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Dish Osteria and Bar To Close

The beloved Pittsburgh institution will serve its last meal in April.

photo by laura petrilla

Dish Osteria and Bar will close on Saturday, April 22.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time,” says Executive Chef/Co-Owner Michele Savoia.

The beloved South Side institution opened 17 years ago, quickly building a reputation as a refuge from the nearby hubbub of the E. Carson Street bar scene.

“Sometimes restaurants close because business is no good or things are off. But that’s not the case. 17 years is just a long run. We’ve kept going and going because we love to do what we’re doing, but it was time to take a break,” Savoia says.

He says that he and his wife Cindy plan on taking some time off to travel and to spend time with family.

“It’s a sad thing, but I also want this last month to be a celebration,” Savoia says.

Seafood specials such as clams swimming in an intoxicating tomato-saffron broth and heady heaps of Santa Barbara sea urchin melting into spaghetti consistently have been some of my favorite dishes in Pittsburgh, particularly late into the evening when not much else is open.

We honored Dish as “Best Bar for a Conversation” in our recent Best Bars package, noting that it is a place where regulars feel like they’re at home and newcomers quickly feel as if they are regulars.

“There are so many people that have found this place meaningful. We’re going to miss them,” Savoia says.

I think I can say for a significant number of us in Pittsburgh that we are going to miss you, too.

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Hal B. Klein is Pittsburgh Magazine’s associate editor and restaurant critic. He is an award-winning food and drinks writer. In his spare time, Hal can be found in his kitchen, in his garden and exploring the wonders of Pittsburgh. Follow him on Twitter (@HalBKlein) and Instagram (@halbklein).


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