CLOSED. Just a warning- this place is closed. Number disconnected and parking lot in shambles as of 04/26/2008. Not sure when the previous reviewer was last there- really disappointed to find it closed after such glowing reviews.
Fantastic little Gem!.
My wife and I have eaten at Abrio 4 times now and as well had them partially cater or Thanksgiving meal and I must say each and every time has been a delightful evening. There menu is always unigue offering great entrees in which is changed per the season to assure the best, freshest meats/seafood possible. The atmosphere is realaxing, somewhat romantic and the service has always been top knotch. I highly recommend Abrio and feel my wife and I have found a nice little gem hidden outside the city of Pittsburgh. One of our favorite places to dine on our date nights :}.
P.S. My wife and I are very interested in becoming "food critics" if anyone has any suggestions/ideas on how we can go about this, they would be greatly appreciated. We are happily married, attractive, funny...she is beautiful to be exact and would make for a great TV show :}
Wonderful, quaint restaurant.
I was lucky enough to have a business lunch at Abrio's. They usually only open for dinner. The food was outstanding. Coming from NYC, I didn't know what to expect from a restaurant in this little town. I was so impressed. The service was amazing. The decor was festive. We sat right next to the fireplace. My salad and pasta were delicious. My clients were pleased with the food. The hamburgers were huge. Food is reasonably priced.
I highly recommend this restaurant. In fact, I told them to open a branch in NY. If I visit my clients again, I know where to go.
Disappointment. I was very excited to give this restuarant a try. I waited for a special occasion because the menu looked so captivating. The service was good, and the setting was nice, but the food was incredibly bland, and tough (and the music was slightly annoying). I got the scallops, which were recommended to me by the waitress, and I have to say they were probably the most disappointing scallops I have ever had. I will say that the corn fritters they were served on were very good. My girlfriend got a seafood dish, with lobster, muscles, shrimp, and scallops. The lobster was incredibly tough and after finally getting it out of the shell, it was a workout to chew. She didn't even want to eat it after one bite. I tried a bit of her scallops and muscles, and I felt like I was eating sinew. We stuck around for dessert, and the Just the Crust Pie (their specialty) was unique and tasty. Maybe I just caught them on a bad night, and I love everything the menu offers, but I wouldn't reccomend it. I regret not complaining to the chef, and I am still thinking about giving him a call.
Finally a great restaurant in the south hills!.
Our experience at Abrio restaurant in Peters was amazing. The plate was pure art! And the food was with out a doubt the best food the wife and i have eaten in Pa. We started our night with an appetizer of Grilled cheese. Delicious!! I had a stone roasted prime dry aged strip steak. It was the most flavorfull piece of meat ive ever eaten. Absolutly incredible!! The wife ate wild striped bass cooked in a Tagine. Beautiful presentation! She absolutly loved it and is already talking about going back to eat it again in the next few weeks or so. I too tried it and it was fantastic. And she will get no arguments from me about going back!
The service was very accomadating. Our waitress was very knowlegable of the menu and recommended the moistest Carrot cake ive ever eaten. We will with out a doubt be making Abrio a priority when we dine out! Cozy atmosphere and great service.
PIttsburgh's answer to The French Laundry.
Very few restaurants and chefs have the vision to create the masterpieces that come out of the Abrio kitchen. I've eaten here at least a dozen times and have never had anything short of spectacular. A recent "must have" is the Japanese Kobe beef. I've eaten up and down the east coast and read a lot about restaurants/chefs/menus, and I can tell you that Japanese Kobe is a rare commodity, most restaurants that offer Kobe beef use American Kobe. Most chefs won't bring in Japanese Kobe because of cost, and based on what Abrio charges for it I'm sure they aren't making any money on it. It?s rare to find a restaurant that is willing to take a chance and sacrifice their bottom line in order to offer something unique. If you've never had Kobe beef from Japan you need to get to Abrio and try it, it's amazing!
I've been fortunate enough to have conversations with Anthony, the chef and owner, and it is obvious he is passionate about what he does. Nowhere else can you find the quality of food that they use here. Let's be honest, it can be more expensive than Atria's. I like Atria's and eat there a lot too, but when I go to Abrio I know that I'm being served the best grade of meat and fish they can get. If I'm paying $30 for a filet I want it to be a prime piece of meat, not select or choice. Dollar for dollar I truly believe Abrio is the best restaurant in Pittsburgh.
Bridgett, the co-owner, is the specialist behind the desserts. Don?t pass up the chocolate creme brulee - it?s phenomenal!!! I?ve never tasted better. For that matter, don't pass up any of the desserts - there's something about knowing they are all made in-house that makes them even better.
Abrio is to Pennsylvania what The French Laundry is to California and what Daniel is to New York. It?s our culinary masterpiece.
Finally, real cuisine in the South Hills!.
We've been to Abrio several times, once or twice without a reservation, and have always been treated in a warm and friendly manner. Still, I would recommend a reservation, as the place is not large and every dish is prepared from scratch. Yes, the atmosphere leaves a little to be desired, as the building has its limitations. It's obvious the owners put their resources into the food over the decor, and that's okay with us.
I wouldn't even venture to compare this restaurant to Atria's...apples and oranges. Atria's is a big money chain restaurant, a step up from TGI Friday's but on the ordinary side. Abrio will delight any real "foodie"....a seasonal menu with truly unique and adventurous dishes. Everything we've tried makes us go "wow". Atria's is decent, predictable comfort food, Abrio is art. Atmosphere aside, I would put the food at Abrio up against a renowned restaurant in any major city and venture to say it would make a great showing. Abrio has gotten great reviews in the press as well.
If you want a special evening out and some impressive cuisine, and don't want to drive all the way into the city, Abrio is the place to go.
Great Food! Save room for the BEST Desserts Ever!. Abrio's takes food to a new level. If your looking for some great food, that is different from the same old, same old, its a must. I have gone places that tried to creat different entrees just to be different, and I wasn't impressed. Everything I have ever tried a Abrio's was impressive. The owner/chef infuses flavors together that make an impressive entrees. Everything is plated beautifuly. Last but not least, Bridget also the owner makes the Best deserts. I Love the Creme' Burlee' and my wife Loves "The Just Pie Crust." To Die For!
Fancy Food - Lame Interior - Reservations Only?.
We arrived on a Saturday night and the parking lot was three-quarters empty. We were greeted by a hostess who asked if we had a reservation. When we said no, she seemed miffed, yet the place was less than half full inside, and it never got much fuller. She announced that they usually require a reservation "two days in advance". She then wispered to some smallish-guy hovering near the entrance that we didn't have a reservation, who in turn wispered the same thing to a woman. They looked at us disapprovingly, yet grudgingly seated us anyway. I live less than a mile from this place, and I rarely see the parking lot very crowded, so I'm not sure why they harp on reservations to make guests feel unwelcomed.
We were seated and a waitress immediately came by to take our drink order. She did a good job of explaining the menu and making some recommendations. The food arrived in a reasonable amount of time, and it looked and tasted great. Definitely gourmet quality. The waitress stopped by again to point out some of the highlights of the food, which added to our appreciation of the gourmet offerings.
The interior, however, leaves a lot to be desired. It reminds me of the gameroom my friend had in a brick ranch house in Dormont many, many years ago. Low ceilings, some sort of a stucco thing with orange highlights going-on with the walls. Very Fred Flintstone-ish.
The deserts were good, but not great.
All-in-all, despite the obvious food quality, Atria's in Peters Township is a better value...hands down. Atria's has a much, much nicer interior and overall dining experience. While Atria's menu might not offer such fancy selections as Abrio's, the food quality and food presentation are roughly equal.
Abrio's is WAY more expensive. Our total tab including tip at Abrio's was $130 for two people, who each had two drinks in addition to entrees, salad, and desert. We had a very similar type meal at Atria's two weeks earlier for about $90.
A Secret No More. Fresh, regional cuisine with a delightful menu offering abundant choices. Chef/Owner Anthony Zallo creates magic that pleases the palate and the eye. An unpretentious yet initmate and warm ambiance that offers customers the finest culinary experience in a relaxed environment. A full scale bar compliments the menu and offers terrific wine and exceptional martini lists. Outstanding, attentive and knowledgable service staff attend to every need. A visit to Abrio is a memorable dining experience and sure to make a "favorites" list.