Monthly Archives: January 2010

Second week of the New Year and we’re posting for the second time: this really could be a good year!

I know, this isn’t really pushing the limits, but since there were about four months between my previous posts, I’m feeling kind of productive. Additionally, I know pictures are always nice, and I rarely think about it, but to entice you to break any new year resolutions about calories, check out the pastries we offer everyday from Enrico’s Biscotti and Colangelo’s Bakery. The photo doesn’t do justice, but it’s still a photo and a tease.

Coffeewise, we are still pumping out some of the best product in downtown. We still get our coffee from La Prima and feel we are doing their product right. I don’t want to take anything away from 21st Coffee & Tea (located in the Frick Building), cause I got nothing but repect for their expertise, but as another kiosk located in the heart of the business district, it’d sure be nice to see a few more regulars from outside our walls. Anyone reading this that knows about us, maybe make a new years resolution to bring along a friend to enjoy a really good cappuccino in a ceramic cup; sit and enjoy your drink rather than take it on the run. We still have one of the fastest , free wi-fi connections in downtown, so make it a productive break and stay a while.

One experiment we’ve started due to the cold is ordering-in: if you place a food order before 10:30, we’ll have pasta, soup, sandwiches or pizza waiting for you at the shop. Everyday we make a pick-up of fresh prepared food at Colangelo’s bakery. Your choices are a daily pasta special; pasta with tomato and basil; Nico, a penne pasta dish with spinach, pine nuts, roasted red pepper, garlic, and spices, either plain or with a choice of chicken or spicy sausage; a choice of wedding soup or pasta e fagioli; or order your own 10″ pizza. Stop by for more info or to pick up a menu. We’re always encouraging customers to visit Colangelo’s for a true taste of Italy, but our limited menu isn’t a bad option.


Happy New Year! A new beginning (of the decade…)

Well, been a bit negligent about posting, eh! It ain’t easy trying to run a business when you don’t know what you’re doing, but hey, it’s all about the product at Simpatico, and we continue with some of the best stuff downtown. Still don’t think there’s a better Americano in the entire Pittsburgh area, but it’s hard to gauge until someone decides to take on the responsibility of visiting any commendable espresso bar/shop and post the assessments. But we’re ready for the challenge.

While it’s been a struggle vanquishing our own assessment as one of downtown’s “best kept secrets,” after three and a half years at the same location, we’ve only gotten better. Still offering La Prima coffees and espresso, still have incredibly fast free wi-fi, and it can be a comfortable stop to sit and enjoy your coffee in a ceramic cup. And still offering pastries from Enrico Biscotti Company and Colangelo’s, possibly the finest bakeries in Pittsburgh, and sandwiches and salads from Colangelo’s.

So, if you haven’t visited us in the years we’ve been hidden in the lobby of the Regional Enterprise Tower, maybe this is the year to start. Wishing everyone the best in this New Year!