BYOB Guide Pittsburgh
We love BYOB! Some of our favorite restaurants are the ones that let us bring our wine, beer, and even booze. Whether it's a bottle we've been stowing away or a pick we can't live without, we appreciate control of the "drink menu." Check out this quick list of best-loved BYOBs the next time you're making a reservation. Cheers!
Mia Madre Trattoria
649 California Ave. 412.766.6662.
Thai Suan Thip
172 Lincoln Ave. 412.766.1899.
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 412.257.5150
Tues-Sat 11a-10p, Sun 4p-9p
Featuring artisan pizzas, salads, paninis, and the best meatballs in Pittsburgh, with famed restaurateur Carmen Pirain, of the Cestone's Pizza popularity, at the helm. Try the "Pizze Anna," with goat cheese, roasted red pepper, and balsamic fig reduction. There's also a delicious menu of important Italian desserts. Corkage fee: $5. "Like" them on facebook, or visit them cucina-bella.com.
130 S. Highland Ave. 412.661.9736
Tues-Thurs 5p-10p, Fri 5p-11p, Sat 11a-3p & 5p-11p, Sun 11a-3p & 5p-10p
Enjoy Pittsburgh's first Ethiopian restaurant in an authentic atmosphere which captures the warmth and zest of Ethiopian culture while adding diversity to Pittsburgh's cultural landscape. Cobalt-blue walls, the color of the Blue Nile — "Abay" is the Amharic name for the storied river — greet visitors in the foyer, with earth tones prevalent inside. Corkage fee: $2.50/bottle. "Like" them on facebook, or visit them at abayrestaurant.com.
Kanok Thai Restaurant
242 S. Highland Ave. 412.363.8888.
5904 Bryant St. 412.441.1200.
Tues-Sat 5p-10p, Sat 6p-10p
Located in Highland Park, E2 is the first restaurant of Chef Kate Romane. Offering rustic Italian fare, the menu is small but ever changing and features local produce and locally produced goods whenever possible. The first-floor dining room is cozy and casual with only 10 tables and 28 seats. Additional outdoor seating is available during the summer months on a small patio right out front. The downstairs can accommodate up to 85 people and is available to rent for your next event. Corkage fee: $6/bottle. Visit them on facebook, or visit e2pittsburgh.com.
Smiling Banana Leaf
5901 Bryant St. 412.362.3200.
4130 Butler St. 412.683.1623.
108 43rd St. 412.683.4004.
Delicious and innovative modern American cuisine from Chef Dan Robinson, previously of Cafe du Jour, in the "hidden gem" that is one of Lawrenceville's intimate houses. The menu includes soup and salads, pasta, burgers and sandwiches, small plates (like duck cannoli), and entrees (cornish hen), ranging from $6.50 to $30. Reservations recommended, but not required. Cash, Visa, MC accepted. Check out reviews on Urbanspoon and Yelp. facebook.com/kaleidoscopecafe
3716 Butler St. 412.586.7656.
3801 Butler St. 412.622.0111
Tues-Thurs 11a-10p, Fri-Sat 11a-11p
Piccolo Forno is a Tuscan Italian restaurant, specializing in wood-fired pizzas and fresh-cut homemade pastas. Menu items range from $6-$17. The restaurant was opened by Domenic Branduzzi in March 2005. Domenic was trained as a pizza maker at Regina Margherita and worked at his family's bakery, Il Piccolo Forno, for many years. Upon selling the bakery, his mother, Carla, joined him in the kitchen at Piccolo Forno. Corkage fee: $5 per bottle of wine; $3 per person for beer. "Like" them on facebook or visit piccolo-forno.com.
5321 Butler St. 412.781.8724.
1103 S. Braddock Ave. 412.871.5923.
Located in the heart of Regent Square, Cibo (roughly meaning "food" in Italian and pronounced chee-bo) serves contempary Italian cuisuine with a distinct Southern Italian bent. Cibo features upscale yet casual environment, snd our nightly-changing menu guarantees both variety and unparalleled freshness. Cibo is a small, intimate space that is ideal for a date in the Square or an evening out with friends and family. Reservations are highly recommended. "Like" them on facebook, or visit cibopittsburgh.com.
1109 South Braddock Ave. 412.244.3310.
1109 South Braddock Ave. 412.244.3310.
Chica Loca Taco
703 Copeland St. 412.999.0511.
5811 Ellsworth Ave. 412.441.1130.
735 Copeland St. 412.802.7070.
Inn on Negley
703 S. Negley Ave. 412.661.0631.
709 Bellefonte St. 412.687.1022.
Lunch, Mon-Sat,11:30a-2:30p; Dinner, Mon- Sat, 5p-Close.
PIZZUTTI’S Restaurant, nestled in the heart of Shadyside’s popular shopping district, has been serving the finest Northern Italian cuisine for more than seven years. Featuring fresh homemade pasta, savory sauces, and daily seafood specials, allow PIZZUTTI’S to serve you and your guests in a charming European atmosphere. Corkage fee: $5/bottle. Mention TABLE Magazine, and we will waive the corkage on your first bottle! "Like" them on facebook, or visit pizzuttisrestaurant.org.