Don’t be the person your date tells horror stories about in the future – discover their tastes, do a little research and become a Valentine’s Day superstar. This article includes prices and locations of the five best Valentine’s Day menus in the Pittsburgh area in accordance to price, selection and overall quality for your big night.
Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh
1400 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Price: $65 per person for three courses
In this age of pre-prepared foods in even the most upscale restaurants, it’s truly a treat to dine at an establishment where everything – from the appetizer to the dessert – is made to order. Surprise your sweetie with a visit to Lidia’s for their sumptuous multi-course Valentine’s Day menu and walk away satisfied. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, kick your dinner off with the Fritto Misto, a savory starter loaded with Italian sausage and crisp apples and move on to Lidia’s signature Osso Bucco or gnocchi. Don’t forget to check out their extensive wine list, and top your experience off with a delicious dessert for two. The holiday selection is a bit limited, however, so check to make sure your date likes veal, pasta or fish, due to the unavailability of the regular menu.
Related: Best New Pittsburgh Restaurants
655 Rodi Road
Penn Hills, PA 15235
Price: $40.50 per person for meat, hot dish and salad bar
An authentic Brazilian churrasco restaurant might be just the ticket to impressing your valentine. Bonus points if you’re able to define “churrasco” (a method of cooking a variety of meats over a grill and slicing or serving them directly from the spit to your table). Take in all that Green Forest has to offer on your night out and make sure to go famished: a selection of over 17 different meats, hot bar, cold seafood (including sushi and raw oysters), salads and breads, not to mention desserts and a bevy of wines will leave you stunned. This establishment is also BYOB-friendly and is not fussy about dress code. Make sure to have reservations in advance; Green Forest is always packed to the gills.
2339 East Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Price: $8.99 per person
Celebrate with your sweetheart in an eclectic fashion this year with the Doublewide Grill’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Reenactment. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and a side salad as the 1920’s come alive around you. A Prohibition alcohol menu is offered while the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre film rolls in the background. Jump and jive with your date to the sounds of the 20’s and enter the best gangster/flapper costume contest. Call the restaurant to make your reservation, or visit their website to learn more.
Paris 66 Bistro
6018 Penn Circle South
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Price: $66 for six-course tasting menu
You’ll think you stepped foot into any given bistro along the L’Avenue des Champs Elysées – Paris 66 is that genuine. Eclectic, yet casual, intimate and adorable, even the staff sometime speak in French – all which simply add to this darling café’s authenticity. Opt for 66’s Valentine’s Tasting Menu and prepare your date for an outstanding dining experience. Warm up your taste buds with a delightful amuse-bouche of grilled veggies and cheeses, and move on to tantalizing soups like lobster bisque, fresh salads, entrees of Coq Au Vin and scrumptious desserts. Call ahead for reservations, because Paris 66 packs the party goers in early.
634 Camp Horne Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Price: Between $40 – $75
Visit Pittsburgh’s premiere, multiple-award winning Willow and enjoy a Valentine’s prix fixe menu created by executive chef Anthony Pupo that will knock your socks off. Split a beef carpaccio with your sweetie, tuck into a juicy kobe flat iron and enjoy a luscious crème brulee with a glass of Willow’s signature dessert wine to end your evening on the perfect note. While you wait for your cooked-to-order fare, enjoy Willow’s lush ambiance and mellow atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to celebrate your love with the masses, or spend a quiet moment alone, Willow most certainly offers something for everyone.
Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.