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Linea Verde

Linea Verde- Green Market

Bloomfield neighborhood on Liberty Avenue.

Steve and I were on our way to dinner and so that’s why you see the outdoor pumpkin display going both directions.

After dinner we went inside and bought pizzelles. Anise flavored.

I Had to ask about the roots in the first photo-turmeric!

Bocce Men,Vinyl, Soul Food, Wood Fired Pizza and Books 

IMG_0171.JPGUnder new ownership as of last Monday-  Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.


There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.


The Bocce Tournament is Saturday.  We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun

I was able to show some of the men their photos from two, three and four years ago.  Must have been out of town last year. One of my favorite city posts are the men playing bocce at night years ago



anthonyadamAnthony and Adam Marino.  Twins/brothers.  I was able to show them photos from previous years.  See links above.


Did you know?

Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.

Takeout.  Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time.  I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.


IMG_0195“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street




Wood Fired Pizza below.




And I bought a book for the grandkids at East End Book ExchangeEast End Book Exchange   They say they have rare books, too.









Fresh Ravioli

iPhone shots at Groceria Italiana this morning. 

I’ll go back another time with my camera and maybe capture two more People at Work for my series. Carol and Adrienne (sp?) These women were working hard to make all of these beautiful ravioli in short order. So many choices of fillings. 

And yes, I bought a dozen of the fresh ravioli, they boxed them for me right there. I poured sauce over them and  baked  (covered  w foil) for 40 minutes. 

A salad on the side and we had a hearty dinner on a day cool enough to fire up the oven. Delicious. 

Drying in the freezer before being boxed 

Watching the two women prepare the ravioli this morning made me think of Chicago John of Bartolini  Kitchens blog and his family stories about how his mother and his dear aunt, Zia, would get up at five to make fresh ravioli for holiday dinners. Click the blue link for his post. 

Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.




Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day




We sampled all four types offered on Friday.


We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.


Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Depth. Going deep. Depth of field. Meaurement. Feeling. Distance. Diving- where depth matters.

sycamores on Shady AVe

Sycamores on Shady Ave

PNC Parkdiving

Unknown Diver Needs Deep Water

spilled liquor

Bottle of spilled liquor running down the street on Liberty Avene, Little Italy Dayrs

Penn Ave Corner

back yard

St George Island

OSU swim

Roberto Clemente Bridge

durand cemetery

Forebears in Durand Cemetery, Illinois

three rivers

A Quick Shopping Trip New Year’s Eve- Clothes Minded on Liberty Avenue- Bloomfield

After two attempts to get to the Italian Grocery stores on New Year’s Eve we headed to the regular market

We were just driving by on our way to the grocery store and

“Buy Sell Trade” the sign said in the window.

“They look open even though it’s New Year’s Eve. ” “Okay, just ten minutes to look. I’ll wait in the car.”
I told my son.

In a few minutes, he came back to the car and said “MOM, you gotta come in and bring your camera and blog it!”

So I did.

designer sweater

45 rpmCLothes MInded Sign

Business owners Josh folding pants while Cope was stitching and opted for No Photos on the blog. Another day. 

josh at clothes minded

clothes minded neon

Little Italy Days Nighttime Collage

Steve and I went over to Bloomfield Saturday night to see what was happening at Little Italy Days.  We saw fire consumption as we did in June by @PghFireGirl

The recycled glass Aurora Lamps were eye-catching.  And there were a ton of food vendors and food trucks.

We met Lenny and James and admired the BBQ trophies.  James gave us a sample to take home and will be competing down at Heinz Field next week.  The Wool Sports Logo Banners would look great at school in the counselor’s office.

The Sacred Heart Window

The Sacred Heart Window

Light Patterns on Bloomfield Bricks

On the way home from school the light on this wall caught my eye so I pulled over to the curb.
I looked across the street and tried to determine what was making the reflection but I couldn’t discern what caused it.


This was the view opposite the light patterns.


DJ’s Butcher Block in Bloomfield

Since we’re talking about meat…..

on the way home from school I stopped at DJ’s Butcher Block (Butcher Shop) on Penn Avenue.

What a selection of-

antibiotic free, local, grass fed, custom cut and ground meat.

There is also Amish Butter and Organic Cheese, one item I bought today was from Mercer County.

Local farms provide fresh eggs and rich milk that separates in a glass  1/2 gallon bottle   (to be returned)

DJ the proprietor is a also a chef,  trained at the Culinary Institute of America (I read in this Pgh CityPaper Article)butcher dj

Butcher Block and CleaverSteak thickness

He knows what he is doing

Bacon Soap

for the vegetarian?    A couple of vegetarians were in front of me buying sausage today.

Someone else was picking up a custom order of braciole.


You can get a Savory Meat Pie to take home and bake.

pound of ground steak

I bought a pound of the grass fed ground beef and made burgers which were delicious, fried up in a cast iron skillet.

During Little Italy Days I had photographed DJ at night.  Thanks for allowing me to tour your butcher shop and photograph you again.

dj- butcher-block for blog

Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots

Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue



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Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce



West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance






Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window





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Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s










Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones


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Live entertainment at Center Stage



Balloon Man

Balloon Man






Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck












Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover





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DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.