Caffe Amante
Caffe Amante

Caffe Amante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepipagroup.com/
  • Phone: (412) 391-1226
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rosendo Paez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private room that sits up to 45 for dining or to 60 for cocktail/ hors d’oeuvres parties. In addition there is a semi private area available for up to 100 or you may book the entire restaurant for up to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary McGregor 412-391-1226x
  • Special Events: Please visit our website to see weekly lunch specials or other specials at Caffe Amante or any of the restaurants of the PIPA group. http://www.thepipagroup.com/amante.html

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanwix
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking in 5th Avenue Place garage after 4pm daily and all day on Saturday.
A word from Caffe Amante
Caffe Amante is located on the second floor of Fifth Avenue Place, nestled between the Golden Triangle and the Cultural District. Primarily Italian, Caffe Amante offers "Un po di tutto" a little bit of everything. Pastas, fresh seafood, steak, lamb, chicken, home made soups and salads. A private room is available with an interesting view of the Triangle, great for lunch, dinner meetings or rehearsal dinners. Main dining room reservations available online, please call for private functions. Full bar and wine list available. Free parking for guests after 4PM daily.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Caffe Amante reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (11)scenic view (9)good for groups (8)special occasion (7)romantic (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • A modest restaurant that should be more popular!
    Chris
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food is very good, the ambience is pleasant with a nice view of Gateway Center. The service can be lacking - it's very "Pittsburgh" in the negative sense. This time the computer system was down but I received a call in advance that I'd need to pay in cash. Our waitress was very confused about the entire process and was unaware that we had been notified. Two of the best perks of the restaurant are great prices and free parking for evening events. I will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grandmother's Take
    LocalGrandma
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Myself and two grandchildren, ages 13 and 8, went to Caffe Amante prior to a show at the Byham. While there is no "child" menu, the offering of spaghetti worked. I was able to park at my favorite location in town and both of them cleaned their plates, so we all were happy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find before a theater show
    ReezieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A great location for dining before a theater district show . Our waitress was awesome in suggesting the best dishes to order. . The pasta dishes were very good along with the salmon. . The prices were very reasonable and they validated parking. . Great value. A nice view of the city . The dining room should get a updated look to bring more people into this hidden gem .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    Chris
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant, slightly off the beaten path in downtown, that provides fine food for a very reasonable price. The menu is standard Italian. The portions are normal sized, the prices are very low, and the ambience is quite nice. Service is "true Pittsburgh," so don't expect a lot in that respect. However, if you are looking for a good meal before the theater (that includes free parking)! The atmosphere is very conducive to conversation. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Service
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was fabulous. Waitress was extremely accommodating! Great place before downtown shows.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cannot be Beat!
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A simple salad and bolognaise was my delicious meal earlier this week. And at a price just about anyone can afford. Seems like people have begun to discover this gem, as the dining area was crowded.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre-Show Stop
    2Winos
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were looking for a place to eat before a show at Heinz Hall. This worked out great! Validated parking for the evening and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amo Amante
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Discovered bolognaise sauce over linguini. Excellent sauce using veal, beef and pork!! All soups and sauces are made from starch by the chef. Hard to beat this value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • before-show dining (park free)
    CuisineQuestVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Free parking for a show and just a block or more from all the theaters. When we are taking our daughter to a show, this is where we eat first. It's family-friendly. There are basic pastas for her and a varied menu for us. The windows are large so you have a great view while you dine.... Food is consistently good. The service is down-home friendly, like you're eating at a relative's house. They work hard to meet our requests. Some times, a server remembers us from a prior visit; that's nice! It's an unpretentious restaurant on 2nd floor in a small upscale mall....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it at all
    JacksoVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I booked this restaurant based on the reviews I read in Open Table. I can't believe it was the same restaurant. The decor is dated and somewhat tacky, the food was not fresh and some of it was inedible, the only bright spot was the service. When she brought out the veal piccata, which was brown, smothered in mushrooms and smelled like Marsala we complained and she immediately apologized and took it back. However, we heard the chef yelling at her that we were wrong and there was nothing wrong with the food. We told the waitress it was not her fault, but it is sad to hear a chef yell at wait staff about a customer complaint. I would skip this place completely.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meatballs
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Veal meatballs over rigatoni with red sauce. Deeelisheeeus!!!!!!!!!! Doubt there are better in PGH.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe No Parm
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    During this visit ventured to try chicken parm and eggplant parm. Both had the excellent homemade marinara sauce. Both also seemed to have been pre-cooked and then microwaved for serving - not good. Stick to basic pasta dishes and you will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NeceVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    THe setting was lovely and several friends go together for lunch. It was quiet so we could catch up with one another. The special was a salmon dish that was delicious. Their chicken salad was incredible. I would highly recommend Cafe Amante.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal!
    MAM17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Caffe Amante never disappoints. Always a good meal at a reasonable price, with good service in a pleasant atmosphere. Great spot for dining before a show - you get validated parking and you'll be just a block or two from the theaters. Great start to a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good deal
    CathyL
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had lunch there last week - everything was good - my pasta came out not real warm - but was heated up and it worked out. Waitress was good but we had to wait a little for our check and had to dash out - otherwise - always a good choice for lunch. You pay at least $9-10 in food court; why not go in and sit down and relax and have a great meal!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amor for Amanta
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent yet simple Italian cuisine. Portions that easily could feed two. Family atmosphere and priced for all. A great find!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Value in Downtown
    Jaman
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Really much better than expected in terms of food quality and price. Good location just off of Market Square. Worth trying for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amor Amante
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Quiet diamond in the big city. A gateway restaurant, with a nice menu priced for everyone. I would eat here every day if I was on some sort of pasta diet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Lunch
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Cafe Amante is the perfect spot for a business lunch. Great food and atmosphere, yet quiet enough to hear the people across the table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caffe and then Some
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    What a great restaurant. The service was spot on. The food was delicious - I had the special of the day which was veal meat balls over rigatoni in a simple red sauce. It was excellent and enough for 2 people really. And the prices are fitting for most budgets.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 269 reviews are from the Caffe Amante reviews archive.
  • You Can Hear Each Other Talking
    Pooka780
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I like this restaurant to meet friends for lunch. It is quiet and you can hear each other talk. I do not like the loud, chaotic atmosphere of a lot of new restaurants. Food is great and it is a good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and service were excellent.Price was very reasonable.Convienient to Theaters
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    Jerry31
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was my daughter and my second time here and this time we brought Mom. The food was extremely good. We had the farlanese, alfredo, and crabcake. I'm not a pro on crabcake but my wife and I liked it. The farlanese was really good as was the alfredo. We had tiramisu for dessert and the women raved. The next time we eat downtown it will likely be here. Validated parking anywhere in the city is a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret
    Selective
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've dined here a number of times however, most recently realized that I could park there, have dinner, make it to the theater in plenty of time and have my parking covered. The service is good, the food delicious and reasonable. Also, you're far enough from the theater that it doesn't take forever to get out of a garage, but close enough that you're not hiking across town to your car. We've also brought people there from out of town for dinner as well and they handle 6+ people as well as they handle 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Secret
    sunshine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a great little Downtown find. Close to the cultural district. Food is very good. Service is exceptional every time. This is my third visit and definitely will not be my last. It's quiet which is what I look for in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffee Amante
    Kterry
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hidden on the 2nd floor of 5th Avenue Place, Caffe Amante has great food at reasonable prices and is a good bet before any downtown event, such as concert, theater, etc. The service is friendly, efficient and attentive. We (four of us) had a lovely window table with a view of the hub of downtown Pittsburgh. Although this restaurant is a block further away from the center of the Cultural District, parking is validated (in the same building) and the quality of our meals was comparable to any of the newer, trendy eating places. We all had a different seafood dish and they were all excellent. The salad was crisp, the wine, mellow and the salmon, perfectly done. I would highly recommend Caffe Amante to anyone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised.
    Pghdiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Hadn't been there before. I was happy I made the choice! Service was pleasant and it was quiet there. Not like even the nicer restaurants closer to the theaters. They are always so noisy and it feels like they are rushing you. They got us in and out before the show but we didn't feel hurried. And the food was great! Well priced too. Try the crab cocktail appetizer. Really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dinner
    Nancy195
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I had never been to Caffe Amante so I was pleased to find it on Open Table and to be able to get a Friday 6 pm reservation for dinner for four before a show. We were seated immediately and the service and meals were very good. The prices were reasonable and the portions were just right. No doggie bags needed! The atmosphere was pleasant with lots of window seating and a casual elegant decor. Free parking was also a plus. All in all, we all agreed that it was a nice dining experience and I'm sure we will return again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good pre-show dinner
    lisssa
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Caffe Amante was reasonably priced. The service was very good. Although we both had salads, everything turned out well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twice attendance in one wekend
    eatoutoften
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were seeing a show on Friday and ate at Avanit's and were so impressed that we decided to eat there on Saturday when seeing another show in Pittsburgh. We told the waiter that we were seeing shows and were offered lightning service both times. The food, especially the spots, was beautifully presented and tasty. The prices were moderate for a Pittsburgh restaurant. A great plus was the offer of a ticket that paid for our parking in the same building.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great traditional food
    theaterdiner
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Good food....good ingredients. Our waitress was wonderful. Food was great. Very reasonable cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unprofessional
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We chose this restaurant for my husband's post retirement reception dinner and our son's 10th wedding anniversary. When we arrived at 7:35 for an 8:00 dinner reservation, we said that we came a little early so we could have a drink in their bar. We were told that we would have to be seated now because they close at 8:00. When I asked if the bar was still open, the host said, "Yes, but as I said, they are preparing to close at 8:00." The host was also our waiter who gave us menus and took our drink order. When he came back several minutes later with the drinks, he asked if we could place our order now. The experience was unprofessional at best and left us feeling like an annoyance and an interruption of the closing process.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food for theater night.
    jtownjohn
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A reliable restaurant with great food, reasonably priced wines, and comfortable dining. Service is friendly, fast,and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caffe Amante - Dinner & a Show!
    earlsmb
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We recently went to Caffe Amante to celebrate my nephew's graduation from the Pitt Law School. There were so many reasons to love this place. Parking was convenient and validated by the restaurant. (Especially great, since my dad doesn't get around well and we were able to park close to the elevator and have a short walk to the restaurant.) The food and wine were excellent! On top of this, though, our waiter (think his name was Robert) was extremely helpful and, best of all, was very entertaining! We loved every minute of our evening! The salmon special was wonderful! The shrimp bisque was terrific! The chicken dishes and salads were very good, too. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden gem
    Sheriluvsfood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our party of 6 was welcomed warmly and we were seated quickly. They sat us at a window, which gave a great view of downtown Pittsburgh. It was neither crowded nor overly busy. The server made great wine and food recommendations and made sure our water glasses were always full (important to us since we were hydrating before a marathon). We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Old-School Place
    MamaRam
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Caffe Amante is not the place for trendy cuisine. This is an old-school Pittsburgh style Italian restaurant, but it fills that niche very well. Our waitress was friendly and efficient, our meal was perfectly paced, the food was delicious and everything was served piping hot and the prices are very reasonable. This is a great find for pre-theater/symphony - we were finished in plenty of time even though the dining room was almost full. Had we known, we would have parked there too because they validate parking. If you are looking for the hottest new restaurant, this is not your place. If you want a traditional, delicious meal, try this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffe Amante Review
    JHCJRReview
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Always good food with very good service. A Pittsburgh tradition.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a good spot close
    RonnieVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is a good spot close to the Cultural District that a lot of people tend to overlook. It is on the second floor of an office building retail area, so some folks may not even know it exists. They have good and very reasonable pasta dishes and seafood specialties. Good fried zucchini, too. Service was a little sluggish with a rather unusual waiter, but good overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took a project consultant
    ShortieII
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Took a project consultant out to lunch as his engagement was ending. He travels for business so he has had many dining experiences. He said the lunch was great and the tiramisu was perfect. I had eggplant parmigiana and it had the right crispiness with a marina sauce that had the perfect comination of tart and sweetness. The noise level was perfect, not too loud and we didn't have to whisper for fear that everyone could hear our conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food served right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very good food served right with a staff that treats you like you are a VIP
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate