Lidia's Pittsburgh and Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo to Host 'Alfa al Fresco'

Featuring Piastra Dining and Alfa Romeo Test Drives


Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) - Lidia's Pittsburgh and Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo invite guests to transport themselves to the streets of Italy with Alfa al Fresco. On August 10th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, the duo will shut down 15th Street between Smallman Street and Penn Avenue for a can't miss event of the summer.  Indulge in an evening of cuisine and refreshments from Lidia's Pittsburgh, test drives from Alfa Romeo, and live tunes from DJ SMI.

Lidia's Pittsburgh Executive Chef, Daniel Walker will man the grill with piastra style dining featuring fresh seafood and vegetables reminiscent of traditional Italian outdoor dining. The Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo team will entertain guests with test drives and features of the 2018 Stelvio and Giulia models.

"We are so excited to partner with Lidia's Pittsburgh for this event", said Gwen Lewis, Co-President of the Ron Lewis Automotive Group.  "It will be a great celebration of Italian cuisine and beautifully engineered Italian cars." 

Two tiers of tickets are available for purchase. Packages are as follow:

 Giulia ($25)

Complimentary Test Drive

Signature Mocktail

Plate of Cicchetti (Small Bites)

Stelvio ($55)

Complimentary Test Drive

Signature Mocktail (Pre-Test Drive)

Plate of Cicchetti

Signature Cocktail (Post-Test Drive)

Piestra Cuisine Prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Walker


For more information or to purchase tickets visit Showclix.

Who: Lidia's Pittsburgh and Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo

What: Alfa al Fresco

When: August 10th, 5 PM - 9 PM

Where: Lidia's Pittsburgh




Lidia's Pittsburgh opened in March of 2001 in the heart of Pittsburgh's historic Strip District, following the renowned success of Lidia's Kansas City, the first venture outside of Manhattan for Lidia Bastianich. The restaurant boasts an open-warehouse atmosphere designed by acclaimed New York architect David Rockwell. Inspired by the fresh authenticity of time-honored authentic Italian food, Lidia's Pittsburgh honors the iconic culinary ingenuity of Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning television host, author, chef and restaurateur. The restaurant concept embraces the freshest, locally sourced ingredients with made-from-scratch technique. Under the direction of Executive Chef Daniel Walker, the menu recalls familiar, timeless classics with an emphasis on authentic and seasonal Italian food; featuring daily selections of homemade pasta, served tableside, along with imported meats and cheeses, fresh seafood, and rustic Italian favorites including ossobucco, a slow braised Heritage Pork Shank with barley risotto, in addition to a finely curated Italian wine list. Lidia's Pittsburgh's inviting ambiance is the ideal destination for hosting a wide array of events, from intimate occasions to large celebrations and corporate affairs. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served daily 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations, call the restaurant at 412-552-0150, or visit for more information.


(Pittsburgh, PA) - February 14, 2018 -- Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo announced today it is the exclusive Automotive Sponsor of Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 "Fashion with Compassion" Fundraiser.  This event benefits the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" initiative, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women. Fashion with Compassion (FWC) will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6-8:30pm at SLATE Studios in Pittsburgh's Strip District.  

The evening will feature a live fashion show, vendor booths, silent auction, food, open bar and more. All ticket proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Ron Lewis Automotive Group Co-President, Gwen Lewis stated: "Fashion with Compassion presented a great opportunity for us to introduce the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio to more Pittsburghers while raising funds for an important cause."  

Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will be featuring male models from Commonwealth Proper, a full-service, private wardrobe agency specializing in men's custom suits and formal wear.  In the spirit of the evening, Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will offer "Fashion with Compassion" attendees a $500 Voucher towards the purchase of an Alfa Romeo by 2/28/18 and will donate $100 to the American Heart Association with each completed sale.  Commonwealth Proper will also donate 10% of sales for appointments booked by FWC attendees through 3/31/18 to the charity.  

For more information about the event, visit:  


(Pittsburgh, PA) - November 27, 2017 -- Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo has announced a partnership with Christopher's Kitchen this holiday season as part of a year-end initiative to give back to the Pittsburgh community. Christopher's Kitchen is a newly established local non-profit dedicated to nourishing the families and caregivers of children admitted into Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo is hosting a Holiday Luncheon benefiting Christopher's Kitchen on Thursday, December 14th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Sienna On The Square.

Attendees are invited to indulge in Italian cuisine, listen to live music by Christina Chirumbolo, learn more about the inspiring impact of Christopher's Kitchen, while experiencing test drives in the latest vehicle models from Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo. The event will feature a truffle bar with artistic creations from A519 Chocolate, as well as men's and women's holiday fashions by Heinz Healy's and Peter Lawrence. Downtown salon, Izzazu Salon Spa & Serrata will also be on-site to raffle off a holiday gift basket of hair products.

Ron Lewis Automotive Group Co-President, Gwen Lewis stated: "It has been an exciting first year for Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo and we're bringing 2017 to a close in a way that celebrates the Alfa Romeo brand and supports the newly launched efforts of Christopher's Kitchen." 

At the luncheon, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available for attendees to test drive around downtown Pittsburgh and Market Square. For every test drive completed, Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will donate $20 to Christopher's Kitchen to aid in helping caregivers and families in need.  Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will also display the 2017 Art Car, a Giulia dipped and hand-painted by local artist, Dave O'Brien. The Art Car first debuted at the 2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and serves as a tribute to Pittsburgh icon, Andy Warhol.

The event is free but requires advance reservation as space is limited. To RSVP, and to join the conversation, visit

About Christopher's Kitchen

Christopher's Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to feeding the caregivers of children admitted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  Christpher's Kitchen is committed to helping families and caregivers take care of themselves so they can better comfort those around them.  The idea to provide this much needed service came from a mother who lost her son to suicide.  In 2012, Joni D'Alessandro lost her son Christopher and to fill the void in her life, she began to volunteer at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  It was at one of her volunteer sessions that she became aware of the need to nourish the caregivers of admitted.


CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA - February 13, 2017 - Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo today announced its sponsorship and a unique opportunity for new owners at the 2017 Cortile, the Italian Car Show, at The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix showgrounds this July 15-16. Alfa Romeo has been selected as the Cortile's 2017 Proiettore Macchina.  

Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo is the only official retailer of Alfa Romeo models in a 50 mile radius from their 20839 Route 19, Cranberry Township showroom.  According to Jobie Glessner, the General Manger at Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo, "We are really honored to represent Alfa Romeo. The history of Alfa Romeo is incredibly inspiring.  Alfa Romeo is such an iconic marque! We are just really proud to represent it for all of the Alfisti!"  Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo has already received shipments of the much anticipated 2017 Giulia, available at  

The first 10 customers at Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will be invited to display their new Alfa Romeos within the Proiettore Macchina show at this year's Cortile.  Each owner will receive lunch amenities, a dash plaque, race program and poster.  Alfa Romeo lovers, at Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo, "We Have Your Keys" - or should we say, "Abbiamo Tuo Chiavi!"

The "Cortile" is the Italian Car Show at The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. In Italian "Cortile" translates into courtyard which is an appropriate name for the display of fine Italian macchina on the 18th fairway of the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  Each year the Cortile selects a marque or model to highlight for the annual event based upon factors such as historical significance, unique local interest or brand resurgence.

About the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, has a mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds that help provide residential care, treatment and support individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Pittsburgh region through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.  More information is available at //


PITTSBURGH, PA - July 13, 2017 - "Three Rivers Alfisti" has officially launched as the first Alfa Romeo Owners Club Chapter established in the United States in approximately 20 years.  The local chapter is recognized and affiliated with the National Alfa Romeo Owners Club.  New and current Alfa Romeo owners may join by visiting //  At 2pm on Saturday, July 15 during the Italian Cortile at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, the Three Rivers Alfisti and all interested members are invited to gather to celebrate the launch.

Three Rivers Alfisti is based in Western Pennsylvania with membership throughout the Tri-state area.  Membership comprises the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains up to Erie, PA, into South-Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.


In the late 1970's Howard West, Don Wannagat, Kevin Benzenhoefer and several others initiated the development of an Alfa Romeo Owners Group in the Pittsburgh area called "Allegheny Alfisti". Several meetings where held over about 3 years, but the club wasn't able to get up and running.

In 2010, during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Cortile Italian Car Show, Alfa owners, Marianne Fenoglietto and Jim Shaw, started discussing the idea of creating an AROC chapter in Western Pennsylvania. The idea was discussed for quite a number of years, but again no one could really take the mantle of leadership to get a club launched.

In 2016, Ron Lewis Automotive Group became the only local Alfa Romeo dealer in the Pittsburgh area.   In April 2017, Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo hosted a launch event for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, which was attended by many local Pittsburgh Alfisti.  The idea for an Owners Club Chapter was again revisited.  Jim Neville and Bernie Martin, both Alfa owners, collaborated with Gwen Lewis from Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo on pursuing the Chapter formation and launch.

Three Rivers Alfisti Founding Officers

Jim Neville, President - Jim is a long-time Alfa enthusiast and owner of an award winning 1967 Duetto Spider.  He is Vice President of Oil and Gas at Equipment & Controls, Inc. in Pittsburgh PA.  "It's perfect timing for the Three Rivers Alfisti to officially kick off at the Cortile Italian Car Show Saturday July 15, 2017," said Jim Neville, First President of Three Rivers Alfisti.  "Alfa Romeo's return to the US, and the launch of our new Chapter, present a great opportunity for owners to share their love for these automobiles."

 Gwen Lewis, Vice President - Gwen is also Vice President of Marketing/Online Operations at the Ron Lewis Automotive Group.  Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo ( is the newest franchise addition to the family-run dealership group.  "To celebrate the launch of our Chapter, Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will subsidize a 1-year Standard membership of any new Alfa Romeo customers July 15, 2017-December 31, 2017," said Gwen Lewis.  "We're excited to welcome our customers to the joys of Alfa Romeo ownership and to introduce them to a local group who share the same affinity."

Bernard Martin, Secretary/Webmaster - Bernie is the Founder and President of Rapid Production Marketing in Pittsburgh.  In 2009, Bernie created the Italian Cortile in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  Owner of a 1988 Alfa Romeo Spider, Bernie completed a 2,890 mile round trip journey to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in March 2017 in his Alfa.  "We're already receiving positive feedback about forming the Three Rivers Alfisti," said Bernie Martin.  "All the pieces are in place to make this Owner's Club a success after many years of trying."

About the Three Rivers Alfisti

Founded in 2017, the Three Rivers Alfisti's mission is to foster and promote activities not for profit, relating to the ownership, operation and history of Alfa Romeos; to make available and to disseminate technical information useful in promoting knowledge and understanding for the efficient and safe operation of Alfa Romeos; to organize social, educational and amateur tour driving events; and to teach, promote and encourage safe and skillful driving in both competition events and upon public highways. For more information and membership links, visit //



PITTSBURGH, PA - July 10, 2017 - Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo today announced it is creating an "Art Car" with a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, dipped by 304Dips, and painted live by local Pittsburgh artist, Dave O'Brien.  The painting on the Giulia will take place live in Market Square, Pittsburgh on Wednesday, July 12, coinciding with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Press Conference.   Set up will begin around 9am with painting anticipated between 10am-2pm.  

Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo is providing a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia as the "canvas" for this work of art.  Spectators are welcome to watch Dave O'Brien in Market Square as he creates a piece of mobile artwork, inspired by his roots in Pittsburgh.  

After the painting is completed in Market Square, Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo will have the "Art Car" on display at the Tune-Up at Atria's Bridge Party later that evening, as well as at the Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo booth at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Italian Cortile on July 15-16.  

Dave O'Brien was chosen by Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo as the artist for this project. Dave explains:  "The Alfa Romeo project is something that I have been dreaming about doing for a year now. It's surreal that the opportunity came to me, but I find it important that the car is live painted in Market Square open to the public where anyone can come see the process of artwork made. The experience is not only more interactive, but brings light to the new Alfa Romeo in Pittsburgh. I am very thankful for all or the people who have gotten me to this point in my art career and appreciate all of those key people who made this project happen on July 12th."

304Dips, based in Morgantown, WV was selected as the company to perform the "dip" of the Giulia, providing a liquid wrap spray on coating over the exterior of the Giulia.  The dipping process took a few days to complete and provides the "canvas" for this project.  The liquid paint wrap is sprayed onto a car like paint, but can be peeled off by hand. It is safe, easily removable, and can last for a few years. 

"We wanted to do something big to celebrate Alfa Romeo being chosen as the Proiettore Macchina at the Italian Cortile this year," said Gwen Lewis, Vice President of Marketing/Online Operations at the Ron Lewis Automotive Group.  "We felt that Dave O'Brien was a perfect choice for this project with his Pop Art/Impressionistic style and affinity to Pittsburgh icons."  Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo also has a selection of 'non-dipped' Alfa Romeo Giulias and the 4C in stock, available at and is the only official retailer of Alfa Romeo models in a 50-mile radius from the 20839 Route 19, Cranberry Township showroom. 


About Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien explores a blend of pop-impressionism through a variety of materials and mediums in each one of his paintings. O'Brien, a Pittsburgh native with an appreciation for art and music at an early age, is self-taught and only began painting in December of 2015 as a means of providing Christmas presents for friends and family members.  Dave debuted his first work in March of 2016 when his Pittsburgh Irish was selected to be featured on the Official Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Parade t-shirt. More opportunities arose when O'Brien's art was found on Full Pint Brewing beer tap handles and a designer clothing line called, VIDA. Since the fall of 2016, O'Brien experimented with live paintings curated by Redfishbowl™, FAMEE LLC, and Pittsburgh Beautiful, and has worked on art installations for the Carnegie Library of Downtown Pittsburgh, Legends Eatery on North Shore, Delanie's Coffeeshop, War Streets Brewery, and Elite Dance by Damian. Visit for more information.  



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