Best Restaurants 2018
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Fancy Night Out
These are the places for which you should dress up when you visit — special-occasion restaurants that entice diners with high-level decor and service in addition to cuisine.
NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT, FARMINGTON, FAYETTE COUNTY:
1001 Lafayette Drive
Kristin A. Butterworth
[Fine Dining] This year, Lautrec Executive Chef Kristin A. Butterworth earned a well-deserved, and long-overdue, semifinalist nod for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Butterworth’s cuisine marries classical technique and contemporary culinary philosophy with impeccable sourcing as she crafts dishes such as escargot with aerated potato, wheat berry, shiitakes, bone marrow crumb and garlic-herb butter for the restaurant’s tasting menus. Combine those plates with pampered service and it’s clear why Lautrec is one of just a handful of Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurants in the world.
SEWICKLEY: 545 Beaver St.
[New American] There perhaps is no restaurant in Pittsburgh which is as darling an upscale hidden gem as Cocothé in Sewickley, where Executive Chef Dave DeVoss crafts forward-thinking dishes inspired by Continental dining tradition. His seasonal menus include appetizers such as beef tartare with port wine poached pear, radicchio salad and cranberry and hazelnut crackers as well as entrees such as roasted salmon with apple and lemon smashed potatoes, beurre blanc sauce and shaved apple and fennel salad. You’re lucky if you live nearby, and it’s worth the drive if you don’t.
The Twisted Frenchman
EAST LIBERTY: 2595 Baum Blvd.
[Modern French] In 2017, Executive Chef/Partner Andrew Garbarino moved The Twisted Frenchman restaurant down the block into a multimillion-dollar remodel of an old auction house. On the second floor of the building is the new iteration of his modern French restaurant, which sits above the more casual Bar Frenchman. He and his kitchen team prepare 3-, 8- and 14-course tasting menus, as well as a 21-course chef’s table experience. Garbarino focuses on high-quality ingredients and uses both classic French and modernist techniques in his preparations. Service is top-notch, as is the wine list.
LAWRENCEVILLE: 3473 Butler St.
[Italian] Senti is the perfect destination for diners who desire a bit of pampering while indulging in a classy evening of refined northern Italian cuisine. Owner Franco Braccia applies his decades of experience in the restaurant industry at Senti by running an attentive front-of-house, reading tables and quickly reacting to ensure the best experience for guests. Senti offers delectable classic Italian dishes such as Brodetto di Pesce con Pasta (spaghetti with an array of seafood in white wine tomato sauce), squash ravioli with beef broth, radicchio, gremolata and raisin coulis and grilled branzino with lemon, arugula and cauliflower. Lunch service is more casual but just as polished as dinner. The wine list is splendid.