Pittsburgh Top Dining
Nine on Nine
This place is downtown.
Featuring California wines.
In Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
About 20 minutes to a half hour out of downtown Pittsburgh. This is BYOB with a $5 corkage, so obviously they specialize in their food. If you head out of the city on rt. 19 south, you can stop at the Village Square state liquor store for a good selection of wine.
All wine in Pa. is sold through the State Stores. Or you can bring your own, just to be sure.
Hands down Vivo in Bellevue if you want a dining experience-plan on 2 1/2 hrs if not 3. Bout 10 tables open wed-sat make a reservation.Not I Italian but served 5 course Italian style. Husband and wife team Sam as chef Lori desserts. Once again byob and bring an extra bottle.
"Serous wine list" would have to include the Carlton. Food is very good as well. Not the most inventive cuisine, but solid renditions of classics with some twists and what I'd say is the most professional service in the city. They use a wine pricing policy that adds a fixed amount to each bottle, not the 3x cost that's found in many places. Owner Kevin Joyce believes that wine should be enjoyed at every meal and really tries to make an very comprehensive list of interesting wines affordable.
This past weekend I had two great dinners with friends:
1. Soba - Shadyside - I had the Ahi tuna in a peanut sauce, really good, nice cut of tuna.
2. Dish - Southside - I had the Rigatoni with Ox Tail Ragu and it was fabulous. My girlfriend had Scallops with leeks and truffle oil and it was really great as well. The grilled mushroom bruschetta is always our favorite.
Bona Terra. One of the best in Pittsburgh, hands down. It's byo, I think a $3 corkage fee. Plus they're committed to supporting local farmerrs. It's like dining at Chez Panisse--everyone is looking around at one another knowingly.
908 Main St
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
I also really love Kaya in the strip district. Tasty, inventive, and excellent cocktails.
2000 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you to everyone for their help. I am ashamed to to say my parents made reservations on my behalf and we went to Lidia's. The Brunello was amazing. My dad ordered so I can't share what it was. The food was sludge, the service was shocking. As someone in the industry, I shudder to think they are my peers. The only salvation was my parents have vowed never to return so next time I can take advantage of your recommendations.
re: Cam D
I have to agree with you, hassenpfeffer. I've been to Lidia's many times, and always find friendly service and good food. The service is a little more friendly than people from larger cities might be used to, which could seem unprofessional, but they're catering to people who want chummy.
Hearing the food referred to as 'sludge' I almost find incomprehensible. Are we eating at the same restaurant as Cam D?