Pittsburgh's 19th-century railroad tycoons traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived at 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. Your Groupon is good for the dining menu only. Valet parking is free, so take full advantage of it 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 ($29)—a heaping platter of branzino, mahi mahi, little-neck clams, PEI mussels, Dungeness crab, scallops, whole prawn, onion, and fennel, all served with grilled crostini. The only thing missing is the lobster, which you can get in ravioli ($23) or risotto ($12) form. Those with more landlubbing tastes will prefer an Elysian Fields Farm lamb with sautéed escarole and white beans ($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 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 gliding-squirrel attacks are easily managed with umbrellas.
- …Cioppino seems designed to strike a balance between power-dining in the style of upscale steakhouses and the casual… – China Millman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Despite the concrete floor, bare wood tables and wall of glass windows, the dimly lit main dining room remains surprisingly conversation-friendly, even when it's nearly full with large parties of diners or when a freight train blasts its horn as it lumbers by those expanses of plate glass. – Alice T. Carter, Tribune-Review
- This was my second visit to Cioppino. And for the second time I was blown away. The ambiance of the restaurant was incredible. The food was even better. – OpenTable user who dined on 1/22/2010
- Really outstanding! Best seafood we've had in Pittsburgh. – Foodie, Urbanspoon
- Gorgeous setting, nice atmosphere. – JP, Urbanspoon