It's worth braving the construction in Market Square to check out Jason Capps' new lunch and happy hour destination, Bella Sera on the Square. The menu consists of sandwiches ($9), salads ($9) and appetizers ($10). Choices include pan roasted turkey with smoked gouda and roasted red pepper mayo, a grilled salmon salad with pomegranate molasses, chevre, beets and citrus vinaigrette, and veal meatballs with parmigiano reggiano and rustic marinara. Each day they'll also offer take-away deli items, a pasta feature and soups.
Capps also owns and operates the Bella Sera event venue and Greco's Gourmet Catering in Canonsburg. The Market Square location, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., will offer catering services for everything from drop off lunches to full-service parties.
Food is front and center, but the drink list at Bella Sera is more than twice as long as the food options. The beer list includes Dream Weaver Wheat from Harrisburg ($4.50), Milk Stout from Lancaster ($4.50) and Straub's All Natural from St. Marys ($3.50). House cocktails like the Negroni with beefeater gin, campari, punta mes and orange ($9) or the Louisville Slugger with Basil Hayden bourbon, fresh sours mix and candied ginger are guarenteed to ease the transition from work to relaxation.
About a dozen white wines and almost two dozen red wines are available by the glass, with prices ranging from $8 to $24. There's also a reserve list of Italian and domestic wines available only by the bottle, $38 to $175. Those looking for more of a bargain can choose from three house wines for $7 a glass, just be aware that they're poured from a box, not a bottle (a fact that menu clearly displays).
The use of some premium box wines fits in with Bella Sera's emphasis on green business practices. According to Capps, it's the first restaurant in Pittsburgh to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association.