Review: Molinaro Ristorante, Pittsburgh

Molinaro Ristorante in Pittsburgh focuses on southern Italian fare, with an emphasis on freshness. The seafood options are extensive.

The fresh emphasis shows in the pizza, too. The menu is ala carte.

The restaurant is at 2 PPG Place in Market Square. The restaurant is large, has large and clean restrooms, and plenty of space at the bar.

Service was excellent, Manhattan-quality without being obtrusive. The restaurant itself has a New York look to it, though with more space than many Big Apple restaurants. It’s comfortable, not crowded.

Our party of three skipped appetizers and salads. Two of us ordered seafood entrees: lobster, shellfish and pasta, and the other chose lobster ravioli. Both rated the meals as excellent. The margherita pizza was also very good; perhaps a little high at $18, but larger than expected. A full meal for one person.

The wine list is excellent, but starts at around $45 per bottle and rises quickly. Having a few more bottles in the entry-level range or lower would help.

The desserts were a pleasant surprise: large, fresh and excellent. Espresso was also good, powerful stuff.

Dinner for three with wine and two desserts came to $180 before tip. Dinner for two with drinks could be had for $100 or less, depending on options. Spaghetti pomodoro, one of the cheaper selections, is $24.

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