Native from Monessen with profitable restaurant in Pittsburgh | Particular publications
Natalie DeiCas has always excelled.
She is tall, strong and knows what she wants. She is present.
DeiCas owns her own business – Sunday every day – in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Your establishment is much more than making food and serving it. She has become an important part of their community, striving to touch and literally serve those in need.
Additionally, she continues to spread the goodness of her soul by remembering people from her hometown of Monessen who helped her get out there and taught her how to cook, serve and live.
DeiCas has incorporated these many lessons into their everyday life.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking,” she said. “It was always my dream to have my own restaurant.”
Every Sunday there is a breakfast and lunch cafe on Penn Avenue in Garfield.
It has also become a pickup for people who depend on food over the past two years. The restaurant collects food donated to 412 Food Rescue, a local nonprofit organization, and turns it into dinners and other meals for families.
While the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a factor, DeiCas, who owns, operates, and chefs, said the numbers in need and the number of donations have continued to rise since the virus broke out in March 2020.
“It’s sad for me to see faces of people who were or are hungry,” said DeiCas. “It got to the point where they came in and took food. I really understand what some people go through.
“It’s wonderful to be able to provide people with food. The pandemic was terrible. Some restaurants cannot adapt. “
DeiCas has partnered with Latoya Turner to offer additional offerings. Turner is renting space in DeiCas’ kitchen for her Birria Azul restaurant business.
Everyday’s a Sunday works with other virtual restaurants, Los Angeles Ghost Restaurants, to bring their menu ideas to Pittsburgh customers. The LA restaurant gets a share of the profits and there are several new dishes every Sunday, from cheesesteaks to breakfast burritos to grilled cheese.
DeiCas opened their restaurant on Penn Circle South in East Liberty in 2013. It moved to its current location three years ago in May.
After graduating from Clarion University, DeiCas worked as a court-appointed adolescent advisor for six years.
She said her father, Carl, helped her find the place in East Liberty. Shortly before the store opened on August 6, 2013, DeiCas gave birth to their daughter Veronica Rose. Mother and daughter live in Monessen.
“My mother’s and father’s side – we are all Italian immigrants, Calabrians,” she said. “Both of my grandmothers were housewives and cooks, and I owe them everything. There were no shortcuts when I helped them cook. When we went to their homes, we had to cook and eat. “
It was Libby’s Dairy Bar, owned by the Cocciolone family in Monessen, where DeiCas decided to have their own restaurant.
Her boss and her good friend, the late JoAnne Cocciolone, taught her how to run a dairy bar. These lessons ranged from preparation to service to dealing with customers and earning their trust.
Cocciolone made weekly visits to DeiCas, making suggestions, telling jokes and mentoring as she had done in her protégé’s teenage days.
Unfortunately, Cocciolone passed away in 2020.
“Jo Anne was more than my mentor,” said DeiCas. “I’ve worked there since I was 14 years old. She taught me so much. I tried to buy her shop when it was up for sale three times and she didn’t sell it to me. She wanted me to go and get something of my own. I miss her, but I really owe her thanks. “
Patty Alcorn, Jo Anne Coccolione’s sister, said DeiCas is an excellent employee and a dear friend of the family.
“We met so many good people through Libby’s,” said Alcorn. “Natalie did so well. She has always been so good at working and interacting with customers.
“We saw her grow up. She was reliable and trustworthy. She trained so many new employees. She could mix schoolwork, athletics and a job. It says so much about a person’s character. We are very happy for you. “
DeiCas honored one of their favorite Libby’s customers, the late John “Butchie” Turkovich, by naming a breakfast sandwich for him on Everyday’s A Sunday.
“The Butchie” includes fried capicola, dippy egg, provolone cheese and sliced tomatoes, served on a toasted Asiago bagel.
“When I found out about it, I immediately had a smile on my face,” said Nicole Turkovich Johnson. “Natalie waited for him at Libby’s for years. She had a special relationship with him.
“The sandwich he was at a discount. It warmed my heart that she would do this. She said my father believed in her whatever she did. “
DeCais said The Butchie is selling very well.
“It’s a classic Pittsburgh sandwich,” she said. “A lot of my sandwiches are named after something from Monessen. It is my home “