Restaurants to debut New Dishes for New Year

Pittsburgh, PA, December 27, 2012:  When Pittsburgh Restaurant Week begins on Monday, January 14, 2013 area diners can expect to see several new items debuting on menus across the region.  As restaurants city-wide prepare for the upcoming celebration, both new and established chefs are taking advantage of the opportunity to debut “New Dishes for the New Year” along with their week-long dining deals lasting through Sunday, January 20, 2013 for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week – Winter 2013.

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According to an online poll conducted at, over 55% of restaurant week diners aim to visit a new restaurant in town, while less than 10% may opt to re-visit a favorite restaurant.  So when planning began for the Winter 2013 celebration, Event Director Brian McCollum thought it was important to respond by creating a theme that would inspire the community to both discover and re-discover the Pittsburgh dining-scene.  The “New Dishes for the New Year” theme encourages both new and established restaurants to debut a new menu item so the community gets a fresh taste of something new and delicious.

While not all 50 participating restaurants will offer a new menu item, McCollum hopes that the public will be drawn toward trying the new dishes.  Chef Dan Robinson from Kaleidoscope Cafe in Lawrenceville will debut a new small plate, a Trio of Duck.  New restaurant week participant 1810 Tavern in Bridgewater has planned a special “$20.13 New Year’s Revolution” dish.  A popular destination for past restaurants week celebrations, Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Garfield will debut a “Mexican macaroni and cheese” dish, MACCARONES Y QUESO, among several other new items.

With the celebration drawing near, now is the time to start making reservations to take advantage of wonderful dining deals at participating restaurants.  Visit for the official listing of participating restaurants and their dining deals.

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