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Business Member Profile - Burgh'ers Restaurant

Chef Fiore Moletz
Burgh'ers Restaurant
Harmony / Butler County
PASA Business Member Since 2011

By Brittany Colatrella

When you sink your teeth into a meal made from ingredients that have traveled less than 25 miles to get from the farm to your mouth, your taste buds immediately know the difference. And it's that allure of fresh cuisine made passionately from local and organic foods on which Chef Fiore Moletz has built his business.

Fiore has been part of the sustainable producers community around the greater Pittsburgh area since a young age including years as a cook at Lidia’s and il Pizzaiolo; he also ran a home cleaning and remodeling company that specialized in environmentally-friendly services. He officially became a restaurateur in 2010 with the opening of Burgh’ers (and now also Della Terra) in Harmony, PA.

A PASA member since 2011, Moletz and his partner, Michelle Fink, meticulously tend to details, ensuring they meet (or exceed) the quality that PASA maintains and promotes. "I really appreciate the standards that PASA has helped cultivate,” says Moletz. “Our friends at Kretschmann Farms also recommended we join the organization, so I became formally involved as soon as I had my first restaurant established.”

Burgh'ers offers its patrons the delight of indulging in a patty of free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free black Angus beef that is aged and butchered to order from Armstrong Farms, held between a Breadwork’s brioche bun, accompanied by fries made from PA-certified blue denim spuds, and washed down with one of Pennsylvania's finest microbrews. On the lighter side, guests can enjoy soups and salads crafted from produce grown at nearby CSA Kretschmann Farms, Brenckle’s of Pittsburgh and Butler, Alexander’s in Latrobe, and Northwestern PA’s Maple Valley Farm. Savor happy hour sipping on prohibition-era inspired cocktails shaken (or stirred) together with Boyd 'n Blair Vodka or Wigle Whiskey; or quench your thirst with Boylan’s Soda. Everything is made and served in reclaimed kitchen equipment and dishware in an ambience constructed with recycled materials and walls adorned with the work of local artists (available for sale).

When it comes to PASA's mission of facilitating learning and building relationships between farmers and consumers, Burgh'ers both benefits from and helps to further these efforts. "Our membership has been a useful marketing resource for us. Many people have discovered us specifically through PASA,” mentions Michelle. “Now we want to leverage our membership even more to further educate the community about sustainable agriculture and the local economy."

Both natives of Western PA, Fiore and Michelle prove that a restaurant based around the PASA philosophy can be successful anywhere. They are quickly building a dedicated and diverse following of patrons who travel from near and far to enjoy the fruits of local growers and makers.

Thanks to PASA Volunteer, Brittany Colatrella for authoring this profile!

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