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old and new Italian in Pittsburgh

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I just had a quick visit to Pittsburgh and enjoyed two good but different Italian meals. Zarra's, in Oakland, had really good old-school Southern Italian food.I shared an eggplant rolantini app and had the spicy Williams Jr. spaghetti with sausage (homemade). Superb marinara sauce, fresh pasta, delicious garlic bread, and a homemade salad dressing on a good fresh salad. Piccolo Forno, in Lawrenceville, was more a contemporary trattoria concept. Nicely restored interior with exposed brick and stained wood.Everything looked great coming out of the kitchen (especially the pizzas) and my pasta fagioli soup and salad were fine. Both are highly recommended.

http://www.zarraspgh.com/

http://www.piccolo-forno.com/

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Piccolo Forno
3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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  1. I've never been to Zarra's. Never even heard of it until now. Thanks for the recommendation. Piccolo Forno is my favorite restaurant, Italian or otherwise.

    Next time, Lidia's in the Strip District is also excellent. The pasta tasting is especially noteworthy: three different kinds of pasta, all you can eat, for $14 (lunch) and $17 (dinner). Lidia's Saturday/Sunday brunch is also wonderful, $24 per person and worth every penny. http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com.

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    Piccolo Forno
    3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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    1. re: Jay F

      Have to agree with the Lidia's brunch. Gets mixes review here, but I've always loved it and think it's a bargain for what you get (one mimosa or bloody mary in included).