I first learned about Station last year when it was reviewed by the local paper here in Pittsburgh. The review had me at popcorn panna cotta and lavender pound cake. Somehow it got pushed to the back of my mind until earlier in the winter when I compiled a list of restaurants I wanted to try (see, making lists can be a good thing).
Located in the city’s Bloomfield neighborhood, Station occupies a lovely renovated space. (Bloomfield is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods with most of its buildings being well over 100 years old.) Upon entering it from Liberty Avenue, there’s a bar area but then a short walk takes you to the adjacent dining room which is definitely intimate when full of diners.
The menu is on the smaller side yet varied. To start, we went with the Roasted Carrot dish ($9) that featured harissa (a hot chili pepper paste), fresh cheese, pomegranate curd, chickpea fritter, and watercress. D wasn’t overly enthused about this choice but ended up absolutely loving it. I liked the fact that the main ingredient is a plain culinary staple and yet was so enhanced by all of the accompanying ingredients.
For my entrée I selected the Tagliatelle ($20). This consisted of smoked pork shank, soffritto, one hour egg, and Parmesan cheese. I adore pasta dishes that come with meats other than your standard chicken (i.e. pork, lamb, duck), and this definitely fit the bill. I was initially worried about the richness but it wasn’t that way at all.
D opted for the Station Burger ($16) for his main course. Lest you think it was your standard burger, it wasn’t. It came on a brioche roll, and was topped with asiago fondue, onion ring, onion jam (who knew there was such a thing?), and fries on the side. A bit messy to eat, but delicious all the same.
Naturally I saved room for dessert so I could partake of one of my favorite sweets-panna cotta, or in the case of Station’s version, Popcorn Panna Cotta ($8). It literally was panna cotta mixed in with salted caramel and topped with caramel corn. Utterly delectable.
My only minor critique is that when full, it can be very loud so don’t go expecting a quiet, intimate meal. Fortunately, for a portion of our meal it was just us and several other tables. But other than that, both D and I really enjoyed our first time dining at Station and look forward to a return visit if only to try that lavender pound cake.
4744 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224