So, tomorrow is Valentine's Day, huh? THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW, WORLD!
Many of you have been viewing my 2011 list as to no doubt plan for the big day and I have to apologize for not updating it this year until now! I may have been preoccupied recently, but I guess a last-minute post on some of our top-picks for this year's most romantic restaurants falls under the term "better late than never." Here are PID's and my top choices for 2012 and a quick bite as to why:
Cioppino will be a special treat. With an amazing "old school" cigar room, delicious wine menu and a romantic ambiance -- complete with more than occasional live musical performances -- Cioppino is a great place to balance "his" and "hers" date desires.
Casbah is your golden goose. One of my favorite beautiful indoor dining experiences in the 'burgh. They have a special Valentine's Day tasting menu but beware -- the special menus are like Sirens: beautiful but deadly (to your wallet, anyway: delicious but small portions for a very high cost).
Ibiza is one of my favorite tapas experiences in the city with surprisingly substantial portion sizes that are delicious to boot. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide for a great view and the semi-enclosed back patio is extremely romantic.
#5 Braddocks American Brasserie
#4 1796 Room
1796. The place is completely unique and historical with a winning wine list. You'll win mega points for this trip and dinner. Trust me on this one.
#3 Paris 66
#1 Grand Concourse
So there you have it. The world of Pittsburgh romance in 2012. What have I missed? What do you disagree with? Where would you like to see us eat this year to add to the list next year? And most of all...where did YOU celebrate the day of love? I'd love to hear from you!