Lidia’s Pittsburgh Easter Three-course Meal; Steel Cactus Sunday Brunch (Sun., 4/21/19)

The namesake of Lidia's Pittsburgh, Lidia Bastianich, and new executive chef, Daniel Walker.

The namesake of Lidia’s Pittsburgh, Lidia Bastianich, and executive chef, Daniel Walker. photo: Rick Handler.

1) Emmy Award-winning TV chef, author, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich shined a bright food and dining spotlight on Pittsburgh when she opened a Lidia’s restaurant here in 2001. The comfortable, contemporary designed restaurant has survived and thrived by serving fresh, seasonal, time-honored Italian classics with Bastinaich’s distinctive touch. Menu highlights include Lidia’s Pasta Tasting Trio, lemon chicken, zuppa di pesce, and osso bucca.

Lidia’s executive chef Daniel Walker worked at several renowned restaurants and luxury hotels before becoming sous chef at Lidia’s flagship restaurant in New York City. Felidia’s. Walker then worked in the same position in his hometown at Lidia’s Kansas City. Growing up there he credits his grandmother for sparking his interest in food and cooking. He has brought his culinary knowledge, under Bastianich’s guidance, to the menu at Lidia’s Pittsburgh.

Now Walker is presenting a three-course Easter meal at Lidia’s Pittsburgh. The dinner will feature a prix fixe menu of creative family-style offerings and a large selection of seasonal dishes. Menu highlights include: Gnocchi with braised duck ragu, salmon with asparagus and mustard sauce, and brasato in red wine with spätzle and horseradish gremolata. Dessert offerings, which will be served family-style, are: ricotta cheesecake with caramel, carrot cake torta with mascarpone cream, fruit jam crostata, and chocolate almond cantucci. 11 – 7 p.m. For reservations  or more information visit Lidia’s Pittsburgh. 1400 Smallman St., Strip District.

Drinkers and diners partaking in the Steel Cactus’ offerings.

2) The Steel Cactus on Walnut Street is open for Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—perfectly timed to get you filled up and out before, or after, your Sunday activities. The brunch menu includes Huevos Rancheros, spicy Southwestern omelet, fajita breakfast burrito, breakfast nachos, steak and eggs, and churro French Toast. “Salud!” with a bloody mary or mimosa. There’s also Steel Cactus’ on the South Side, Southpointe, and Bethel Park that serve brunch too. Other locations include PNC Park, and Pittsburgh International Airport. 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside.