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My boyfriend and I went to Cure. We were really excited about another BYOB. Sadly, on a warm day, the restaurant is unbearable!! There are limited AC vents which cannot accommodate the crowd. The couples beside us were both complaining about the heat when we sat down. As the heat continued to rise, we decided to leave after the appetizer - 10 bites of cheese for $14! We explained our discomfort to the waiter who told us there was nothing to be done - it is HOT on a hot day. We left with 2/3 of our wine and paid the hefty corkage fee. Since they don't make the cheese, they can't really take credit for it. So I can't rate the taste of the food, just the discomfort and overpricing.
Cure is changing the expectations of food in Pittsburgh. I went there about a year ago. I ordered a cheese plate and not only was the cheese amazing but the way it was plated was great. I ordered the chicken which was also great. The whole restaurant from the menus to the food was exceptional. I can't wait to go back! You have to call well in advance because it fills up quickly. It is also BYOB!
4.5 Stars (round up to 5!) I have been wanting to try Cure for awhile now. Finally, last night (Wednesday) my boyfriend and I had a night to go. The restaurant is on the smaller side (which I prefer), has dimmer lighting and a cabin-type feel. We had a reservation and were quickly seated at a small table closest to the window. My only complaint about this table is the fact that the air conditioning kept turning on and blew cold air directly at us, which made us quite chilly at times (I was glad I brought a jacket). Overall, though, I really enjoyed the ambiance. Although the drink menu had some fabulous cocktails, we opted to BYOB a bottle of wine (reasonable $15 corkage fee). Next time I'll have to try one of the drinks. For an appetizer, we ordered the Salumi, which was delicious. I really enjoyed the duck and the porcini salami. We also ordered the Montadito, which was also wonderful. I ordered the squid ink & leak ask gnudi (whole portion...I debated getting the half portion), and my boyfriend ordered the duck. I loved the gnudi. The sauce was so flavorful and the gnudi was prepared perfectly. I could have probably gotten away with the half portion, as my boyfriend finished the remainder of my dish (maybe next time order an extra "snack" off the menu and opt for the half portion). I tasted some of my boyfriend's entree, which was nice. It came with many sauces (some he liked and some he wasn't as fond of). For an after dinner treat we shared an Amaro flight. I honestly don't recall what they were (we let the bar tender pick 3 out for us). They had a wide range of tastes. One of them was delicious, one was okay, and the last one, well, I wasn't crazy about it. The service was good. I could have used a little more explanation for the menu. However, each dish was perfectly timed (salumi first, then the mantadito, entrees and then desert). Our waiter was friendly and nice. It was definitely a more expensive meal out, but well worth it. We've spent almost as much at restaurants/bars ordering bar food and beers. Overall, fantastic food and a fun time. We will be back!
What a great experience. Jason and all of the staff have created a great variety of dishes that satisfy with every bite. The restaurant sources its food to support local farms and deserves a visit.
Appetizer: the salumi plate was wonderful and devoured by our party! Dinner: I had the duck breast and leg which was so Very good, I was tempted to lick the plate. lol Others in our group had Heritage Farm Chicken, Black Cod, Meyer Ranch Hangar (steak) and Parisian Gnocchi. We all shared, everything was wonderful and no one was considered the better in ordering. Dessert - We order a couple Dark Chocolate SoufflÃ© cakes to share and again tipping up and licking the plate was talked about as we fought for the privilege to pass our spoon across the plate one more time for that last bit of pistachio butter. Drinks: I had the warm Toddy which was very nice for such a cold evening. Another at our table ordered the Cobbler which has smoked maple in it. We all thought it tasted like drinking beef jerky - unfortunately the only flavor which stood out was the smoke and after one little taste by each at the table, no one wanted to keep drinking it so the relatively full glass was later collected to be thrown away. (I did not try any of the other drinks ordered by our table so will not write a review of them.) I highly recommend Cure to all you meat lovers who want to try something new. Advance reservations are recommended as they are a small cozy place and reservations fill up fast - because, yes, the food is that good!
Incredible! Me and two friends came to cure for a "live above our means" night. We were all blown away. I started by ordering a fighting Elleck hard cider that was really great (almost wine-like). We then got a salumi plate to share which was fun. Very high quality cured meats with unbelievable amounts of flavor. None were at all overly salty which is often my criticism of cured proteins. I would have loved to try some of their cured seafood (next time). As my main plate I got seared duck breast with beats and radishes, mustard and blueberry sauces. The duck was out of this world. Probably some of the best bites of animal protein I'd ever had in my life. Medium rare (maybe closer to rare, but I'm not a trained chef) with a meaty but melt in your mouth texture. It definitely called for a red wine though; my cider was a bit out of place. The beets and radishes were really smokey in flavor which was very interesting but they were a little soggy in texture. I might have preferred a more crisp roast on them. The dish also had a pancake of sorts made with dick meat scraps. It was ok. A bit flavorless and mushy. I can imagine someone else loving that pancake thing but it just wasn't for me. The sauces were perfect and the presentation beautiful. My friends both ordered the walleye which they both enjoyed. Service was great. Everything came out in a nice amount of time, giving us a chance to savor the evening and the rustic atmosphere while not letting us get impatient. Will definitely be back and will definitely check out any other restaurants chef Justin Severino has anything to do with.
Cure is arguable one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. It is the perfect place for a special night out, romantic date or celebration dinner. Treat yourself to the meat and cheese platter and you won't regret it. Take your time and savor every bite. Seriously, these are not your grandmas sausages, these are artisan smoked and cured meats that will knock your socks off! I had the pork tenderloin for my dinner entree and the dish was excellent, perfectly cooked and tender pork with excellent and interesting sides. We decided to skip dessert and try out some of their amazing and unique cocktails. This turned out to be an excellent idea because their cocktails are almost as famous as their meats! We also ordered a sampler of the Aperitif and Digestif liquors, at the owners recommendation, which was a real treat. I highly recommend trying one of these or a sampler if you want to make the night more special. You'll drop a ton of money but it's worth it if you truly appreciate good food, cocktails and atmosphere. Super casual but trendy feel and please, don't bring your vegetarian friends :)
Pretentiousness ... Noise ... $$$ ... Meat ... If these are what you consider to be the makings of a good time, then by all means give Cure a try ... If not, go elsewhere and have two or three nice dinners for the same price. Ok ... I don't eat meat and I'm the first to throw darts at vegetarians who go to a meat restaurant expecting to be catered to ... But the harrumph ... The chef won't alter any recipes line is infuriating ... But I can ask him to throw something together. The something was a 1/2 cup of some sort of grain, some greens and just to say FU vege-person, a nearly raw egg on top. I don't understand ... There were pasta dishes ... When you're about to throw the meat in ... Don't ! The music was so loud that everyone in the place was shouting ... Just didn't understand the attempt at ambiance. I couldn't hear any of the attempt at conversation ... Ears were ringing. Expend to spend about $100/person. Now I do have to say, the people I was with rated the food as excellent ... Some of the best in Pittsburgh. From my perspective, the emperor has no cloths.
Cure was on my to-do list for over a year before I finally made it. It seemed as though every time it was convenient for me to go, reservations were impossible to get. I was delighted to get one for my birthday this year roughly 24 hours ahead of time - luck was on my side. Spoiler alert: worth the wait. I was being treated to my meal tonight, so we went all out. It gets expensive fast, but it's worth it to try a large array of food. My friend and I shared every dish that we ordered, so I think I got the full experience. We started with the small salumi platter. If I can recall correctly, the duck speck really stood out. The sauces took it to the next level. I don't recall everything that we ordered in between, honestly. I know we went with brussels sprouts which are my favorite vegetable (seriously, I eat probably 2 pounds a week) and even they were something special. We ordered the hanger steak for the main course. The bearnaise stood out. The quality of the meat became more astonishing the more that we consumed. It's worth mentioning that I follow a paleo diet - this place catered to my every need without me having to make substitutions. I hardly had to pick around any of my food besides a small serving of grains in one of the entrees. I rolled with the dairy because I was able to rest assured that it was from the best source. The waitress delivered us the chocolate souffle cake at the end without us ordering it (hey, it was my birthday after all...) and I splurged despite my dietary restrictions. So very worth it. I'm not sure what went into this dessert, but it surpassed all of my chocolate-loving expectations. Lastly, the cocktails! We thought about ordering a drink or two each, but we got so excited about our options and the taste that we left the restaurant quite buzzed. Not complaining - this meal was through and through a series of "Oh my GOD" and "Wow" exclamations between bites. It was the most euphoric and fun dining experience I've ever had.
Let me start by saying that maybe I was looking forward to this meal too much. I and some friends of mine have been planning this meal at Cure since July. The wife part of the couple is a foodie like me, however, the husband could care less. So reservations were made months ago and lost. My friends currently reside in New Mexico, so it wasn't like we could wait until the following week. Fortunately, we were placed on a waiting list and able to get in Friday, November 28. We decided to order "snacks" and ordered the salumi platter and pork rinds. Both snacks were fantastic. You can't go wrong with freshly made pork rinds and everything on the salumi platter was wonderful. The duck speck and the nduja were my favorites, along with the toasted crostini with lardo. Nduja is a spicy spreadable pork sausage. Come on man! Spreadable pork sausage? Yummy! My only complaint with the platter was that we were only given three or four crostini for all of that meat and spreads. However, when we asked for additional crostini, it was provided immediately. Now on to the sad part... I understand the idea behind "chef-centric" restaurants. Chefs have a certain vision as to how they want their food to be savored. I get that. I would be mad too if I saw a meal that I had worked hard on envisioning/developing/cooking only to find that someone poured an entire bottle of ketchup over the whole thing to suit their taste. However, I don't think that it's too much to ask that a certain spice or flavor be eliminated from a dish. I wanted to order the Heritage Farms Chicken Breast and Confit, however, I noticed that lavender was listed as one of the ingredients. I'm sorry, I just don't like floral notes in my food. Rose water flavored desserts, lavender, blah, blah, blah. I politely asked our hostess if I could place an order for the chicken, but without the lavender. She quickly informed me that she would ask, however, because the restaurant was chef-centric she doubted that I would be accommodated. Hunh? She proceeded to take my friend's orders and departed to the kitchen. About 5 minutes later, the hostess came back and informed me that the chefs are unwilling to remove the lavender from the dish and that they would only remove it due to allergies. Hunh? Okay! I decided to order smaller portions of two pasta dishes...the Spaghetti Carbonara and the Parisian Gnocchi. My friend ordered the Bratwurst served with spaetzle, fried eggs, cabbage, dill crÃ¨me fraiche and mustard greens. My other friend ordered the Chicken Breast and Confit because she said that she didn't mind the lavender. So, after chatting, I excuse myself to the restroom. Upon my departure from the restroom, I see what appears to be my meal ready for pick-up in the kitchen. Sure enough, my friends' meals have arrived and they said that the hostess would return with my meal. To be fair, my meal arrived tableside shortly after I sat down. Now here is the tricky part, somehow both of my dishes were lukewarm. The Spaghetti Carbonara had a good flavor, but since it was lukewarm, I couldn't get the egg to emulsify into the sauce. So instead of having a rich carbonara sauce with salty bits of pork and peas, I had lukewarm pasta with egg clots. The Parisian Gnocchi that I ordered was served with smoked beef brisket, San Marzano tomato sauce and ricotta. Again, lukewarm pasta. In my humble opinion, a well-made sauce should not have one flavor which overwhelms everything else. All I got from the sauce was a tomato "paste" flavor and not really a tomato "sauce" flavor. With regards to my friends' meals, we each tasted food from each others plates. I tasted the chicken and as I thought, the lavender was too intense for my taste. However, it had tasty sweet potatoes, sweet and sour kale and a preserved Meyer lemon sauce. Now my other friend ordered the Bratwurst and he said that it didn't taste like much. His wife and I were like, "You are not a food connoisseur like us and you don't know what you're talking about." You know what? He was absolutely right! For a place that specializes in house made meats and charcuterie, the bratwurst that night was almost flavorless. Tender? Yes! Not overly greasy? Check! Flavorful? Not really! What a letdown after a fabulous salumi platter. As for the spaetzle and other accompaniments, they were just meh. Nothing to write home about...not that much seasoning or anything else. His wife and I couldn't believe that he was right. We were seated in a window booth not far from the door and I don't usually pay attention to drafts, however, Friday night was a little chilly. Our service was okay and the hostess was friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a disappointing experience. I hate to say that. I have read so many good things about Chef Justin Severino and I'm glad that he makes the Pittsburgh area his home base. We're honored. I just wish that me and my friends meals were better Friday.
A new restaurant for my boyfriend and I. I drove past Cure for years and always wanted to try it and I'm so glad we did! In our true fashion we sat at the bar which although small in size was a great place to sit. The cocktails were meticulously made and delicious! My boyfriend likes to challenge bartenders to make something unique and off menu which the bartender did with great skill and precision! Our meals from appetizer to dessert were phenomenal! We had the Brussel sprout salad and oysters for apps then the hanger and duck confi for entrees followed by the dark chocolate soufflÃ©! Everything was so good we then ordered the popular solumi plate! We will be going back to Cure again!
Cure was my first experience at a bona fide fine dining restaurant. I wanted to take my ex-bf out for his birthday, and he was only available on Sun. evening. I was planning to go to Legume, but they're closed on Sun. Yelp's sidebar listed Cure as a related option, and upon seeing that the chef had spent time in Santa Cruz, CA (where I lived for several years), my mind was made up, so off to Lawrenceville we went! Being unfamiliar with fine dining, the atmosphere of Cure was approachable for a first-timer. I particularly appreciated the service that we received from our waiter, who was very good at explaining the various dishes and making recommendations. I ordered a salad as an appetizer (not sure which one, this was over a year ago), and the pike as my entree, per the waiter's recommendation. For dessert, my ex and I ordered the dark chocolate souffle to share. All of it was extremely well-presented, and as for the actual flavor of the food--it was to die for. I kid you not--this was, hands down, the best meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant to date. Was it pricey? Yes. Was it worth it? Heck yes! After years of culinary monotony, Cure opened my eyes as to what cuisine could truly be, and instilled me with a thirst for more similar experiences. If I had known then what I know now, I'd have ordered the Salumi platter, since this is their specialty. Fortunately, however, this gives me a reason to return to Cure in the future. One caveat: When we went, Cure was BYOB with a small corkage fee. I understand that they now have a bar, and I believe that it's still BYOB, but the corkage fee is much higher now.
Got salumi to share and it tastes amazing. The food is processed just good and sauce is also very good. Entree has black cod, gnocchi and hanger! The gnocchi is a little bit too much to me!
A wonderful culinary experience, reservations were made in a matter of a few hours, the restaurant was very elegant in its style and size. Everything form the water glasses on the table to the elegance of how the cocktails were made was awesome! One of the best charcuterie platters I have had in Pittsburgh! The food only impressed me more, the creativity of the food, the flavors put together.. All made it come together! I myself had the duck entrÃ©e on the menu, and was very amazed.. The dessert were awesome, after trying two of them... We asked to have the 3rd one. Lol I can't wait to come back to this great restaurant, hungry for more!
Well, Cure continues to receive awards and pop up on "must eat" lists so we felt like we had to give it another shot. The first time at Cure we took one look at the menu and knew some direction from our server would be needed and welcome due to the complexity of ingredients. However our server was less than helpful, offering very little information beyond "that's good". We ordered the Salumi which is a huge assortment of meats. It was fun trying the different meats and we had little idea what we were eating. The atmosphere was quite nice - cozy and quaint. Overall we were disappointed on our first visit, but felt like we needed to take another shot at cure due to all the "buzz". Second visit - we were seated at the bar which was a little cramped but fine. Our bartender was also our server and took quite a while to attend to us even though we were seated directly in front of him. Our drinks were very small and very expensive for the size, but pretty (if that's what you want in a cocktail). We went with wine for our next round of drinks. Our meal was OK - we just weren't getting that jazzed about Cure overall. We had the smoked trout and the gnocchi. We also got an order of beef tartare which was excellent - best part of the meal. For dessert we had frozen creme brulee which in our opinion didn't really "work". We like creme brulee to be "cremey" not hard. Finally we had some coffee with hazelnut liqueur that was just bad. So, overall we just aren't understanding all the hype and buzz surrounding this restaurant.
What can I say?!?!?!? AWESOME!!!!! We loved the atmosphere and vibe of the place. Servers were pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. Large Salami app was delicious. While we didn't remember every variety that was on the plate our server did take the time to point out and explain each one (per the menu: breseola, black strap ham, culatello, coppa secca, finnochiona, negroni, goat mushroom madiera salami, cocoa- espelette salami, ciccioli, duck rillettes, pate campagnola, mortadella, lardo, Mediterranean lamb terrine, ndjua). For my entree I had the Meyer Ranch Hanger Steak which was served with caramelized onion, roasted cauliflower, cheddar custard, lobster bÃ©arnaise, red eye bordelaise, crispy smoked fingerlings. The steak was cooked perfectly. The lobster bÃ©arnaise is a bit of creamy lobster heaven and went well with the steak. The fingerlings were well seasoned and went well with the cheddar custard. My girlfriend had the Duck Confit which was served with bacon, flageolet beans, kale, creme fraiche, dijon, slow egg. I really enjoyed my meal but this might have been better. The kale was just crispy kale...it was good but nothing special. The duck was delicious and when you had a bite with all the components together this dish was to die for. We don't typically order dessert but decided everything was so good so far that we should try something so we shared the Dark Chocolate SoufflÃ© Cake. The cake was served with pistachio butter, vin cotto, xvoo, sea salt. It sounded kind of weird at first but (again) when you got a bite with all the components it was terrific. If I find myself in Pittsburgh again I will defiantly be back...maybe I'll come back just to go here....
We brought our own Wine only $15 corkage fee. We had Salumi and Parisian gnocchi and gluttony! We all enjoyed it and great time. Looking forward to next visit !