Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
Today it was 80 degrees and sunny. Last Friday, however, it was cold, rainy, and miserable, in other words, a typical Spring day here in Pittsburgh. I decided we needed to combat the dreary day outside with something warm and yummy, so we headed over to Peppino's, a local Italian spot that we hadn't tried yet. Turns out, it caught on fire a few weeks ago. No Peppino's.
I love when life surprises you. Directly across from Peppino's was a new Italian deli, bakery, and market that had just opened (for those of you here in Washington, it's an extension of and just down the block from the Upper Crust, which serves absolutely delicious gourmet and artisanal pizzas).
Gelato, cannoli, espresso, mortadella, salami, puffy bread. I was salivating over a little slice of heaven, just blocks from my house.
I also love the exposed brick of the decor and the local art and photography that line the walls. It's a place you want to visit and linger, reading your newspaper and sipping on your cappuccino (if your two-year-old were not climbing all over you trying to feed you Triple Berry gelato; note to self, leave Sophie at home next time).
If you decide to venture to the Italian Market's Bakery and Deli, the chocolate pizelles were especially good, and I'm still salivating over the salami samples the owner gave us. Enjoy. ~ Alice (aka jess)