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Oct 10, 2008 07:42 AM

Anniversary dinner in PGH - Bona Terra or Alla Famiglia?

I'm seeking opinions on where to go for a fifth anniversary dinner - meaning, we're willing to splurge a bit. We've sort of narrowed it down to Alla Famiglia and Bona Terra, not having been to either. I'm intrigued by Bona Terra's local food philosophy, and the BYOB policy is a plus. Is Alla Famiglia no longer BYOB? If you've eaten at both, do you think they're both at about the same price point?


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  1. Have only eaten at Bona Terra. It was very good and, yes, the BYOB is nice 'cause you can bring a pricier bottle of wine. I have not eaten at Alla Familiga, so can't offer any guidance, but you would do well with Bona Terra. Legume might also be a very good option, if you're really interested in the local angle. We are actually going to go for the first time in a few weeks, but from what I've read and heard, it sounds like Legume may actually do a better job on the "local" front. And it's also BYOB.

    1. My vote would be for Bona Terra. I haven't been there yet, but have heard good things from friends.

      I've been to Alla Familiga. It was good, but I left feeling a bit shocked at the prices. We were charged a corkage fee on each bottle of wine (glasses were not changed with each new bottle) and plate sharing was an additional $30 per plate. I tend to agree with the corkage fee applied per stem and not bottle.

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      1. re: k squared

        alla famiglia's plate is $15 per plate....not $30 and it is for the family style portion of the experience which includes "this and thats" on the table, a very tasty salad, and pasta course-not just for taking a seat. alla famiglia is absolutely a dining experience with properly cooked aged steaks, great supple veal chops, and fresh seafood perfectly prepared----- EVERY TIME.

      2. Been over a year since I've been to Alla Famiglia but I thought the food was excellent. I do agree that the prices are sky high, but I've never left feeling cheated. The portions are Pittsburgh huge but with excellent quality. They used to be BYO but no longer. That $30 plate sharing fee k squared mentioned is ridiculous considering how big his portions are. What drives me crazy about the place is that you get Eat n Park style service, friendly, but not what you'd expect at place where most entrees are around $50. Expect to spend around $150 for a couple.

        1. Alla Famiglia for sure. There are cheaper options now that are just as good. They started giving out a paper menu with pastas and pounded veal dishes starting at $18. I strongly suggest you try alla famiglia.

          1. Bona Terra is great, but if you're willing to splurge a bit Kevin Sousa's tasting menu at Nine on Nine is outstanding. It's quite simply the best dinner you can get in Pittsburgh. I'm going to write a post about it shortly.