Since the restaurant we had dined at for the past two years on New Year’s Eve closed last fall, I knew I would have to find a worthy replacement. I ended up settling on Senti, a relatively new Italian restaurant located in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. One look at its menu and you know it’s no Olive Garden, which is a good thing in my eyes. You’ll see dishes other than the standard Italian-American offerings like anything parmesan and lasagna.
The interior of Senti is quite classy, somewhat of a (welcome) change from the venues of other eateries along Butler Street. The space itself is very large but as it’s a wine bar in addition to a restaurant, there’s plenty of room to be able to go have a glass or two if you want.
For New Year’s Eve, all diners were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco, a type of Italian white wine. To start our eating, we decided to split the Prosciutto di Parma with Cheese and Crudité ($17). Just like at Il Pizzaiolo, the dish itself was massive and we had more than enough to take some home with us. But it’s definitely the perfect starter since you’re nibbling on items like cheese, cold meats, and vegetables without feeling ridiculously full before your main dish arrives.
I decided to order a perennial favorite of mine for my main course, the Gnocchi ($20) which is served with the sauce of the day. On New Year’s Eve it was a lamb Ragu and it was decadent. The portion was also the perfect size; enough to fill me while there and still some to take home for another meal.
Senti offered a special New Year’ s Eve-themed menu (more deluxe culinary offerings) and D decided to partake from it for his entree, which was a lobster- stuffed house made ravioli. For his liking the portion was a tad small, but tasted excellent.
For dessert, we went with a traditional Italian dessert I had always wanted to try-torta di zabaglione, a type of custard cake. It was extremely sweet without being overly rich. I was just happy to see something on an Italian restaurant menu other than tiramisu.
Dining at Senti was not a cheap affair but when you’re craving a more fine dining experience, it’s the type of place where you would want to go. I greatly enjoyed the ambiance and the service was lovely. I hope more authentic Italian establishments pop up here in Pittsburgh in the coming time.
3473 Butler St| Pittsburgh, PA| 15201