About Lidia's Pittsburgh

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.

1400 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:30pm-6:30pm

Cross Street:
15th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 552-0150

Website:
http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com/

Parking Details:
We offer on valet and public parking. Street parking is also available near the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Walker

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for our Spring Garden Dinner on June 12th hosted by Lidia Bastianich. We will be offering a delectable 4 course dinner designed by Lidia for $55/person. To see the full menu being offered please go to our website We will be taking reservations throughout the evening starting at 5pm and ending at 8:30pm. Space is limited for the event so please either call 412-552-0150 to make you reservation or mark that you would like to attend the Spring Garden Dinner in the special requests section when making it through OpenTable.

Private Dining

The seasonal private dining menus capture the warmth of Lidia’s cuisine, evoking an authentic Italian meal in a lovely environment. Italian favorites are highlights of our three to four course dinner options along with our antipasti rustic buffet settings.

Lidia's Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (68)
Good for a Date (61)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
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Good for Birthdays (50)
Authentic (48)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Groups (36)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Comfort Food (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Romantic (31)
Business Meals (30)
Tasting Menu (27)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Cozy (22)
Casual (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Fun (11)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Scenic View (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Waterfront (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 2 days ago

Third time there...visiting Pittsburgh from Cleveland...great restaurant, these guys can cook...very reasonable priced, diverse menu...I’m now gluten/dairy free...and plenty of choices for me (as well as wife and niece who are not gf/df)...I wound up w/ Saturday special veal chop served w/ mashed parsnips and greens...likely best veal chop I’ve ever had, smothered w/ shiitake mushrooms...niece had chocolate (yes, chocolate) ravioli filled w/ butternut squash, wife had salmon...all raved...very nice and well informed server, very accommodating, very attentive...w/ salads, wine and desserts, roughly $50 pp...I think that’s pretty reasonable for what you get...we’ll continue to come back here on future Pittsburgh visits.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

The pasta, lamb shank and stuffed cabbage leaves were good, but not great. Lacked salt and flavors were muted. Bread was excellent. Pesto with it was so-so. But service was truly outstanding!! That alone makes it worth a revisit to perhaps try out other menu items

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a place you want to go to have real Italian food!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu selections & variety -
the beet salad, artichoke appetizer, pasta trio & the limoncello tiramisu were delicious.
Our waitress was a gem - enthusiastic, well informed & fun!
The support staff was great too - very attentive & pleasant!
The waitstaff were a perfect accompaniment to our delicious meal.
Atmosphere was warm & friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous celebration dinner ~ the gnocchi with duck and the lamb shank were very tasty dinners. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Over rated, overpriced, bad food. Chain like. Big disappointment.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

The food from start to finish was excellent! Must try the Frico if you love cheese! The lamb was so tender and delicious and fell right off the bone. The pasta trio allows you to have 2nds and 3rds if you like and the sauces were delicious! The lemoncello tiramisu I have never had before but it was really good, and my husband loved it and it was his first tiramisu because he hates coffee and could not have the original. The staff is polite and you do not have to wait long for anything. I would recommend going on a weekday like we did as I hear weekends get very busy!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We were there on a week night and service and noise level were great. Overall, our dinners were very good, high quality, with the exception of the pasta trio which was bland and lacking any creativity and freshness. The tomato base spaghetti sauce was unseasoned, the seafood fettuccine offered overcooked tiny shrimp in a watery garlic oil sauce, and the ravioli was close to something from the frozen grocery section. Maybe this is what happens when a large amount of food is prepared for many diners versus an individual entree order. However, the wines and atmosphere were excellent along w the the appetizers. We've always liked Lidia's and hope the pasta trio preparations can be upgraded.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Unfortunately this was our first and last time here. The fish special had bones in it and there was a hair in the pasta. For the price, the taste and presentation was mediocre.
One positive is that our servers were very friendly and attentive, but the kitchen has got to get their ducks in a row.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It was OK. Had heard rave reviews so maybe expectations were too high. Very few people there the night I went. Seemed odd for a Thursday night. Presentation of the food was poor - looked like it had slid around the plate before they brought it out. And the Gnochi with duck was tasty, but skimpy on the duck... But service was great!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience at Lidia’s this week. We were seated close to the bar near the fireplace where the bartender, Anon, was also our waiter. We got there just in time for a Happy Hour drink and it did not disappoint. Our meal was very good, but the experience with Anon as our server made for an exceptional evening. So much so , I made a point of seeking out the manager to relay our sentiments. And no, we never met Anon before, but we’ll remember his smile and engaging personality.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was average tasting. Service was good. Had the pasta trio many times before, this time it was lacking flavor. Will try again, but very disappointed on this visit. There was many very noisy groups of people, this also was out of the ordinary, so loud that they tried to partition off the groups but it did not effect the noise level.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Initially I was super excited to try this restaurant as I love the Bastianich restaurants in Las Vegas - unfortunately Lidia’s did not come even close. I had better pasta at Macaroni Grill - I would not waste your time here.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

1st time there service was most excellent. It is a little pricey but worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

From the moment we arrived ...we were treated like royalty. We were seated immediately and Lori came over and introduced herself. She particularly catered to our son (we did indicate it was his birthday) and she made him feel like a king!
The pulpo was prepared perfectly. The pesto was fresh, light and not greasy. The duck gnocchi was earthy and flavorful. The gnocchi itself was pillowy and cooked to perfection. Hubby had the pork shank which was mouth-wateringly tender and like NOTHING i have ever tasted. My son topped off his dinner with the pineapple sorbet and Happy Birthday written in chocolate: what a lovely touch! If we lived closer, we would come back again...but as it is, we dine at Felidia and Becco since we are in Long Island, NY. The staff was top notch! The food incredible - elevated Italian comfort food. We are no strangers to Lidias Restaurants; this one did not disappoint!!Beautiful interior also.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our cocktails and food were all quite good, except for one component of our appetizer that was not cooked properly. That was a minor issue, and while it was not necessary, they didn't charge us for the appetizer. I only brought it to the attention of my server so that the kitchen could be made aware of it and correct it for others. The service was mostly excellent, except that I ordered the pasta trio, and the server who brought the mushroom ravioli was awful. While the other 2 servers lowered the pans and were careful about placing the pasta helpings on my plate, the ravioli server dumped them on my plate and the buttery sauce splashed all over the place. The other 2 servers ASKED if I wanted more of the dish they were carrying when they came around - he literally just walked by and dumped more on my plate every time he passed by without asking if I wanted more or not, and kept going so I could never talk to him and tell him that I didn't need more! My husband thought it was amusing, but I thought it was very rude
(and wasteful). We were there on a busy Saturday night and the noise level was pretty high. We had to speak up to hear each other across the table.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Went to Lydia's for my husbands birthday. Waitstaff was extremely friendly and helpful. Asked for a table near fireplace and was accommodated. The food was awesome, can't wait to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very disappointing. Two of the three pasta specials came cold on the first serving. Pasta with calamari was tasteless. Two of the three canolli's were stale.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I haven't been here for a while and we decided to celebrate our family simply being together, as our kids begin to spread their wings. It was a Sunday evening and the place was sparse. Not sure if they had a staffing inssue or what but even with the limited number of tables, the service and attention to the table of 6 was not good.

The decor hasn't changed since the last time I was there. The front door was scraping on the uneven cement so opening and closing the door was a real challenge. A fire hazard in my opinion.

So the food was good to great but the service and overall environment detracted significantly. There are too many newer, cooler, and better valued options but it was chosen as an old stand by for good food and it lived up to that standard.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent atmosphere, service and food. Will definitely recommend and be back. Love it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My SIL said the gnocchi was just like her late mother’s and I have to agree. My MIL was from northern Italy and Lidia’s was a perfect match in every way. My Zuppa Di Pesce was great and my husband (who isn’t easily impressed with food most of the time) said his Pasta Trio was excellent. We will go back.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lidia’s Pittsburgh has been a family favorite for many years, and it never ceases to disappoint. It’s our standard “birthday dinner” stop with our adult sons. The food is always great and the service is spectacular.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I had a wonderful meal at Lydia's this past Saturday night. This was my third visit to the restaurant. My husband and I took my daughter there with her boyfriend. My daughter, her boyfriend and my husband ordered the Pasta Tasting Trio in which the the servers bring around three pasta dishes as many times as guests would like. My daughter is vegetarian. Lydia's kitchen made her a special pasta so that she could enjoy the trio with everyone else. They were very accommodating. I had the eggplant parmesan which was the best eggplant parmesan I ever had (not overly breaded and fried). The waitress was lovely and the entire evening was enjoyable!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good. Thank you.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall a great place, I made the “mistake” of ordering steak at an Italian place. The Steak was tasteless. My wife had the ravioli and loved it.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is always amazing. Great place to eat and every dish is a winner. With valet and a coat check-it was the perfect place for a cold pittsburgh night.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

First time at Lidia's after trying to get there for years. We have been to many fine dining restaurants in Pittsburgh, but this was not one of them! Service by the floor staff like the hostess and wait staff was fine, but the food was not good. In fact it was bad. I ordered the Friday night seafood special and for $40 we got cold to luke warm seafood with rubber calamari. Upon mentioning it the waiter took it back. It was reheated, including the clam that was already eaten, and returned with a fancier presentation. It was not good, but eaten anyway because my wife was already about finished with her meal. Okay it happens right? I actually understand that thing like that can happen.... but - then comes the check... NOTHING! Nothing was done to make up for the issue. No manager came by and no money was knocked off the meal. I sought out the manager (had to ask for her) and she finally came out and basically indicated that she was doing an inquiry and she obviously had her doubts about our complaints. I finally told her to just ring us out for the full amount because we wanted to go and would not be back. They took the check and when they brought it back we saw that the "seafood special" was comped. Shouldn't have been that difficult. Here's a tip Lidia's - If a customer returns a dish to the kitchen, especially if it's the special and especially because it's cold, you might want to have the manager reach out to them to apologize. We didn't need the meal fully comped. We needed some concern and sympathy and a nice modest gesture of knocking some money off the bill. Since you didn't do any of that then you ended up comping the whole dish. We will not be back!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Best pasta in Pittsburgh! The Pasta Trio never disappoints regardless of which three pastas the pick on any given day!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Started the New Year with dinner at Lydia's Pittsburgh. Corey and Jay made this a very memorable occasion. Corey was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. He made us feel welcomed , answered all our questions and offered valuable suggestions. Jay was terrific. He anticipated all our needs and fulfilled them--we never had to ask for anything! His customer service skills were excellent. The food was outstanding. I had the pasta sampler which was delicious---loved the butternut squash ravioli! The Scampi alla Delidia was an amazing appetizer. Kudos to the talented chefs! I liked the fact that the produce used was locally-sourced and that all the breads were made in house. I highly recommend this restaurant !
Thanks to the staff for all that they do. Barb M.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went on New Years Day but are repeat diners. Never been disappointed in the food. For larger appetites they have an all you can eat pasta trio. Nice selection on menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Lidia's for New Years' Day and we were not disappointed. The menu was truly authentic Italian and we went with the Pasta Trio. We were a little surprised when our meals were a little slow coming out of the kitchen as the reviews had indicated that the service was great! However, our waitress was very apologetic about the wait time and, even though we didn't say anything, comped our after dinner coffee and espressos.
All in all a great first experience at Lidia's. We will plan on going again.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A wonderful refuge on a bitter cold New Year’s Day where the people ambiance and food was all very inviting. My partner’s pasta trio was prepared al dente with a mixture of pastas so each was unique. My linguine con vongelo had tender sweet clams. However there was a bit too much bribe making the otherwise wonderful dish too salty

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was super slow and it was not extremely busy during our time. Our server Danielle was amazing but she can not control the slow kitchen. The lag between salad and meal was dreadful. The all you can eat pasta is just ok. How much pasta can one eat? The pasta was chewy but reheated the next day made it better. The bread option is ok. Someone got stinky cheese near us and it was awful. The dessert was just ok. For New Years Eve they were out of the key dishes by the time we arrived at 8:45pm.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall decent. Service was great.
Gluten free options were very poor and limited. Definitely not enough for such a restaurant for people with gluten allergies. Portions were very also very small. We are big Lidia fans but left disappointed. Pittsburgh has so many quality restaurants that we would not recommend Lidias.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I typically really enjoy Lidia's. We had dinner for New Years Eve. I understand it was crowded, but it took almost 2.5 hours from the time we sat down until we finished dessert. Everything took really long to be served. The server and manager were both very apologetic throughout the entire meal for the slowness of the food coming out.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Lidia's on New Years Eve. The restaurant was packed with people. I would say this would not be a fair review because it was a holiday. The good points: the restaurant was nicely decorated. It has good lighting and an interesting look. The food was very good, and the price was fair. The not so good points: service was slow, but to be fair, we could see our server was overwhelmed with large tables. We had to ask for drink refills. The tables we very close together. I was squeezed into my chair and my chair was bumbed many times. I would probably say on an ordinary day, these not so good points would probably not happen. I do recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is outstanding. First class professional wait staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Server attentive for order and 1st round of beverages. Non-existent after that. Lissa was our server. Steak ordered med-rare. It was near well-done. Everyone’s Broccolini tasted like kerosene. New Year Eve special was fine for 2 of our guests. I intended to take my New York strip home for my dogs. Lissa set our food bag on the floor. We’ve celebrated several events here. New Years was a complete disappointment.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Hated it really. Wait staff, different person, came first to table next to us which was seated after us. First not okay thing. Then question was "tap" water or sparkling water. We got three tap waters. one sparkling. I joked that it was river water. Sparking was 33.8 ounces of Pellegrino. Too much for one person. Food wasn't good. Daughter had seafood soup thing, one had gnoochies, one had osso buco, I had canneloni. Mine was overcooked. Pasta should be al dente. Three had tiramisu hoping to restore the place. No vanilla latte. Gave me alcoholic one but it was too strong. We were celebrating a 28th wedding anniversary. Wouldn't recommend it. Atmosphere was nice.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

OUR RESERVATION WAS AT THE END OF THE BRUNCH TIME. THE ANTIPASTA BUFFET WAS BARE AND DISORDERLY. WE FELT RUSHED AND UNWELCOMED.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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