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Best Restaurants 2013

Presenting 34 of the finest, freshest and most forward-thinking restaurants in Pittsburgh. Bon appetit!



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East Liberty: 5996 Penn Circle South
412/362-0202, dinette-pgh.com
PIZZA  |  $$  |  CHEF/OWNER SONJA FINN

 

Truth: Dinette’s pizzas, small plates (ranging from flavorful soups to refined salads) and desserts are as good as any you might find in a French eatery. Chef Sonja Finn, a James Beard semi-finalist in 2009 and 2010, changes her pizza varieties daily; options include beet greens, sage sausage, chevre and onion, and basil, tomato, fresh Mozzarella and ricotta. The restaurant has a rooftop garden that provides in-season tomatoes and herbs.

 

South Side: 128 17th St.
412/390-2012, dishosteria.com
ITALIAN  |  $$-$$$  |  CHEF/OWNER MICHELE SAVOIA

 

The bar at Dish Osteria & Bar is cozy and dark — and a great place to get a taste of the South Side of yore. Offering Italian food with a Sicilian emphasis, Dish is often packed. Try the Carpaccio, scallop or grilled calamari appetizers before moving on to meaty entrées, such as the housemade gnocchi with three-meat Bolognese. Sip some Italian wine as you take in the unpretentious surroundings.

 

Fox Chapel: 46 Fox Chapel Road
412/781-3700, donatosrestaurant.com
ITALIAN | $-$$$$ | CHEF/OWNER DONATO COLUCCIO

 

To find traditional American and Italian food in a tasteful environment, visit Donato’s, which delivers favorites such as porcini-dusted filet and jumbo lump crab cakes. The Italian fare is strong, particularly the veal, pasta and specialty items. Always-professional servers in formal black attire will allow you to mix and match dishes to create the perfect meal. On Friday nights, jazz performances are scheduled, starting at 8 p.m. Family-style dinner is served Sunday, and private dining and catering are also available.

 

Strip District: 1150 Smallman St.
412/201-5656, elevenck.com
AMERICAN  |  $$$-$$$$  |  EXECUTIVE CHEF DEREK STEVENS

 

Eleven boasts a stylized interior, top-notch food and a casual environment, making it a go-to spot for entertaining visitors or heading out for date night. The bar is very popular, with leather seating and a “tavern” menu. The main lineup changes often but always includes appetizers, such as raw oysters and tuna tartare, along with seafood, meat and vegetarian entrées. Save room for made-from-scratch breads and dessert. Keep in mind that Eleven also offers a chef’s table with a tasting menu (seating up to six), as well as several private dining rooms.

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