Best Restaurants 2016
Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
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Highland Park: 5904 Bryant St.
Executive Chef/Owner Kate Romane
[Mediterranean] Go here for a warm celebration with friends and family. e2 is a perennial hit with members of our independent Restaurant Review Panel thanks to Executive Chef/Owner Kate Romane’s easy-to-enjoy take on Italian comfort food. Dishes such as penne pepato (spicy Sicilian red sauce and salata ricotta) and wild mushroom ravioli with leeks and porcini broth are perfectly executed and fine crowd pleasers. Show up early for the restaurant’s wildly popular brunch; doughnut, zeppole and frittata are big draws. $–$$
South Side: 128 S. 17th St.
Chef/Owner Michele Savoia
[Italian] Go here to feel as though you’re a regular, even if you’re not. South Side locals and curious diners have been making Dish their home since Savoia took over the space — which once housed a pub called McCain’s — in 2000. He’s crafted a menu that moves with the rhythms of the seasons but also retains the comfort found in meeting the expectations of long-term regulars. Dish is a place where you want to linger; assemble a meal with a mixture of small plates, pasta dishes and excellent seafood. Be sure to enjoy the restaurant’s fabulous wine list, too. $$
Strip District: 1150 Smallman St.
Executive Chef Eli Wahl
[American] Go here for a happy hour with coworkers or an expense-account dinner. Longtime Casbah head Eli Wahl took over as Eleven’s executive chef in March, replacing esteemed Pittsburgh chef Derek Stevens. Wahl hasn’t missed a beat transitioning to the helm of the big Burrito Restaurant Group’s high-end restaurant. Indulge in a pork chop served with corn bread and braised greens, or go lighter with succulent sea scallops and polenta cake served in a smoked-onion-and-parmesan brodo. $$–$$$
Squirrel Hill: 5875 Forbes Ave.
Executive Chef Steve Chow
[Taiwanese] Go here for soup dumplings. Every visit to Everyday Noodles should include an order of soup dumplings, the umami-rich, broth-filled dumplings that are hard to stop eating. Dim Sum dishes such as rolled onion pancakes with sliced beef are worthy additions to any table. And don’t be afraid to branch out and try something that might be unfamiliar; marinated beef tendon, jellyfish salad and sliced seaweed with minced garlic all are delightful bites. $