Designation Level: Platinum

Since 2008, Dinette has been serving gourmet thin-crust pizzas, wines, and other Mediterranean-style salads and small plates in East Liberty. In 2015, Dinette became the first restaurant to earn the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation, and in 2017, earned the Platinum level designation, establishing  the highest achievement within the program.

In the words of Owner and Chef Sonja Finn, “It is Dinette’s core value to be responsible to the entirety of the food system from animal or seed, to farmer, fisherman or rancher, to supplier, to method of distribution, to restaurant employees, and finally to the customer and surrounding community.” Chef Finn is also the Chef of The Cafe Carnegie at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. She has received a number of awards, including the James Beard Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef of the Year,” Mother Nature Network’s “40 Chefs Under 40,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Young Pittsburghers to Watch,” and was a two-time regional nominee for Food and Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef.”

As a Platinum designated restaurant, Dinette keeps up with many sustainable practices. Food sourcing is one in which Finn is diligent about throughout the year, prioritizing cage free chickens, grass fed beef, and wild caught seafood.  Meats and produce alike are purchased from local sources and some produce is even grown in their rooftop garden. Another highlight is that Dinette’s wages exceed the industry standard for wages for both front-of-house and back-of-house employee, resulting in all employees making well beyond minimum wage. Dinette also helps to provide children in underserved communities with access to fresh, healthy food by donating to 412 Food Rescue. For more information about their efforts to improve sustainability within the community, you can view Dinette’s profile to read their complete sustainability report.

Interested in visiting Dinette? The restaurant can be found at 5996 Centre Avenue in the Eastside Shopping Center. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday between 5pm and 10pm, or Friday and Saturday between 5pm and 11pm. Hours may be subject to change.