Della Terra’s meat products are provided by Jubilee Hilltop Ranch, located in Osterburg, Pennsylvania, just one hundred miles east of Pittsburgh. The rest of Della Terra’s farmers are located in either Butler, Beaver or Allegheny County. Offerings from each farm vary by season, but the chefs work most closely with Brenckle’s Farm, Kretschmann’s Farm, Fellowship Foods and Penn’s Corner. Herbs are dried in house and come from the herb garden in front of the restaurant.
The chefs at Della Terra know the importance of using only locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Food grown in local, mineral rich soil is more nutritious, and produce that is grown together tastes better because it is meant to be paired with each other. The use of local farmers supports the economy and sustains the environment, which benefits all of us.
Just about everything on Della Terra’s menu is handmade. Chefs use local grains as much as possible, and with the addition of a pasta extruder to the kitchen, both fresh and dry pastas are now made in house.
Chefs cure a variety of meats in house as well. Currently, locally cured soppressata comes from Parma in the Strip District and prosciutto is imported from San Daniel Italy.
Della Terra’s Forno Bravo pizza oven, which is based on a true Neopolitan pizza oven, chars pizza at over 800 degrees. All pizzas are modeled after Neopolitan pizzas and integrate local and seasonal influences. Dough is naturally leavened in house every day from “the mother,” a base for the dough that’s been kept alive for over two years. This method enhances nutritional value and aides digestion. Each batch of dough undergoes a twenty-four hour fermentation process in order to create a more refined flavor. The wood-fueled oven is fed only by wood from the surrounding community including white oak, hickory, ash, cherry, and apple.
Della Terra’s full service bar showcases a variety of local distilleries, including Wigle Whiskey, Dad’s Hat Whiskey, Maggie’s Farm Rum and Faber Vodka. Most wines come from small, family owned Italian wineries and are provided by Zelienople native Joe Barsotti from Barsotti Wines. Multiple local Coffee roasters provide coffee beans which are ground in house. The drink menu features a mostly Italian wine list and Italian inspired craft cocktails, beer, liquors, aperitivos, and imported Italian sodas.
Located just twenty-five minutes outside of downtown Pittsburgh, both Della Terra Italian Bistro and its patrons benefit from a close proximity to its farmers and family of suppliers.