In the heart of Market Square at 2 PPG Place is Molinaro, an upscale eatery owned by Ron Molinaro and Bob Wolfinger specializing in Southern Italian fare.
Ingredients — from the pasta, pizza and pastry dough to the olive oil and limoncello to the mozzarella cheese — are either imported from Italy or made on-site in the open kitchen. The freshness enhances the flavor, giving patrons a renewed respect for traditional favorites such as spaghetti pomodoro, gnocchi and ravioli Caprese.
In addition to pasta, one of the favorites on Molinaro’s menu is the salt-crusted Branzino, presented and deboned table-side.
And carnivores won’t be disappointed. Offerings include a New York strip steak with roasted heirloom tomatoes, duck breast with baby kale and raisins in a marsala wine/black mission fig sauce and a porcini-rubbed, dry-aged porterhouse with roasted garlic and rosemary.
With over 300 bottles of wine Sommelier Mauro Vitali helps patrons select the perfect wine to pair with their meal.
Because of its location in Market Square, Molinaro also caters to the lunch crowd, says General Manager Jeff Custer. The restaurant offers daily pizza, pasta and mixed grill specials and a $20 “power lunch” that includes two courses: a soup of the day or salad (Caesar or mista) and one entrée selection.
A private room that can accommodate up to 30 people is available and patio seating gives the upscale restaurant a more relaxed atmosphere.
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Molinaro Ristorante (2 PPG Place)