Has anyone else been enjoying early summer picnics? In the spirit of social distancing and getting fresh air, picnics are one of our favorite trends for summer 2020 (that and drive-in movies). The perfect Pittsburgh picnic includes craveable appetizers, gourmet pizza, grilled meat, fresh produce — and don’t forget a cocktail.
These local businesses are offering everything you need for the perfect picnic.
A Cocktail From Bella Bambini Cello
A crisp drink is what picnics were made for. Bella Bambini Cellos offers multiple flavors of cellos, all infused with natural fruits. They’re most known for a traditional Limoncello and Orangecello, both of which can be enjoyed alone or with a mixer. Pro tip — for a great summertime mix, use some frozen fruit and drop into a glass to keep it chilled, without diluting the taste. Limoncello with soda water is a nice option as well. Bella Bambini also has a Pineapple cello with a mix of flavored pineapple and coconut water.
And as a practical offering, Bella Bambini Cello is now creating hand sanitizer available in an 8 oz. spray bottles or larger unit. The FDA-approved formula is available to be purchased online for pick up or delivery, as well as in stores including Market Districts and Pennsylvania Libations in the Strip District.
The cellos and sanitizer can be picked up or delivered.
Wine and Dine With Four Twelve Project
Did someone say sangria? Four Twelve Project, a wine and dinery, is offering sangria to-go options. A colorful sangria in a mason jar couldn’t be more perfect for a picnic. Located in Moon Township, Four Twelve Project is a farm-to-table restaurant, winery and bar. They are offering take-out orders for food and wine bottles. With starters like bruschetta and a cheese plate, Four Twelve will take your picnic to the next level.
Four Twelve Project is currently offering food from the kitchen for takeout on Tuesday through Saturday from 4-8 p.m.
Produce and Baked Goods From Triple B Farms
Now that your picnic is set with a cello or wine, it’s time to move on to appetizers and desserts. Triple B Farms, which hosts one of our favorite annual fall festivals, is offering fresh Triple B apples, locally grown veggies, and baked goods. Round your picnic out with some sweets, whether it’s from the fresh fruits or a Triple B pie. This farm is also offering drink mixers for Bloody Marys, margaritas, and fruit cider.
Right now, Triple B Farms has their farm market online as well as contactless curbside pickup.
Grilled Meats From Pugliano’s Italian Grill
We’re off to the main course! How does a picnic with buttermilk fried chicken, baby back ribs, or a beef brisket sound? Pugliano’s Italian Grill is known for its Italian cuisine and Serbian specialties. Located in Monroeville, Pugliano’s has countless grill and entree options that will serve your picnic well. Plus, the chicken, ribs, beef, and pulled pig are all available with homemade sides and salads.
Pizza Pie From Olive Oil’s Pizzeria
For a simple and easy-to-eat picnic option, pizza is ideal. Olive Oil’s Pizzeria & More locations in Bethel Park, Canonsburg, and Washington PA are offering online ordering with contactless, fast curbside pickup. Try the house specialty…Frank’s meatballs & sauce! Olive Oil’s Gourmet Hawaiian Pizza & Wings is an easy pickup option for a picnic. Plus, they have a gluten-free crust option.
Right now, all online orders are 30% off the regular menu price for pickup or delivery. No other discounts apply.
Hoagies, Pasta and Ribs From Mama Lena’s
Mama Lena’s in McKees Rocks knows their way around a pizza (they hold a Guinness world record for largest pizza!). They’re also well known for absurd hoagies, gyros, salads, wings, and half-rack ribs. Essentially, whatever your picnic needs, Mama Lena has you covered.
And don’t forget the homemade pasta. Whatever type of pasta you like, from spaghetti to lasagna, gnocchi to lobster ravioli, Mama’s Homemade Pasta comes in a variety of pasta styles and sauces.
Enjoy your picnic while supporting local businesses, and remember to stay safe out there!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.