Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Let's Keep It Local On Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day a scant month away, my thoughts have turned to dinner, drinks and romance.  I've been giving a lot of thought to what Fen and I will do on Sunday, February 14th and the good news is we can easily have a romantic evening close to home.  We might start with cocktails at the Wine Bar at Il Pizzaiolo on Washington Road, a personal fave, and continue with dinner next door at Bistro 19, where I've never been disappointed with Chef Jessica Gibson's fresh, seasonal fare.  Or we could flip it and begin with drinks at Bistro 19's long, low-lit bar and segue to warming pastas at Il Pizz.

Another option would be dinner at Luma on Castle Shannon Blvd., where the cozy dining room and candlelit tables are made for two, or Iovino's on Beverly Road, the culinary play space of Lebo native/Chef Jeff Iovino.  And then there's the second-floor nooks at Atria's on Beverly Road, the perfect backdrop for Chef Jozef Karst's hearty, soul-warming food.

I can personally vouch for all of these restaurants save for Iovino's, which I'll be visiting in a couple of weeks (and on which I've received many good reports).  Keeping it local on Valentine's Day means more revenue (read: tax dollars) stays in the community and you won't have far to travel on snowy roads.  Make your reservation soon and have an evening to remember!

1 comment:

  1. Let's not forget the romantic gifts too! Lebo is a great place to shop for beautiful flowers, stunning jewelry, specialty foods, or perhaps a spa treatment! Mt. Lebanon has it all and it's all so close by! Love it!


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