Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your weekly tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by top chefs. This week, we visit Steel City, where we’ll meet a champion of Pittsburgh’s culinary scene.
They call it the City of Champions; no wonder Chef Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla makes Pittsburgh his home. Chef Severino is a three-time James Beard Foundation award nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, and a 2015 and 2014 winner of Food & Wine‘s The People’s Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Cure, a modern Mediterranean restaurant, opened in 2011 and hit Bon Appetit‘s Top 50 Best New Restaurants list the following year.
In 2015, Pittsburgh Magazine named Severino their Chef of the Year. That same year, he opened Morcilla, focusing on family-style Spanish cuisine and pintxos (small plates and skewered foods). Both restaurants are renowned for their excellent charcuterie plates — a small wonder, given that Chef Severino is highly skilled butcher.
Whether you dine at Morcilla or Cure, Chef Severino’s intention is to provide a meal that focuses on quality ingredients, locally sourced with pride. He’s intent on showcasing the farms and bounty of western Pennsylvania and he refuses to rest on his laurels.
Knowing that we’re in the hands of a true pro, let’s get to know Chef Justin’s favorite food throughout Pittsburgh: