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. Follow in their gold-plated footsteps with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood, steaks, and small plates at Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar.
Executive chef Greg Alauzen has designed every dish on Cioppino's sumptuous dinner menu, which is packed with a bevy of seasonally rotating, Tuscan-inspired delights. Whet your appetite with his selection of oysters on the half-shell ($11) before breaking in bibs with his signature dish, the Cioppino—a heaping platter of halibut, Mediterranean sea bass, clams, mussels, dungeness crab, scallops, jumbo shrimp, onion, and fennel ($29). Landlubbers can cut into tender, grilled lamb T-bone chops before delicately nibbling on its plate mate, cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and house-made lamb sausage ($39). Veggie-friendly entrees include fluffy house-made gnocchi ($17), paired with artichoke, grilled radicchio, arugula and parmigiano-reggiano. End feasts or accidental sugar strikes with sweet desserts, such as vanilla-bean crème brûlée, creamy gelato, or warm beignets tossed in cinnamon and sugar with an espresso crème anglaise ($6).
During dinner, settle into supple leather seating while soaking in Cioppino's low-lit atmosphere peppered with rich, warm tobacco colors, bold scarlets, and frosted-glass lanterns. On-site valet parking is free, ideal for patrons who drive cars.
2350 Railroad St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222