Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What's Coming in 2013: Five Anticipated Openings

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What's Coming in 2013: Five Anticipated Openings

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Small focused restaurants are the first wave of openings in 2013, particularly those from restaurateurs familiar to Pittsburgh. Downtown and East End locations are early favorites for debuts, with a few fill-ins on Highland Avenue in East Liberty.

IL PIZZAIOLO

8 Market Square, Downtown

The 40-seat sibling to Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon is slated to open in mid- to late January. Executive chef at the South Hills location, Richard Sphatt, will direct the Downtown kitchen. He is training Pizzaiolo staff to take his place at the flagship.

The menu will be "predominantly the same," said Debbie LoVerso, general manager in Mt. Lebanon, "though we will add a few things to accommodate the Downtown crowd."

Like the original, it will have a wood-burning oven that allows for the restaurant to maintain DOC standards (Italian requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making). A true Neapolitan-style pie, for example, must be 10 inches across and feature San Marzano tomatoes and fresh ingredients.

NICKY'S THAI KITCHEN

903 Penn Ave., Downtown

Nicky's Thai Kitchen Downtown soft-opened Dec. 21, the third restaurant opening from chef owner Ratthasak "Nick" Insawang.

The original location in Verona has since closed.

While the smaller North Side location will remain BYO, the Downtown 70-seat restaurant will offer beer, wine and sake along with Thai beverages.

The lunch and dinner menus will adhere to the originals, though chef specials will vary.

FRANKTUARY

3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Expect the debut of Franktuary in Lawrenceville in early January, the second location for the hot dog destination and bar at 3810 Butler St.

Fliers that read "Prepare Ye For the Second Coming" have teased the opening of the 2,100-square-foot restaurant. The space that will accommodate nearly 100 patrons is outfitted with garage doors for open-air seating when weather permits. …

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