Edited by Andrea Bosco Stehle and Rachel Jones | Photographs from Christina Emilie Photography, the Café at the Frick, and by Michael Fornataro
Keep an eye on Monterey Bay Fish Grotto’s social media (@montereybaypgh) for the special Mother’s Day additions that will be served alongside the traditional dinner menu from 1-9 p.m. on May 8. Executive Chef Michael Thomas is taking full advantage of the restaurant’s new certified membership to the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Group by serving up fresh flavors and soundly sourced seafood. “We will be running some great Hawaiian fish for spring, including Opah, Onaga, Hapu’upu’u, and Monchong,” says Thomas. For a heartier dish option, try the pan-fried, Mediterranean-style whole fish with roasted tomato, black garlic, and sweet caper lemon butter. Just be sure to pair your plate with a cocktail creation that will put a spring in your step! The Spicy Pepino captures seasonal vibes with Sauza Hornitos Plata tequila, fresh cucumber, housemade lemon sours, and just a hint of jalapeño. Or, treat yourself to The French Kiss, a heavenly mix of Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka, chambord, and Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, topped with Champagne. You know where to find us! — Julie Pawlikowski
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, 1411 Grandview Ave #2., Mt. Washington. 412.481.4414. montereybayfishgrotto.com.
Treat your modern momma to a beautiful brunch at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, complete with a divine prix fixe menu and a Bloody Mary bar. The culinary crew is incorporating the season’s local, foraged items into the new spring menu. Try an array of fresh pastas like crab manicotti with fava beans, asparagus, and arrabbiata; orecchiette with peas, wild mushrooms, roasted tomato, chicken sausage, and herbed mascarpone cream; or suckling pig pappardelle with fennel, mushrooms, and cherry tomato. The restaurant’s bucatini carbonara, shown here, with guanciale and a soft fried egg is also one of our favorites! — J.P.
Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, 220 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzis.com.
RISE & SHINE
Start Mother’s Day with specialities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern. Guests can prep for Crab Cake Florentine with fresh chopped spinach quiche over roasted tomato coulis with pineapple salsa; and Pot Roast Hash Scramble, topped with two eggs sunny side-up, melted cheddar jack cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. The hotspot is also offering a new spring menu, featuring its beloved Chilean Sea Bass, an Atria’s speciality; the Chargrilled Meatloaf Stack, served with jalapeño cornbread; and the Ancho Chili Chicken, paired with gouda mac ’n cheese. According to Director of Marketing Alana Bergamasco, you can expect more surprises from Atria’s, as it continues to “expand into small bites, fresh seafood, and other comfort foods to appeal to the millennials as well.” — Kylie Weisenborn
Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern, atrias.com.
The Café at the Frick is taking reservations for Mother’s Day! Executive Chef Seth Bailey is embracing the freshness of the season with dishes like the Asparagus Salad, featuring spears from the restaurant’s own garden and tossed in a sherry vinaigrette, sprinkled with smoked almonds, and topped with a crispy poached egg. “We have an Amish farmer that brings us eggs every week,” he says. “We just poach them off as normal, chill the egg in an ice bath, and from there we dip it in a little milk and roll it in some cracker meal. We fry it off quickly, so you have that crunchy exterior but the inside is still soft.” If you’re craving something heartier, the lamb burger is the way to go. The tender meat pairs perfectly with a toasted brioche bun and gets its kick from Berbers mayonnaise, pickled red onions, and hydroponic bibb lettuce. As an extra gift for mom, purchase a bottle of wine or piece of stemware in the museum store. And stop back to enjoy the extended hours through 9 p.m., giving you even more time to indulge! — J.P.
The Café at the Frick, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. thefrickpittsburgh.org.
“At Square Café, we are a family and our customers are family, too,” says owner Sherree Goldstein. Grab a seat at the family table for homemade goodness made with extra love for Mother’s Day, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The newly revamped menu intrigues with options like Corn Fritters, tossed with cinnamon sugar; Butterscotch Bacon Pancakes; and specialty drinks like the Strawberry Pretzel Salad milkshake and Matcha Peacha smoothie. It’s totally OK to eat dessert first on this holiday! — J.P.
Square Café, 1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.244.8002. square-cafe.com.
Rejuvenate your usual Downtown days with mom by heading to the Garden Café at Heinz Hall — the perfect oasis to relax, and enjoy a light and refreshing lunch. The walled-in garden is complete with a waterfall, trees, and open seating, which complement tasty, healthful menu items. Executive Chef Ryan Martinez creates dynamic dishes like the Thai chicken wrap, a favorite of Common Plea Catering Vice President Martin Vecellio! “The Thai chicken wrap is a lettuce wrap so it’s like a salad. It has great fresh vegetables, and there’s a Thai sauce that is nice and light for summer,” says Vecellio. And, back by popular demand, is the refreshingly sweet and sour strawberry basil lemonade. Heading there for happy hour? Add a shot of chilled vodka! The Garden Café is set to open May 25 or May 27, weather depending. — J.P.
The Garden Café at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.392.4900. commonplea-catering.com.