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Pittsburgh Restaurants

Butcher and the Rye

Butcher and the Rye is located on 6th Street in downtown Pittsburgh in the cultural district.

 

The Food

Butcher and the Rye is a trendy restaurant serving new and creative American fare.  Many of the menu options feature locally grown vegetables.  There is an extensive and inventive drink menu.  In addition to wines, beers, and ciders, there are some creative cocktails,  The Salinger’s Sling with Bulleit bourbon, grand marniers, and coffee bitters is my go to cocktail.  There is a broad list of small plates from which to start.  The Brussels, grilled with dill, and covered in parmigiano reggiano, is my favorite starter.  The Dry Aged Tartare, Cheese Board, and Mac and Cheese are other good options for appetizers.  The large plate menu offers a variety of choices.  My two favorite are the Scallops with crab risotto, asparagus, and capers, and the Roasted Chicken, with mushrooms, creamed Brussel sprouts, and grapes.  Other menu items include duck, lamb, steak, salads, pates.  The chef has concocted a menu that provides a delicious mixture of savory and sweet and no matter the course or item, all of it has been consistently very good.  There are three desert options and all three are worth leaving room for.  The carrot cake and flourless chocolate cake, are both delicious.  However, my recommendation is the Peaches and Cream Doughnuts with cinnamon, oatmeal, and peach ice cream.  It is heavenly!

          

The Service

Butcher and the Rye is a very popular restaurant here in Pittsburgh.  Make reservations beforehand.  During my visits, the service has been consistently quite good.  The staff is friendly.  My last visit to Butcher was with a group of friends from out of town who were experiencing Butcher and the Rye for the first time.  The server provided informed descriptions and honest feedback on any of the questions the patrons had.  At one experience though, there was an evening where there were three greeters.  They were consumed with their own conversation and they were not saying goodbye as guests left the restaurant.  I was not upset by it, but I found it rather odd.

The Ambiance

Butcher and the Rye has a beautiful rustic, nostalgic, American decor.  The lighting was warm, but a little dark, and sometimes makes it difficult to read the menu.  Acoustically, the front of the restaurant is a little loud and can make it a strain to hear people seated at the table.  It is better elsewhere in the restaurant.  The atmosphere can best be described as lively and is an enjoyable environment to visit.

         

Overall

Butcher and the Rye is a terrific Pittsburgh venue, relatively new to the restaurant scene.  I give it an overall rating and recommendation of:

“Go For It!”

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212 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-2752
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Pittsburgh Restaurants

DiAnoia’s Eatery

DiAnoia’s Eatery is on Penn Avenue in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.

The Food

DiAnoia’s menu offers an extensive wine (Italian wines only) and cocktail menu.  From the cocktail menu, I recommend the Godfather with Grouse Scotch, Amaretto, and lemon or the Manhattan.  Both are great.  When it came to wine for dinner, the restaurant manager came over and made recommendations based on what entrees my friends and I chose.  She actually provided us healthy samples of the wines she was recommending before we made our selection.  There is an extensive antipasto menu.  I’ve had the house salad and recommend it.  The oregano vinaigrette is perfection.  I also tried the escarole, beans, and sausage appetizer.  Again, another worthy recommendation.  The entree menu has a variety of pastas, meats, and sides.  A good option is, the gnocchi with meatballs and red sauce, which is the perfect blend of sweet and savory.  The linguine and mussels is another worthy choice as an entree.  The white wine sauce is a mouth watering enhancement to the mussels.  If you are trying to avoid carbs, another entree item to be considered is the Steak Florentine.  Its savory, delectable taste is addicting.  I’ve also had the zucchini, squash, and tomatoes with truffle oil as a side.  For dessert, if you have room, the house-made tiramisu is wonderful.

          

The Service

The service at DiAnoia’s is friendly, efficient, and professional.  I recommend making reservations ahead if going during peak times.  From the moment we were greeted at the door, the service was outstanding.  Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu items and gave us informed recommendations.  Runners brought food and drinks to the correct patron even if they weren’t present when ordered.  (I’m still smarting over  this experience ).  And the manager coming over to offer wine recommendations and tasting could be described as perfect service.  A visit to DiAnoia’s does not feel like being a customer, but rather a guest to be fawned over.  Bravo!

The Ambiance

The venue is gorgeous.  With large windows, the whole restaurant is spacious and bright.  The atmosphere can best be described as electric.  When you enter the restaurant, there is a bar to the left.  It is small and intimate.  Further back in the restaurant, there is a pasticceria from which breads and desserts can be ordered and taken out.  The main dining room is spacious and the corner offers a great view of Penn Avenue.  The artwork on the walls is tasteful.  At times, it was difficult to hear others at my table because acoustically, it is pretty loud.  However, I did not find that as an irritation as I sometimes do.  To me, it added a din of excitement.

Overall

DiAnoia’s Eatery is a new restaurant to Pittsburgh.  All three criteria for reviewing restaurants were exceptionally good.  It is my pleasure to give DiAnoia’s an overall recommendation and rating of:

“Absolutely Must Visit!”

Contact

2549 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 918-1875
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