e2 today.
~kate romane, owner and chef
This little Italian-inspired restaurant is on just about every ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ list, (here and here), and for good reason. We were told by our waiter that the menu was brand new, so the one on the website isn’t yet up-to-date. Don’t worry though, the new menu is undoubtedly as good as its predecessor.
These donuts, called “omg’s” on the old menu, were appropriately named. After my first bite, all I could manage was, “Oh my gawwd.” Arnie picked the Berry White (other options: Lemon Rosemary, Beignet, and Chocolate Pistachio), and they were delicious. For my meal, I had the fried risotto, served in red sauce and topped with a fried egg. It really was amazing.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well–thanks so much for reading! :)