I recently visited The Sonoma Grille on Penn Ave in the cultural district for a sampling of their finest dishes.
Sonoma General Manager Randy Wright was friendly and visibly passionate about his chef’s offerings. The restaurant’s tagline is “a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine” and this statement resonated through out the dining area which made me feel like I was enjoying a Napa Valley sunset.
Our first dish was a moss salad with a 2007 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc. The salad featured lamb lettuce and a yogurt-based poppy seed dressing. The salad was hearty, robust, and not too heavy. It was served with perfectly prepared potato crisps.
Our next taste was a local gold and red beets with fennel salad. The beets and fennel were paired with smooth feta and organic micro greens. Randy told us that they use meat and produce from the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance as possible. As a locavore, I was pleased to hear this.
Our entree tasting included new potato gnocchi with wild morels, fresh fava beans and roasted pearl onion sorrel pesto. The dense gnocchi left a light lemony after-taste which I enjoyed while getting ready to savor the study of duck, Sonoma’s signature dish. The study of duck included duck con fit in an asparagus puff pastry tart, homemade duck pastrami with pea tendril and a glazing of local honey and thyme vinaigrette, and a tender duck served over wilted greens and roasted chestnuts. This dish was AMAZING and paired perfectly with a Joseph Carr Pinot.
Sonoma opened in 2004 and features hundreds of flavor combinations. The entire staff is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic of wine and can help you chose the best paring for your delectable dish. The 2005 Domanie Gravas Sauternes is the only imported wine on the menu and hails from France.
For dessert, we were treated to the sensational taste of a 20 year tawny and vanilla bean creme brulee served with strawberry-mint salsa and vanilla shortbread and a Gianduja Tartlette- hazelnut brown butter, caramel chocolate ganache, and Frangelico gelato.
The best Pittsburgh happy hour is at The Sonoma Grille. On Monday nights, Sonoma offers half priced bottles of wine in addition to matching specials with their sister restaurant, Seviche: Each weeknight from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. for happy hour, both restaurants feature their signature tastes in $5 tapas, $5 signature cocktails, $4 glasses of wine and $3 beers.
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Note: IheartPGH was treated to a complementary tasting at the The Sonoma Grille for this post.