Food & Drink

Cure's Justin Severino Shares the Secrets Behind Morcilla

Published On 02/02/2016 Published On 02/02/2016
Courtesy of Adam Milliron
Courtesy of Adam Milliron

Part of what I love about cooking is the history of food and the cultures that the food comes from.

Courtesy of Adam Milliron
Courtesy of Adam Milliron

No one knew who I was. I wanted to be able to go into it doing exactly what I wanted to do.

Courtesy of Adam Milliron
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1. Morcilla 3519 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA (Lower Lawrenceville)

Morcilla, Justin Severino's second restaurant in Lawrenceville, is an ode to Spain's Basque Country and its pintxo style of dining. A close relative of tapas, pinxtos are small plates that -- as reimagined by Severino -- emphasize house-made charcuterie, croquetas (fried balls filled with the likes of jamon, chestnut, and bacalao), and egg tortillas. A meal at Morcilla isn't complete without a gin and tonic made with the restaurant's house-made tonics, or a Spanish cider. The design, too, is inspired by Basque culture, with wooden ceilings and a storefront that looks like many a tapas bar in San Sebastian.