By Andrea Bosco
In an effort to further the local food movement, restaurateur Lidia Bastianich of Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh is expanding from the kitchen to the bar. An assortment of distilled libations and brewery batches are on tap, from Boyd & Blair vodka to Wigle Whiskey and Maggie’s Farm rum. Amidst the ambience, Lidia’s houses a unique barrel-aging process that utilizes four five-liter oak barrels, from which the restaurant’s signature Double Barrel Negroni blend is born, in addition to an aged White Manhattan cocktail. Pennsylvania beers, such as East End Brewing Company, Helltown Brewing, North Country Brewing Company, Lavery Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, are represented, and, as for the bubbly, Lidia’s features tonic water from Pittsburgh Seltzer Works, a 200-year-old seltzer plant. Says General Manager Adam Greiner, “The response to our local libations has been very enthusiastic. Customers love the high quality and freshness of the local products, all of which are world-class. Plus, the cocktails we’ve created from our unique barrel-aging program have turned into some of the most popular on our menu.” Pair your potion with a locally sourced, seasonally driven menu item for pure bliss.
Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh, 1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.552.0150. lidias-pittsburgh.com.