Pittsburgh Magazine has named Morcilla, a Spanish-cuisine based restaurant in Lawrenceville, as the 2016 Best New Restaurant. An independent Restaurant Review Panel chose Morcilla after a rigorous decision-making process that pitted several up-and-coming restaurants against each other.
Nate Hobart oversees the day-to-day operations of Morcilla’s kitchen and he was also named Pittsburgh Magazine’s Rising Star Chef for 2016.
“Everything we do goes back to the basics. Just being a good cook, being clean and organized. And then you build from there. You build ideas and concepts and dishes,” Hobart said when asked what has made them so successful this year.
Ultimately Morcilla’s small plates, excellent environment, and vibrant cocktails have helped them thrive in the Lawrenceville community. In addition, their mix of meats that are cured in-house by Hobart have helped push them to new heights in just their first year.
Executive Chef Justin Severino and Hilary Prescott Severino founded the restaurant and it is the second restaurant opened in Pittsburgh by the couple. They also operate Cure in Upper Lawrenceville, a “neighborhood restaurant with a small menu focused on local urban Mediterranean food.”
If you would like to give Morcilla (or Cure) a try you will need to make reservations ahead of time. The restaurant’s growth in popularity this year has meant that tables are often booked for days, or even weeks, in advance. So we encourage you to visit their website for reservations.
Morcilla is located at 3519 Butler Street in Lawrenceville and Cure is at 5336 Butler Street.