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Best New Restaurants, 2012: Round 4

Written by Melissa McCart on

terrine-duck-speck-baseola-salami-chorizo-and-lardo originalLast week we began counting down the year's ten best new restaurants, many of which are intimate spaces with focused menus. A handful elevate breakfast or lunch while others offer superb craft cocktails.

Click here for the firstsecond and third rounds. Read on for more.

Cure in Lawrenceville. January 2012
This meat mecca has quickly defined itself as one of the finest in Pittsburgh. Listed in Bon Appetit magazine as one of the nation's best new restaurants, Cure displays mindful sourcing of ingredients and skillful technique in the kitchen.

It was opened by Chef Justin Severino after he left the former Elements, Downtown, where he was executive chef. He had carved his career in California at Michelin-starred Manresa and at his own butcher shop, Severino's Community Butcher in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Though Cure is currently BYO, expect wine, beer and cocktails in the new year. The restaurant has secured a liquor license and will be expanding the bar area. (5334 Butler St.)

Bar Marco in the Strip District. January 2012
Craft cocktails, snacks and flavorful entrees are draws to this bar and restaurant that opened in the space formerly occupied by the Firehouse Lounge and Embury on Penn Avenue. Yet a primary reason to return is the warmth of the hosts, childhood friends Justin Steel, Bobby Fry, Kevin Cox and sommelier Michael Kreha, who opened the place. They go out of their way to make guests feel at home.

In addition to staging impromptu events, Bar Marco staffs the kitchen with chefs from other restaurants on Mondays. Expect more from Bar Marco, as the partners build out the downstairs with a wine room and a reservation-only cocktail bar. (2216 Penn Ave.)

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