University of Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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.