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
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lidia's is always a great place to eat. Sunday evening is always quiet. The wait staff is always pleasant. The food is great.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very friendly. She suggested the tableside pasta trio. All three pasta dishes were very tasty but the red sauce was the best. Large portion of Caesar salad and tiramisu for dessert.

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really like Lidia’s. Our waitress cindy(I think), from new York was great. She was a great conversationalist and we are too. Made for a great night out!

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AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was bland and my chicken was dry. Waited 45 minutes past our reservation time.

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CL
Cleveland
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Did not meet expectations compared to her NYC restaurants....

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AE
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Was glad to sit upstairs since it was quieter and more private.

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c
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been a frequent customer and this last time was during restaurant week so service and noise were higher than previous visits. The calamari was bland and also had shrimp and Brussel sprouts which detracted from the squid. I have had better pasta(trio) there before and it seemed the served portions have gotten smaller. Then again I will refrain from going again during restaurant week

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I made my reservation via Open Table indicating that we had someone in our party of 6 who used a cane and also followed-up via call. The table was a short walking distance away from the entrance which worked out perfectly. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Our waitress even took pictures of us after our meal. The noise level made it a bit hard to hear everyone. But, we were still able to have a great time.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service a bit slow- overpriced for quality
Nice atmosphere

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BA
Pittsburgh
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been in probably 10 years with the explosion of dining scene in Pittsburgh. Happy to say in my opinion it still holds up. Visited during Restaurant Week and we chose the long-standing pasta sampler trio which gives you the option for unlimited servings of each of the 3 fresh pastas. Excellent!

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RA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and atmosphere is cool. The ambiance is really nice.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here was great! I went for a date and got stood up but the barmaid was very helpful and friendly as well as the hostess. Will definitely come back here with someone who deserves it!

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b
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been to Lidia's many times and it is always a good meal. This visit it was restaurant week so the value was very good. All of the choices were regular menu items - I had the Burrata appetizer which was excellent and the Chicken with Olives and Lemons and it was delicious. My husband had the pasta tasting and enjoyed all three pastas - especially the Rigatoni Bolognese. And, the Tiramisu is always excellent! Service was very good - overall a solid dining option!

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my third visit. It’s always been a very pleasant experience at Lidia’s. The service is second-to-none. I feel the pasta trio is a bit spendy for just pasta, but very delicious all the same. I highly recommend this restaurant for a higher end, more expensive dining experience.

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LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone we came in contact with during our evening was very personable and accommodating, including the valet. Lorie, our server was fantastic! She had a great personality! Tortellini was exceptional, as well as the Tiramisu!

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s
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I had the three pasta special and all three were the blandest pasta dishes that I ever had. Very disappointing after loving all the recipes Lidia created on her show.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. Waiter was very nice and very good. Prices a little high. Overall a nice evening though.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner before going to the theater. Our pasta trio and Caesar salad were exceptional. Our waiter was wonderful, attentive but nor overbearing.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was delicious. We had a couple of people with food sensitivities and they were able to help us out with gluten-free and dairy-free options. Our waitress was super accommodating, and very pleasant. We were visiting from out of town and we were blessed to find this place right next to our hotel.

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My husband and I have been to Lydia's in Pittsburgh at least 5 times in the past 12 months when visiting Pittsburgh where our daughter goes to college. We experienced unusually poor service this past visit which was unusual. Over the span of 30 minutes, I asked 4 different people, including twice of our server, for a bread basket. It is usually delivered with water or drinks when we look thru the menu, but ours did not come until our entree was served. We had gone through cocktails and salads before anything arrived despite every other table having received theirs. I had asked for some olives, which I usually do when my family eats the bread and hummus. They arrived over roasted, totally dried out and black. They were inedible. The server shrugged her shoulders.
Our entrees were very good and the seasonal dessert of chocolate nutella tart with bananas and candied pecans was heavenly.
The restaurant was busy but not overflowing so I have no idea as to why service was so lacking this past weekend. I'll come again but I'll be certain to steer clear of that specific server.

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m
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I was fairly disappointed. We were seated by wait staff’s station while dining room seemed 65% full. Traffic of staff was needless to say a lot and you can hear every details of their conversation Too. Plus the way their computer is setup they face their back to us. That means their behind is right at your eye level. I blame solely on the person at front. That table should been the absolute last option for any of customers. And we had ordered pasta trio. One of the pasta was cold. Very disappointed. Though last note, our waiter was very nice and attentive He really saved a night for us. I’m not sure I will be back anytime soon.

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MN
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Meeting with Travel Rep after the Travel Show. It was a wonderful experience! Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was excited to try this place, as I’ve heard about it many times. The menu - drink & food- were very unique.
Though the food wasn’t anything super spectacular, it was good. The drinks were my favorite part. The service was amazing.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service - thoroughly enjoyable! I would happily go back.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!
A quiet Monday night in the city and we are so glad they were open. Everything from the warm welcome to send off with the gentleman at the door and friendly hostess, and each person all the way through. Delicious food, great value (tho we come from an expensive city) they offer good portion sizes, and tentative knowledgeable service. I’m so sorry I don’t remember our server’s name tonight (young woman with blonde hair), but she was great and so on top of it.

Try the spaghetti squash with shrimp. Surprising and delicious!

It’s a little bit of a quiet dark end of town, so I wouldn’t recommend walking there at night is all (not sure if people in this city do much anyway), but they sure do warm up that corner once you are there. Appears to be ample parking. Thanks all of you at Lidia’s!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Terrible. There are much better places to eat at in Pittsburgh.

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RG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

waitress wasnt very attentive had to ask for specials

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TK
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were celebrating our daughter going to college and we had to sit upstairs because if a previous function below nitbtue normal Lydia experience in my mind

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R
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I went to Lidia’s when it first opened. It took me about 20 years to return. The second time was okay- maybe just because it was something different... Anyway I recently went for the third time and everything was so mediocre- I probably won’t go back for yet another 20 years...

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for dinner on a Saturday night. We asked the waiter, who was prompt and polite, if he would be willing to work with the bartender to bring us drinks color coded to reveal the gender of our second child-to-be (which we gave to him in a sealed envelope). Without hesitation and with much excitement, he accepted the request. After what seemed like forever to us, but was really only a few minutes, our waiter Corey and the manager Eric (and several excited staff members lingering in the background) came out with our drinks hidden behind a serving tray, ready for the reveal. Not only did they oblige this unusual request, but they also included a complimentary dessert at the end of our meal, also color coordinated. With all of this special and unexpected treatment aside, the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful. We both ordered the pasta trio, which is always a good decision!! The drinks, meals, and dessert were very delicious and we will be back again for sure!! We highly recommend Lidia's for anyone who hasn't yet been. We thank everyone at Lidia's for making our night so special!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. The food, wine and service we spot on! We can’t wait to come back.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal! Great service. Great selection of wine.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always!!

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Wanted to enjoy good Italian food; however, very mediocre and overpriced. Service was good, but overwhelmed so slow. My Wife did talk to the Manager, but seemed unconcerned with fact our food came out as poorly prepared as it did. Atmosphere was pleasant, but seating is tight- atleast when we where there- little privacy and high noise levels. Tried and won't return.

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DZ
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The girl that checked us in at the door was very rude. She completely ignored us when we entered the restaurant. She would not speak to us until I raised my voice. We almost walked out.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

everything was wonderful, except our server was not terrific. she was slow, inattentive and we had to ask several times for the past trio to be refilled. other than this, was terrific!

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CG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

First disappointing experience with Lidia's. Food missed. Dry lamb chops with no presentation or sauce. Pasta not as flavorful as previously. Felt like being rushed. Pasta servers did not interact, just plopped food down and left. Valet person left car door open in the pouring rain and did not help into car. If you can't do New Year's Eve right it's time for me to move on. This had been 3rd year.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 3

Really bad service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food can be a bit hit or miss. Some items are great while.others are marginal. Burrata was spectacular. Steak was generous and done perfectly. Pasta dishes more like "olive garden" style portions vs high end Italian restaurant IMO.

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l
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Family surprised me for my 60th birthday. Everyone loved their meals and atmosphere. Waiters were attentive and polite. Thank you all!

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