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Pittsburgh's Best Italian please

meinNYC Nov 26, 2009 05:55 PM

What is the best Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh? Which is closest to downtown? As one of the group has a tree nut and sesame allergy, need someplace that knows their ingredients and prepares everything in house.

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    42duffy Nov 26, 2009 07:20 PM

    take a look at Girasole in Shadyside. they would know their ingredients. not typical red sauce joint.

    1. yayadave Nov 26, 2009 08:15 PM

      You might be happy to just go to Lidia's. It's good, close to downtown, and they surely know what they're doing.


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        Burghfeeder Nov 28, 2009 04:51 AM

        Rico's in the North Hills is a great authentic Italian restaurant. Rico still cooks and is willing to make you anything if he has the ingredients.


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          yammers Nov 29, 2009 04:22 PM

          Girasole (shaydside), Alla Famiglia (allentown), Dish (southside) and Piccolo Forno are my favs.

          Dish is probably the closest to downtown?

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          1. re: yammers
            six dower Nov 30, 2009 04:46 AM

            I agree with yammers. Alla Famiglia is tops in Pittsburgh.

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            mcharles Nov 30, 2009 07:28 AM

            Although a lot of people have mentioned Alla Famiglia and I have enjoyed my few meals there, I think that it is worth mentioning that it is one of the most horrendously overpriced restaurants that I have ever been to, and I ordinarily have no issues with paying $100 a person for a great meal. The only time I go there is if someone else is paying. I have a real hard time paying 25% more here (in not the greatest area of town by the way) than at Vetri or Del Posto.

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              Rick Nov 30, 2009 08:00 AM

              Regarding the price at Alla Famiglia, please note that it includes bread with three dips, a salad, then a pasta, THEN your meal which is guaranteed to leave left overs. For $15 you can split a meal, with both people getting the bread, salad, and pasta. An appetizer is absolutely not necessary. So if you get a $55 entree, split it, you're looking at $35 per person with plenty of food for two people. It's one of those places that always left me feeling I got my money's worth, even with the high prices. We usually get two entrees and take enough home to have a second meal. My vote goes to Alla Famiglia.

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              meinNYC Dec 11, 2009 12:54 PM

              Ended up eating at Eleven and having gnocchi which were excellent. This was a terrific restaurant. Staff was young but knowledgeable, wine list was very good. Prices were fine, but then we're from NYC and are used to a high tab.

              1150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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