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up modern italian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.upkitchen.com
  • Phone: (412) 688-8220
  • 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, Fusion / Eclectic, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Good food, friendly, and very good service. Not especially memorable but not everything has to be special."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "the food and service was excellent. I would definitely go back. My only suggestion would be to add chocolate to the dessert menu!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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 :)"
    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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was a wonderful place! Loved the food and service ! Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very delicious food - I had the scallops, they were wonderful. But a comfortable atmosphere. Friendly staff. Would definitely recommend."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The plates came out well prepared, the Chicken had a nice sauce with it and the bolognese was chunky and satisfying."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great service and the pasta special from restaurant week - outstanding. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "A pleasant surprise...will be back after restaurant week!!!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Everything about our experience was outstanding. I would highly recommend the meatball appetizer, steak, and fries."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Smelled like parmesan the minute we walked in! Candlelight, soft music, dim lighting. Very romantic. Friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere :)"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great place! Highly recommend. Will return for sure"
    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!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "This was my 1st time at Up Modern and what a great little restaurant it turned out to be. We had the Italian bread with olive oil appetizer & it was some great bread! I had the seasonal risotto with shrimp & it was delicious! My daughter had the pappardelle bolognese which she enjoyed as well. We both had the house made desserts which were great . The service was very good. I will definitely tell others about this place & will definitely return myself."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "The wait staff could not have been any more courteous and efficient and the Scallops were out of this world! We had one gluten free person in our party and "UP" went out of their way to provide excellent choices. I also highly recommend the Mushroom & Toast appetizer. It's a Wow!!! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013