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LeMont is celebrating our 60th Year Anniversary during the Summer of 2020.
On this page we are featuring favorite memories of our associates and our patrons.


- AUGUST 28, 2020 -

Remembering Executive Chef Robert Vargo - 1969-2020

While we love to serve you dinner at LeMont, you may want to prepare this delicious Sicilian Veal Chop Bruschetta at home. Enjoy! Source: Executive Chef Robert Vargo, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2002.

Sicilian Veal Chop Bruschetta

Ingredients: (One Serving)

1 –14 ounce center-cut veal rib chop

Have the butcher clean and “French-cut” the rack so the bones are cleaned

 For the crust:

2 ounce course bread crumbs

1 pinch dry basil

1 pinch dry oregano

1 pinch salt

1 pinch black pepper

2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

1 ounce flour

2 whole eggs beaten

For the Bruschetta:

2 ounces extra virgin olive oil

2 ounces arugula

2 ounces vine ripe tomatoes (Roma), diced small

1 ounce black olives sliced

1 teaspoon roasted garlic chopped

½ tablespoon fresh basil – finely shredded

Salt & pepper to taste

To Finish:

2 ounce extra virgin olive oil

2 ounce good aged balsamic vinegar (15 years old)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine all Bruschetta ingredients in a bowl and set aside

3. Using a cook’s mallet, lightly pound the veal chop

4. Mix all dry ingredients for the crust and set aside

5. Gently place the veal chop into the flour and coat. Then transfer veal chop into the beaten egg to coat. Then place veal chop into the bread crumb mixture, being careful to wipe off any excess eggs before doing so.

6. Heat two (2) ounces extra virgin olive oil in a heavy oven safe pan

7. Saute both sides of veal until golden brown

8. Place veal (pan and all) in preheated oven for 7-8 minutes (for medium-rare)

9. Remove veal chop from pan and place on serving plate

10. Gently mound the Bruschetta mix on top

11. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the aged balsamic vinegar


- AUGUST 24, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

LeMont Memory shared by Tina Vasilatos-Gdovic. “One of my very favorite memories at LeMont was the last time I was able to celebrate my birthday with my Dad, Pete Vasilatos. Daddy was a waiter at LeMont for many years. He served thousands of people including some very famous celebrities. 

“He always came home with amazing stories of the people he had the opportunity to serve. His cantankerous, often playfully gruff personality, earned him a distinguished reputation that had customers come back and personally ask for him time and time again.

“The last time Daddy was at LeMont was for a surprise birthday dinner my husband planned for me. All through dinner, the wait staff approached my Dad to say hello, laugh and reminisce about their time working with him.

“When we left, Daddy had the biggest smile on his face - one that I had not seen in a very long time. LeMont was a huge part of his life. Dad really loved working there even though the hours were long, fast paced, hard and super busy. 

“Daddy passed away May 8, 2019 and many of his former LeMont co-workers came to pay their respects. It was wonderful to see how many people still remembered him, had so many funny stories to tell and that they were moved enough to give him a nice LeMont send off.

“On my surprise birthday dinner, September 2, 2018, I never thought it would be the last birthday that I had with my Dad. Thank you LeMont for always being so good to my Dad. His career and hard work at LeMont put a roof over our heads and food on our table.“


- AUGUST 19, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

Remembering and honoring James Blandi, Sr., who opened LeMont in June 1960. Mr. Blandi, Sr. died on May 6, 1998. Mike Kalina, former restaurant critic for the Post-Gazette, wrote: "James Blandi, Sr. [was] a visionary who may go down in history as the man who opened Pittsburgh's first really important restaurant [LeMont]."

https://old.post-gazette.com/businessnews/19990413blandi3.asp


- AUGUST 17, 2020 -

#MondayMemory #LeMont60th

Remembering and honoring Frank Blandi - restaurateur (Stratford Club, Park Schenley), philanthropist and creator of the Devonshire sandwich and the pecan ball. Mr. Blandi was a silent partner in LeMont, which was opened in June 1960 by his nephew James Blandi, Sr. 

At the age of 92, Frank Blandi died on December 7, 1999.

http://old.post-gazette.com/regionstate/19991208blandi9.asp


- AUGUST 10, 2020 -

Judi Figel - Professional Singer and Pianist 

25+ years performing at LeMont 

What are your Favorite LeMont Memories? I love to work on the 4th of July.  Everyone is so festive, feeling patriotic and in the mood to celebrate our country’s Independence.  The servers, bartenders, managers, chefs and other staff have done a fantastic job and are very good to us.  Over the years, the musicians and I have tried to put together a long medley of patriotic songs.  We string them together to accompany the spectacular fireworks display from downtown Pittsburgh - just outside the window of  LeMont.  It’s always a challenge to time the music just right to culminate the last note with the last sparkle of the fireworks!  Most of the time we get it right - but I think it’s purely divine intervention!

I have also had the pleasure to perform in various bands and solo situations for countless private events held in either of the ballrooms: wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, anniversaries, corporate events, birthday celebrations - you name it.  LeMont has always been such a grand backdrop for any kind of celebrating that you can imagine! 

How did you get started performing at LeMont? In the mid-1990’s I was hired by the Blandi family. They were very good to me and everyone was as nice as the Dunlap Family is today! I started playing piano and singing solo on the old baby grand piano in the former smaller bar.  I felt so nervous and “green” back then but they had faith in me and continued to keep me on for many years.  I have performed for most of the big holidays over the years (4th of July, Light Up Night, New Year’s Eve).  I keep asking: “Aren’t you guys sick of me yet?”  They always reply: “Nope!!” Ha Ha!  What a true blessing!  I will continue to be honored and try my best to live up to the task into the future.

What are your early LeMont Memories? The very FIRST time I went to LeMont,  I was 18 and went on a date with an “older” man who was very sophisticated and loved the finer things in life.  LeMont was the ultimate spot!  I felt like a queen walking into the eloquent dining room, having wonderful service and pampering at our beck and call.  My date ordered the Steak Diane, then Bananas Foster for dessert so that we could have tableside cooking. (He was trying to impress me, I think, which it did; but, the relationship didn’t work out in the end!  Oh well – ha!).  

Congratulations LeMont’s on the 60th: I am very excited for LeMont, the staff and the wonderful owners Anna and Ed Dunlap, who have been so kind and generous to me.  They always make me feel as though I’m part of the family!  Congratulations to all of you and here’s to another 60 years!!! 

Visit our website calendar for our performing schedule at www.jazzjudi.com.

Thank you!


- AUGUST 5, 2020 -

Tony Fratangelo, Manager - 38 years at LeMont

Favorite Memory:
I was working as a banquet waiter at the time and we were doing a wedding ceremony at LeMont. Unbeknown to us, the groom had gotten cold feet a couple of times and backed out. So the groom was escorted to the ceremony by his Mom and Dad. When they got to the ceremony, they raised their hands and the groom was handcuffed to his parents. That gave everyone quite a chuckle! 

Favorite Customer Story:
I have so many memories. Just the smile on peoples faces when they leave after experiencing all that LeMont has to offer. That makes it all worthwhile! 

Favorite Menu Item:
Stuffed Veal LeMont and Shrimp Diablo

 Favorite Holiday:
New Years Eve - celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another!

- AUGUST 4, 2020 -

Donald “Deedles” Miller, Waiter - 30 years at LeMont

Favorite LeMont Memory:
Working on February 11, 2001 , when Three Rivers Stadium was imploded.    

Favorite Customer Story:
Giving the players for the Pittsburgh Penguins their Stanley cup rings in 2009.

Favorite Menu Item:
Scallops Orange

Favorite Holiday to Work:
Mother’s Day

- AUGUST 3, 2020 -

Kathy Zovko, Bartender

Favorite LeMont Memory: 
All of the 4th of July celebrations! It is just an unbelievable site to see the fireworks from LeMont with Judi Figel singing patriotic songs in-sync with the fireworks. It brings tears to my eyes every time.  It helps you to remember how lucky we are to live in this great country!

Favorite Menu Item:  
Definitely the Rack-of-Lamb

Favorite Holiday to Work:  
New Years Eve!  Everyone is having a blast!  All of our regular customers are at the restaurant to celebrate. It just makes the evening that much more enjoyable.

Favorite Customer Story: 
Too many to just pick one! We have the best regular customers that come in to dance the night away with all of our awesome entertainment that we have in our lounge. Some nights are just too funny!

- JULY 30, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

LeMont owners Anna & Ed Dunlap are well-known philanthropists in the Pittsburgh community. Many non-profits who host their fundraising events at LeMont are the beneficiaries of their generosity. Surgicorps share their memories of their annual dinner to raise funds for their mission to provide free medical and surgical services to those in need in the developing world.

Memories from Surgicorps

The Dunlaps and LeMont are responsible for providing a unique experience of fine dining, breathtaking views of Pittsburgh and customer service that shines in comparison to others.

However, most Pittsburghers are not aware of what they have provided through generous support of non-profits in our community. When everyone in 2008 tried to discover ways to save their companies, their incomes and their stock portfolios, the Dunlaps focused on their loyal associates and the local non-profits. During difficult financial times in 2008, the restaurants owned by the Dunlaps offered their facilities and underwrote 100% of fundraising events to benefit non-profit organizations. 

Surgicorps International was one of the non-profits that were given the opportunity to experience a night out at LeMont to fundraise and to thank our volunteers. And we have continued to host events at LeMont throughout the past decade.

In difficult times, the Dunlaps stood up and did the right thing in 2008 and continue to do so! They have earned our thanks and the thanks of the people we serve throughout the world. Their generosity helps Surgicorps International fulfill their mission to provide free medical and surgical services to those in need in the developing world. You have earned our respect. Congratulations on your 60th anniversary celebration!


- JULY 29, 2020 -

#WednesdayWedding #LeMontMemories

Erin King Franklin & Travis Franklin - March 14, 2020

Congratulations to Erin King Franklin and Travis Franklin on their March 14, 2020 wedding. Thank you for hosting your reception at LeMont!

Erin said: “I chose LeMont for my wedding because I always loved the beautiful view of Pittsburgh and I wanted to share that with our out- of-town guests.  I could just picture the city glowing in the background at night!”

“I loved how easy it was to work with Bill [Banquet Manager Bill Laughlin] and the other LeMont staff who helped create our vision. Everyone was prompt, polite and made it such a wonderful evening,’’ added Erin.

Erin and Travis concluded: “We had a beautiful wedding working together with the amazing LeMont staff. It was everything that we wanted and more! We couldn’t speak more highly of LeMont for a wedding venue! And, Bill [Laughlin] is a saint!!!!!

Photos by: Amber Marie Photography


- JULY 28, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

Natalie Wassel shared one of her favorite LeMont childhood memories. Her Dad, Victor Kuzmich (now deceased), either received a raise or promotion and decided to take his wife Dorothy and daughters Natalie (12) and Gladys (10) for dinner at LeMont on July 28, 1965 to celebrate. Natalie said: “My dad was so flabbergasted by the price of the dinner that he framed the receipt and it's been hanging on the wall ever since! I get a good laugh out of it every time I see it! Congratulations on your 60th anniversary LeMont!”  Remember $19 was a lot of money in 1965!


- JULY 27, 2020 -

Colleen Matthis - Cashier, Reservationist, Checkroom Attendant - Seven years at LeMont 

Favorite Memory: I don’t have one favorite LeMont memory. I actually love being a part of ALL of the special occasions that our guests come to LeMont to celebrate - birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, etc.  

Favorite Customer Story: One of my favorite customer stories involves a woman who had called to make a reservation for our Thanksgiving Day buffet. However, when she called I had to tell her that we did not have availability as we had been sold out for weeks before she called. When she literally tried to bribe me with two tickets to a Steelers home game in order to get in for one of our seatings, I knew she was serious! We were able to accommodate this guest and her party and she showed up on Thanksgiving Day with the tickets; however, I politely declined her offer for the tickets.

 Favorite Menu Item: Crab cakes are my absolute favorite

Favorite Holiday to Work: My favorite holiday to work is   New Year’s Eve because of the festive atmosphere.

- JULY 23, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

LeMont owners Anna & Ed Dunlap are well-known philanthropists in the Pittsburgh community. Many non-profits who host their fundraising events at LeMont are the beneficiaries of their generosity. PRISM shares their LeMont banquet events to help international students.

PRISM is a small non-profit that reaches out to international students and scholars studying in the Pittsburgh region.  If you have ever traveled to another country and experienced the difficulty of trying to communicate in a second language, navigate your way around some new and somewhat strange surroundings while also trying to find something to eat that looks or tastes recognizable, then you can understand just a very small part of what an international student experiences when they land in Pittsburgh. Add on homesickness and the stress of having to achieve academically and you have an even better idea. PRISM (Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries Inc.) reaches out to international students and scholars to help them adjust and succeed in their new, temporary home in Pittsburgh. 

To do this important global work, we are dependent on the generosity of our donors. Due to the amazing generosity of the Dunlap family and LeMont Restaurant at our annual fundraising banquet, we are given the opportunity to raise the necessary support. PRISM is dependent on Godly people who care about making a difference in the lives of others and thus the world.The Dunlap’s are those people! And because of their generosity, there are leaders all over the world whose views of the United States, of life and of love are eternally altered.   Congratulations on the 60th Anniversary!

 


- JULY 22, 2020 -

Beth Hayes, Server - 32 years at LeMont

Favorite LeMont Memory: My favorite memory would most definitely be the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup ring presentation dinner. 

Favorite Customer Story: A customer once left me six tickets to the U2 concert as my tip -  in the 8th row center stage - for my co-workers and me. He was their stage manager.

Favorite Menu Item:  Without a doubt, my favorite item on the menu is the New Zealand baby rack-of-lamb.  Delicious!!!

Favorite Holiday to Work: I don't really have a favorite holiday to work. Any restaurant employee knows they will be working most holidays and it almost becomes just like any other day of the week!

- JULY 21, 2020 -

Brian McCahill, Server - 19 years at LeMont
(also worked at The Colony for four years)

Favorite LeMont Memory: My favorite memory is the first time I saw fireworks from LeMont. The 4th of July fireworks are so amazing. There is no place better than LeMont in Pittsburgh to see fireworks!

Favorite Customer Story:  I will always remember my first time serving the Syracuse football team. They ate so much food - and so fast. It was mind-blowing!

Favorite Menu Item: I absolutely love the rack-of-lamb.  It is soooo tender and delicious.  You can find a filet on many menus, but a rack-of-lamb is a true specialty.  Definitely a special treat!!

Favorite Holiday to Work: My favorite holiday to work is Light-Up Night because I always have the same section and the same customers - year after year.  It is just like seeing family for the start of the holiday season!


- JULY 20, 2020 -

#MondayWedding #LeMont60th #Riske4Rewards

Happy 1st Anniversary to Alison Riske-Amritraj and Steve Amritraj. Congratulations! We loved hosting your wedding celebration on July 20, 2019.

Why did you choose LeMont?

We chose LeMont because of the view and the iconic history of the restaurant. Banquet Manager Bill Laughlin immediately made us feel comfortable. I grew up in Peters Township and had never previously been to LeMont. It seemed like a kind of a mystical place in my mind. I knew that if I ever was capable of having my wedding anywhere in Pittsburgh, it would be at LeMont. Luckily, my husband saw one photo of LeMont online and immediately knew he wanted our reception there too!

What did we enjoy most? 

We loved every single thing at the wedding reception. Bill and his team at LeMont ran everything so smoothly and effortlessly. I did not worry one second about anything - all aspects were taken care of in a classy, caring way. The open bar was awesome and the food was delicious. And our cake was amazing!. The view also makes everything that much better! It truly was everything we could have imagined and more.

We had more than the wedding that we imagined. Our guests had the best night, too. We still hear about their great time at LeMont. I could not say enough kind words about Bill - he truly outdid himself from the planning phase to the execution. Thank you, LeMont!

Photo credit: Caleb Troy


- JULY 16, 2020 -

#LeMont60th

What great fun we had on #PittsburghTodayLive @KDKA.
Thanks @CelinaPompeani. 
Executive Chef Robert’s Beef Wellington is amazing!
Here’s our segment:

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/program/750/4630147-the-lemont-celebrating-60-years/ 

- JULY 15, 2020 -

Bill Laughlin, Banquet Manager - 42 years at LeMont

Favorite Memory: My favorite memory is the first time that I walked into LeMont. Even though I grew up a few miles from the restaurant, I had never been here until my first day of employment. I still remember being blown away by the beauty of the restaurant and the amazing view.

Favorite Customer Story: My favorite customers story would be when Johnny Carson would stop in for dinner. He only came here on Sundays and was the nicest, most down-to-earth celebrity that I have ever met here. When he would bring Don Rickles and their wives, it was a few hours of entertainment and laughs. And Johnny Carson would hit golf balls from the roof of LeMont into the river. (Why was Johnny Carson in Pittsburgh? His in-laws lived on Mt. Washington.)

Favorite Menu Item:  Turkey Devonshire

Favorite Holiday to Work: New Years Eve is my favorite holiday to work since it is the final day of our busiest month of the year. And, the following day is the beginning of a new year!

- JULY 14, 2020 -

Bryan Cook, Banquet Waiter - 20 years at LeMont

Favorite LeMont Memory: My favorite LeMont memory is easy. I'm a huge Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fan. In 2009, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, they had their Ring Ceremony at the LeMont. It's easily the most memorable day I have worked at LeMont! To be able to pass out the Stanley Cup rings to the players and coaches, to be the very first people to see their names inscribed on the fabled Lord Stanley Cup and, most of all, to celebrate alongside the Penguins as if we were one of them. That day was not only my most memorable at work, but my most memorable day in life in general. 

If I can add another most memorable day it would be a little different, it would be on a sad day. In July of 2005, I got a phone call at work telling me that my mother died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 46. It’s a memorable day for a lot of reasons but one was for the reason that if you work at LeMont, you are part of a family and it was evident to me then. All of my coworkers were at the funeral to support me - even the owners of the LeMont Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap. Later, the LeMont van pulled up and out came Executive Chef Bob Vargo and a group of cooks with a bunch of food for all the people at my mother’s funeral. I was completely shocked! That day was memorable because I was surrounded by my two families: my relatives and my LeMont family.

Favorite Customer Story: I hear a lot of memorable stories from my customers. But I enjoy the ones that tell their stories: ”this is where I met my wife or our first date was at LeMont 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years ago."

Favorite Menu Item: It’s hard to pick a favorite item on a menu since the menu has changed a lot in 20 years. But the Grilled Sea Bass with a saffron cream sauce stands out as one of my favorites. Favorite Holiday To Work: New Years Eve is always one of the most chaotic, stressful and crazy days to work at a restaurant - let alone a high end restaurant like the LeMont. But, it’s still one of my favorite holidays to work. When that clock strikes 12, all the workers take time to stop what we're doing and seek each other out for our annual handshake, hug or little kiss and say "Happy New Years!"


- JULY 13, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

What great fun we had on #PittsburghTodayLive @KDKA. Thanks @CelinaPompeani @KDKAHeather @DavidHighfield.  Here’s our segment! 

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/program/750/4624836-the-lemont-celebrating-their-60th-anniversary/  


- JULY 9, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

LeMont owners Anna & Ed Dunlap are well-known philanthropists in the Pittsburgh community. Many non-profits who host their fundraising events at LeMont are the beneficiaries of their generosity. Hair Peace Charities cancer patients share their memories of their annual Holiday luncheon to raise funds to help women surviving cancer with support, friendship, fellowship and wigs.

“If I could give the Dunlap Family a hug, I would do it right now. They have given our cancer survivors a day to celebrate together while getting the royal treatment with service, food and a view. During the Christmas season, we are able to look back and be grateful and be filled with inspiration for the coming year. Recently one of our survivors passed away from cancer. Her son posted the photo on the obituary taken of his mother and him at LeMont dressed up and full of joy together. It is an impactful day. LeMont is a Pittsburgh treasure. Thank you for your faithfulness to a hurting community of cancer survivors and warriors!”
Bonny Diver, Director Hair Peace Charities

“For a long time, I  was looking forward to getting dressed up and feeling special for this wonderful day at the Hair Peace Survivor Celebration! Other than Christmas, this was the best day of season for me and my daughter. Thank you to LeMont and the Dunlap family for caring about our community.” 
Cancer Survivor

“This event was one of the highlights of my 2019 holiday season. A beautiful day with wonderful people at a stunning location with delicious food! Thank you for bringing a bright day to a dark time of my life. I am 32 years old and half way through ovarian cancer treatment. I know I can face the future after being with so many survivors.”  
Cancer Survivor

“I’ve been blessed to be with fellow warriors along with Bonnie and our speakers and beautiful songs. My heart felt so many warm and positive feelings. Thank you is never enough. God Bless.”  Cancer Survivor

“Thank you to Hair Peace and The Dunlap Family for giving us a beautiful event with inspiration for survivors and especially for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer. LeMont is a beautiful restaurant in a perfect location and the staff is wonderful! I am grateful for the opportunity to attend.” 
Cancer Survivor

“Such an amazing luncheon. LeMont is absolutely fantastic for the location and beauty as is their staff. Top notch service and great food.” 
Cancer Survivor

“Thank you for hosting this luncheon and for being so kind and generous. It is such a blessing to be at LeMont with other survivors to give us a reason to celebrate together!” 
Cancer Survivor


- JULY 7, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories #LeMont60th

In 2006, LeMont was a location for the movie Mysteries of Pittsburgh, released in 2008.
The movie featured Peter Sarsgaard, Nick Nolte and Sienna Miller was based on the book by Michael Chabon. Nick Nolte played a mobster who owned LeMont.  Photo: Peter Sarsgaard, Anna Dunlap, Nick Nolte and Ed Dunlap. It was a chance for Nick Nolte, the “owner of LeMont” in the movie to meet the Dunlap’s - the real owners of LeMont!

- JULY 6, 2020 -

Marco Corona, Waiter - 40 years at LeMont (July 1,1980)

Favorite Menu Item:  My favorite menu item is rack-of-lamb. I could eat it everyday for three meals a day/seven days a week.

Favorite Holiday to Work: Definitely Christmas Eve is my favorite because that is one of the few times that we all sit down together to have our holiday meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap. We have a nice meal; then, my family comes up for dinner and I get to spend time with them. Since we work nearly every holiday, I rarely see my family on holidays. 

Favorite Memory: It was a quiet weekday night when a young lady (around 8 or 9 years old) came in with her father.  As they were seated at my table, the maître’d told me that it was her birthday.  As I approached the table, I noticed that the young lady seemed a little uneasy and almost intimidated by the opulent décor and the formality of the whole occasion. Her father also seemed a little tentative in his behavior towards his daughter as if this wasn’t something that they normally did.  Being in this business for so long, I knew it was my job to just not give these two the best service possible, but to make them both feel comfortable and truly enjoy the experience.  I attempted to build a bridge to show them both that it was OK to loosen up, relax and really take in the moment. 

As the night progressed, we began to laugh together and, as I observed from a distance, father and daughter were laughing with each other.  They both loved their meals and, for dessert, I brought a big piece of chocolate cake with a candle in it. Her father and I sang Happy Birthday together.  She loved it.  At the end of the night, they both thanked me and they left in a much more relaxed mood than when they got there.

About a month later, I received a letter from the father of the young lady.  In the letter, he expressed his gratitude to the restaurant and me for making them both feel welcome and comfortable.  Her father explained that he doesn’t see his daughter very often and that he was a little apprehensive about that night.  However, by the end of the evening, he said that they both enjoyed the time they had together and that we made it all possible.  I still have that letter today.

My forty years in the industry have taught me that as professionals, we don’t just nourish the body, we nourish the soul as well. That’s why I keep coming back.


- JUNE 29, 2020 -

Roley Johnson, Assistant Chef - 25 years at LeMont Restaurant

Favorite LeMont Memory: I have plenty of great memories with my “LeMont” family. One of my best memories is one Sunday preparing for Easter Brunch. Executive Chef Robert comes in with his music and wearing an Army hat. When he wore that Army hat, you knew it was going to be a serious day. I was upstairs getting ready for my shift. I could feel the floor rocking with music. It’s almost time for customers to arrive and Chef is still blasting his music. Former GM Alex Colazzi comes back in the kitchen and says what the heck is going on? Turn down that music - it's Easter Sunday. Alex was so animated - always using his hands while talking to you. It was so funny - and one of those “ you had to be there” moments. I was laughing so hard; I was in tears. 

Favorite Menu Items: My favorite dishes aren't really on the menu. My favorite menu items are the Specials. Over the years, we have had some really great veal and lobster and veal and shrimp combinations.. Also some great specials featuring strip steaks.

Favorite Holiday to Work:  Easter and Mother’s Day are my favorite holidays to work. My job for those special days is to carve meat in the dining room. So being out of the kitchen, I get to talk with our customers. I love that. People love to stop and say Hello and I am so proud of the set-up of the food and dessert stations.
Favorite Customer Story: Le Mont is a special place to work. Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap have done a lot of great things with the restaurant over the years. I’m blessed with meeting and cooking for so many interesting and kind people. Kenny Steidl from the law firm Steidl and Steinberg is one of my favorite guests to see during the holidays - he’s a really pleasant person.  I really enjoyed preparing the Cancer Caring Center luncheons for a few years with former Steeler host Ryan Clark and now with Steeler Cam Hayward.


- JUNE 23, 2020 -

#LeMontMemories  #LeMont60th

On January 20, 1981, LeMont Restaurant was chosen as one of fifty award-winning restaurants to participate in A Taste of America - serving House Specialties in hors d’oeuvre portions for the Inauguration guests of President Ronald W. Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush. Park Schenley Restaurant was also selected to represent Pittsburgh, PA at the Inauguration.


- JUNE 22, 2020 -

Robert Vargo, Executive Chef - 30 years at LeMont

#LeMontMemories  #LeMont60th

Favorite Customer Story: When I served in the Army in Desert Storm, I was the personal chef to General Norman Schwarzkopf. Imagine what it was like for me when he had dinner at LeMont and we saw each other for the first time since Iraq. It was such an honor to prepare one more meal for him.

Favorite Menu Item: My favorite menu items are rack-of-lamb or veal.
Favorite Holiday to Work: Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are my favorite holidays to work. With 1,000 people coming in each day, it’s a challenge and a rush. Those are the best days ever.


- JUNE 18, 2020 -

Photo: Co-Chairs of the MS Women on the Move Luncheon Steering Committee: Sandra Bettor, Nancy Weiland, Joan Campasano Hoover with David Osmond, Guest Speaker who talked about his experience as a person living with Multiple Sclerosis.

#LeMontMemories  #LeMont60th

LeMont owners Anna & Ed Dunlap are well-known philanthropists in the Pittsburgh community. Many non-profits who host their fundraising events at LeMont are the beneficiaries of their generosity. The MS Society of Pittsburgh shares their memories of their annual MS Women on the Move luncheon.

From Anne Mageras, Chapter President

For the past 10 years in the Fall, the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, has hosted our annual Women on the Move Luncheon at LeMont. 

LeMont is the perfect setting to bring 250 MS supporters together for fine food,  entertainment and  a spectacular view.  Guests include those living with MS, caregivers, healthcare partners and donors who are passionate about creating a world free of MS!  Funds raised through this event support MS Research and life-changing services for those living with the challenges of MS. 

Over the years, guest speakers have included: Terri Garr, David Osmond and David Landers (Squiggy) who each share their own personal story about living with MS. Guests are treated to a pre-event cocktail reception and lunch - complete with LeMont’s signature Pecan Ball for dessert. All those in attendance have the pleasure of  perusing the silent auction and purse raffle, shopping and donating to a worthy cause.

What makes this event even more special is the generosity of Anna & Ed  Dunlap.   It is truly a pleasure to host an event at LeMont and a blessing to receive a donation from the Dunlap’s.

The CentiMark Foundation (Ed Dunlap’s roofing contracting business) also supports the Society’s Financial Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to those with MS who are experiencing a crisis related to domestic violence, lack of food, shelter and adequate medical equipment.

We are proud to partner with Anna & Ed Dunlap at both LeMont and CentiMark and look forward to future events and ongoing support.


- JUNE 16, 2020 -

Three Rivers Stadium was imploded on February 11, 2001, at 8:03 a.m. on a chilly 21 °F (−6 °C) day. Over 20,000 people viewed the implosion from Point State Park. Another 3,000 - 4,000 people viewed from atop Mount Washington. 

Many LeMont staff will say this is their favorite memory at work. LeMont’s staff worked through the night after their Saturday night shift and prepared for the sold-out 500 guest Sunday brunch to watch the implosion.


- JUNE 15, 2020 -

Danielle (Dani) Fingers, General Manager - 21 years at LeMont

Favorite LeMont Memory:  My oldest and most cherished memories are going to LeMont with my family.  It was always the place my Dad would take me for Daddy/Daughter dates. I can still remember what I wore the last time we were there while sitting in one of the booths.  Over the years, seeing father's and daughter's always makes me smile; and, of course, I have to tell them my story. I have had so much fun and have great stories with co-workers and customers. I would have to say the Implosion of Three Rivers was definitely a highlight.  Most of the staff just stayed straight through from Saturday night to Sunday morning to work the Implosion Breakfast! It was so cool! 

LeMont is a special place for everyone. Not only do we as employees get to make our own memories, but we witness our customers create their memories.  

Favorite Menu Item: I love anything tableside.  I like to make it as much as I like to eat it.  Grand Marnier Souffles are hands down the best thing ever.  But I can't forget about the Chilean Sea Bass either. Oh delicious, delicious!!

Favorite Holiday to Work: Holidays are all pretty crazy. The planning is always challenging and stressful but the reward is awesome! We see so many of the same faces and celebrate with them year-after-year. Some people have had the same table for 15+ years. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but New Year's Eve is my favorite.  There is something special about the strike of midnight when the fireworks go off. As staff, we can take a breath and say: "We did it!!!" It's a happy time with my work family. We all manage to find each other for hugs, kisses, well wishes, appreciation and a quick reflection on a successful holiday season. It's very touching to see how much we really care about each other! 

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Dnlap for everything you do to keep LeMont so special for ALL! Here's to many more memories and celebrations! Love you!

Favorite Customer Memory: One of my favorite customers is an incredible little boy named Jimmy Spagnolo.  I met Jimmy and his family on Mother's Day a few years ago. He was this burst of sunshine and happiness and just what I needed to brighten my spirits and change my entire mood for the rest of the day. I am pretty sure he had this amazing effect on everyone he met. His reaction to the restaurant was priceless.  When he left, he helped the Valet staff "call for the customers’ cars". He was a natural! We sent him a LeMont Valet shirt and made him an honorary member of our team! I look forward to seeing Jimmy and his family every Mother's Day.

- JUNE 12, 2020 -


Long-time LeMont customers will enjoy this photo
from November 1996 - LeMont’s 36th year in business:
Gene Creech;, Alex Colaizzi; Chef Tom Turner; Jim Blandi, Jr.; Jim Blandi, Sr.; Robi Ehrhardt


- JUNE 9, 2020 -

LeMont Trivia 1 of 60 - Original Menu

Let’s go back in time to LeMont’s original menu - Prime Filet Mignon Cressonniere for $6.75 or Breaded Veal Cutlet Saute a la Milanaise for $4.25.  And for dessert, Pecan Ball or Cannoli for $.25



- JUNE 8, 2020 -

Favorite LeMont Memory: Of course my favorite memory is my wedding reception at LeMont on September 5, 1970. My husband Ed and I will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We had so many family celebrations over the years at LeMont - birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, business events and my Mother’s 80th birthday.  So many happy memories.

Favorite Customer Story: One evening at LeMont, I was walking towards the bar and two couples motioned for me to come talk to them. They asked: “Do you want to hear a story about our 10th wedding anniversaries?” Of course I did - and here’s their story. They both were married on the same day at LeMont - one wedding upstairs; one wedding downstairs. But they hadn’t met each other. After a plane ride to an island for their honeymoon, they shared a cab to their resort and found out that they were both married at LeMont on the previous day. Needless to say, they became fast friends and celebrated their wedding anniversaries together each year at LeMont. That story makes me so happy, mostly because there are hundreds of other great stories about LeMont just like that one.

Favorite Menu Item: There are so many great menu items it’s hard to choose. My favorite is the Grand Marnier Souffle. It’s delicious. Customers need to pre-order it with their dinner since it takes a good half an hour to prepare. Other favorites are Steak Diane prepared tableside and French Onion Soup. 

Favorite Holiday to Spend at LeMont: Oh, my husband Ed and I both agree that 4th of July is our absolute favorite. The fireworks are spectacular each year. And, our wonderful vocalist Judi Figel sings patriotic songs and the customers join in with her. It makes us so proud to be an American. Our family has so many memories of holidays at LeMont - all of them special: Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. And we have so many customers who share those same traditions with their families. It’s great to get to know them and we enjoy visiting with their families throughout the years.

What Are You Most Proud Of? My husband and I are most proud of the wonderful people who work at LeMont. They are family to us. The LeMont staff is dedicated, loyal and hard-working. Just great people.  

We’re so proud to own LeMont Restaurant - it’s a Pittsburgh landmark. We are proud to have saved the restaurant as a beautiful showcase for the city of Pittsburgh. I always hear stories about first dates or weddings or business deals or birthday celebrations. Everyone has a story to tell about LeMont and I love hearing them all!

 


- JUNE 5, 2020-

Pittsburgh, PA’s premier five star dining restaurant, LeMont, located on Mt. Washington, celebrates its 60th Anniversary on June 6, 2020. LeMont is known for its exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, romantic atmosphere and the best view of the city of Pittsburgh.

Restaurateur James Blandi Sr. opened LeMont in 1960. The restaurant featured two rooms and 130 seats. It was built for $1.2 million on the site of Grandview Theatre. The popularity of the restaurant soared and Blandi built an addition for 32 more tables. In 1970, a two story banquet and dining room were added. In 1980, additional dining and renovations were completed.


- JUNE 2, 2020-


Congratulations to Ed & Ann Dunlap on 21 years as owners of LeMont Restaurant this week. We also join in celebrating LeMont's 60th year in business on June 6th. Our family has enjoyed many holidays, birthdays, weddings and celebrations at LeMont. CentiMark's 50th anniversary two years ago will be one of our favorite celebrations. LeMont is not only a special place for our family but for all families and friends to gather to celebrate and enjoy special times. What a special week to commemorate you and LeMont!  
With love from the Dunlap Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.



- JUNE 1, 2020 -


Current LeMont owners and philanthropists Anna & Ed Dunlap of Upper St. Clair, PA,  purchased the restaurant on June 1, 1999.  The Dunlap’s were regular LeMont customers over the 39 years before they purchased the restaurant. The Dunlaps hosted their wedding reception at LeMont on Sept. 5, 1970 and celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and holidays at LeMont over the past sixty years.