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Ruvos stretches out to the back of the building

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entranceRuvos Italian Restaurant

As I recently wrote about, we stayed in Connellsville in southwestern Pennsylvania and used it as our base to visit the many wonderful sights around there—for example, Frank Lloyd Wright houses, the Laurel Highlands, the Flight 93 Memorial.

Connellsville is not very big but is an interesting city on the Youghiogheny River (how do you pronounce that?!), with a couple of good places to eat or stop for a drink or cup of coffee. One is Hutch, which I wrote about before. Another is Ruvos, which serves good food and highlights the strong Italian influence around here (see an earlier post).

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Vera G enjoying the dishes

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Note all the posters and photos

We could walk to Ruvos from our hotel, so we decided to do that one evening. It offers a large menu, but we discovered is not licensed. However, you can BYOB, so Rod walked back to the hotel and brought a bottle of wine. This is not a big restaurant inside, although there is a large seating area outside, unused that night as it was raining heavily.

The décor is Italian-inspired, with posters—notably of Frank Sinatra in Italy—and photos, many of the owner’s family in Italy. One of the young servers told us he was the owner’s nephew and we heard a little of the Italian history of the family.

So, it came as no surprise that the menu offered all kinds of typical (in our opinion) Italian-style dishes. We chose a number of different ones to share between the three of us, as that way we could get a taste of more. Good plan.

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foodThe food was pretty good, the service excellent and the ambience very nice. If we are ever in Connellsville again we would definitely return.

 

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Rod inside Hutch’s

signdoorWe were recently visiting southwest Pennsylvania, mainly to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and his other houses in the area. We decided to stay in Connellsville, as it seemed to be fairly central to the places we wanted to visit, and that was the case. Connellsville is southeast of Pittsburgh (where we flew to), so it wasn’t too difficult to navigate the rental car to the town. We stayed at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites, right on the Youghiogheny River (an unpronoucable name!), and our room overlooked the river, which was great.

A number of places to eat are listed in the local brochure from the Visitors’ Center, but this one was recommended by a local woman who served us in the Liquor Store. She raved about it, and the French onion soup and steaks in particular, and the other server agreed, so we decided to try.

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French onion soup

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Part of the collection

Hutch’s Tap Room and Supper Club looks fairly unassuming from the outside, but is totally different inside. There is a large bar area to the left as you go in, and table seating to the right. Lighting is not very bright, but what immediately catches your eye is the eclectic collection of “things” all around the sides of the large room and on the walls. It’s a really motley collection, with old family photos, posters of Superman, busts and lamps of Elvis, Halloween stuff, lighted beer ads, …you name it! It was fun to roam around looking, wondering who collected it all and whether they had some kind of theme in mind.

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Veronita enjoys the French onion soup

But, besides the interesting collection, the ambience was very pleasant: pretty crowded, but friendly people, all chatting. Our waitress was sweet and helpful, explaining the menu and some of the old photographs when she realized that we were new to town.

The food was also pretty good, the French onion soup indeed outstanding—one of the best we’ve ever had! We’d happily return.

 

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