If you haven't noticed, there's a bit of a trend these days with
higher end restaurants. All the newer examples are maximizing the
size of their market with two restaurants made from what could have
been used as a single space. One of those restaurants will be the
higher end version to feature the delicate creations of an
up-and-coming chef — or maybe even someone more
established. The other side of the building, tends to include much
of the same culinary inspiration but trends more in the direction
of comfortable and casual — with a lower price
point. The Spoon / Burger pairing is a good example of the
trend, with other examples appearing in other cities (and likely
Pittsburgh as well).
Osteria 2350 is the casual side of another example — along
side Cioppino, the corresponding higher end destination. I've been
to Cioppino, but I'm slightly more intrigued by the side I have yet
to experience: the Osteria.
I'm a big fan of the low key
destination that's laid back but still cares about the quality of
their experience and the quality of their food. I suspect that
Osteria 2350 will espouse just those qualities. I'm looking forward
to giving it a try with the meetup.