Pittsburgh's 19th-century railroad tycoons traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Today's deal lets you follow in their gold-plated footsteps: for $25, you get $50 worth of seafood, steaks, drinks, and more at Cioppino. This Groupon is good for the dining room menu only. Valet parking is free, so take full advantage by bringing a few extra cars with you.
Executive chef Greg Alauzen has designed every dish on Cioppino's sumptuous dinner menu. Whet your appetite with his selection of oysters on the half-shell ($12) before moving onto his signature dish, Cioppino—a heaping platter of branzino, mahi-mahi, little-neck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, Dungeness crab, scallops, whole prawn, onion, and fennel, all served with grilled crostini ($29). The only thing missing is the lobster, which you can get in risotto form ($12). Those with more landlubbing tastes will prefer an Elysian Fields Farm lamb with potato croquette and basil-mint oil ($38), New York strip steak ($34), or the veggie-friendly potato gnocchi ($16). Since seafood tends to make for poor desserts, top your feast with vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($6) and gelato ($5), or warm beignets tossed in cinnamon and sugar with a caramel, chocolate, or raspberry dipping sauce ($6).
As you loosen your belt or orthopedic girdle, lean back in the supple leather seating and soak in the way Cioppino accents its rich, warm tobacco colors with bold scarlets and frosted-glass lanterns. And if you order something from the extensive wine list, you can savor an atmosphere that's as wineful as it is smoke-free; all the smokers have been corralled in the restaurant's special cigar bar. Outdoor dining is also available when the weather gets nice, and the protective umbrellas easily thwart gliding-squirrel attacks.
Groupons will be released on Sunday, July 25, and can be redeemed starting on Monday, July 26. Reservations are required on weekends and there is a 24-hour cancellation policy (reservations cancelled within 24 hours render Groupon invalid).
- …Cioppino seems designed to strike a balance between power-dining in the style of upscale steakhouses and the casual, repeat meals one enjoys at a neighborhood restaurant. – China Millman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- This was my first time at Cioppino and hopefully will be followed up repeatedly. The service staff was excellent, with follow up not only by our server, but also other staff. The food was outstanding! – OpenTable user who dined on 6/23/2010
- Really outstanding! Best seafood we've had in Pittsburgh. – Foodie, Urbanspoon