As I’m slowly trying to make my way through my Pittsburgh restaurant bucket list (a difficult task since there are new ones opening up all the time that I naturally also want to try), I finally crossed off one from my list that’s been on there forever, Cure.
Since my parents only visit Pittsburgh a couple of times a year, I try to think of unique places to go that I know they’ll enjoy too even if the music is a bit (read: a lot) loud and it is an extremely hip place (a word that’s never really defined my family). Cure is all those things. But as always, I go for the food.
Cure is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular restaurants due to its famous chef, Justin Severino. Located in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood (hipster mecca), it’s housed in a small space so I definitely recommend making a reservation in advance, although it did seem like you could also order food from the very small bar area.
The evening’s drinking started off with my dad and D both ordering beers while I went with a tiny cocktail that packed quite a punch. The Mezcal ($10) consisted of fino cherry, strawberry, and geranium (I was really curious about that last ingredient). It also photographed quite beautifully.
Meats are obviously the name of the game at Cure and so the table started off by ordering the small Salumi plate ($12) which came with pickles, mustards, and crostini. The salumi (Italian cold cuts) consisted of ciccoli, nduja, duck speck, and sopressatta. If you don’t know what any of those things are, well, all I can tell you is that they were delicious. For four people, the portion wasn’t enormous by any means but since you’re having your main courses and dessert, it definitely will work.
For my entree, I went the pasta route (they offer both half and whole portions, the half being more akin to an appetizer size while the whole is what you would want to order for your main course). I selected the Spaghetti Carbonara ($20 for the whole portion) and even though there is nothing special or unique about carbonara, this version of salty pork bits, peas, eggs, roasted garlic, soffrito, and Pecorino Romano was scrumptious.
My mom selected the La Bella Farm Duck ($29) for her main dish. This consisted of a breast and confit pancake, blueberry, turnip, vadouvan (an Indian curry blend), Swiss chard, and smoked baby beets. As a lover of all things duck, she was most pleased with her choosing.
D opted for the Meyer Ranch Hangar ($34). The steak was accompanied by burnt eggplant, blistered shishito, smoked walnuts, crispy potato confit, carmelized onion, and sauce muhammara which is a hot pepper dip. It’s steak, it was devoured, that about sums it up.
As the menu does change, it doesn’t appear that what my dad ordered is still on it but he loved his dish as well and I love the look of green pasta noodles.
For dessert, my mom and I split a most interesting sounding one-Chamomille Pots de Creme ($10) which came with a shortbread cookie, and honey-lemon-strawberry preserve. It was light and the perfect finish to a rich dinner.
D and my dad both ordered the Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake ($10) although no, they didn’t share. This rich and decadent dessert featured pistachio butter, sea salt, blackberry vin cotto, and xxvo. Needless to say, both plates were cleaned.
Cure is not the place to go to if you’re looking for a quiet and intimate meal, but if you’re anxious to try a restaurant from one of the city’s most famous chefs and like trying some dishes with an extra bit of uniqueness (especially if you’ve never heard of some of the ingredients), then Cure is just the place for you.
5336 Butler St | Pittsburgh, PA | 15201