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Il Picolo Forno in Pgh Strip, Now Colangelo's

Whigsboy | Mar 10, 2008 11:29 AM

Il Picolo Forno on 21st St. in the Strip District, next to La Prima Espresso, is now Colangelo's.

For those who haven't been to the strip in a while but were fans of the pizza and pastries, etc. at Il Picolo Forno's Strip location, it had been closed for several months.

As I learned Saturday morning, it has reopened as Colangelo's, and appears to be mostly unchanged. There were still thick slices of pizza on the counter, still delicious pastries in the glass case(we had some great canoli's Sat. night), and still an open walkway between it and La Prima.

I talked, briefly, to the wife of the husband-wife ownership team, and learned that the husband (sorry I don't have names) used to do the baking for the Il Picolo Forno Lawrenceville restaurant and the Strip location for approximately 6 years, but had stopped for a period. When they learned that Carla Branduzzi had closed the Strip location down because it was proving difficult to keep it up and running along with the Lawrenceville restaurant, they contacted her, I believe, and have now taken it over. Sorry for the sketchy details. Was more focused on shuffling pizza slices to kids, etc.

They had some delicious sounding lunch specials for every day of the week. I plan on making a weekday trip some time soon to try one out. Anybody else done so?

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