Whether you are in the mood for a family dinner, a casual dinner with friends or a quick meal with a glass of wine, Piazza Talarico and Papa Joe’s Wine Cellar provides the ideal venue. Our modest dining room consists of a stand-up wine bar where diners can sample wine, share appetizers or one of our entrees, or enjoy coffee, espresso, or cappuccino. For a more elaborate meal, seating is available in the dining room, on the covered patio, or on the open air piazza in the rear of the building.
The cuisine is Southern Italian like one would find in Calabria or on an Italian grandma’s table on a Sunday afternoon in America. The wines are a selection of reds and whites, mostly dry table wines with a few sweet selections and sangrias for those who prefer a sweet wine.
The wine is available to taste. It's sold by the glass or bottle for on-site consumption, or by the bottle to take out.
In keeping with the informal enoteca and osteria traditions, Piazza Talarico has strayed from the conventional table-side service, instead offering an order-at-the-counter (or wine bar) approach. In our efforts to welcome our guests as a part of la famiglia and to provide our best service, we believe this model is ideal. For this reason, we are unable to accommodate reservations.
Beth is unique in that she’s a millennial who cooks like your Italian grandmother. Beth learned from the best: Grandma Ida Talarico taught Beth traditional Italian cooking, specializing in macaroni dishes, including some family recipes that immigrated from Sersale, Calabria with the Talarico and Mancuso families. Beth has expanded beyond the traditional family cuisine with her adaptation of some of the best dishes from all of Italy that include fresh ingredients and judicious use of spices.
Katie is the front of house manager and the face of Piazza Talarico and Papa Joe’s Wine Cellar. She has extensive experience in food and beverage operations and a degree in Italian Studies from Pitt. In addition to her management duties, Katie serves as a chef and barista. Katie also created Talarico’s delightful sangria, drawing inspiration from her time spent studying in Rome
Joe, il capo vinaio (the head vintner), brings over 35 years of wine making experience to Papa Joe’s. While his primary emphasis over the years has been dry red table wines, he has extensive experience in producing dry whites as well, and has recently expanded into sweet wines. Joe also serves Piazza Talarico as the resident old bald Italian curmudgeon. His generous frame is a testament to our chef’s awesome abilities.
Deb has taken a huge part in the development of Piazza Talarico, from finding the ideal site, working with Katie on the Southern Italian rustic theme of the restaurant, and coordinating development. In the near future, she will be the special event planner when we are prepared to expand into parties and catering.
We consider all team members family. Our business plan includes providing a compensation plan that we would want for our own family members. Piazza Talarico has a no tipping policy where we provide a generous living wage to all employees with revenue sharing. We believe that by treating all of our associates as family, our associates will treat you, our customers, as family as well.