Bar Marco at 10: The evolution of an Italian restaurant destination

Dec 28, 2021 305

BY: Dan Gigler

In the early 2010s, a pack of ambitious young-gun chefs and restaurateurs ushered in a new golden age of dining in Pittsburgh that earned a lofty national profile the city had never before seen. East End restaurants Dinette, Spoon and Legume had already set the tone for a renaissance. Meat & Potatoes re-established Downtown as a chic dining destination. Salt of the Earth and Root 174 pushed boundaries with innovative fare.

In January of 2012, Justin Severino opened his much-feted Cure in Lawrenceville. And, in the same month in the Strip District, four friends from Greensburg opened Bar Marco. What started as a booze-centric cocktail and wine bar with small plates and snacks has evolved into one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll celebrate with a special menu that brings back some of their all-time favorite dishes. 

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