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Nov 3, 2008 12:04 PM

Best Italian in Pittsburgh.

I'm in Pittsburgh in early Dec. on business.
$ is not a problem, but my boss is from New Haven, Ct.
and knows good home cooked traditional Italian food.
Any thoughts.
Also is Primante's as good as T.V. makes it out to be?
I'd love to try something unique to the city as I have never visited.


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  1. Are you seeking authentic Italian or American-style Italian?

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      1. re: Td61

        take a look at Girasole we really like it.

    1. I can't wait to get to Piccolo Forno. The menu looks great, very reasonably priced, byob, and I've heard great things. Google it. Its also very close to downtown.

      just got it,

      yes Primanti's is very good. I would go to the Southside or Strip District. Get the Pittsburgher Cheesesteak. Best with a beer or after a few. Delicious none the less.

      1. For authentic Italian, I'd recommend Alla Famiglia in Allentown ( as well as the aforementioned Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville. Also, Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon has great Napolitan pizza and some decent antipasti and pasta dishes.

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        1. re: chalanga

          For authentic italian, I would definitely go with Davio.

          The owner of Davio started Alla Famiglia and sold it to the current owner. I think Davio does it better than Alla Famiglia. Only negative about Davio is plastic tablecloths really stink at a restaurant that is about $50pp. It is BYOB.

          In my opinion, Primanti's is overrated - when in Oakland, I opt for the O.

          2100 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

            1. re: Td61

              The O is the Original Hot Dog Shop

              I always pick Fat Head's over Primanti's.

          1. re: chalanga

            Does anyone know if Per Mi Figlia that didn't last a year at the corner of Forbes and Murray was owned by the same people who own Alla Famiglia? That was the rumor at the time. If so, I would avoid Alla Famiglia. The food at Per Mi Figlia was what did them in. I had a crabcake there one night with a sauce made of what tasted like orange juice from a can. Another time, I had ravioli that was made of such thick dough, I would rather have been served a can of Chef BoyArDee. If ever a restaurant deserved to close, it was Per Mi Figlia.

            1. re: Jay F

              I am pretty sure that an ex-chef at Alla Famiglia (Paul?) opened Per Mi Figlia. It did not hold a candle to Alla Famiglia resulting in a fair amount of disappointment.


          2. Love Dish (Southside) and Cafe Roma (Bloomfield).

            1. I enjoy:

              Enrico's - Shadyside
              Girasole - Shadyside
              17th Street Cafe - Southside
              Dish - Southside
              Cafe Roma - Bloomfield - BYO

              a favorite of the BF is Gran Canal - Sharpsburg......

              recently went to La Tavola - Mt Washington - while it was good, I was not overly impressed. Our entree portions contained very little seafood/meat (and we ordered frutti de mare and a veal dish)...the place was packed and I wanted to love it but was dissappointed by the execution of the entrees....the BYO might persuade me to give it a 2nd try.....