Recently, on a blistery South Side Sunday, my friend and I attempted to try a new brunch nook, but a harsh reality confronted us. A note on the door announced the previous Sunday had marked the last brunch service. Plan B? Not yet ready to admit defeat and go vegan [sorry vegans, but this friend and I appreciate the nuances of butter and bacon on a gray morn], we racked our brains. As we drove the same route from whence we came, I remembered a restaurant I had yet to try, and I had a hopeful thought…
… and fortunately for us, my hopes came true! Stagioni’s beautiful, autumnal facade boasted just the words I wanted to read, “Now serving brunch!”
I first experienced Stagioni as part of the Italian BBQ on the Farm hosted by Cure. Having been wowed by Chef/Owner Stephen Felder’s cooking in a field, I was excited to try his seasonal approach within the context of his restaurant.
I’m a sucker for complimentary baked goods, syrupy pancakes and a fall flavored pork chop! The light-filled dining room made the morning feel brighter and warmer despite the escalating winds and dropping temperatures. What began with a brunch fail transformed into a Sunday success.
Furthermore, I am quite satisfied to add another locale to my Pittsburgh brunch repertoire!
2104 EAST CARSON STREET
PITTSBURGH, PA 15203