Pittsburgh restaurants pledge their love for Valentine's Day
February 9, 2016 12:00 AM
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Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie
Each month, Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie features a different pierogi. February's, pictured, is a red velvet cheesecake-stuffed pierogi topped with Oreo cookie crumble and cream cheese drizzle.
By Rebecca Sodergren
Nothing whispers love better than an exquisite meal, and restaurants know that.
With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, restaurants are rolling out romantic-themed menus from Friday through the weekend. One is even offering a “Morning After” brunch Monday. From prix fixe and multiple-course dinners to delicious desserts and specials, chefs are whipping up heartwarming meals. If you are in the anti-Valentine camp, there are special dinners for you as well. But remember, restaurants will be busy and so reservations are strongly recommended anywhere you go this weekend.
Dinner and tasting menus
Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: Three-course dinner with such choices as Maine stuffed lobster and blue cheese and bacon-stuffed petite filet, plus champagne toast. Monthlong dessert special is a red velvet cheesecake pierogi topped with Oreo crumbles and cream cheese drizzle. Valentine prix fixe menu available Friday through Sunday. $59.99 per person. Renaissance Hotel, 107 Sixth St., Downtown. 412-992-2005; braddocksrestaurant.com.
Butcher and the Rye: Valentine specials include beef carpaccio with cauliflower, oysters, lamb belly confit with burnt wheat tagliatelle, and seared duck breast. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday. 212 Sixth St., Downtown. 412-391-2752; butcherandtherye.com.
Casbah: Four-course “Land & Sea Tasting Menu” with Chilean sea bass or roasted veal strip loin and red velvet molten cake and chocolate eclairs for dessert. Friday through Sunday. $65 per person; wine package $35. 229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412-661-5656; casbahpgh.com.
The Commoner: Three-course prix fixe menu Friday and Saturday. $120 per couple. 458 Strawberry Way, Downtown. 412-230-4800; thecommonerpgh.com.
Cure: Five-course tasting menu Friday and Saturday. $85 per person; optional $45 beverage pairing. 5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412-252-2595; curepittsburgh.com.
Della Terra Italian Bistro: Valentine menu features such entrees as pan-seared duck breast, chocolate chili beef short ribs and Lake Erie walleye, plus dessert of sweet potato doughnuts with bourbon caramel. 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. 100 Perry Highway, Harmony. 724-473-0630; dellaterrapgh.com.
Dish Osteria: Opening on a Sunday for the first time in years, offering favorites from the regular menu plus a few chef creations. Sunday. 128 S. 17th St., South Side. 412-390-2012; dishosteria.com.
Eleven: Four-course meal of black sea bass and hanger steak with lobster risotto, or a vegetarian option with multigrain risotto and roasted maitake. Friday through Sunday. Omnivore dinner is $75; vegetarian is $50; optional wine pairing is $30. 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. 412-201-5656; elevenck.com.
Habitat: Dinner specials and wine pairings in addition to the regular dinner menu, plus a special dessert: chocolate shuffle cake with thyme ice cream, raspberry meringue and raspberry mousse dome filled with tellicherry pepper chocolate brulee. Friday through Sunday. The Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412-773-8848; habitatrestaurant.com.
Hartwood Restaurant: Four-course dinner with entree choices including grilled filet mignon, salmon and scallops, smoked pork loin, lobster ravioli or wild mushroom and asparagus risotto. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $50 per person. 3400 Harts Run Road, Indiana Township. 412-767-3500; hartwoodrestaurant.com.
Kaya: Four-course menu with New York strip steak and Korean fried trumpets or vegetarian option. Friday through Sunday. $39 per person; optional wine pairing $19. 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. 412-261-6565; bigburrito.com/kaya.
Lautrec: Four-course dinner includes entree choice of local duck, Chilean sea bass or Wagyu beef; “ultimate tasting” menu gives diners a taste of all the choices on the four-course menu. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $110 per person for four-course menu or $200 with sommelier experience; $220 per person for the “ultimate menu” or $300 with sommelier. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington. 724-329-6380; nemacolin.com/dining/fine-dining/Lautrec.
Lidia’s: Four-course menu with such entree choices as pasta trio, lamb chops, duck breast and filet of sole. 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $55 per person; $35 optional wine pairing. 1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412-552-0150; lidias-pittsburgh.com.
Market Street Grocery: Three-course dinner in the store’s wine room, with lentil and mushroom sauté, lamb shank with white asparagus and polenta, and strawberry shortcake. Saturday and Sunday. $50 per person with glass of champagne; $75 per person with wine pairings. 435 Market St., Downtown. 412-281-3818; marketstreetgrocery.com.
Meat & Potatoes: Valentine specials include grilled strip steak, seared beef tenderloin, lemon-basted scallops, smoked oysters or caviar with buckwheat potato blini. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. 649 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412-325-7007; meatandpotatoespgh.com.
Paris 66: Three-course “Menu St. Valentin” includes entree choices of filet mignon, lamb crepes with porcini mushroom sauce, brochette of scallops and shrimp, or vegetarian stuffed pepper and tomato. Valentine’s or regular menu on Friday and Saturday; Valentine’s menu only on Sunday, with seatings at 4:30. 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. $79 per person. 6018 Centre Ave., East Liberty. 412-404-8166; paris66bistro.com.
Piccolo Forno: Four-course BYOB dinner with meat or vegetarian option. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $50 per person. 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412-622-0111; piccolo-forno.com.
Reclamation Brewing Co.: “Valentine’s Beer Dinner for 2,” a three-course meal with four 5-ounce beer pairings. Seatings between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $50 per couple. 221 S. Main St., Butler. 724-282-0831; reclamationbrewing.com.
Senti Four-course prix fixe menu of beet salad, arancini and oyster, entree duo of beef tenderloin and swordfish, and Italian hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. Friday through Sunday. $65 per person. 3473 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412-586-4347; sentirestaurant.com.
Soba: Four-course tasting menu with New York strip or Chilean sea bass and chocolate passion fruit shuffle for dessert. Friday through Sunday. $60 per person; wine package $25. 5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412-362-5656; sobapa.com.
Tako: Valentine specials include lobster and corn queso fundido and rib- eye for two with seared foie gras. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday. 214 Sixth St., Downtown. 412-471-8256; takopgh.com.
Trapuzzano Italian Chophouse: Three-course “Valentine’s Dinner for Two” with champagne toast; entree choices are surf and turf or crab cakes. Friday through Sunday. $80. 5533 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412-688-8727; atthez.com.
Whitfield: Four-course prix fixe dinner including beef Wellington with bone marrow and a decadent Chocolate and Raspberry Four Play for dessert. Friday through Sunday. $50 per person with $25 optional wine pairing. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. 412-626-3090; whitfieldpgh.com.
Habitat: Chocolate Brunch features an all-chocolate menu of Nutella waffles, cocoa and chili-seared salmon, chocolate and coffee-braised short ribs, grilled seasonal vegetables with chocolate and rosemary dressing, sliced fruit with warm chocolate fondue, chocolate desserts and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. $49 per person. The Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412-773-8848; habitatrestaurant.com.
Big Burrito restaurants: The restaurant group’s Kaya, Casbah and Eleven will serve Sunday brunch on Valentine’s Day. bigburrito.com.
Il Pizzaiolo: Neapolitan specialties such as bombolini, spaghetti carbonara and ravioli. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 8 Market Square, Downtown. 412-575-5858; ilpizzaiolom2.com.
Whitfield: “Morning After” prix fixe brunch menu on Monday. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. 412-626-3090; whitfieldpgh.com.
Other Valentine events
Love Lounge Dessert Buffet: All-you-can-eat plated desserts including rose and strawberry truffle pops, chocolate cherry cupcakes, raspberry macarons, strawberry passion torte, lemon lavender cheesecake and more. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $19 per person; extra $11 for a glass of sparkling wine. Lobby of the Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. Reservations not required.
Ginger Whiskey Weekend: Samples of Afterglow ginger whiskey, pizza from Proper Brick Oven, and Valentine card-making (Sunday only). Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Wigle Whiskey, 2401 Smallman St., Strip District. Reservations suggested. wiglewhiskey.com.
Saturday Sipper: Bubbles for Valentine’s Day: Sparkling wine class. 2 p.m. Saturday at Dreadnought Wines, 3401 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville. $15 per person; $25 per couple. Reservations required: 412-391-1709.
Lake Erie Wine Country Wine & Chocolate weekend: Chocolate-inspired foods paired with wine samples from 23 wineries. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This is a self-driven tour; visitors choose which wineries to visit and in which order. $35 for a three-day ticket; $20 for designated drivers. lakeeriewinecountry.org.
Bring Your Ex to Mad Mex: “No reservation needed, future Exes also welcome,” says the website. $40 dinner for two includes appetizer or small order of wings to share, two small margaritas, two entrees and “a brownie dessert to fight over.” Sunday at all Mad Mex locations. madmex.com.
Heartbreakers & Hell Raisers: Bring your mom or your roomie for this three-course BYOB dinner. Friday and Saturday. $35. Sweet Peaches, 639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown. 412-219-3121; facebook.com/eatsweetpeaches/.
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