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Mad about gelato – Frozen treat differs from American-style ice cream in texture and its intense flavor

Liz Rogers, Observer Reporter- May, 2013 Cheryl Martin is mad for gelato, or “Italian ice cream.” So much so, in fact, that the pastry chef traveled to Italy earlier this year with the gelato guru himself, Malcolm Stogo, founder of Ice Cream University and renowned expert on all things frozen. There, she visited the world’s […]

Owner of Angelo’s named Pa. Restaurateur of the Year for 2009

Michael Bradwell , The Observer Reporter – November, 2009 The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association has named Michael Passalacqua of Angelo’s Restaurant in Washington as the 2009 Restaurateur of the Year. According to a press release from the PRA, the prestigious award was presented in recognition of Passalacqua’s excellence in the culinary arts and for his generous […]

David Templeton’s Seldom Seen: A feast where you’d want it

David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post Gazette – November, 2004 News reports that Michael Passalacqua watched in 1993 showed shelters, churches and community centers serving Thanksgiving dinners to the indigent. And while these dinners reflected noble efforts to feed multitudes of homeless folks, it left him feeling twinges of despair to see volunteers ladling turkey glop onto […]

Passalacqua’s plate is full as head of Pa. restaurant lobby

Michael Bradwell , The Observer Reporter – November, 2002 It’s a midweek afternoon at Angelo’s Restaurant, and several members of the staff pass through the empty bar carrying equipment they’re moving from one part of the kitchen to another, preparing for the dinner crowd that will begin arriving in a few hours. Not long ago, […]

Using Your Noodle – Local restaurateur shares tips for perfect pasta

Liz Rogers, The Observer-Reporter – October, 2002 Michael Passalacqua makes no bones about his culinary training. “I’m not a chef,” he declares while assembling the ingredients for his marinara. “I’ve never baked bread from scratch. But I do know how to make a sauce or two.” His opening line draws smiles and chuckles from the […]

Cajun Meets Italian-Pittsburgh Post Gazette Woodene Merriman

Woodene Merriman, Weekend Mag – April, 1999 In a perfect world, the chef would have tossed my salad just before serving, I wouldn’t have ordered the roasted garlic, and the man at the next table would shut up. But it isn’t a perfect world. And that guy’s droing on and on about his trip to […]