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Quite the Catch

Off the Hook Restaurant Reels in Customers with its Delicious Seafood

Since opening Off the Hook restaurant in June 2013, owners Glenn and Lisa Hawley have created a fresh fish paradise in the North Hills. Their avid following is due in large part to their highly successful 27 years in the restaurant industry in Pittsburgh. Their rich history in the food landscape in Pittsburgh began in the early '90s.

“My husband is from Arizona and worked as a manager at a fish restaurant there, which is where I met him,” Lisa says. “When we married and moved back to Pittsburgh, we would go out and he would order broiled swordfish. What he was expecting was grilled swordfish, not under a broiler and paper thin.”

This defining moment solidified the couple’s decision to open their first fish-centric establishment, Rodi Grille House, in Penn Hills. Rodi Grille House realistically changed the face of fish in the city because the standard and quality of the dishes the couple created were the best of the best.

“My husband became a fish cutter, and we started cutting our fish thick and grilling them on a charred grill. So, we realistically changing how Pittsburghers ate fish,” Lisa says.

Their success soon led them to become the original founders and owners of a new eatery, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto.

Leaving that venture opened the door to creating Off the Hook. Now in its sixth year of business, the restaurant has changed the landscape of the North Hills dining scene. Glenn, along with executive chef John Dober, created a dining experience unparalleled to any other in the area. Offering an open oyster bar, where guests can observe chefs shucking right in front of them, along with a chef’s table inside the kitchen and a hand-cut fish to-go option, Off the Hook proves that dining is more than just enjoying the taste of the meal itself; it's about enjoying the process it takes to create the meal.

Today, the Hawleys' son-in-law, Sean Capuzzi, has taken over the reins as executive chef at Off the Hook and is keeping that dining experience at the forefront of the business.

“Our philosophy is that we want people to come into our restaurant and feel peaceful and welcomed,” Lisa says. “That's what we teach everybody who works inside the restaurant. Everything is for the guest.”

908 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale

724.719.2877, OffTheHookFish.com

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