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Three picks for Restaurant Week

Written by Melissa McCart on

vivoThis is my first restaurant week in Pittsburgh and I'm actually looking forward to it. 

Dining deals begin Monday, January 14 and run through January 20, with over 50 restaurants participating

I steadfastly avoided the same song and dance twice a year in my hometown Washington, DC.  Like dining out weekends, I generally skipped Restaurant Week to steer clear of the madding crowds. 

Pittsburgh, so far is different. A smaller city and its celebratory tone regarding the city's burgeoning restaurant scene is inspiring. I'm interested to see how the week unfurls.

I'll be dining out each night per usual and talking to chefs, proprietors and servers as to how restaurant week shakes out. Come back to the blog for updates.

Here are a few restaurants on my radar, though I'd welcome suggestions. 

1) According to chef Chris Bonfili, Avenue B in Shadyside offers a three-course menu for $30 that will change daily, which will include 2 to 3 first course choices, 3 to 4 main course options and a dessert. 

2) Keith Fuller at Root 174 offers the following: crispy brussels sprouts, bacon-black pepper glaze; slow-roasted salmon, kale, cippolini onion, harissa and olive salad; and chocolate flourless cake, beet ice cream for dessert.

3) Vivo Kitchen in Sewickley offers these choices for the first course: Orange, fennel and arugula salad, butter lettuce with walnuts, chevre & red wine vinaigrette or chef's soup. Course two is a choice of crispy chicken and garlic, a flat iron steak with caramelized onions and gorgonzola, or risotto with edamame and vegetables. Gelato is served for dessert.

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