Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rmu Students Launch Food Website

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rmu Students Launch Food Website

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A new Pittsburgh food website featuring restaurant reviews, recipes and food trends is aimed at the low-budget, simple-food demographic.

The site was developed by eight Robert Morris University senior journalism students, who created it for their Media Seminar capstone project. The result is Pittsburgh Food Review (pghfoodreview.com), where you can find such unlikely discussions as what you can order at Primanti's besides the fry-topped sandwiches, how to make one of the late pop star Prince's favorite meals, what foods most appropriately represent this year's presidential candidates, and (on video) whether dollar store kitchen utensils actually work.

Restaurant reviews have a strong following, and the emphasis is heavy on bars, sandwiches and wings.

Other tidbits include a recipe for a "Cracker Jack & Mac Dog," imitating PNC Park's newest food offering this year, and another for making your own "Primanti Bros. Pitts-Burgher" at home. Some of the kitchen hacks are truly ingenious: using tongs to squeeze lemons or sharpening a knife using the bottom of a coffee mug.

Seven of the students will graduate Saturday; Brittany Capozoli, one of the site's two social media directors, will graduate in December. However, most of the students intend to keep the site up and running after graduation while also working other jobs, as the site does not yet make money. Editor-in-chief Anthony DeSimone, an Ambridge native who has worked at Gordon Food Service, has a full-time job there after graduation; his experience there was part of the reason the group decided to focus on food. West Chester native and writer Chris Mueller is going to be a reporter for The Beaver County Times, but he'll continue writing about restaurants on the side.

As part of their class, the group had to create a strategic plan, define their mission and target audience, and determine who would take which jobs on the site. The other staffers are Kendall Valan, graphics/web design; Bailey Neale, social media; Paul Wintruba, photos; and Dan Kitchen and Sarah Swiss, writers.

"We're all proud of what we've done, given that we started the blog with virtually little to no budget or time," Mr. …

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