Pizzelle Perfect

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Baked in Bloomfield ( using a special pizzelle iron)

Maria Merante – Celebrating all things Italian since 1983

Anise or vanilla?  They are delicate and delicious.

 

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.

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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

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

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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

 

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Wood Fired Pizza below.

 

 

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

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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

 

 

Little Italy days (2)

 

 

 

 

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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Bocce
Bocce

 

 

 

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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Little Italy Days (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of Saint Rocco, Fireworks and a Full Moon

Information about this celebration at St. Raphael’s in Morningside arrived in my inbox from the community list-serve.  Said there would be fireworks.  When I got there a band from Cleveland was playing Italian songs and couples were dancing. A large statue of Saint Rocco was illuminated and people would go up and kiss their hand and touch him. He is the protector of contagious disease and pestilence.  There was a statue of a dog with a loaf of bread in his mouth right by his side and you can read his story here.   At first I took a few timid photos with my phone as I felt conspicuous.  But when the fireworks started I pulled out my regular camera and propped it against the chain link fence and caught the scene.  The full moon looks less dramatic in the image than it felt in person. Used a 24-70 L series lens and the remote cable to reduce camera shake.  The fireworks were fun and everyone thought they were over and then more would shoot up and an audible oooooh and aaaaah came from the crowd.  A nice summer evening, it is 64 degrees right now!