Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: Matteo’s in Lawrenceville

I finally decided that I wanted to participate in Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (PRW). So with my fellow food blogger friend Terri Dowd, we headed to Matteo’s in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. The restaurant features mainly Italian cuisine as well as serves seafood and steak.

We were intrigued by the PRW menu, we studied it and were excited by what was offered. Terri and I are both of Italian heritage and going out for Italian food is not something we do. We were hungry for PRW meal, we were ready to eat at Matteo’s.
With the help of social media we tweeted at Matteo’s that we coming in for diner. To our surprise, the restaurant replied to our tweets.


(from L.), Nicky D., Chef Matt Cavanaugh, Terri Dowd

When we arrived and placed our drink order, we told our very friendly waitress about our tweeting experience and that we were here for Restaurant week. To our surprise, the chef Matt Cavanaugh came out to meet us and say hi. For a couple of foodies, this was beyond cool. We asked him for his personal recommendations and based our menus selections on that.

We ordered from the PRW menu, so Terri and I ordered different dishes so we could share and sample a variety of foods.

All of the food was delicious. We sampled so many dishes, so I am just going to list my favorites of the evening.


Beans & Greens

The Beans and Greens– it was a blend of greens with some banana peppers, onions, beans and Italian sausage. This appetizer has some delicious heat to it and has the most beautiful broth. The grated Italian cheese that garnishes the tops adds the perfect salty flavor to this dish.

Chipotle Lime Mussels- Mussels cooked with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice and garlic. Honestly what is not to love about this dish? The mussels were cooked perfectly in a slightly spiced sauce. There was nice blend of spice yet it was not over powering, it was a sublime dish. I ate far too many of these little gems, but honestly they were so good.


Porcini Capelletti

Porcini Capelletti- this amazing pasta dish was mind blowing. The pasta was in a delicate butter sauce and on a bed on baby spinach and topped with sun-dried tomatoes. There were plenty of mushrooms throughout this dish, yet the flavor didn’t overpower the pasta. Great and favorable dish.

Chicken Saltimbocca –Pieces of tender chicken in a brown Marsala sauce. Oh my goodness, this was so delicious. The sauce was light tasting and complimented the chicken. It was cooked perfectly. I wanted to take the bread at the table to mop up the sauce on my plate, but I was dining in public and I thought better of it.



Tiramisu– This dessert was a perfect ending to this feast. Yes we managed to eat to share a piece of this delicious dessert, it came recommended by the chef. When he told us that his wife makes all of these desserts, how could we say no? It was great tasting and was not overly sweet. There was no better way to end this meal.

I was glad I finally made it to Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and looking forward to the next one.  I was oh so happy that I went to Matteo’s, I will definitely be back!!!!

3615 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
Check out Matteo’s at http://www.matteospgh.com

Here is the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week link http://pittsburghrestaurantweek.com

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