Italian Dinner for Two in Pittsburgh

By: Amanda Narcisi

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Dinner in Downtown Pittsburgh is getting better and better with every bite. My recent trip to Molinaro was romantic, delicious, and perfect for a date night.

Food and Drink

The dinner started with cocktails and wine. I had a red, The Casalbordino Montepulciano, berry, and jammy. I also got to sip the Negroni, this classic cocktail is gin, Campari and la voldotaine vermouth, and Molinaro’s version is perfect. For dessert, we also had an Amaro Luxado and a Grand Marnier straight.

Dinner started with the Calamari which came with a tangy, spicy sauce on the side and a lemon for taste. The Calamari is perfect for two; the dish was perfectly fried and seasoned. 

Next, for the main course, I enjoyed the Chicken Romano, chicken in Romano-egg-battered, lemon, white wine, and butter with seasoned vegetables. The Chicken Romano was fabulous. It was perfectly seasoned, and the vegetables were fresh and huge. 

The other dish I sampled was the Veal Saltimbocca, Veal with prosciutto, sage, wine, sautéed spinach, roasted potatoes. Most restaurants can overdo the sage for this dish. Molinaro was great. The Veal was tender, and it was tasty.

For dessert, we split the Tiramisu; the sponge cake is doused in a delicious espresso; it perfectly blended with zabaglione and imported mascarpone.

The Date

The ambiance of Molinaro is fun and relaxed. There is outdoor seating, bar seating, and large tables throughout the venue. I was able to reserve a table through OpenTable and sat outside. Everything is moderately priced, and dinner for two can be under $150.00 with drinks.

For more information, full menu and to reserve a table visit https://www.molinaroristorante.com.

*Special shout out to the entire staff and management. It showed a lot when they came by our table to see how our dinner was going. Our server, Andy, understood that due to transportation issues we were in a hurry for our dinner and he was more than accommodating. We finished dinner in enough time to get to our theater show! They also held our table when the trolley made us late for the reservation. Sometimes it isn’t just the food that makes a great restaurant; it is the people.*