Best Restaurants 2014
Presenting 33 top-notch eateries that are revolutionizing Pittsburgh's food scene.
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Penn Avenue Fish Co.’s Strip District location is one of Pittsburgh’s premier seafood markets. Angela Earley and Henry Dewey are doubling its size by taking over the space next door to make everything larger, adding a salad bar, more dining space, additional restrooms and a new refrigerated room where patrons can watch staff cut fish through glass windows. Hours also will be extended into the evening. At any size, this place guarantees some of the freshest seafood in town. Sushi chefs prepare lovely raw offerings; the cooked menu includes seafood in many preparations. The downtown location is solely a restaurant with a more intimate feel. At lunchtime, it serves a bustling crowd of downtown workers who want a healthy, speedy lunch. Executive Chef Gary Osiol heads up the kitchen at the downtown restaurant, which gets its seafood from the Strip District location; the downtown site added alcohol service this year.
LAWRENCEVILLE: 3801 Butler St. | 412/622-0111, PICCOLO-FORNO.com
ITALIAN | $-$$ | Chef/Owner DOMENIC BRANDUZZI
Piccolo Forno has been a local favorite for years; there’s often a long wait for lunch and dinner. Domenic Branduzzi, chef/owner, uses a wood-fired oven for his famed pizzas. The lasagna Toscano is a must-have, with layers of fresh noodles, meat ragu and béchamel cream sauce. Housemade pastas incorporate such proteins as rabbit and salmon. Look for Branduzzi’s second restaurant project, Arde, which he plans to open this summer on the North Side.
POINT BREEZE: 401 Hastings St. |
EUROPEAN | $-$$ | Executive Chef JAMES McCASLIN
Point Brugge has been an East End staple since it opened in 2005. This sister restaurant of Park Bruges serves Belgian-inspired cuisine — including the Prince Edward Island mussels and frites, which have quite the following. Other popular selections include the burger and entrée-sized salads. The beer selection’s focus is on European imports. For brunch, there are $20 and $24 prix-fixe meals, covering the main dish, side and beverage.
REGENT SQUARE: 1113 S. Braddock Ave. | 412/243-4348, ROOT174.com
AMERICAN | $$ | Executive Chef/Co-owner KEITH FULLER
A small chef-driven restaurant, Root 174 delivers top-notch, sophisticated cuisine. Chef/Co-owner Keith Fuller and his team churn out comfort food with panache; for example, the roasted chicken is prepared with Moroccan spices and pistachios, and the flat-iron steak is served with black rice, kimchi, ginger, pickled vegetables, roasted peanuts and egg. The vegan and vegetarian dishes are top-notch, including the vegan falafel and the vegan “meatballs” made with polenta, mushrooms and a basil pureé. Affordable, interesting cocktails and housemade sodas are but two options for drinks. Desserts are a cut above. Root 174 has added takeout and offers chef’s tasting menus (prices vary based on the number of courses).