Mt. Lebanon's io Deli.

Eat/Drink is NEXT’s weekly look at all that’s good in the local food scene.

Io Deli
Jeff and Carol Iovino, owners of  the  Café io in Mt. Lebanon, have opened io Deli — a deli-style takeout spot just a few doors down from the popular South Hills eatery on Beverly Road.

The menu features salads, sandwiches, paninis to go, all priced at under $10 per item. Io also offers a selection of soups which are made fresh in-house and sold by the cup, pint and quart, as well as a series of prepared foods, such as stuffed shells, which make it convenient for returning commuters in need of a quick and delicious dinner.

io deli is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Prantl’s gets some press
A Huffington Post item which made the rounds yesterday declared Prantl’s Bakery’s burnt almond torte the best cake in all of America.

The real shock in all of this, of course, is that someone from New York admitted to New York not having the best version of something. Of course we know Prantl’s burnt almond torte is more than just the local favorite; it is the dessert equivalent of pierogies made in a church basement. They ship burnt almond tortes all over the country and can get you or a well-deserving friend a fix as soon as tomorrow.

Italian food in Lawrenceville
San Lorenzo Ristorante, a BYOB Italian spot from the owners of Café Vita in Oakmont, is now open at 4407 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The 44-seat restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian fare, including dishes like greens and beans, beet-chevre salad and a variety of pastas.

San Lorenzo is open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

Beer notes
Brian Eaton and Kyle Mientkiewicz have finished most of the renovations to Grist House Brewery in Millvale and will start brewing their first batch of beer today. Eaton says that Grist House will have four beers on tap when the brewery opens in May.

Westmoreland County brewery Rivertowne picked up a silver medal for its Maxwell’s Scottish Ale at the 2014 World Beer Cup competition, held last week in Denver. Fat Head’s Brewery, which is located in North Olmstead, Ohio but sports a pub on Pittsburgh’s South Side, took home a silver medals for its Head Hunter IPA and Bonehead Imperial red ale.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...