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.View Private Dining Details
We have eaten at Lidia's before and somehow we always go when there is never a crowd. The only problem we had was with our service. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great or what we were used to. I feel like our server was overwhelmed with the number of tables he was responsible for and several of the tables were large parties, so I felt like as a party of two we got lost in the mix. 1. Our water glasses were filled so high with ice we couldn't drink out of them. We spent most of our dinner asking for water because we had none - just glasses of ice. 2. At one point a different server took my plate out of my way. I thought she was going to get me a new one, but never brought it back and I was still enjoying the pasta trio feature. 3. When another server came with a skillet of pasta, instead of getting me a new large plate, he used my bread dish. Unfortunately the first server took my fork too so I couldn't eat my pasta until the host got one for me. 4. When our primary server realized what happened, he brought me a large plate, but by then I had eaten my pasta and didn't want any more. 5. My husband ordered the sorbet trio for dessert and when it came out, it was just sorbet. We didn't see our server again until he came with the check and when I asked about the trio he said he thought we only wanted the sorbet. 6. And there was so much time in between everything. It took forever to get our salads, our pasta, and our desserts! I mean, the desserts were cold or pre-made I will never understand why it took forever to bring to our table. The only thing that was quick was paying the check, which was a little disappointing.
We have been to Lidia's a few times already. They never fail to impress - great staff, great food, great value.
I believe they serve food you could make at home if you were so motivated. That's not a knock, just means they use ingredients most good cooks could replicate at home. We have a couple cookbooks from Lidia, and everything we have made has been excellent. But doing this you miss the outstanding service!
Everyone there makes you feel at home, and you are never left with an empty plate of water glass. I love when the wait staff seems to know what you want, and provides without asking.
I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!
Although we waited almost 45 minutes past our reservation time, the rest of the night turned out great! Food!!! Service!!! OUTSTANDING!!!
We were seated promptly on arrival of entire party. Our server was excellent. She spoke clearly and was helpful with menu selections. Our food was wonderful. Several of us ordered the pasta trio which as always is a nice variety and delicious. Others ordered the lasagna, gnocchi and baked ziti and were very happy with their choices.
Food was great and the service was spectacular. The service and pasta tasting plate set this restaurant apart from others. We recommend it highly.
We love Lidia's restaurants and this one was no exception. We flew from Seattle to Pittsburgh to have dinner at this restaurant before driving a distance to see family. The service was great and they recognized our anniversary with a lovely desert that they packaged to go because we too tired to eat at the restaurant. We both had osso bucco but my bad, I should have told the server that my dinner was luke warm which really surprised me. It was very tasty but a little on the cold side which is not typical of our previous experiences. Despite the cool dinner, I'd still recommend this restaurant.
Awesome Service and delicious food!
Disappointed in the taste of the food. Not flavorful at all. I've had better food at cheaper, less famous restaurants. Won't be going back.
The service was fantastic and so was the food! The octopus appetizer was delicious and the pasta sampler memorable.
Many gluten free choices for those who have a gluten allergy.
We were visiting PITTSBURGH and being a Lidia fan wanted to give it a try. We weren't disappointed!
My mom was born in Naples Italy and I watch Lidia a lot and her recipes are the type I was brought up on. DELICIOUS
Sunday reservation after attending a program at Heinz Hall. Service was great. I ordered the Osso Bucco and was very pleased. My wife ordered the eggplant parm and was also pleased. They also make a great Old Fashion.
Always enjoy Lidia’s. Pasta is so light. Great atmosphere and wonderful service!
Everything from the food to the service was wonderful!
The service was fantastic and everyone who works here is charming and kind. We just weren’t impressed with our food choices. We felt all of the dishes were bland and lacked any flavor. Zero flavor. It was disappointing. From the spreads on the breads to the seafood couscous dish, we just didn’t feel the meals stood out. Even adding some garlic or pepper would have helped! Just felt they added zero spices.
Lidia's continues to be a wonderful restaurant to bring friends and family to for a lovely night out or a special occasion. The service was excellent throughout the evening. Laurie, our server, was attentive and checked in on us frequently without being intrusive. The food was, as usual, very good. I look forward to my next visit.
Second time and the pasta is out if this world. Dined at an earlier time slot and it was very busy and noisy. If having a date, may want to ask for table not in center of dining room.
We feel that Lidia’s is excellent. When visiting Pittsburgh, we always dine there. The food and service are consistently at the highest level.
food was not great - chewy steak for $42 - three people, five cocktails - $250 - not worth it imo
The food has been great every time I have been there. Our server was excellent with suggestions and flexible with any adjustments. The wait for the check was too long. When I’m done I want to leave and expect the server to be clued in enough to time it.
Except for the spaghetti and meatballs on the children's menu all the entree portions were too small to satisfy and adult. The gnocchi with duck ragu had very little flavor. The Eggplant parmigiana was small and also weak on flavor. Lack of flavor were also true for the calamari and the lasagna. The high point of the meal was the martini, it was spot on perfect.
Sunday brunch was phenomenal! I enjoyed the pasta trio and recommend this highly. All of the other dishes on the buffet were excellent as well as the desserts. I give this establishment 5 stars
You always know what you're getting at Lidia's. The food is consistent and tasty.
We had enjoyed dining at Lydia's in the past. On this visit we were seated upstairs which does not match the ambience of downstairs. The service was marginal, the area was loud and a bit threadbare, and the food average. It was quite a disappointment after our first successful visit.
Food was great. The atmosphere upstairs is not very interesting and less "special" that the room downstairs.
The food was delicious. Godd service. A little slow but the atmsphere made up for that.
A perfect Italian setting in downtown Pittsburgh. Th people were so well trained and charming. From the hostess Hannah to the bartender Anon and waitress Danielle it was perfect. They had a whole bass, my favorite, and my friend had the trio which was out of this world. I had just come from Giada and this is way better. An Italian A.
The food was fantastic. The smashed pea toast was fresh and delicious. The fava bean salad was fresh, light and seasoned impeccably. The frica was crispy and definitely comfort food. The meatballs were spot on. The budino was decadent, rich and full of flavor. The panna cotta was light and creamy. The cookies were crispy and full of flavor. The wait staff is wonderful, accommodating and friendly.
Beautiful locale, Pittsburgh friendly, great food, love the ambience
Couldn’t be happier with our decision to go to Lidia’s while in Pittsburgh for a conference. Our server, Laurie, was attentive and fun and made the experience memorable and enjoyable
Nice place, not dying to return, however I will in the future.
Honestly probably the best service I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Very attentive and friendly staff.
Lamb chops were disappointing. Wafer thin with hardly any lamb. The gnocchi was good. Service was somewhat attentive but appeared to be new. This was a preset menu for the Easter holiday. Not worth the price.
Was very unsatisfied with our dining experience. The food was just average and the price exorbitant for what was included. None of the items on the menu with the possible exception of the lamb chops were premium dishes.
The shrimp in the farfale pesto were so small that they would have been expected at a Golden Coral buffet.
The glass of chianti I ordered was no where near a 6oz pour and we were never offered another drink even though all drinks were mostly gone by the time the main course arrived. I waited a good 15 minutes for another serving of pasta after the waitress asked if I would like more.
The deserts were average and we were never offered coffee either.
This was my second time at Lydia’s with the first time being a great experience. After Sunday’s Easter meal, I likely will never go back.
For $45 per person and the fact that none of the dishes warranted anywhere near that price, you would expect that it would be staffed sufficiently to offer an adequate level of service.
Had the price not been so high, I would have shrugged it off but at that price I feel Lydia’s needs to justify both the quality of the food as well as the service and in both categories it was a fail.
Lidia's is a fine Italian restaurant. Our experience there for an Easter dinner was wonderful, if a little pricey (fixed-price Easter menu). The food, as expected, was excellent as was the service.
Easter brunch was expensive, but outstanding.
We were at Lidia’s for Easter lunch. It was not the experience we had had on prior occasions at the restaurant. It was a fixed menu. The appetizers and desserts were uninspiring. And nothing about the desserts were Italian. The staff did not seem like the A-team. Disappointing except for the ravioli.
We have been to Lidia's many times and also always for Easter nad hav always enjoyed it. This past Easter my husband and I wer so very disappointed. The service was "scattered". Our waitress showed up only to ask "how is everything?" After taking our order, others served us, removed dishes (if we could find someone to ask). My husband had the Pasta Trio and enjoyed it. I had the Chicken Gratin which was 2 tiny chicken breasts, each with a thin slice of zucchini on top and MAYBE some parmesan cheese that was to be the gratin, all swimming in a tomato-y brothy liquid. The appetizer and dessert plates were so-so and not very appetizing looking. A real disappointment.
We were celebrating Easter. The choices on the price fixe menu were excellent, particularly the ravioli. We will dine there again.
Went for Easter pre-fixe at Lidia's Pittsburgh. First visit ever to a Lidia's restaurant. While food was good, service was slow. I realize it was a holiday but the restaurant was not full to start and there was plenty of staff. Did not get bread as other tables were provided, the pasta trio that said all you can eat - well, it took forever for the server to come back and serve seconds... the servers would spoon out the portions from their pan... and only server ever showed up with a second spoonful of pasta. The rest of my family was already done eating while I ate my seconds and then the dessert plate arrived while I was eating... The dessert plate was very small - while there was an assortment of 4 choices, each was super mini in size ... especially the biscotti - like 1 inch long microscopic biscotti... The server did not even ask if we wanted any coffee/tea and just promptly brought the check so the next round of guests could arrive. For a $210 meal for a family of 4, we left hungry. Sigh!
The food was good and the service was outstanding.
We felt it was a bit overpriced. But overall we were satisfied.