I was so excited to finally try Butcher and the Rye! To give you the backstory…in April, hubs and I went to an event at Wigle Whiskey called ‘Paris in Pittsburgh’. They were releasing their Pommeau…which you should definitely go buy. And please pick me up a bottle while you’re there. Anyway, as part of the festivities, there was a CLO rep raffling off tickets to see An American in Paris. We both entered, and promptly forgot about it. Hubs got a call last week saying that he had won, so we had a surprise date-night for opening night of the show. (It’s running at The Benedum until June 11 in case you want to see it!)
Naturally, we decided we had to go out to dinner before the show. We didn’t make a reservation since we were planning on eating around 5-5:30ish, and decided to walk and see what we felt like. We ended up at Butcher and the Rye, since we had both been wanting to try it for some time.
What we ate:
Our table was outside, and it was a beautiful evening. We started off by ordering the beet salad and hand pulled burrata. Both were delicious, I would happily order them again. The dressing on the salad was perfectly vinegary, which I love. The burrata was soft and creamy and everything burrata should be. I actually really enjoyed eating the salad with some of the burrata.
Hubs ordered the rabbit and dumplings for his main. I tried a bite of the dumplings with some gravy, and it was tasty. The dumplings were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. He thought it was “very good, rustic, earthy, very Game-of-Thrones-y”.
I ordered the dirty pasta. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the description (ground duck, strozzapretti, sage, brandy, pecorino romano). It reminded me of a bolognese sauce, if it was a white sauce instead of a tomato-based sauce. The strozzapretti pasta was so thick and al dente and everything I want homemade pasta to be. The sauce was rich and buttery, and everything was just this side of too salty (in the best way possible). I’m already wondering when we can go back so I can order this pasta again.
We split the donuts (coffee anglaise, pistachio crumb, cardamom ice cream) for dessert, but I forgot to take a picture until there was half of a donut left. The cardamom ice cream wasn’t my favorite, but I think that’s more because I’m not crazy about cardamom. There were three little donut holes covered in cinnamon sugar, which were lovely paired with the pistachio crumble and a little bit of the melted ice cream. The different textures worked well together to create a soft yet crunchy bite. I liked the slight saltiness the pistachios added. The portion was a little smaller than I expected for a $9 dessert, but it worked out well since I was so full from the rest of the meal.
Overall, we enjoyed with the entire meal. I would definitely recommend checking out Butcher and the Rye next time you’re planning a nice meal downtown.