The Tradition Continues

Rico & SKAL Pittsburgh Boar

SKAL International Pittsburgh experienced the Rico’s tradition with fine food and wine, on Tuesday, February 21st. Rico’s Restaurant opened in 1979 in Ross Township as a family-owned and -operated restaurant. It has since established itself as a Pittsburgh staple. The relationships that Rico’s has built over the past 35 years between customers, servers, chefs, purveyors, and wineries bridge their combined Italian and Pittsburgh heritage. SKAL International Pittsburgh is proud to be a part of their history.


Rico Lorenzini was born in Ponte Buggianese, Tuscany in 1938. At the age of 13, he began training in restaurants and resorts throughout Northern Italy. Immigrating to Pittsburgh at 19 years old, this training landed him a job shortly after his arrival. After working at a Pittsburgh restaurant for nearly two decades, Rico opened his own restaurant as Head Chef and Owner in 1979. Ownership has since transferred to his son, David, as Rico has transitioned into the kitchen. His passion and training are exemplified on the menu as he works closely with Chef Dennis DeLuca. The menu continues to feature daily filleted veal, fish, and beef as well as homemade desserts and sauces.

Typically opened, Monday – Saturday, Rico’s has a special opening Sunday, May 14th in celebration of Mother’s Day. Bring mom in and enjoy Angel Hair Pasta – a Rico’s Signature. Call 412.931.1989 to book your reservation or click here for more information.

What do you think about Rico’s? Have you been? Please share your comments below.

Fellow Skalleagues Everywhere…

Welcome Amy Gabbard, DOS, Residence Inn Pittsburgh University

SKAL Vice President, Derek Pintado welcomed Amy to the club. Amy Gabbard started her career in 2011 when she was hired in as DOS at the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Airport with Concord Hospitality. She left the SpringHill Suites to become a DOS and expand her hotel experience into the extended stay field at the Residence Inn Pittsburgh Airport managed by White Lodging. Amy was DOS there for 4 years, but wanted to move her career closer to the downtown market.

Currently, Amy spends her time focused on the University and Hospital markets. The Residence Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center is currently undergoing an exciting $5 million renovation slated to be complete in April of this year. Located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh within a mile of:

  • the University of Pittsburgh

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • UPMC Hospitals (including the New Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)

  • Hillman Cancer Center

  • Software Engineering Inst.

  • Cathedral of Learning

  • Petersen Event Center

Approximately 3.5 miles from Heinz Field, PNC Park, PPG Paints Center, and Rivers Casino. The Residence Inn features 174 spacious suites, offering separate sleeping and living areas and fully equipped kitchens, and complimentary wireless high speed internet access. Contact Amy for your preferred hotel in Pittsburgh for project teams, relocation, and corporate housing.

Welcome Cathy Craig, VP of Sales, Regency Transportation

SKAL President, Vicki Abel introduced Cathy Craig to the club. Craig was a Client Relations Manager for Jones Day Law Firm for many years where she negotiated contracts with travel suppliers including Regency Transportation Group. Now, Vice President of Sales for Regency Transportation, assisting Linda Gasper.

Regency Global Transportation Group is a leader in chauffeured transportation in the Pittsburgh area and around the world. From their knowledgeable customer service representatives, to professional chauffeurs, Regency is dedicated to providing a world-class experience to each and every client, every time. Regency services Include:

For more information about Regency Global Transportation Group click here.

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Taken by SKAL member Dennis O'Keefe for more photos by Dennis check out his albums.

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