Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cenacolo Restaurant

This weekend we finally made it to a restaurant I've been wanting to try for a very long time: Cenacolo. It's in North Huntingdon, which explains why it took so long for us to finally to get there. Without traffic, it's about a one hour drive from home and includes driving on the Parkway East, which is the portion of the parkway I consider always traffic nightmare. To me, it seems like the inbound/outbound Parkway East always has some sort of horrid traffic incident stacking up traffic at the tunnels. Sure, the Parkway West & Fort Pitt Tunnels can stink, but we know several ways around that. The Parkway North seems to be OK. But the Parkway East? Going from Robinson to points past Monroeville? It makes us groan and shudder in fear.

Going was a last minute decision, so we decided to try for a late lunch/early dinner since we didn't have reservations and didn't think we'd be able to get dinner reservations on such short notice. Plus, the plan was to go after we visited a new-to-us bakery that is also far away and also means traveling the Parkway East. And we didn't want to go until after we did the weekend errands/shopping. We decided we'd just go and hope for the best!
I think we arrived around 3:30 pm. We were the only ones there so I was surprised when the hostess asked if we had reservations. We were seated in a room near the kitchen, so it was a little busy & noisy with lots of servers and workers arriving for work and walking back & forth getting ready for the evening diners. We were given a bowl of olives (yum!) and ordered iced teas and white wines to drink.

Was it worth the drive? For homemade Fede pasta and sauces? Yes. Here's what we enjoyed:
A salad of arugula, parmesan, tomato, and balsamic.
Bread and butter.
SP's Seafood Tagliatelle (Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari, Mussels, Spicy Marinara). He said the seafood was cooked perfectly. He ate all the seafood and half the pasta then brought the rest home to snack on the rest of the weekend. It was spicy and, to me, smelly from spice/garlic. He loved it.
I chose Ricotta Gnocchi (Short Rib Ragu, Porcini Mushrooms & Roma Tomatoes). Best gnocchi ever. So pillowy, soft, flavorful, melt in your mouth good. Delicious tender short rib with lots of flavor. I ate half and brought the other half home.
After dinner limoncello and tiny cookie. Yum!

We both thought our food was terrific and we'd go back. Next time, we'd plan ahead and make a reservation at a better dinner time for us. Since we were eating early, we didn't try any appetizers or desserts and we'd like to try some of those. It worked out nicely this time. We were able to get to the bakery and buy some treats, then stop by a car dealer (the search is starting, but realistically, we won't do anything until next year), then find Cenacolo, and they were not crowded so we were able to enjoy tasty Fede pastas.

Cenacolo Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh! I had this place on my To Try spreadsheet years ago, and I never got there. Thanks for the reminder, and glad you enjoyed your trip out East! :)