Pair of Pittsburgh Restaurants Earn Nationwide Recognition

Two of our favorite eateries are among Bon Appétit Magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America.



Two Pittsburgh restaurants, Morcilla in Lower Lawrenceville and Whitfield in East Liberty, are on Bon Appétit Magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants of 2016.

“The best Spanish food you can find outside San Sebastián is in…wait for it…Pittsburgh,” editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer write about Morcilla, which also is Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 Best New Restaurant.

“This is more than just about what I do,” says Justin Severino, executive chef and co-owner of Morcilla.

“My main ninja (chef de cuisine) Nate Hobart is doing awesome things and (co-owner) Hilary Prescott Severino is much more of a force here than most people recognize. The whole team here is dialed-in,” he adds.

Knowlton and Kramer commend Ace Pittsburgh Culinary Partner Brent Young’s relationship with Jubilee Hilltop Ranch in Bedford. “You can trust a butcher to know where to source the best meat for T-bones, rib eyes, and an epic cheeseburger (with fried onions on a brioche bun),” they write. (Young, a Pittsburgh native, is co-owner of The Meat Hook butcher shop in Brooklyn). The magazine also praises the restaurant’s wedge salad and the breezy design of the dining room.

“It’s amazing, and it’s a huge compliment to our team. I’m stoked that there are two restaurants in Pittsburgh that made it on the list. It backs up some of the hype that we’ve gotten recently,” says Young.

The magazine will announce its top 10 on August 16.


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