Perched atop Mount Washington, Altius’ aerial views of Downtown Pittsburgh provide a stunning backdrop for a memorable meal, but now the restaurant has reached a rarefied air in addition to its lofty location: It’s been selected as the recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating.
“We’ve really been kind of wrapping our heads around it,” co-owner B. DeFrancis said. “All the hard work really paid off. It’s thrilling.”
Opened in May 2014 in the longtime home of the former Georgetowne Inn, this is the first year that Altius has been selected for the distinction.
“Chef Jess [Bauer] and I had a grand vision of what we wanted to achieve when we took on the location. It took a lot of work and planning and a team of people to pull the idea together. So many people have fond memories of the Georgetowne, and we wanted to create a new experience for a new generation.”
Ms. DeFrancis and Ms. Bauer also own Bistro 19 in Mt. Lebanon.
Another local honoree, the Strip District restaurant Eleven has maintained its Four Diamond rating, which it has done since 2005.
Lautrec at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has again kept its Five Diamond rating — one of only 64 in the country and two in the state. The other Pennsylvania site is the Fountain Restaurant inside the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia. Lautrec has maintained the rating since first being honored in 2007, and chef Kristin Butterworth recently cooked at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.
Its sister restaurant, Aqueous, also maintained a Four Diamond rating, which it has done since 2004.
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