Permanently Closed - Casellula Pittsburgh

4.6
249 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Our philosophy is simple: to share our passion for hand-made cheeses with as many people as possible. To that end, we will have about 20 cheeses from all over the world on our menu every day.

The choices range from the familiar to the obscure; from mild to strong (and on to super, duper, crazy, stinky); from fresh to washed to blue. And because not every cheese goes with quince paste, we take pains to pair each cheese with its perfect house-made condiment.

It doesn't stop with cheese, though. Our menu of shareable dishes will satisfy any palate, and with a plethora of wines, cocktails and local beers on our list, your geeking out doesn't need to be limited to the cheese.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(412) 226-9740
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Hill
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Private party facilities
Casellula at Alphabet City is the perfect space for your next intimate gathering, be it a wedding or rehearsal dinner, an office holiday party or a casual networking event.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 353-1051
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Reddour St.
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Parking details
While there are plenty of street parking options in the neighborhood, there is also a public parking lot located behind Alphabet City, between Reddour and Federal Sts., that is available as well.
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Entertainment
Alphabet City houses both Casellula and City of Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers and creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. City of Asylum hosts a myriad of events, including jazz nights, film screenings, and poetry readings. To view a schedule of their events, please follow: http://www.alphabetcity.org .

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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.6
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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The cheese purveyor was lovely & erudite; she ought to own her own restaurant!
The frico potatoes were so delicious & the chef is skilled though the cheese pairings were not up to snuff, probably due to short-timerism.
Owner Brian has a singularly unfriendly mien- we were introduced to him for the 3d time & once again he exhibited his singular compensatory, arms-crossed/ascitic, gum-champing, studied lack of recognition or interest. His Gracelessness will be much more at home back in NYC (I’m from there).
The milieu is as great as any anywhere- especially with all the other fantastic goings-on and will have no trouble appealing to a nicer equally-competent restaurateur! I would consider being an investor.

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S
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A shame they are closing. The eclectic food was spot on in quality and preparation. The cheese pairings with accoutrements were transcendant. Fun wine list to try. Cocktails were surprisingly creative and delicious- well curated. The setting was very hip- felt like NYC, not Pgh. Loved the comfortable sitting area and couches, as well as the connection to the book store. Sorry I missed the cheese classes and special events, music and readings.
I'm sorry I discovered it too late. I think Pgh will miss it- we needed this place.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and sorry to see close. The only great place to dine in my neighborhood.

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MJ
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Pittsburgh addition that sadly is closing December 23. Best octopus in the city....and among the best prep ever.

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B
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Pity it’s closed. I really enjoyed the concept. I hope they may consider reopening in a new location sometime.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My local! A godsend!

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M
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Try the handmade in front of you mozzarella! Great wine and cheese place

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ES
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu. Food was very flavorful. Server gave good guidance regarding menu choices. Listened to live jazz which was a plus.

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P
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Limited menu restaurant with updated changes. Salads are good. Panzanella was excellent in a previous visit. Tonite blue cheese and walnuts was good too. Cheese was mild and tasty. Cheese is their specialty. Next time I will order a cheese plate. Eggplant meatballs I’ve ordered twice and it was delicious. We had chicken dish and a beef dish. This is a unique experience with jazz and a bookstore. Everyone in Pittsburgh should try it. I had fried tater tots, fried pickles. Would not recommend heavy fried foods. Full bar. Street parking limited,

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, but a bit pricey, they changed their tipping policy but they did not lower their prices, so overall the prices have gone up, and the portions are the same small size as before.

Great service, great food, a bit pricey :) they should go back to their old tipping policy.

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RH
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is great, service impeccable, and the programming is fantastic! Cheese to die for, rock shrimp with spaghettini made with squid ink filling but doesn't weigh you down, and the octopus is always spot on, regardless of preparation. Interesting wines I've never had, and well-balanced cocktails with a creative bent. When there are programs it can get a bit noisy and you feel as though you must pay attention, so it might be wise to find out what's going on any given night before you set your heart on it in case you're not interested in the topic. Having said that, their programming is really interesting and you should give that a try, too!

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HS
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing selection of cheeses! Very knowledgeable staff that guided us on our cheese selections. Great service, great food, I will return...a lot!

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TC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and staff, and the food is good but the choices for food are very limited.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the excellent food, guidance through the extensive cheese list, friendliness of all staff including non-pretentious owner. Overall wonderful dining experience

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D
Pittsburgh
125 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and atmosphere!

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TH
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back!!!! Went with out of town era and they absolutely loved it.

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n
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter and I went for dinner the day after Thanksgiving. We shared a couple of appetizers and a cheeseboard. The polpette (eggplant meatballs) were so good we ordered another order for dessert! The place is cute and cozy. Has a nice bar area and a section with comfy chairs and sofas to snuggle up for drinks with friends. The cheese selection was interesting and all were very good. The wine list was also very good. Can't wait to go again.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our group meets once a month for brunch. We try to select a new place every month this time it was here. The menu is limited, but the food was very good. No desserts or sweets. Wait staff very attentive. Located adjacent to a trendy book store. You can use your receipt for a discount at the store. No parking on site, but you can park on the street FREE on Sundays.

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TL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting concept menu. Good for sharing plates. Fun cocktails and nice wine by the glass selection and reasonably priced. Friendly and attentive staff.

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P
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Neat place. We dined for the first time here with friends on Saturday night. The atmosphere and energy are great, the food is unique and excellent. Our server was personable and tried hard, but was sownehat unrefined for this type of place. Specifically, he had no idea how open and pour the wine that we brought. I should also mention the cork fee was $30. Although I have mixed feelings, overall I liked it.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in every way!

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MP
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There was a documentary presentation while we were eating. I did not know that the venue has this. Made conversation at our table a little difficult but food was fantastic and good service.

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TT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 6 friends brunching on a Sunday. Knowledgeable staff. Amazing cheese as starter and delicious brunch entrees.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Met friends here for brunch. Generous portions - no room for the tantalizing desserts.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience. Skilled service. Wish that there were more menu options for brunch.

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OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our book club here. There was a Fromager on staff who made the perfect cheese board pairings for our brunch. We enjoyed all of our meals. We also enjoyed browsing the book store.

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique, creative, and delicious. Great for a special occasion or entertaining out of town guests!

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S
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a girl's night out with old friends, and Casellula was perfect. We loved the atmosphere. The wait staff was outstanding and fun. The food was exquisite! We will definitely go there again.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A breath of fresh air. Interesting items in a cool atmosphere. Loved the plate sharing Their baba was spectacular, and all cheeses quite good.

A nice prosecco surprise for our anniversary!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent little find in the Burgh! Loved the cheese selection and the cocktail menu. The veal ravioli were scrumptious! Would highly recommend.

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DR
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The best thing about this restaurant is that it is QUIET. It was wonderful to be somewhere where we could actually hear one another. However, it's quite pricey, particularly for the cheese plate ($5.50 for an ounce of cheese and a teensy dollop of accompaniment) and the wines (let's just say it's not a very generous pour, considering that the price for a glass is what you'd pay for a whole bottle). The menu is also fairly limited. I wouldn't NOT recommend this restaurant, but I don't know if I'll return - for the same amount of $ there are many places in the 'burgh with better cuisine and better value.

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ZB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casellula is a treasure! Good, reasonably priced wines, wonderful selection of cheeses and charcuterie, and delicious entrees. The pastas are amazing. To top it all off, a beautiful jazz concert! We will be back...

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E
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casellula is one of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. Definitely opt for a cheese plate. To share. We always let the fromagier choose the cheeses which come with unusual and delicious pairings. Pick an evening when City of Asylum is having a reading or jazz concert, and you can make a night of it without leaving your table!

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was really nice. Our server was lovely and very knowledgeable. Definitely going back.

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous waiter, great octopus and loved the cheese, the wine and the dessert!

Very fun vibe and we will definitely come back.

I saw some reviews about the prices on the menu but as of October 15th they reduced their prices and now want you to tip the wait staff which is fine with me.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were so happy with this place! Our waiter Micheal was beyond awesome and just an all around cool guy. The cocktails were top notch and the food was beyond our expectations! We absolutely love cheese and the pairings were SPOT on. Very laid back and cozy. We will be back for sure!

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. This restaurant has a vibe you cannot just create. We will be back!

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

When I come to hear jazz, hear petty readings, I also eat st Casuella

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

go in a party of at least 3 so you can get a table that's not in a row at the wall. With 2, 1 gets to sit with her back to the whole restaurant and stage. Many evenings there is a program that you can see/hear from a bit of a distance which can be nice. The acoustics are not bad, but again at the row tables for 2 they're worse, bec. you have conversations going on either side, and the tables are somehow long across and you cannot hear your partner very well

the cheeses were very good. The eggplant "meatballs" were not though highly recommended by waitstaff. They're huge but undistinguished! covered in a plain red sauce and otherwise tasteless. The beets were pretty nice but the vinaigrette could have been better. The white wine I had was really good (I believe Albano?) and they didn't charge me for the rose that I didn't like.

good atmosphere, very nice waitstaff.

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m
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with excellent wait staff. Though I’ll miss no tipping system. Their cheese selection with sweet/savory pairing is amazing. They will let you taste your wine before you make a decision. Very nice touch.

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