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Pittsburgh Mag's Top 25 Restos: Opinions?

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Pittsburgh Mag's Top 25 Restos: Opinions?

Panini Guy | Jun 13, 2008 11:19 AM

I think the magazine's editors did a pretty nice job this year. Thankfully the magazine relegates the readers poll to a simple list because some of those choices are likely the result of some serious write-in campaigning.

The serious (editor's) list of the Top 25 goes as follows, in no particular order:
Alchemy at Bigelow (with notation that it's no longer served and Sousa left - must have been right at the editorial deadline)
Bistro 19
Bona Terra
Cafe Allegro
Casbah
Dish Osteria
Eleven
Iovino's Cafe
Joseph Tambellini
Kaya
Lautrec (doesn't Nemacolin seem a bit far away for inclusion?)
Le Pommier
Legume
Mio Kitchen & Wine Bar
Nine on Nine
Il Pizzaiolo
Point Brugge Cafe
Red Room
Seviche
Soba Lounge
Sonoma Grille
Tessaro's
Typhoon
Umi
Vivo

Also, separate choices for special categories:

BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Mio
CHEF OF THE YEAR: Douglass Dick, Bona Terra
RISING STAR CHEF: Trevett Hooper, Legume
DELICIOUS DESIGN; Seviche
LEGENDS (not on the top 25, but trusty old friends that deserve mention):
The Carlton
Kiku
LeMont
Monterrey Fish Grotto
Primanti Bros.
Wooden Angel
Hyeholde
D'Imperios
Common Plea
Grand Concourse

Any arguments for/against these (noting that Alchemy is no more)?

For me, I'd argue Tessaro's belongs with the Legends. I enjoy dining there, but it seems like the odd one out compared to the other two dozen. Alla Famiglia is notably absent and should take that place.

Thoughts?

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