Lidia's Pittsburgh

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Lidia’s Pittsburgh opened in March of 2001, only two years after Lidia Bastianich and her son Joseph Bastianich opened the popular Lidia’s Kansas City, their first venture outside of Manhattan.

Lidia’s Pittsburgh menu concept is a combination of the New York restaurants, Felidia and Becco.

Lidia's is located downtown in the strip district near the Heinz History Center, Benedum Center, Heinz Hall, Byham Theater, PNC Park, and PPG Paints Arena so it's the perfect place to enjoy a great meal before your event.

The menu features a daily pasta tasting, with homemade pastas that incorporate the season's freshest ingredients in addition to hearty Italian favorites such as the osso bucco, a braised heritage pork shank with barley risotto, the scallopine of chicken breast with roasted lemon, capers, and olives, and grilled salmon filet with seasonal contorni.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Truly disappointing! I always look up The Food Network featured restaurants when we go to new places. We were traveling through Pitt and thought we would try Lidia’s. I looked up reviews and was surprised that many people were not impressed. I thought maybe they weren’t what I would consider “foodies”, or maybe not as travelled. My thinking was that The Food Network would not associate themselves with a mediocre establishment. I regret not listening to the reviews because everything they said is true. Service was extremely slow, food was nothing special, it was not worth my time and money. I would never go back nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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G
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but presentation was very presented for a chef’s restaurant.

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Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta trio is always a delight. Excellent surgery.

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MT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I had heard mixed reviews about Lidia's but decided to try it while my family was visiting and staying at the Hampton Inn which is just a couple blocks away. It was a Saturday night and very busy and the service was slow. The waiter was very nice and apologetic about the slow service but it was unfortunate. The atmosphere is not my style. It a huge dining area with lots of tables, not intimate or cozy or even very inviting. The food varied. We liked the fried seafood (fritto misto) and octopus appetizers. The flatbread and Caesar salad were just okay. The carbonara was the best entree dish. The eggplant dish was okay. The ziti & meatballs was not very good - overcooked pasta and dry, tasteless meatballs. Desserts were Tiramisu and cannoli and those were just mediocre. I'm not sure why some people rave about this restaurant. You'd get better Italian at some of the take-out shops around.

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KB
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I already submitted a review 2 days ago. Please review my submission.

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AC
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Arrived on time for 6:15 reservation and waited 50 minutes to be seated. Have dined here before and disappointed on this visit with the food quantity and quality.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall experience was good however the server never got our two bills correct despite attempting three times to do so. We were running late so we just paid and left. He needs more training!

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BH
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was as great as always, service was good under the waiter got a table of 23 next to us and forgot all about us, took over 20 minutes to get our dessert and then over 10 minutes to get the change for the bill

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Loved the atmosphere. Had to try the pasta trio. It was delicious but filling! Will definitely go back.

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We are Canadians from Toronto area and always dine at Lidias when we are near Pittsburgh. The delicious food lives up to Lidia's high standard. We can't wait for her to open the restaurant in Toronto this year'

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I go to Lidia's often with friends and family. One of the reasons I like it so much is that I'm a vegetarian and they accommodate my diet with something delicious. My dining companions who get food off the regular menus, are always impressed. In fact, we took friends there for the first time last week and they said they would definitely come back.

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Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Lidia's used to be good. We had an awful (and slow) meal (and the manager said it wasn't as busy as usual). My step daughter in law wouldn't even eat one of the pastas as it was so boring. I asked for some of the fish in mine, and it was still boring. Only one of the pastas was any good from the trio, and that was because of the sausage. I used to call to see if they would have mushroom ravioli at lunch, but they always put me off - call back later. Won't go there again. If you want great Italian in Pittsburgh, go to Joseph Tambellini's.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lydia's has changed since it originally opened. While the ambiance and service is great, I found the cost for what was served this time around is a little over rated.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was terrible. The table-served pasta trio was inedible. Plus, it was incredibly hot in the restaurant. The combination of bad food and heat was nauseating.

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit to Lidia's. The atmosphere was pleasant and noise level conducive to conversation. Our server had a great personality but kept forgetting what we asked for and about. We ordered our beverages with no lemon, lemon arrived in both. I asked if there was goat's milk cheese in the dish I was considering, she said she would check then when she came back I asked for the answer to my question. She said she had no idea. I then asked again for her to check on the goat's milk and when I mentioned it again she said "Oh, I asked, no there is isn't any." How did she forget then suddenly remember 10 seconds later when prompted?

They did do something great when we asked them if they could make Chicken Parmesan which wasn't on the menu. At first our server said no and when I mentioned I called prior to make sure they would and the person on the phone said yes, she suddenly said she would ask her manager. Finally she came back and said they would prepare that dish.

When my pasta came I asked a manager for grated parm and he said they don't recommend it on the dish and asked again if I really wanted it. I said yes I still want it and he just looked at me and got it. Also, I ordered the roasted squash. The dish had a lovely flavor but they left the skin/rind and tough stringy part attached so it was tough to chew. As such I did not eat it. They removed it from our bill.

Again, our server was nice and I made light of all the mistakes so that she did not get really worked up at the several mishaps which occurred. Overall it was an OK experience but with so many wonderful places to eat in Pittsburgh, this won't make it back on our list any time soon.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I came here with my 3 18 year old friends celebrating our friend stones 19th birthday. We had been recommended this place and the food was pretty good. service was eh our waiter was rarely around and i had a few questions about stuff and by the time he was back we were almost done eating. Would probably come back.

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Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was greeted immediately. The service staff was friendly and attentive. They were knowledgeable about the very items on the menu and the wine list. I had the pasta trio which was quite delicious!!!!. I had seconds!!! Excellent food and service!!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good , some what bland though. We had reservations for 5 pm and had arrived a little early. However , we were seated quickly. The staff was great and the drinks were very good. We will be back.

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TJ
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch was generally good i.e. the food that we had was excellent. The service was slow despite having only 1/3 of tables filled. The menu for the Prix Fix brunch looked like there was a pasta course followed by the choice of entry. Instead there was an appetizer bar followed by the entry. However, I saw some tables with pasta served to them. So not clear about the discordance between printed menu and actuality. The food we received was excellent however. Very flavorful and fresh.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The all you can sides were not good at all. The deserts were good. I got the pasta trio. The raviolis were delicious but the other 2 were ok. Not worth the money at all.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host and server were excellent. Online reservation was a plus.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchis were excellent! Would definitely go back.

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BM
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Can’t wait to go again soon

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PF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, excellent service, fantastically accommodating of young kids (ages 3 and 6) while still a satisfying splurge for the adults.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband I and dined at Lidia’s prior to attending the Pittsburgh Cabaret. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our waiter was pleasant and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The only thing I wish I had known prior to ordering the pasta trio was that the cheese ravioli was made with goat cheese. Perhaps a more detailed description would have helped clarify. I still enjoyed it, but I would have preferred to know that, as I may have made a different choice.

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1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were seated right away which was nice. Waitress waited on the table next to us even though they were seated after us. Waitress never came back to ask if everything was ok after appetizers & entrees came out. Waited a long time before she came to take our order for appetizers & then entrees. Felt like we had to ask her to come over to our table to request what we needed. We also felt she didn’t listen. She quickly left the table before we had a chance to finish ordering coffee & desserts. Food was average at best. Definitely not worth the what they charge. Pasta sauce tasted like it came out of a can or a jar & the meatballs were equivalent to something you’d expect to get out of a chef boyardee. Nothing tasted homemade. Portion size was good but no one cared to take home leftovers.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Sooo good. Had a late lunch before a concert and were blown away. Top notch service. Beautiful place. Great wine. And the FOOD! We had the braised short ribs and the pasta tasting. My husband thought one rib a bit tough but I thought they were perfect. Flavor was perfect. Potatoes fluffy and seasoned just right. The pasta was out of this world. Gnocchi in an herb butter sauce, a puttanesca dish and a bolognese over a noodle that was my favorite. I had three plates and would have kept going but I knew I would suffer if I did. I had wanted to try her restaurant for years and was definitely not disappointed! Don’t miss it if you are ever near any of her locations.

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JG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine are always good. I had the pasta sample both times never disappoints

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SD
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lidia's always provides a great meal and a great dining experience. The food is well thought out and well prepared, and the servers are professional as well. It's our favorite restaurant.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Pasta trio was made by a 5 year old who lost his tastebuds. Server was incoherent and forgot our appetizer, still charged us for it. For that kind of money I would like to at least be able to swallow a bite, or get head under the table or something.

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TG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time to Lidias on recommendations from several friends. Great venue and really good food. I wasn't as crazy about the calamari with pesto dish from their Tasting Trio, which was the reason for my 4 instead of a 5. Perhaps a bit unfair as the other dishes were great and the service excellent. Yes-Lidia's needs to be on your list of Pittsburgh eateries, for sure. Very nice.

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JF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and the cuisine was very disappointing, I would not dine there again.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast and friendly service.
Plenty of parking options.
Clean restrooms.
In the not too busy section of “The Strip”.
Walking distance to downtown.

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DC
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were out to celebrate Valentines Day. The service was exceptional. We both had the beet salad and the pasta tasting. The salad was wonderful. Three different types of beets perfectly cooked (not too soft but not crunchy), with the right amount of greens and feta. Great start to the meal.

The three pastas were pork and spinach filled ravioli in a sage butter sauce, pappardelle with bolognese sauce and a fluted pasta with a kale pesto. Although all three were good, the ravioli was the stand-out favorite. It was seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of light coating. The other two needed salt, which is unusual for me as I rarely use additional salt at the table. Adding salt made all the difference, especially on the pappardelle.

The wine selections were many. My glass of Sangiovese that paired well with the pasta.

All-in-all it was a nice evening, great service in a quiet atmosphere. We will definitely go back.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We arrived for Sunday Brunch and were seated promptly. The waitress was slow in attending to the table. The Brunch procedure is to order an entrée from the menu selection and serve yourself at the buffet. At the time we hit the buffet, Which was at about 1215, the food was significantly depleted with an empty fruit dish and other empty or nearly empty selections. The variety was limited. Two of the staff were told of the depleted buffet dishes and were uncaring at best. The entrees were satisfactory. My previous experiences at Lidia's were more enjoyable and my recommendations to friends would be qualified based on this experience.

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DJ
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always. Can’t go wrong with the pasta trio.

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w
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was our first time and my wife and i had a wonderful time... we will make your pgh location a weekly stop... thanks for great food and service

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F
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Reservation at 8:15. Didn’t get seated until 9:30. Quick and inattentive service. Food was not worth the price.

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BM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Knew there was a problem when we entered to check in and were told their iPad system was down and they were awaiting another iPad. Had 8PM reservation (for 4) but knew there was an immediate problem when people who had 7:30PM reservation were complaining at 8. We were seated at 8:30 after we complained about a myriad of tables were sitting waiting to be cleaned (one for 20 minutes) while three people were at the host/hostess stand. We suggested they should be helping out. We were told "they were doing the best they can". Clearly needs better management.
Food OK. Service slow. Guessing Lidia feels Pittsburgh not worthy of the caliber of restaurants NYC requires..Del Posto, Felidia, Becco, etc.
Won't go back

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