Best Restaurants 2013
Presenting 34 of the finest, freshest and most forward-thinking restaurants in Pittsburgh. Bon appetit!
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Shadyside: 5849 Ellsworth Ave.
JAPANESE | $$-$$$ (omakase starts at $85/person) | EXECUTIVE CHEF MR. SHU
Mr. Shu, our 2013 Chef of the Year, presides over the exquisite menu at Umi, making it one of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants. The best choice is the omakase, for which Mr. Shu creates a minimum seven-course menu (for $85 or more) that’s creative and superb. Raw fish and cooked fish dishes, overseen by seasoned sous chef Jesse Wilson, are equally marvelous. Have some sake with your meal as you admire the subdued environment, which features large Japanese-inspired paintings by local artist Lauri Mancuso.
Sewickley: 432 Beaver St.
AMERICAN | $$-$$$ | CHEF/CO-OWNER SABATINO DIBATTISTA
Vivo is both a neighborhood favorite and a destination restaurant. The well-designed environment is tasteful and appropriate for Sewickley, where chef/co-owner Sabatino DiBattista moved his restaurant last year from Bellevue. The American food features Italian influences and showcases good ingredients; examples include the wonderfully simple butter lettuce starter topped with walnuts and truffle vinaigrette. Dishes change frequently, but one that won us over was the espresso-crusted scallops with coconut cream, with its great flavor combinations. Don’t skip desserts here, for the housemade creations are mind-blowing. Outdoor seating is available during warmer months.
Upper St. Clair: 1469 Bower Hill Road
MEDITERRANEAN | $$$-$$$$ | EXECUTIVE CHEF GLORIA FORTUNATO
Word of advice: Wild Rosemary is both small (with just 28 seats and two seatings per night) and always in demand. So make a reservation any time you want to visit. It’s not new, but the high-quality, simple dishes listed on the bi-weekly menu continue to appeal to foodies. Order the cioppino, classic osso bucco or lamb chops. This place prides itself on its use of local products and suppliers. Wild Rosemary is also a popular venue for private parties. This is definitely a South Hills gem.