Lidia's Pittsburgh

4.2
4527 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - 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
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Phone number
(412) 552-0150
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel Walker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th Street
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Parking details
We offer on valet and public parking. Street parking is also available near the restaurant.
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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.
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

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.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The service at the restaurant was not great. Our server was very nice but we ordered the pasta trio which is served at the table. We waited to get each of the varieties and then waited even longer to get seconds any of the pastas. The cost of this type of pasta meal was too expensive for what we received.

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RS
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've dined at Lidia's numerous times as it was one of my father's favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. He was a restaurant owner and worked in the business in the DC area for decades and is extremely particular. We appreciated their attention to detail on this visit and acknowledgment of his birthday celebration by bringing a trio of gelato with a pretty birthday message & candle. However, we all felt that a bit of the 'magic' has been lost...unclear if overextended with too many restaurants, etc. but - although nothing was bad - it was all just 'good' rather than outstanding. Also, they eliminated Mimosas & Bloody Mary's during Sunday Brunch stating 'since they lowered their price'. However, I understand it used to be $19.99, then I believe raised to $24.00 and now $29.99 which, to my mind, is reasonably priced, but you can offer (1) cocktail with cheap champagne and not lose any money while keeping the integrity of the brunch which most other restaurants offer and knowing others in the party will order & pay for other drinks such as beer, wine, etc. to compensate for the couple of included drinks.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Apps and dessert were good. Entrees were just ok.

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JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Pittsburgh on three separate trips over the last two months and ate at Lidia's 5 times over the 8 evenings we were there. My wife and I and our guests had no complaints about the food and service. The food is excellent and we looked forward to returing.
Their soup of the day is the best, very healthy, but served only as a bowl during dinner hours. but no one left anything to waste. We tried appetizers including the scampi alla felidia, polipo grilled octopus, polpette pork/beef meatballs, burrata cheese/salmon, and schiachata flatbread, all great. For dinner, one guest tried the all you can eat tasting trio and they thought it was great, and they were filled up with the first serving of each. We tried all of the pastas, all excellent and different, and my own favorite is the ziti con polpettine (baked with a few small meatballs). The secondi menu provides a variety of different items to suit anyone's tastes as well. You can't go wrong with any of the home made deserts, tried all of them except the tiramisue.
The only negative thing I have to say is that there are only a handful of street parking spaces, and don't plan on finding one during peak dining hours. The valet costs $10 without a tip. We actually stayed at a nearby hotel and walked 3 of the times, went to an early dinner and found the last metered street parking space for about $2, and one time we had did the valet. I suggest that Lidia's offer some discount if you valet, say something off of the restaurant bill?

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MM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Even though my eggplant parm was cold, it was still tasty. We've had mixed experiences at Lidia's over the years. We almost had an issue when we were taken to a seat near a table of 6 men in a corner. Not that we minded the men, it was that the WHOLE restaurant was open and to put us smack next to a large (loud) table was hard to understand. Luckily, we were able to convince the hostess to move us somewhere that MADE SENSE!

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so good!!

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PL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to several of Lidia’s restaurants. They are always some of the best meals and as usual the service was impressive.

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

The food was very good our waitress was exceptional! If dining during the week I recommend making reservations before 7:30 if ordering the pasta trio. It was difficult to find those servers for additional helpings. Yes they were yummy! My children wanted more. I had the steak it was awesome and cooked to perfection.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service at Lidia's was great, but the food (lasagna, calamari, bread, spreads) were just ok.

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

The menu offered more choices than most restaurants. I had trouble picking one entree. I loved the short ribs - good choice.
Our server (Anone) was quite helpful with the menu. He was also quite personable.
We will be back again.

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v
Pittsburgh
104 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Four of us had brunch on Sunday. The food was delicious and portions were ample.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was enthusiastic and attentive. The food was exceptional.

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b
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Thanks to Jason for his attention to our table. Pace of courses was good. A great experience.

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S
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The risotto tasted like Spanish rice. Very disappointing. Everything else was good.

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a
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and venue! Friendly staff. Food was outstanding.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated our daughter to a 21 birthday salute & Lidias was perfect in every way - thanks for a memorable meal!

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been to Lidia's other restaurants and were very much looking to trying out her restaurant in Pittsburgh, having driven from New Jersey. The menu and wine list are typical of Lidia's NYC restaurant Becco and some of the menu items were featured at that restaurant. Our only real concern with this restaurant was the exceedingly quick pace of ordering and food presentation. The food was very good, however, brought out so quickly that were were in and out in under 1 hour. Much too rushed. Had the pace been more conducive to fine dining, the rating would have been much higher

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DM
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We went for our anniversary. No acknowledgement of the occasion from anyone.

Caesar salad was disgusting! It was wilted and soggy. Sent it back for a different salad, which was better but not great.

The Pasta sampler/trio (where it’s all-you-can-eat) wasn’t good at all! Pasta was served cold, and the pasta was over cooked. I didn’t want more of any of it.

The man serving the food at times was rude and very “quick” with his responses to my requests, indicating he had an attitude about something. But, his problem is not my problem. As a customer, I felt his attitude clearly.

The wait for everything was long, except for our table which they did seat us upon arrival.

Waitress brought us the bill folder with NO BILL!!!!! When she finally returned to collect, I asked her if the meal was free because it had no bill on the inside. She looked shocked! She left, and returned 10 minutes later with a bill.

Overall experience was really bad, unfortunately. It’s a place with a good reputation and I was expecting a lot more. Very disappointed with our experience.

I doubt we will ever return.

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VP
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very loud it was my 40th wedding Anniversary and asked for a romantic table but that did not work out

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lydia is my favorite TV show so I was honored to be able to eat in one of her restaurants.the noise level was a little high but it was a Saturday night the place was packed but we still got excellent service. The prices are a little high on the menu but the food was very good. A great place for special occasion dinners anniversaries birthdays business.we did use the valet parking as there is not a lot of parking in the area due to other events that were going on. I think there may be limited parking a lot of the time due to the area.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was good but good was not served hot. Needs improvement.

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RM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service. The weekend brunch is delicious.

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AW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Service was excellent. Would go again.

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DW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Our biggest complaint is the noise level. I had a hard time hearing my wife across the table (which sometimes is a good thing,) but on a date night without kids I would like to hear her.

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l
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lidia's restaurant represents well Lidia's quality cooking as portrayed on her tv show and her cookbooks. Large space but attentive staff and excellent food.

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BE
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Not the same place it used to be when it opened. The pasta dishes were so bland. It’s almost like the cook had called off that day and the kitchen was being handled by trainees. This is to be one of my favorite places. Not anymore.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta trio was phenomenal. Our server, Cenzo, was enthusiastic about the specials for the evening and was very attentive to our wants/needs. We will definitely be back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

It was ok, some food was overcooked . Waitress was kind of sour too. I wouldn't be thrilled to go back there.

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z
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience and very delicious food. Love it and will come back to it!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is original and served in a pleasing manner. Our waiter was well informed and accommodating. Beautiful atmosphere.

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EH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our reservation time was set for 615pm. I received a reminder email and phone confirmation of this time. When we arrived they had us for an 8pm reservation instead. With that said, we were eventually seated once they got a table set up. However, they sat us upstairs and since it was our first visit to Lidia's we were not aware of the differences from the downstairs to upstairs. Not the best for ambiance or service. The food was average, nothing extra special. I may return someday but doubtful.

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c
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Big fan of Lidia and been to her other restaurants but this one has very bland food. Just not much love in the food. Also downstairs seemed wide open yet put us upstairs which felt like a hotel banquet room. Would not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Awesome food! They just kept bringing the pasta. Went to sleep that night in a sweet carby coma.

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AC
New England
90 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service and pleasant atmosphere. The portions are generous and tasty. The pasta and duck dishes are true standouts. Will definitely come here again in the future.

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JT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average at best. Good service, but eh with the food. No flavor on most of our dishes. No one was impressed to be honest.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with pasta tasting trio was delicious. Antipasti options were excellent, and they had a nice variety of hot and cold items. Dessert options were perfect finish to the meal and the small portions were appropriate after such a big meal of pasta and antipasti. Wine list was extensive and we were able to find one of our favorites quickly. Friendly service as well. We will definitely be back.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was in town to visit my son. Restaurant very nicely decorated. Waiter did a nice job explaining specials; was pleasant. Came back to fill water glasses but otherwise did not check on us...which was okay because that also meant he didn't keep interrupting us. The ravioli di zucca, roasted butternut squash ravioli was light and delicate and delicious. You get about 10 ravioli in brown butter. Highly recommend. My son had the gnudi (ricotta and swiss chard dumplings) and really enjoyed them. There were only 8 on the plate but were somewhat filling. My other son got the baked ziti with fontina and meatballs. With this you will get a full plate of ziti, so I would recommend it if a smaller portion would not be enough for you. The meatballs were small and while they were good, he said they were not as good as his grandmother's. We can recommend both the apple crostata and the cannoli for dessert. You will get 3 small cannoli (but quite enough for a dessert) in a lovely presentation. The shell was light and crispy and the filling was creamy but not as sweet as some. However, the addition of candied citrus on the plate provided the proper sweetness when paired with the cannoli filling. Restaurant was not particularly crowded for a Friday night but was still fairly busy and there was a private party in the room upstairs. We had a good experience at Lidia's and are glad that we tried it. Valet parking is available.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Servings of non-pasta dishes were small - certainly not worth the price tag associated with each. Food was fine but not special - again not worth the price. Service was uneven. We were seeing a show and left 1.5 hours for our meal, and they could not get us out in time. Unlikely to return.

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FC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent eating experience. As expected though, finding a parking spot for a late lunch at 1pm was frustrating. We finally found an attended at a lot nearby who made exception to let us park.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience with the exception of the bartender. I had gone up to get change for the coat check - and he could not have been more rude. Really bad way to leave what was an enjoyable evening up to that point.

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