Little Italy Days Misses Out on Celebrating Both Italy and Bloomfield

In general, we don't like to say that something is a complete miss, because odds are good if a business, experience, or event is not for us there may be reasons that others like it. So even in our most negative of reviews, we can often preface things as to why they're not for us.     

We're going to try to do this for Little Italy Days in Bloomfield (which occurs each August), but we have to say, this one falls about as flat as it can get.

Why? This one misses out on both the Italy and Bloomfield connections that we hoped for.

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Spill Wine Bar Brings a Welcoming Ambiance to Bloomfield

Every so often we'll open our mouths and say that we need more wine bars in Pittsburgh, and whenever we do one seems to open the following week.

This was the case for Spill, a wine bar that opened in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood in early 2019. Naturally, I rushed over to it during their soft opening to try it out as quickly as possible- and I was hooked.

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Give Unique International Cheeses a Try at Chantal’s Cheese Shop

Chantal's Cheese Shop is a specialty store located in Bloomfield run by Anaïs Loughran and her husband, Chris (the shop is named after Anaïs' mother).

While on the smaller end, Chantal's is home to an impressive collection of curated cheeses that has us coming back for more time and time again.

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Tina’s Bar in Bloomfield – What is Old is New Again in Pittsburgh

Tina's Bar in Bloomfield is not your typical Pittsburgh bar. It isn't quite a dive, but it isn't an upscale craft cocktail bar either.

In fact, it is a bit of both, and if you're wondering how that would work out well together you're not alone. We wondered the same thing.

But we're happy to report that this one walks a fine line in a modern retro theme, and while that may not make much sense right now, we're going to do our best to highlight why this is truly the case!

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Bitter Ends Luncheonette Review – Fresh Flavors in Bloomfield

You may have seen the Bitter Ends pop up at the Bloomfield Farmers Market on Saturdays in the past, but now they've got their very own storefront in Bloomfield.

With farm fresh ingredients (straight from their own farm) and everything made from scratch including bread and pastries, soups, and sandwiches, we haven't been this ecstatic about a restaurant opening in a while.

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Caffe Mona La Bistro Review – Brunch in Bloomfield

Caffe Mona La Bistro is a breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot in Bloomfield serving up cafe style food like crepes, omelets, sandwiches, and salads. There's nothing too out of the ordinary on the menu here, but if you're looking for a casual BYOB brunch spot, Caffe Mona La Bistro might just be it.

However, if you have food allergies like I do, I wouldn't recommend it as we had a misunderstanding during our visit that made for a less than ideal situation.

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Baby Loves Tacos Review – Legit Tacos in Bloomfield

Baby Loves Tacos is a popular taco joint that opened its first brick and mortar store in Bloomfield in early 2018.

The restaurant opening was eagerly anticipated as this one hosted frequent pop-ups around Pittsburgh and gained a legion of die-hard fans along the way. The popularity is worth it, as Baby Loves Tacos makes what we believe are some of the best all-around tacos we've had in the city.

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Spork Review – Small Plates and a Chef’s Table Experience

Spork on Penn Ave. in Bloomfield brings a fun, creative type of dining experience to the neighborhood. We had been looking to check this one out for a while, and when Spork invited us in for a review we were in.

Well-executed small plates are just part of the draw – an equally impressive feature of Spork is the chef's tasting table. This row of seats lines the kitchen and provides a front row view of all the action.

As we love to cook and have sometimes fancied ourselves as wannabe chefs, watching up close the intensity of the work that goes on reminded us that there is a reason we haven't yet become Michelin-starred ourselves.

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