Summary: No better place to gather around the dining table than at Lidia’s WITH Lidia Bastianich, Chic Influencer partners, Melanie Mitro & Katy Ursta, legendary Pittsburgh writer Mike Machosky, catering and food specialty guru Jackie Page-Heidelberg.  Benny Faiella and son Matt completed the ultimate Italian experience with authentic Italian mandolin music.  

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Music: Benny & Matt Faiella with Strolling Mandolins 

SPONSOR:  Total Sports Enterprises is in Steelers off-season mode, so expect everything from glassware and novelty tees, to lanyards and even JuJu laces to be a little less this time of year.  Plus, TSE is getting ready to move into its new location on Campbells Run Road where you can catch a signing, enjoy the quality showroom of unique items, and browse our inventory of products. First let’s take advantage of the clearance.  As always visit TSEshop.com 

Question of the day: Is it easier to start something new or maintain an oldie but goodie?   

02:10 Lidia Bastianich: Gracious host and the face of Lidia’s, Lidia herself joins the podcast in true hospitality to talk about one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic restaurants while answering 18 rapid-fire, and personal, questions in honor of Lidia’s 18th Anniversary of success and longevity. Hear simple, childhood stories of nostalgia and talks of her memoir as she dishes out personal tales of her road to becoming a legend in creating pure, authentic Italian cuisine.  

16:25  Chic Influencer: Co-owners of Chic Influencer, Katy Ursta and Melanie Mitro join the podcast to reveal their secret recipes for building brands and targeting the right audience through social platforms and more through network marketing. Though passion for pasta is a must when visiting Lidia’s, the ladies teach female entrepreneurs in finding a solid foundation in utilizing the best resources for each business. From online businesses to boutiques and real estate, Chic Influencer has helped over 300 female business owners throughout the community. 

31:55 Mike MachoskyLong-time Pittsburgh writer, Mike Machosky, indulges in sweet delicacies and talks about his longevity in Pittsburgh through the Trib and NEXTpittsburgh. Machosky has even expanded his writing into the world of PR in Markowitz Communications. He covers all topics of writing and lists a couple of favorite interviews such as Mac Miller and Snoop Dogg. The multifaceted pro in journalism always has a story to tell through each of his niches.  

52:53  Jackie Page-Heidelberg: Jackie, Owner of Jackie Kennedy Catering LLC, jumps on the podcast as a surprise guest in order to talk about her food journey. Her newest venture involves opening a second business, Love Rocks Café, which focuses on local and sustainable food for a healthy, non-waste lifestyle. The new café has opened up in the heart of McKees Rocks, just in time for her two-year anniversary of Jackie Kennedy Catering LLC.   

SPONSORTotal Sports Enterprises is in Steelers off-season mode, so expect everything from glassware and novelty tees, to lanyards and even JuJu laces to be a little less this time of year.  Plus, TSE is getting ready to move into its new location on Campbells Run Road where you can catch a signing, enjoy the quality showroom of unique items, and browse our inventory of products. First let’s take advantage of the clearance.  As always visit TSEshop.com 

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