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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 18:18:46 (permalink)
I was talking to my ex this week, and he reminded me of Frank and Wally's on Forbes near the tunnel that goes to the 10th Street Bridge... The gang from Duquesne University used to go there all the time for huge orders of fries with brown gravy..... Yum.....
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 19:53:44 (permalink)
Mosca-
Gorgeous photo of the incline. Which one is it? Very much looking forward to your report, especially about Tessaro's!

Baah Ben-
Not to steal Mosca's thunder, but I posted a photo of a burger from Tessaro's here:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23516&SearchTerms=tessaro's
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 20:12:26 (permalink)
I never saw this..Thanks BB. You mentioned you were in Edgewater back in 2007 and went by one of NJ's best hot dog places. I'm wondering if it was Hirum's in Ft. Lee?..Callahan's was already closed by then. If it was Hirum's, IMHO, it is the best of NJ's Deep Fried Hot Dog places.

Good pictures of Tessaro's. Thanks. Good memories...When I was there, it was owned by Kelley and his MOm. Never been there with the new owner. Tough to choose between their burger and the Brickyard...But, neither is the Bob Cat Bite..I have to check your comments on NM.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 21:35:33 (permalink)
That's the Duquesne Incline, bb.

I'm doing photos tonight, I'll write reports tomorrow. If no one minds, I'll stick up nice shots as I edit them. Here is Shadyside at dawn:

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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 21:39:49 (permalink)
Prantl's Bakery, next to Pamelas; Pamela's doesn't open until 8AM.

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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 21:48:16 (permalink)
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 21:51:41 (permalink)
About 8:30 AM.

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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:12:37 (permalink)
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:17:11 (permalink)
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:27:04 (permalink)
Sorry, I could shoot the cathedral (not into space) all day long.

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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:34:11 (permalink)
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Sorry, I could shoot the cathedral (not into space) all day long.




I nick named it "The Tower of Terror" after the Disney ride.

Great building with a great history.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:38:38 (permalink)
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:40:04 (permalink)
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/08 22:42:03 (permalink)
That's all for tonight.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/09 05:00:25 (permalink)
Mosca-
Excellent pics! Prantl's is a terrific bakery, too. Did you get the burnt almond torte?

joerogo-
I was named after my dad's best friend, who was a GP and also delivered me. He graduated from Pitt medical school. In a way that friends always give each other a hard time, my dad always called the Cathedral of Learning, the Tower of Ignorance!
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/10 01:21:13 (permalink)
My two older kids went to Pitt - - and ended up transferring to the U. of Hawaii...... They were in AFROTC and used to sail paper airplanes from the ROTC offices at the top of the Cathedral of Learning....

I used to swim and coach at the YMWHA on Bellefield, right across the street, and loved to walk around the grounds of the Cathedral, Heinz Chapel and the Stephen Foster Memorial.... My dad always called the Cathedral of Learning "the Highest High School in Pittsburgh".....
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/10 22:04:09 (permalink)
You think that Guy Fieri should be a contributor to this topic? On the DD&D show that featured Dormont's Dorstop, one of the groups Guy sat with were his parents and other family members. It was pretty clear they were very familiar with the Dorstop, so I would guess that Guy is one of the ones "who moved."
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/10 23:10:14 (permalink)
Guy Fieri... I had to look him up, I had no idea who that was!
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/12 18:37:36 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Mosca

Guy Fieri... I had to look him up, I had no idea who that was!


Guy was born in Columbus, OH and raised in Cali (that explains the sandals).

But, if anyone has a petition to name him an "Honorary 'Burgher", I'll gladly sign!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fieri
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/12 19:37:50 (permalink)
BB - Do you remember Pasta Piata in Shadyside? Right down the block from Pamela's and Prantils (to their left) Do you remember the Robert E. and Lee Food Company? What about Le Petit Cafe? Gullo Produce? Roland's in the Strip. All in the late 80's and early 90's..Maybe before you were born

Do you live in Pittsburgh or in the suburbs?
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/12 22:00:40 (permalink)
Roland's is still there, so even the young BB must remember it!
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/12 23:55:31 (permalink)
There used to be a couple of inclines that you could take your car on... And one that started in the South Side someplace that had a big curve in it... My folks grew up in the South Hills (Brentwood and Castle Shannon) and they used to like to scare me with rides on the inclines... I was rightfully frightened - - I spent an hour on a broken Duquesne Incline when I was a kid....
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/13 08:00:58 (permalink)
Baah Ben-
I have only ever been to Roland's one time. While my food was fine, it wasn't anything that would make me go back more often.

I do remember Pasta Piatta. I had hoped to eat there, but it closed before I had a chance. A real shame!

The other places you mentioned I am unfamiliar with. Please tell us about them! BTW, I live in Southern Butler County, but can be downtown in less than a half hour.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/13 11:30:38 (permalink)
Well, Pasta Piata in Shadyside was excellent, reasonable, and very, very successful for a number of years. It was owned by an Italian woman. I think there was a problem with the lease renewal. Back in the late 80's, Shadyside was very popular and the rents were very high. What happened was the local retailers were pushed out by the big chains, who could afford the higher rents..Places like Victoria Secret, Ann Taylor, Eagle Outfitters, etc. Nobody ever thought they'd move into Shadyside because of the limited parking, but they did!

Le Petit Cafe in Shadyside was before it's time. Modeled after French bistro, it had a good following on the weekends...but, during the week they struggled. It was a beautiful place with all wood floors, nice booth and pretty good food. Eventually they went out of business along with their other place in Greentree...Le Papillon. Also, before it's time. These two places did great on the weekends, but you have to go to these places on a Tuesdeay and Wednesday night to see what is really going on.

Robert E and Lee Food Company(friends of mine) opened a gourmet food shop. They lasted about a year. Put a ton of money in that store. It was beautiful. I installed all their kitchen equipment. We drove a big truck down from Newark and did the entire job in one day. I had two huge guys with me. We had a great time. I was a lot thinner at that time and was able to sqweeze in to the truck between the two of them..No today! It was a beautiful store modeled from the typical NYC gourmet type store. Again, not enough business.. Great freshly prepared items and imported foods, etc.

Gullo Produce..He was my landlord and the guy who gave me the $150,000 to open my restaurant. He was the biggest name in produce down at the Strip in the 80's. He owned lots or real estate in the Stip and built this big office and retail complex where we moved into. He was a tough SOB.

Did I mention anyone still in business other than Roland's? Interesting huh. Oh, here's another one that went out of business..The big night club on Smallman, Metropol. I put in their bar equipment...Lots of bars! I made more money on that than I made on my damn restaurant!

The Strip District took off a year after we sold...Of, course. It had a great, great run in the 90's but that came to an end with an increase in crime in the area at night. Now, it's the South Side that's hot and Fat Heads benefits from that big time. BB..Did you say you have been to Fatheads? If so, how did you like it? I have heard great things about that place. I love their website! Massive portions of food..

If I ever get back up to Pittsburgh to visit my sister, that place is on my list. Pamela's, Jo Jo's, Fatheads, Angelo's in Bloomfield (to say hello to a old friend), Tessaro's (Thursday night) Penn Mac, Vincent's (I use to love talking to him..He always had a cigarette in this mouth..So unsanitary. The place wasa mess, but that pizza was wonderful), Cafe Allegro (maybe) and a few other places.

Pittsburgh...Roadfood capital of the world! Maybe?
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/13 11:38:11 (permalink)
Bad news..... Cafe Allegro recently closed.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08304/923779-34.stm

It was a terrific restaurant, but I haven't been there in years.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/13 11:50:35 (permalink)
BB- thanks for the heads up. That's a shame.

You know, we use to get one day off a week when we had the restaurant;we'd be working 14 hours a day. We'd look forward to going to Cafe Allegro or Pasta Piata or Tesarro's on Sundays. We'd come home after a great dinner and realize that we had to get up the next day and go back to our restaurant and that grind. Ugh... There's probably no worse business to be in than the restaurant business, if you are not making big money IMHO.

Cafe Allegro had 22 years..amazing. I wish them all well.
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/18 06:47:29 (permalink)
Well, it looks like I might be visiting the 'Burgh this coming summer.... My Hawaii gang will be at a Volleyball tournament at Atlanta in July, and we might all meet up with them in DC, with a 3 day interlude in Pittsburgh... Gotta visit some relatives - - make pilgrimages to some old haunts - - and to revisit some 'Good Eats'.......

I am really looking forward to it...... I hope we can swing making it happen...
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/18 19:19:24 (permalink)
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Well, it looks like I might be visiting the 'Burgh this coming summer.... My Hawaii gang will be at a Volleyball tournament at Atlanta in July, and we might all meet up with them in DC, with a 3 day interlude in Pittsburgh... Gotta visit some relatives - - make pilgrimages to some old haunts - - and to revisit some 'Good Eats'.......

I am really looking forward to it...... I hope we can swing making it happen...


Lucky you! Living now in Dallas what I wouldn't give for a "Pittsburgh summer".
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/11/30 23:20:59 (permalink)
Thought I'd add this; I was looking for something else, and I found[url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMRBIwGuC4']this video of The Silencers![/url] "Theme From Peter Gunn", "Remote Control", and "Too Illegal".
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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved 2008/12/01 12:11:35 (permalink)
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