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Honor Roll: Pittsburgh Restaurant Among Top Five Best New in USA

The accolades keep rolling in for this eatery in Lower Lawrenceville.

photo by Laura Petrilla

Two weeks ago, we reported that Morcilla in Lower Lawrenceville was named as one of Bon Appétit Magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants of 2016. Today, that magazine named the cream of the crop with its "Hot 10" list. Morcilla is listed as No. 4, ranked above high-buzz restaurants such as Baroo in Los Angeles, Wildair in New York City and N7 in New Orleans.

"The two things I’m about to say aren’t food-writer hyper­bole," writes Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton. "(1) Justin Severino is the most underrated chef in America. (2) His new restaurant serves the best Spanish food I’ve had outside San Sebastián."

Knowlton goes on to praise Morcilla's cured-meats program, calling executive chef/co-owner Justin Severino "a charcuterie god," and finding himself transported to the Basque region as he works his way through a meal of croquetas — he's particularly fond of the pig's feet and cheeks —patatas bravas, tortilla and other small plates. 

We're thrilled to see that Pittsburgh Magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2016 is getting the national recognition it deserves, and excited to taste what Severino, co-owner Hilary Prescott Severino, chef de cuisine Nate Hobart and the rest of the Morcilla team do next.

If we can score a table, that is. 


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