Best Restaurants 2013

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



(page 5 of 8)

 

Downtown: 308 Forbes Ave., 412/562-1710
Strip District: 2208 Penn Ave., 412/434-7200
pennavefishcompany.com
SEAFOOD  |  $-$$$  |  CO-OWNERS ANGELA EARLEY & HENRY DEWEY

 

Owners Angela Earley and Henry Dewey operate two distinctly different Penn Avenue Fish Co. locations: The Strip District spot is a fish retailer, as well as a casual counter-service restaurant. It serves soups, fresh sandwiches and the ever-popular fish tacos (all-you-can-eat on Tuesdays), along with beautifully prepared sushi. The other site, nestled in the heart of downtown, offers fish in a number of preparations — grilled, on pasta, in sandwiches. Abundant trays of seafood and non-seafood delicacies are also available for those in need of a caterer.

 

Lawrenceville: 3801 Butler St.
412/622-0111, piccolo-forno.com
ITALIAN  |  $-$$  |  CHEF/OWNER DOMENIC BRANDUZZI

 

Piccolo Forno does things old-school: Pastas and pizza dough are made fresh daily, pizzas are cooked hot in a wood-fired oven, and braised rabbit is often offered. Chef/owner Domenic Branduzzi and his family hail from Tuscany, and their roots are evident in the cuisine. Salads are fresh and light with ingredients such as arugula, white beans and tuna. Pizzas are perfect; the best-seller stars mascarpone, fresh Mozzarella and speck. Here you’ll find the city’s best lasagna with housemade noodles, ragu and béchamel. Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more. With a smaller group, you may need to wait a while for a table, but it’ll be worth it.

 

Point Breeze: 401 Hastings St.
412/441-3334, pointbrugge.com
EUROPEAN  |  $-$$$  |  EXECUTIVE CHEF JAMES McCASLIN

 

Point Brugge Cafe is a favorite neighborhood bistro that’s been luring locals since 2005. You’ll always receive a warm welcome and feel right at home. Executive chef James McCaslin prepares fare with a Belgian twist. The staples are the Prince Edward Island mussels with your broth of choice, including classic white wine with shallots; the dish is served with a hunk of crusty bread to sop up the delicious broth. The Brugge frites are cooked twice and served with basil mayonnaise in true Belgian style; they pair nicely with any of the Belgian brews. The Sunday brunch service has a loyal following.

 

Regent Square: 1113 S. Braddock Ave.
412/243-4348, root174.com
AMERICAN  |  $$-$$$  |  CHEF/CO-OWNER KEITH FULLER

 

Root 174’s amazing Brussels sprouts with a bacon black-pepper glaze have many locals hooked. In this small Regent Square restaurant with unusually sophisticated food, other standouts include bone-marrow crème brulee, and slow-roasted salmon with kale and olive salad. Root promises to provide “cultivated comfort food,” and it really delivers. Vegan and vegetarian dishes go above and beyond the usual, specifically the desserts, which are as good as conventional treats. Earlier this year, chef/co-owner Keith Fuller acquired a liquor license, so you can now try a creative cocktail or wine. Lunch is served Wednesday through Saturday.

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Best Restaurants 2013

Chef of the Year Award: 2013

Chef of the Year Award: 2013

Mr. Shu, executive chef of Umi, is honored for his consistent perfection.
2013 Best Restaurants: Readers' Poll Winners

2013 Best Restaurants: Readers' Poll Winners

Your favorite eateries in the 'Burgh in 48 categories — from comfort food to sushi to small plates.
Best Restaurants 2013

Best Restaurants 2013

Presenting 34 of the finest, freshest and most forward-thinking restaurants in Pittsburgh. Bon appetit!
Delicious Design Award: 2013

Delicious Design Award: 2013

Vallozzi’s new downtown location is a stunning combination of old-world Tuscany with classy modern touches.
Star Chef Award: 2013

Star Chef Award: 2013

Justin Severino, owner of Lawrenceville's Cure and a national rising star.
Best New Restaurant: 2013

Best New Restaurant: 2013

Chef Matthew Porco's Italian-inspired Sienna Sulla Piazza is lighting up Market Square.
Best Restaurants 2013: Editors' Picks

Best Restaurants 2013: Editors' Picks

We shine the light on some of our favorite new restaurants that are giving the local foodie scene a boost of energy.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2017

Best Restaurants 2017

This year Pittsburgh Magazine's independent Restaurant Review Panel recognizes 34 establishments as our regions's top restaurants. Our list includes All Arounders, Killer Casual, Fancy Night Out, Best Budget and Classic Comfort establishments.
Pittsburgh Chef of the Year: Bill Fuller

Pittsburgh Chef of the Year: Bill Fuller

Bill Fuller’s portfolio includes overseeing five specialty restaurants — Eleven Contemporary Kitchen, Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar, Soba, umi and Kaya — as well as 14 fast-casual Mad Mex restaurants and a full-service catering operation. Even in an increasingly competitive environment, his restaurants remain in-demand and relevant.
Pittsburgh's Best New Restaurant: Apteka

Pittsburgh's Best New Restaurant: Apteka

Apteka, operated by Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowronski, is a vegan eatery that draws on Lasky’s sixth-generation Pittsburgh roots and Skowronski’s Polish heritage.
Can the Restoration of a Church Lead to the Revival of a Town?

Can the Restoration of a Church Lead to the Revival of a Town?

A small group of dedicated residents sees the restoration of their church in Tarentum as a window to the potential rebirth of their once-booming community in suburban Pittsburgh.
Remembering Henry Hillman

Remembering Henry Hillman

Reflecting on the impact of the businessman, civic visionary and philanthropist.
How David Freese is Helping to Keep Pirates' on Course

How David Freese is Helping to Keep Pirates' on Course

The Pirates’ infielder emerges as a team leader — and an offensive powerhouse.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

Brazen Kitchen

How to Make Healthy School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

I have come up with a system that almost is foolproof for us: healthy breakfasts and packed lunches that are quick, easy and protest-free. Isn’t the latter the key?

Make These Now: 3 Perfect Summertime Picnic Recipes

Prep for Riverlife's Party at the Pier with these ideas.

Follow Me on Pinterest