EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
Elizabeth’s An American Bistro embodies a dream that chef and owner Elizabeth Long-Furia brought to life over 22 years ago. Elizabeth’s has become a dining destination in central Pennsylvania and has incorporated catering and baking services to help our patrons celebrate their many life events.
From traveling through central Europe at a young age, Chef Liz grew passionate about seasonal, regional food. Her fascination with cooking became sharpened as she studied in Italy and did apprenticeships in France and the USA.
She learned the advantage of creating dishes made beautiful, by following classical techniques and staying true to fresh ingredients. She fell in love with ethnic and regional food, enhancing the variety of food with local and seasonal ingredients.
Chef Liz, along with her staff, has pushed Lewisburg dining with infused impeccable standards, consistent attention to detail, welcoming ambiance and warm professional service. Opened in August of 1997, Elizabeth’s is an 85 seat upscale American Bistro set in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with a casual dress code. Elizabeth’s strives to serve innovative American cuisine. Elizabeth’s has set forth the cooking philosophy to let the food speak for itself while enhancing natural flavors in each dish and staying true to ethnic roots. Our practice is to serve the freshest seasonal, local and organic produce. We keep health in mind, as well as artistic flare, as we create dishes with passion and care.
Along with careful attention, we invest great pride in our craft. Pastas, hearty artisanal breads, and desserts are made daily in-house. Coffee is roasted and delivered weekly by a local expert.
Because of our friendly relationship to customers, and our dependable professionalism, we are known not just as a local restaurant, but also as a part of the community. The business has grown by word of mouth and referrals since it opened. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 Elizabeth’s received first place on Central PA Magazine’s hotlist, a reader’s poll on the best restaurants in the area. Community involvement is one way we maintain our local reputation and is an integral part of our philosophy. We enjoy building relationships with our local businesses. We offer a dinner and a movie package with the town movie theatre (directly across the street). Our floor manager and owners stop regularly at every table to check on customer satisfaction, which often times gives light to special requests. Our use of comment cards opens a venue for direct feedback by which we appropriately adjust our business; we correct problems before any bill is presented.
To best serve our diners, we have developed menus built around seasonal and local products. We have established an enduring relationship with our purveyors and farmers such as Landis Farms Poultry, a local environmentally friendly farm, which has provided us with free-range chicken for twenty years.
But we lose no responsiveness because of our particularity towards produce. Balance and pricing is in the forefront of our menu design. We make sure our over-all menu is adaptable to every customer’s taste: one may wish to go course by course, or to make a dinner out of an appetizer and salad. The flexibility of our menu, as well as our kitchen staff, makes a decision about a meal fun, easy and exciting for the customer.
In addition to our standard menu items, we offer daily specials that keep options fresh and true to seasonal ingredients. By printing our menus in-house we have the opportunity to control food cost and easily offer the best the market has in ingredients. Our chefs blend ethnic diversity, a variety of ingredients and several cooking techniques to produce a menu that is eclectic, yet true to our regional cooking philosophy.
The nightly, three course tasting menu is paired with a wine flight that may be purchased by a two or four ounce pour. Elizabeth’s serves special menus of tapas and sushi seasonally. These menus have helped us to become an affordable neighborhood bistro, where casual diners can come regularly without submitting to mundane dining. Elizabeth is more than just a restaurant where people celebrate special occasions. Come and enjoy the experience with us.
Ron Ott, Jr.
Ron Ott has worked in the restaurant, fine dining and hospitality industries for the past three decades. Ron brings his expertise to all facets of Elizabeth’s from the daily operations of the restaurant and dining room, to private catered events, and off-site ventures. Ron is passionate about details, such as, knowing customers by name, what they like to drink and which table they prefer. He makes their dining experience as memorable as possible.
While attending Bloomsburg University, Ron began working in the hospitality business, progressing quickly from busboy, to
bartender, to dining room waiter, all within less than a year. Ron applies his college degree in Elementary Education, along with his studies of wine at the Greystone CIA in California to engage and provide support to the bistro team, while passing along his knowledge of wine and fresh “Farm to Table” drinks, using the freshest ingredients and many local products.
In 1997 when Elizabeth’s opened its doors, he joined the team as a waiter and became the manager within a year. Ron brought his knowledge of fine dining to the bistro team and continues to develop each staff member’s skills with his highly motivated and adaptive on-the-job training. He finds the restaurant business an “exciting and rewarding career” and maintains the highest level of expertise with continued self development. As the manager of Elizabeth’s, Ron has helped the bistro receive numerous awards: Two time first place winner for “Central PA’s Hot List” as the Best Restaurant in Central PA and the “Wine Spectator Award” for twelve consecutive years.
From a very young age “Chef Melissa” had a passion for being in the kitchen. She recalls many stories where her grandmother would reference her helping “Grammy Marcie” gather apples and berries from their farm in central Pennsylvania to create lovely seasonal pastries.
Born and raised in Bloomsburg, PA, Chef Melissa’s professional career began at the age of 16. After several stints as a prep cook at local restaurants, Melissa entered the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Soon after graduation, and based on stellar recommendations, she was hired by Elizabeth to work as a saute cook. From there, Melissa’s love for cooking was recognized and she quickly moved up in position. Within a year she was the restaurant’s sous chef and one year later was named executive chef, a position she has held for 6 years.
Melissa is passionate about using locally grown foods and is committed to buying local, sustainable products from the many farmers in our community. She works with the farmers to create a menu that reflects the freshness and diversity of foods grown in the area. Her commitment to local products and service is evident in the dining experience at Elizabeth’s.
Her role at Elizabeth’s includes menu planning, food preparation, management of the kitchen staff and assisting Elizabeth with wedding planning and large catering events. Lewisburg is surrounded by several hospitals and mid-sized companies. As a member of several local cooking societies Melissa is regularly asked to prepare regional dinners for many hospital, business, and professional events.
On her nights off, Melissa teaches cooking classes for foodies, service organizations, corporate staff, and university personnel. She is particularly fond of her yearly cookie baking classes for the children of the community.
Melissa lives her passion on a daily basis and every meal she serves exemplifies her desire to create experiences that exceed guest’s expectations and that are memorable.
The Bistro Staff
Because of our friendly relationship to customers, and our dependable professionalism, we are known not just as a local restaurant, but also as a part of the community. The business has grown by word of mouth and referrals since it opened. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 Elizabeth’s received first place on Central PA Magazine’s hotlist, a reader’s poll on the best restaurants in the area. Community involvement is one way we maintain our local reputation and is an integral part of our philosophy. We enjoy building relationships with our local businesses.