Sunday, August 1, 2010

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh Outdoor Dining

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 7-19-10

Pittsburgh Outdoor Dining

Where can you sit and dine outdoors to get some sun, fresh air and great food and what are the activities and culinary delights?

Today’s guests:

Mary Gettel of Remember When

Tera Bevilacqua of Bocktown Beer and Grill

Jason Capps of Bella Sera Trattoria

Usha Sethi of Taj Mahal

Mary Gettel of REMEMBER WHEN


Mary is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Her experience in the food Service industry includes everything from Pizza Shop to Fine Dining.

I purchased an existing ice cream store in 1991 and named it Remember When. This year we are celebrating 50 years of ice cream in Windgap. Our philosophy: Ice cream is fun and if you are not having fun we are not doing our job.

Remember When offers soft serve ice cream, yogurt and homemade hard ice cream. Soft serve comes in chocolate, vanilla, twist, and a flavor of the week. The yogurt is Dole Whip, a lactose free, no sugar, no fat yogurt. The homemade hard ice cream is made from my exclusive Recipes. We have ice cream cakes & pies made with Remember When ice cream. We also serve hot food made to order like our Doo Wop Dog, burgers, chicken tenders, Gyros, and French Fries. Every Friday night we have oldies parties with Doo Wop Dan.

The Big Joe Sundae is 1/2 gallon of ice cream 2 sundae toppings, nuts and whip cream. If you can eat the whole thing with no help in front of Mary you get your picture on Remember When Wall of Fame and a $5 gift certificate for your next visit.

The Memory Cone is our large cone and it won't fit through the window. It comes out the side door.

Remember When has been in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Food Section and on KDKA TV with Dave Crowley. We have also received the Tribune Reviews 2010 Readers Choice Bronze Award for Ice Cream.


July 30, Bike Blessing. Father Lou Valone of St. John of God, McKees Rocks, PA will be doing a Bike Blessing at 7:00 p.m. Father Lou blesses bikes of all kinds from tricycles to Motorcycles.

August 8, Live Oldies Concert, at 3 p.m. the Performance by El Reys.

August 27 Beach Night with Doo Wop Dan and Dr. Doo Wop

Open noon to ll p.m. 7 days a week from March and into October

Remember When

3860 Chartiers Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15204



Tera Bevilacqua, technically the General Manager of the Bocktown Beer and Grill in Robinson. I prefer to call myself the "Beer Librarian", the head Librarian of our huge "Beer Library" which contains over 400 different bottles of craft beer. I also book the live original music that we have every Tuesday and set up the Wednesday beer tastings. From the beginning of Bocktown I have played a huge part in most of the unique chalk art found throughout the restaurant.

Bocktown Beer and Grill features over 400 different bottles of craft beer, 16 always rotating craft beer taps, and homemade food made with the best local ingredients.

-Live original music

-Beer Tastings

- Support of original artists


Local Fest and Summers Wake

Every Tuesday at 9pm, live music!

July 20, City Dwelling Nature Seekers, Americana/Folk Rock

July 20, Corned Beef and Curry, Acoustic

August 3, Olga Watkins Band, Jazz/Blues

August 10, Cabinet, Bluegrass/Americana/Rock

August 17, George C.Jones and the New View Trio, Latin/Jazz/Percussion

August 24, Goonland, Nerd Rock

August 31, Matt Woods

Each Thursday, Tera's Beeried Treasures

Tera our “Beer Librarian” shares a special barrel from her secret stash! These drafts could be rare, limited or just soo delicious you’ve got to know exactly when it’s coming on tap!

July 22, Corsendonk Christmas

July 29, Ommegang Three Philosophers

Each Wednesdays at 6-8, Craft Beer Samplings

We try to highlight the best of the craft scene on draft and in bottle. You can meet the occasional brewer, the area's best schooled beer representatives and taste their wares.

July 21, Church Brew Works, Meet the Peeps! Owner Sean Casey and Brewmaster Brant Dubovick

July 28, Flying Dog, Special visit from Matt Crowe

August 4, Local Fest, Full Pint, Meet Barret

August 11, Arcadia

August 18, Pumpkinfest, Tony "The Beerman" Knipling

August 25, Penn Brewery, Featuring Oktoberfest

Bocktown Beer and Grill

690 Chauvet Dr

North Fayette, PA 15275


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Event Venue, Catering, and Urban Trattoria

Upper St. Clair resident Jason Capps is owner and chef at Bella Sera, a special event venue and catering company in the South Hills. Formerly the Executive Catering Chef at Dean & DeLuca in New York City, Jason also serves on the Culinary Council of the International Caterers Association. He recently opened Bella Sera on the Square, a trattoria on Pittsburgh's Market Square.

I travel to Italy at least once a year for two weeks (Sicily this Sept) and al fresco dining is standard throughout the country, not only for the obvious guest’s enjoyment, but to facilitate added seating due to limited interior space in century old properties. Same applies for me in market square! After being cooped up all day indoors, it’s nice to relax and dine outside, or the same applies for lunch.

We will have sidewalk dining as soon as two weeks from today, and expect to seat an added 20 people outside, which works great because we fill up and turn tables away by noon each weekday.

We are submitting narratives, renderings and blueprints to have rooftop dining – most likely for next year, although we could be approved and completed on the roof by end of September if all goes well. I am also exploring a rooftop garden to augment the already amazing produce my mom grows organically for me from her farm in Greene County.

We are only open Monday through Friday until the market fills up with enough restaurants to support being open. For now and through 2010, we are taking reservations for private parties for 20-75 people.

Bella Sera Urban Trattoria is the first certified Green Restaurant in the entire Pittsburgh region. We are also the first caterer and venue in the state to hold this distinction – and the 5th in the country, as for banquet halls and caterers. The Green Restaurant Association is the organization that certified us – and has the most distinguished process in the industry. Mario Batali, Rick Bayless and countless other top chefs work with the GRA to become certified.

2008 and 2010 STAR Award Recipient – International Caterers Association

2009 Pittsburgh Business Times - 100 Fastest Growing Businesses (#42)
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Bella Sera Catering
Bella Sera Event Venue

414 Morganza Rd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Bella Sera Trattoria

22 Market Square.
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA


Usha Sethi, TAJ MAHAL

Usha Sethi is chef and owner of TAJ MAHAL restaurant, a family owned restaurant located in north hills. It was opened in 1996. She believes in home cooking therefore Taj Mahal makes everything from the scratch in its kitchen. No chemicals,preservatives or flavor enhancers are used, only non-trans fat oils.

We make authentic Indian food from all regions of India. We also use our imagination and creativity to introduce new and innovative dishes.

Taj Mahal provides full service catering. We can bring charcoal grill and dosa grill to your home or party to make fresh breads, kababs and dosas of your choice. You are welcome to ask for a new dish of your choice and we try to accommodate


We have a lunch buffet everyday from 11AM TO 3PM and a special dinner buffet on Mondays and Thursdays. Suggestions from customers are always welcomed. You may also order online on our website,

We have been voted best Indian restaurant by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Post Gazzette.

Open seven days from 11 AM - 10PM

7795 Mcknight Road

Close to Ross Park Mall

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