The latest eatery to bolster Bloomfield
's status as Pittsburgh "Little Italy" has arrived. Stagioni recently opened at 4770 Liberty Ave., in the former spot of Cafe Roma, which closed in April.
The cozy, causally elegant BYOB spot features "seasonal fare with an Italian flare," says chef Stephen Felder, whose girlfriend Cara DelSignore owns the restaurant. Ingredients are fresh and local, and the preparations are classic with a twist. The seared diver scallops get a side of apple-fennel slaw, the potato gnocchi are treated to a meaty-tasting but all-vegetarian porcini demi-glace, and even the standard mixed green salad is punctuated with a fresh blood orange vinaigrette.
Menus will be changing throughout the year according to whatever is in-season, says Felder. Current menu highlights include beef short ribs braised all day long, and a mozzarella appetizer that is literally made-to-order in the kitchen for each customer (mozzarella this fresh is unlike anything you've ever tasted from the market, Felder promises). Also made-to-order: Coffee. La Prima is freshly French pressed for each customer.
Felder and DelSignore, a Pittsburgh native, moved to the area from Florida about two-and-a-half years ago with the intention of opening a place like Stagioni. Felder, who has been cooking professionally for about a decade, met DelSignore while working at one of her family's Italian restaurants in Florida. For Felder and DelSignore, food is a family affair, and opening Stagioni was no different. A family member who does granite work even special-made the restaurant's gleaming granite tabletops for the couple.
For reservations or more information, call 412.687.5775.
Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Stephen Felder, Stagioni
Photograph copyright Caralyn Green