Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LeoGreta

LeoGreta opened up last spring in Carnegie, which is where I used to live. Of particular interest to me is that Chef Greg Alauzen worked at a local Italian restaurant, Fatigati's, in Bridgeville. I have fond memories of Fatigati's. My parents would take us there, it was huge, a huge square (rectangle?) room (at least to my 5 or 6 year old eyes) and had fish on the walls - I seem to remember a swordfish? - and I think I ordered popcorn shrimp? And I got to drink Shirley Temples! Shrimp and Shirley Temples at Fatigatis and Wrights Seafood were a big deal to me as a wee little girl.
Anyway, LeoGreta opened last spring on Main Street near Third Street (which is the street my great-grandpa lived on and I remember visiting him and his tiny dogs in his tiny apartment there and he always gave me shiny quarters - you can walk from great-grandpa's place to LeoGreta).

We went last Friday, for lunch, after my doctor appointment. We got there around 1 pm and were seated right away by the front window. It was crowded, cozy, and friendly. A simple and clean interior, quaint, perhaps. I ordered iced tea, which is brewed fresh so I was happy. They also have a sweetened tea, but I had unsweetened.
Bread & olive oil. I thought the bread and olive oil were fantastic, but I'm also going to point out that I was really, really hungry! The olive oil was just that, no herbs or garlic floating in it, a lovely flavor, and fresh yummy bread. We ate 2 plates of bread & olive oil.

Here's what else we ate:
Frisée & Lardon (crisp bacon, creamy herb dressing, fried egg). Yum! I don't really like frisee, but in this creamy dressing and with bacon it was really good.
SP had the Daily Special: Pork Ragu Over Risotto. This was really good, too. We both enjoyed it.
I chose Gnocchi (baked with white & red sauce, Asiago, Reggiano). Another view:
These were tasty. I must have been really, really hungry because except for the one SP tried, I ate them all. But also, they were that good. The sauces - so good. We were too full for dessert.
We'll definitely be back. Everyone was really friendly. The food was delicious. It was cozy and welcoming and relaxing. I think I read they may be expanding into space next door. Also, I think they used to be BYOB but now they have a license and offer wines and beers and some after dinner drinks. There is street parking and a parking lot at Third & Main. If going for dinner, I'd suggest making a reservation because it's a small place and probably fills up quickly.I'm looking forward to our next visit.

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