LOCALpittsburgh visited with Tori Meglio to find out about Thai night and what makes Studio AM unique.
LP-When and how did Chef Steve get involved with Studio AM? What is his history?
Tori-Chef Steve met Baron Batch a few years back at a restaurant in South Side where Baron frequently visited. The two instantly hit it off. Chef Steve has been in the restaurant industry for over 2 decades. He was previously employed as the executive chef at the Teutonia Mannerchor of Pittsburgh and a buffet chef at the Igloo Club in the former Mellon Arena. Thai cuisine is one of Chef Steve’s favorite styles of food to eat and cook, as well as it being super cost effective.
LP-Tell us about the setup for the Tuesday and Thursday events. What kind of people do you find coming in for these days?
Tori-The Thai Tuesday consists of an a la carte menu priced at $8 per entree. Thai Thursday differs in that it is $15 per person, and includes an all you can eat buffet, plus 2 family style courses served to the table. Both Tuesday and Thursday menus offer 3 different noodle dishes, curry, fried rice and a rotating weekly special. Studio AM brings in people from all over, travelers ranging from West Virginia and Texas, from college students to Homestead locals. Almost everybody finds a home at Studio AM.
LP-How does this connect with Studio AM’s overall vision / mission?
Tori-Studio AM is a vibe. Once you step foot into the studio you’ll instantly feel it. Thai Tuesday and Thursday connect with Studio AM’s overall vision by creating a space and atmosphere for people to come and feel free. From the curated music playlist and artwork on display, to the amazing food dishes Chef creates in the kitchen, you will leave a different person than when you entered.
Interview and Photography by LOCALpgh staff