Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marisqueira Bistro (Aspinwall)

Several weeks ago R. and I took some time out of our busy schedules for a date night at Marisqueira Bistro in Aspinwall.  Since we both liked Ibiza and I also enjoyed Mallorca (R. hasn't been), we figured Marisqueira would be quite good, as it is co-owned by Claudio Pereira, whose father owns the two side-by-side restaurants in South Side, and Francisco Buxareo.

Located on the cute Commercial Avenue in Aspinwall, Marisqueira is beautiful and inviting inside.  We started out with some tasty Sangrias, mine with red wine and his with champagne, and though both were great, we both liked the champagne one a little better.

Champagne Sangria at Marisqueira
Champagne sangria

My entree choice was the Pato a Colonias, or roasted duck in a sweet mango sauce, accompanied by a fresh side salad.

Side Salad at Marisqueira

The skin on the duck was crispy and the meat tender.  The sauce was sweet in a way that enhanced the flavor of the duck.  A highly enjoyable dish.  R. had a chicken dish that he loved as well.

Pato A Colonias at Marisqueira
Pato a Colonias

Pato A Colonias at Marisqueira
Another view of the Pato a Colonias

Towards the end of the meal, we were treated to some complimentary Amarguinha, a Portuguese almond liquor.

Amarguinha at Marisqueira

The high quality of the food and the friendly service at Marisqueira are reminiscent of its sisters, Mallorca and Ibiza, but Marisqueira also has its own distinct style, flavor, and feel that makes it stand out on its own.  It was, all in all, a lovely meal.

Restaurant info:
Marisqueira Mediterranean Bistro
225 Commercial Ave, Aspinwall, PA 15215
On the web: http://www.marisqueirabistro.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marisqueira-Bistro/163217947105984

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