By Andrea Bosco + Anna Galanis
Photography: Catherine Palladino
A Shadyside staple, Girasole celebrated its 15th anniversary with an indoor and outdoor Italian celebrazione! Under a large tent on Copeland Street, 250-plus guests savored several pastas, escarole and beans, Girasole salad, tiramisu, panna cotta, and more. Singer/guitarist Jamie Wright entertained as the wine flowed, and family and friends of the restaurant acknowledged the tradition of excellent food and great company. “It was surreal,” says owner Patti Gerasole. “Many people said they could feel the love and joy present. These wonderful people are the reason that we exist and the reason we love what we do.” The Pittsburgh Opera made a surprise performance, and Patti’s son, Vito, spoke on the employees over the years who’ve become family, thanking them and the restaurant’s patrons for their strong support. “Every single day that we open our doors, our priority is to serve great food at fair prices in an upbeat atmosphere,” Patti says. “Our passion for family, friends, and delicious food is at the heart of our business.” WHIRL wishes Girasole many more years of delicious tradition!