(photo credit: denunziosrestaurant.com)

(photo credit: denunziosrestaurant.com)

Easter is all about family, friends and renewed life. Celebrate this joyous, richly traditional holiday without all the stress and hassle of cooking. Read on to find out about the five best Easter brunches in Pittsburgh for Easter 2013.

700 Lowry Ave.
Jeannette, PA 15644
(724) 527-5552

If you’re looking for fresh, authentic Italian food for your Easter celebration, look no further than Denunzio’s. The entire family can eat for a reasonable price, yet also enjoy a wide array of choices. Order the made-to-order beef braciole, while your spouse tries the moist lobster ravioli, but make sure to share. The combinations are endless, the quality excellent and the atmosphere warm. If Jeannette proves too far of a drive, you can also opt to visit one of their other locations, in Monroeville and Latrobe, respectively.

2623 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-0660

Chic; contemporary; sophisticated — all adjectives for one of Pittsburgh’s hippest and most exclusive restaurant and nightclubs. Prepare yourself for an Easter brunch that will leave you salivating for more. The selection is decadent, rich and even a little eclectic: the fried green tomato and crab cake benedict, pork three ways, and even, get this, roasted butternut squash filled chocolate ravioli with lobster claw meat (To. Die. For.) are all exquisite brunch choices. Executive Chef Kevin Watson suggests making reservations well in advance, either by calling or emailing.

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Nemacolin: Lautrec Restaurant
1001 Lafayette Drive
Farmington, PA 15437
(724) 329-8555

One of the only restaurants in the world to hold both the prestigious Forbes Five Star Award and the AAA Five-Diamond award, Nemacolin’s Lautrec is worth the trek. Combining classic European fare with contemporary American twists, this relaxed and beautifully appointed establishment offers its patrons a dining experience to be remembered. During Easter, the restaurant will be promoting its spring prixe-fix menus, in which guests are encouraged to create their own four-or-nine course meal. Please be advised that a la carte dining is not available, however. Make sure to allot at least two hours for your visit to fully engage in the experience of incredible soups, fresh salads, intriguing entrees and exquisite pastries.

3412 William Penn Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 823-4800

Unsurpassed in quality, price and atmosphere, D’Imperio’s has been one of Monroeville’s premiere dining establishments for nearly four decades. Although it isn’t actually open for brunch on Easter, D’Imperios’ Easter dinner offering promises a remarkable Easter meal that will be difficult to top. Escarole and beans with garlic toast as an appetizer, a little pan-seared duck with black currant sauce as en entree and a sumptuous berries with creme Chambord for dessert are only some of the selections that await your taste buds during D’Imperio’s Easter brunch. Call ahead for reservations; space fills up rapidly at this top-notch establishment.

Seven Springs
777 Waterwheel Drive
Seven Springs, PA 15622
(800) 452-2223

Before you embark on your dining destination, enjoy the journey. Cruise through some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful mountain ranges on your way to your holiday feast. Once you arrive at your Easter brunch destination at Seven Springs’ Slopeside Restaurant, grab a table at one of the large picture windows to further enjoy the scenery. Enjoy Easter brunch as only this resort knows how to do it, with boundless crab legs, delicious omelettes, whimsical desserts, fresh baked loaves of bread and a lobster bisque that is just too good to be true. Reservations are not required, but are suggested in order to accommodate large parties.

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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.