Pittsburgh Top Dining
- Cam D May 16, 2008 04:41 PM
I'm coming into Pittsburgh for the weekend and not leaving until Wednesday. I'm looking for a top place in Pittsburgh to go out with my parents. Serious food and a serious wine list. Where should I be 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.