Best Restaurants 2013
Presenting 34 of the finest, freshest and most forward-thinking restaurants in Pittsburgh. Bon appetit!
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South Side: 2104 E. Carson St.
ITALIAN | $$ | CHEF/CO-OWNER STEPHEN FELDER
Stagioni’s food is reminiscent of what you might’ve eaten as a child — if you had an Italian grandmother who could really cook. Housemade pastas are the stars, as well as the made-to-order Mozzarella plated with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you’re craving a meaty dish, try the braised wild boar served over creamy polenta. The seasonal menu is short, and the fare is straightforward — perfectly in line with chef/co-owner Stephen Felder’s mission to bring good food to Pittsburgh. Felder, our 2012 Rising Star Chef, is committed to using high-quality local ingredients. The atmosphere is similar to a neighborhood bistro with friendly, attentive service and a nice Italian wine list.
Warrendale: 701 Warrendale Village Drive
ASIAN & LATIN-FUSION | $-$$$ | CHEF ROGER LI
Foodies in the North Hills could barely contain their excitement when Lawrenceville’s Tamari opened a second location in Warrendale. Despite the strip-mall location, the new Tamari’s interior and tabletops are beautifully designed in tones of brown and blue. The large bar area is a packed after-work spot. The main dining room attracts the business crowd during lunchtime and a pleasant mix of diners for dinner. A lunchtime favorite is the bento box, which includes selected items in four compartments. The dinner menu features many interesting sushi creations, such as the “angry lobster” tempura and the “tamari”: white tuna with seared scallops and sriracha aïoli.
Shadyside: 5102 Baum Blvd.
AMERICAN | $$-$$$ | OWNERS CHEF CHET GARLAND & WINE DIRECTOR PAUL TEBBETS
Toast! is welcoming and has an understated look. The bar is a good spot for conversation. Appetizers include the very popular shrimp and grits; entrées span from skate wing to vegetarian risotto to duck breast. The menu is small but diverse enough to please every diner, and it includes a wine-pairing suggestion for each dish. In addition, all Champagnes and wines are available in 2-ounce, 4-ounce and 6-ounce pours, allowing you to taste as many as you wish. Toast! also has three private dining rooms, available for special events.
South Side: 51 S. 12th St.
AMERICAN | $$-$$$ | EXECUTIVE CHEF DUSTIN GREGG
A complete renovation of the former Café Allegro space resulted in Truth, a dark, clean contemporary restaurant with high ceilings, which is perfect for the weekly live-music performances. Because the owners are of Greek descent, the menu features American food with a Mediterranean twist. The best displays of the owners’ origins include the excellent flaming Greek saganaki cheese and the lambsicles. Many people order lots of little plates and share with friends instead of trying entrées. Dishes such as squid ink pasta with mussels and shrimp, and stuffed Virginia quail keep locals coming back for more. The bar has an extensive menu of cocktails and scotch and bourbons, in addition to the wine and beer lists.