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Zahav Food in Pittsburgh?

Michael Solomonov hasn’t opened a restaurant in Pittsburgh — yet. But a new kosher place there is using his recipes.

Eighteen, opened by the owner of local Judaica shop Pinsker’s, serves everything from ice cream to sushi. But the draw has been Solomonov-inspired dishes such as shakshouka and hummus, all cribbed from the chef’s cookbooks.

There’s a backstory: Solomonov’s family were Pinsker’s customers back in the day; the chef gave Eighteen owner Brad Perelman his blessing to cook away. More at food blog Plate.

P.S. The restaurant’s not to be confused with Manhattan’s glatt kosher Eighteen on the Upper East Side.

Speaking of Solomonov…

Solomonov at the stove Image by Michael Persico

His CookNSolo Group has sold Percy Street Barbecue, a kind of outlier in the chef’s constellation of hummusiyas, donut joints and old-school delis.

Clearly overcome with emotion, partner Steve Cook told that Percy Street “no longer fit in CooknSolo’s portfolio.”


Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.


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