up modern italian
up modern italian
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up modern italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.upkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4126888220x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Brunch Buffet: Sunday 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday 5:00 - 11:00
    Saturday 4:00 - 11:00
    Sunday 5:00 - 9:00


    Bar open until 2am: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Scott Moonan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellefonte St.
  • Public Transit: Bus stops within walking distance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and many city run lots.
A word from up modern italian
Contemporary Italian Cuisine. If you'd like to see our menu please visit our website: http://www.upkitchen.com
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up modern italian reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Have eaten here about 4 times. Food is always very good and interesting, never dull. The chef seems to know what he is doing....
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  • Big upgrade
    SGreview
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had not been to Up Modern since the space was Walnut Grill and while the decor was similar (but a bit more trendy), the food was much better. Our group had the short rib gnocchi, the ciopinno, and the salmon, all of which were excellent.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did fine
    Superfluity
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Good food, friendly, and very good service. Not especially memorable but not everything has to be special.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    hungryme
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    First time diner at Up Modern Kitchen and very pleasantly surprised. Able to participate in happy hour as diner in the restaurant. Prix Fix menu at $18 before 6PM a gem. The Arugula salad was light and refreshing. The Braised Chicken Orzo with buternut squash was delicious. Only one bite of chicken had some gristle on it and would have prefered white meat. Bread crumb topping was perfect. The lemon cookies were a complete and welcome surprise for dessert. Overall, a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    the food and service was excellent. I would definitely go back. My only suggestion would be to add chocolate to the dessert menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & Service
    Pishman
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My wife and I went to up for dinner and had an excellent meal. The Mushroom & Toast appetizer was excellent. Very flavorful. I had the short rib gnocchi. It was excellent with a large portion of rib. A very unique combination. My wife had the special ravioli, which was brisket stuffed. Also very good. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quieter in the bar
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Small restaurant with many groups leading to a loud baseline noise level the Monday night we were there. We were nicely moved to the bar area which was much quieter. Food, including two chicken dishes and two mushroom dishes were uniformly excellent. Service was excellent as well. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but ....
    Mark
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I think UP should consider an expanded menu, i.e. there are many veal and chicken dishes that are very appealing to patrons but not available at UP. With a talented chef as they have, if my suggestion is given consideration, this place could really rock . Mark
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    SandySpringsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Stumbled across this nice restaurant while visiting Pitrsburgh. So happy we did! We checked them out on the Internet and saw that the owner/chef is a renowned award-winning chef. We agree with that assessment. It was a delight! We highly recommend this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skip Papardelle Bolognese
    ClayfifthVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Ordered this dish - their top pasta. It was not a bolognese sauce, it was one of their meatballs chopped up and put in a sauce. I know this because we had a meatball for an appetizer! Such a disappointment.
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  • Fantastic Restaurant
    DeniceVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. We found the restaurant by using Open Table and Rewards Network. Sorry to see that this establishment is not part of the Rewards Network. We are hoping you reconsider and rejoin Rewards Network. This is how many people in this area decide on their restaurants. Great restaurant and hope to be back if you continue on Open Table and Rewards Network.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent service and very good food
    Lila
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Up Modern Italian very much. The spaghetti bolognese was just different enough from the classic to make it special. The caesar salad was delicious, but was served with a little too much dressing. The risotto with root vegetables was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This is my second time having brunch here and the pre-fix menu was absolutely wonderful! Great portion sizes and very kind wait staff! The hostess mentioned that we were the last table she could seat, so I was glad we made a reservation. Despite being busy, the service was top notch! Can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a hidden gem!
    PittFoodie
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was a wonderful place! Loved the food and service ! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very delicious food - I had the scallops, they were wonderful. But a comfortable atmosphere. Friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance and Light
    moosebox
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very comfortable and likable atmosphere with some of the nicest and helpful waitstaff around. Food was excellent, with a few vegetarian iterations of the dishes this place would be perfect for a casual stop in or a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Homemade wedding soup was very good. Mushrooms and toast would have been good but for the overuse of raisins in the dish causing too much sweetness. Gnocchi with braised short ribs was overly salted and the meat was mushy. My wife's meal was not well executed - steak was dry but mashed potatoes were very good. Appetizer was ok but salad was my artsy than edible. Overall we were very disappointed in the food for the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Diner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The flavors were excellent, although some of the dishes were over salted to my tastes. Good value - even though it was Valentines Day they held by their standard Happy Hour prices on cocktails. I would go back again just for that fair approach to pricing and business but the quality of the meal absolutely warrants going back again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service below par
    Pieman
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We had an enjoyable time last Sunday evening and the food was good. The Lobster ravioli though tasty, was a bit disappointing as our 25 year old son received only four ravioli for his meal. Otherwise the food was good. Our problem was with our waiter who completely forgot that we ordered an appetizer, and then he would "disappear" for lengthy amounts of time. Dispite what was below par service for a restaurant of this caliber we left him a 15 percent tip. On the way out the door our busboy said thanks for coming, another waiter who recommended a drink said thanks for coming, and our waiter who looked right at us...said nothing. There's a lot of good places to eat in Shadyside and I believe we will be trying some others!
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodie412
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This is my second time dining at Up Modern Kitchen and both times were fabulous. I think the food was even better the second time. The drinks, apps, entrees, and desserts were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serviceable with limited ambitions
    RegentFoodie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The plates came out well prepared, the Chicken had a nice sauce with it and the bolognese was chunky and satisfying.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up is Up-Scale but still casual
    Burghgrl
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Great service and the pasta special from restaurant week - outstanding. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    This was our first time at ^up and we were very impressed with the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff. I think we have a new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    RachVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Nice brunch with the family at UP. I liked the modern décor and the menu was great. One area to improve would be that the food was a bit heavy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    No atmosphere. Service was average at best. Food was average. Very over priced for the entire dining experience. I ordered a scotch neat and my wife a scotch on the rocks. Her drink was an extra $1.50. C'mon man, an extra $1.50 for ice!
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  • Decent food & wine/Screaming kids
    jessmarie
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food/menu was decent. For an appetizer we had the bread and olive oil. The flavor was good, though the bread was a bit charred past what I would call a nice toast. The boyfriend had a harder time deciding. But what he wanted turned out to be sold out (Gnocci) so he ended up with a risotto, which was more of a quite bland and boring pumpkin porridge. I had the bolognese pasta, which was very good. I would order it again. We decided to skip on desset, mainly because we were trying to have a nice dinner out, but there was a table of screaming children a few feet away that were driving me absolutely crazy. Overall we will try again later when kids are in bed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I keep trying to like Up; I've been a number of times. My friend is deathly allergic to nuts-she asked for the salad w/o nuts. They came with nuts- so she sent it back. Salad came back with nuts in a container on the side- some of which ad spilled onto the salad. We didn't send it back- just didn't eat it. Waitress couldn't have cared less. Food Week price was advertised as 30.14--but wine pairings were not included...nor made clear that it was an extra charge. Scallops were delicious, but all portions in each course were quite small. All in all, the wait staff and personnel management really fall short for the price. Very unfortunate.
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  • A pleasant surprise...will
    IzzyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    A pleasant surprise...will be back after restaurant week!!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute find on open table.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had some shopping to in Shadyside to do and reserved a table for two through open table. When we arrived there was a party going on in the bar during happy hour, so it look the waitress quite a while to get our drinks. We ordered an appetizer (arugula artichoke dip) it was very tasty but was definitely not hot enough. My husband was quite happy with the spaghetti and meatball that he ordered but the beet salad that I got was rather tasteless. There didn't seem to be enough dressing on it and the cheese was quite hard.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Great food, excellent service.
    Jamie
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Great food, excellent service. Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    TiffanyN
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Everything about our experience was outstanding. I would highly recommend the meatball appetizer, steak, and fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried ^up modern kitchen for
    yakalita
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Tried ^up modern kitchen for restaurant week. I had the Arugula Salad, homemade ravioli, and chocolate cannoli. Everything was good, and at a great value for restaurant week. (3 courses/$30.14 with $5 wine pairings). I'd definitely recommend for a special dinner with a significant other or friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Enjoyed the quality of the food and service; nice ambiance. We all ordered from the restaurant week special menu and were disappointed to see the specials as we were leaving without the server having ever mentioned them. Ravioli undercooked, more than al dente. May be slightly overpriced for the quality. Would probably choose other Italian restaurants in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect girls night
    pghgal
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I ate at Up Modern Italian with 3 girlfriends. The service and food were great! I hadn't seen my friends in a while and it was nice to have the time to catch up with them over a meal without feeling rushed out the door.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • While the meals are pretty
    CRSMVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    While the meals are pretty consistent, they just don't meet the quality that the price suggests. Some entrees are too salty, others not very hot, some are small, and the wait staff can be slightly slow.
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  • Lovely Atmosphere
    merlotqueen519
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Smelled like parmesan the minute we walked in! Candlelight, soft music, dim lighting. Very romantic. Friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was pretty good, but the horrible service ruined our experience. We only saw our waiter 2-3 times during our entire meal. When we asked for more pita bread to finish the arugula and artichoke dip appetizer, they told us they'd have to charge us.
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  • Great place! Highly recommend.
    TerryB
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Great place! Highly recommend. Will return for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Atmosphere
    merlotqueen519
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Up has such a relaxing and down-to-earth atmosphere. The service was great, the food was delicious, and the ambience was homey. I went with a group of girlfriends I went to college with, and the restaurant was so patient and accommodating for us. Would definitely recommend for anyone from couples to large groups!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, mediocre dessert
    jfromshadyside
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The salads and pasta were great. The desserts were mediocre heading toward poor. The restaurant was not at all crowded (over T-day weekend so perhaps that is why). The server and manager were both attentive. It would have been a five star if not for the desserts (pies -- pumpkin and raspberry). If you go, I recommend moving across the street to Mercurios for gelato for dessert. The music was too loud as well given the small number of diners. It probably would have been ok if the place had been full but they should be able to adjust for how crowded the DR is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.