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Kenny7134 Sep 12, 2007 02:12 AM

Looking for either a good Italian place or steak house within walking distance or a short drive from campus.

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  1. yayadave RE: Kenny7134 Sep 12, 2007 06:40 AM

    Joe Mama’s is a couple of blocks walk from the Cathedral of Learning. And another couple of blocks gets you to Dave and Andy’s for ice cream dessert.

    Girasole is a short drive away in Shadyside. A little tricky to find because it’s downstairs on a one way street. Worth it. Highly thought of on these boards. Also has gelato upstairs.

    The Pittsburgh area abounds with Italian eateries.

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      QSheba RE: Kenny7134 Sep 12, 2007 08:22 AM

      Lunch or Dinner? Budget? Open to other cuisines? Business/Family?

      Lucca's on Craig St. and Il Valletto on Forbes (between CMU and Pitt). Girasole (On Copeland, off of Walnut) is good, actually, last time I ate there I ordered a steak with pesto ricotta melting on top...mmm.

      Joe Mama's...is not so good. Squirrel Hill has La Cucina Flegrea (Murray Ave) , and while I haven't been there in awhile, it's certainly better than Joe Mama's.

      The only steakhouses I've tried (Ruth's Christ and Mortons) are downtown.

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        Kenny7134 RE: QSheba Sep 12, 2007 12:10 PM

        -Will splurge for quality
        -Prefer Steak and or Italian
        -Traveling with my 17 year old son for Uof P visit/interview

        Thanks for the suggestions

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          wandasue RE: Kenny7134 Sep 12, 2007 01:00 PM

          Southside, 17th Street
          No question!

          I'm the mother of a 2006 grad and a PhD candidate at Pitt. We have been visiting for 7 years and always stop at Dish.

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        QSheba RE: Kenny7134 Sep 15, 2007 11:11 AM

        Dish is great, but it's not really close to Oakland and for non-Pittsburghers (I've been here 3 years and it's still not easy) the roads/bridges/tunnels can be a pain! ... if you are willing to drive for a great meal, there are a lot of great restaurants...worth checking the other threads for the "best of"... If you prefer to stay close to the school, I would do Girasole myself.

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