This is Pittsburgh food: On the cookie tables

This is the sixth “This Is Pittsburgh Food,” a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon. When Cristina Lazzaro started planning her wedding to Brian Perris, her checklist included all the bridal basics: A stunning gown. A swanky dinner reception for 250 guests. A relaxing […]

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Pittsburgh Food: The Original Farmers Market and its bounty have been drawing crowds for nearly a century

    Farmers markets never have been more popular, with new ones popping up every season. Yet this is how Western Pennsylvania farmers always have brought their products to market during the growing season — some of them for generations. Diane Ryglewicz has staffed a stall three nights a week at The Original Farmers Market […]

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An Easter bread tradition is resurrected in a new church

This a third in a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon.   As in so many Italian homes, something wonderful was always cooking in Mary Battaglia’s kitchen when she was a child growing up in Koppel, Beaver County. But nothing made the family clap […]

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Bell’s, a tiny market in Braddock, keeps serving its community

This is the fourth “This Is Pittsburgh Food,” a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon.     Louis Greenwald was just 23 when, against his father’s advice, he bought Bell’s Market, a small butcher shop and grocery on Braddock’s main drag. His father, Edward, […]

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This is Pittsburgh Food: Wholey’s Fish

For most Pittsburghers, some things are as sure as the sun rising each morning. You root for the Steelers. You don’t, unless you absolutely have to, cross rivers. And you buy your seafood at Wholey’s in the Strip District. It’s impossible to think about fish in this city without also thinking about Robert Wholey Co., […]

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This is Pittsburgh Food: Sopressata

The mercury has dipped to 18 degrees when Leon Panella pads into his garage in Prospect, Butler County, at about 8 a.m. on a recent, snowy Saturday. Still, he smiles. In an hour or so, things will warm up as close to two dozen male helpers — friends, friends of friends, Duquesne University fraternity brothers […]

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