Signature dish: Chilean sea bass at the recently restored Bloser Manor at Parnassus
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A new restaurant in a historic New Kensington location is creating a buzz.
The Bloser Mansion, located in the city’s Parnassus district, opened last month. The co-owners are Alyssa and Corey Pistininzi and Kelly Corridoni.
Chef RJ Favro’s signature dish is his own creation: Chilean sea bass with lobster risotto and fresh green vegetables ($ 30).
“It’s customers’ favorite dish and we sell out every week,” Favro said. “It’s just something I invented a long time ago. I love to cook seafood and Chilean seabass is my favorite fish. The risotto shows my southern Italian roots and the lobster, it pairs so well.
Chilean sea bass is a mild white fish with a flavor similar to swordfish, found in the cold waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans. Bloser Mansion orders fresh whole fish, never frozen, by air weekly.
Favro, who studied at the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and trained in Italy, has worked as a chef across the country. He says the secret to this dish lies in the seasonings, the pan method of cooking and a very hot pan, being careful not to overcook the fish.
The Bloser Mansion was built in 1921 for EA Bloser, a prominent businessman who owned Bloser jewelry.
He designed the house and spent five years building a house for his family. The lumber was imported from Michigan, the Philippines, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington.
Local artist Sandy Schantz has spent countless hours helping restore the original murals located throughout the house, previously painted by a previous owner. The renovations lasted several years and are still ongoing. Future plans include offering multiple rooms for rent on Airbnb.
“This house was built in the 1920s, so it has that feeling,” said co-owner Corey Pistininzi. “We want guests to feel more like you’re at a house party. There is a lot of interaction between the tables, so it’s an experience here.
The Bloser Mansion (479 Sixth Ave.) is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 724-331-0299 or visit the Facebook page on facebook.com / blosermansion to make reservations through TableAgent.