Calling all carnivores! For an incredible meat-centric meal, you need not look further than Cure in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Full of plank wood, taxidermy, and rich tones, the decor was unexpectedly cozy and made me think of a chic hunting cabin.
First up: cocktails! E and I both ordered the “mezcal” at the recommendation of our server. I couldn’t tell you what’s in it, but it was strong (in flavor and liquor content) and paired nicely with the meats.
With three of us at the table, we opted to splurge on the large salumi plate. With over a dozen different meats – including duck speck, porcini salami, Spanish chorizo, and rabbit terrine (my fave!) – plus crostini and pickled veggies, the platter is the best way to try as many of the restaurant’s cured meats as possible.
Somehow, after the salumi platter was empty, we managed to take on dinner. E had ordered the chicken served with chorizo, cornbread stuffing, swiss chard, and pig’s blood mole. I was very curious and stole a bite. It was amazing!
I, in a move that shocked no one, ordered the pappardelle (again), this time with mushrooms. It was the perfect complement to our meaty appetizer. A ordered pasta bolognese which he dug into before I could photograph it. After dinner, we had no room left for dessert (!!) but left the restaurant full and happy.