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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not happy - OpenTable took and confirmed the reservation but when I arrived the restaurant was locked - not open. Posted hours on the door did not match those on OpenTable. Also, hours of operation on phone recording did not match either those posted or those hours shown on OpenTable. Furthermore, I received an email from Open Table asking why I didn’t show up for the reservation!

M
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad to see Lidia’s close. Great food and great service. Thank you to the staff especially Lori for making the last couple of weeks special. Good luck to you all.

KD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very sad that such a wonderful restaurant is closing. Amazing food and amazing service.

DK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is closing soon, but it is at very minimal staff and cooks already. Should have closed when it was still a very good place to eat and not left to become a bad shadow of it's former self. I expect better from someone like Lidia.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have always had a wonderful experience at Lidia’s in the past. Knowing that Lidia’s is soon closing a group of us decided to have a last brunch this past Saturday. My first disappointment was that the Grilled Octopus was missing from the in house menu even though the web site still lists it on the brunch menu. It was explained to us as the Restaurant is winding down certain items may not be reordered. We ordered cocktails and the gin and tonic was totally flat. We were offered another cocktail but our party member declined. So we settled on 3 pasta trios and the steak with potatoes and egg. After ordering we headed to the Antipasti bar. This wadthe biggest disappointment of the day. Having been to the brunch a number of times in the past we immediately noticed how sparse the table was. From past experience and from the description on the website, Saturday’s Antipasti table were 2 different things. Besides barely Luke warm tomato soup and cold mussels, there was an underwhelming Cesar Salad. The beef dish was very good as were the scones. There were no Italian cured meats and cheeses as we have been used to in the past. I will say that our entrees were very good! The tiramisu and the lemon cake were good but the s’mores cake and the Oreos cakes were actually tough! So even though we had very good entrees our overall last experience at Lidia’s Pittsburgh was so disappointing. We were hoping to have a great memory of a beloved Pittsburgh restaurant. My advice is that if Lidia’s Pittsburgh brunch can’t go out with a “bang” it might be advisable to not do it at all.

L
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm heartbroken this place is closing. So many memories.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. So sad to see this restaurant close.

N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm so upset to learn that Lydia's is closing in September. This restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. I hope the waiters, waitresses, cooks and others working there find places to work that will honor their dedication.

n
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Disappointing. We expected to have a special luncheon with the high standards of Lidia, who we watched on TV for so many years.
It was apparent that the skeleton staff was preparing for the closing of the restaurant. They were cordial but inattentive. The pasta was not well prepared. We hardly recognized the bolognese sauce with our gnocchi. The second serving was somewhat better, but we had to wait a long time for it.
It was not a good experience for us.

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I'll miss this restaurant... They didn't have everything they used to in terms of wine selection, espresso, etc. But server was pleasant and food was good.

TN
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Sorry to hear Lidia's is closing, as it was one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants. Service is always exceptional, and up to now the food was great as well. I have left numerous glowing reviews in the past on various sites.

We went after hearing of the impending closure, and it seems either they are cutting staff, or staff is leaving. I noticed a few things that weren't noticeable prior, such as the Pasta Trio service: in the past each pasta was brought out by an individual and served table side. This trip they just brought out a plate with each. Not as many servers or other staff was visible either.
My fried calamari & shrimp appetizer was totally flavorless. The accompanying marinara sauce didn't help. My wife ordered a mixed green salad that was way overdressed, and she wasn't offered cheese or ground pepper as we had previously.
Her entree of cannelloni was ok, but not hot. My salmon was truly excellent.

We had been given gift cards by a relative and hoped to use them now as we just retired. We used it here, and still have a fair amount left to use or lose by Sept 15. At this point I cannot say if I care to bother if this visit was indicative.

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu items and presentation with excellent sauces. Staff is very professional and knowledgeable

JN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pasta Trio & Lemon Chicken were amazing... !

JS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Makes sense that it’s closing. We never knew who our server was. Drinks took forever. Appetizer flatbread was subpar. No one ever came back to take our dinner order. We left cash on the table and left.

LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Below-average service and food. Absolutely no taste to anything. Between the four of us, one liked his meal (baked ziti). Most of the pasta dishes are baked so obviously frozen ahead I'm thinking and my chicken was tasteless. The server, though pleasant, wasn't around enough and we went without water and beverages for the entire meal after our first round of water etc. Lidia's is closing and we wanted to say goodbye. Now, we aren't nearly as unhappy to see the restaurant go. The menu was tired, below average and something you could pick up in say olive garden--frankly, I'd rather have gone to Olive Garden (which I never do) because their salads are better and their food, though mass produced, has much more flavor.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb. The service was attentive and professional. Too bad this fine dining experience will close in Pittsburgh! We will miss it!

KS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lidia's is a great restaurant, and the highlight of the menu is the Pasta Trio - three different pasta dishes served as many times as you want. We have had many great dinners there and lots of fun with celebrations of all kinds. Unfortunately, Lidia's is closing very soon. They are already short staffed, as employees find other jobs in anticipation of Lidia's imminent closing - and who can blame them? I understand that they will close around September 1, but would not be surprised if it happened sooner. It was packed Last Saturday as many of us wanted one last great meal.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Service, atmosphere and food all excellent. Shame this place will be closing next month

v
Pittsburgh
119 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was excellent as usual. There was an "event" taking place that was extremely loud and detracted from a very nice meal.

LA
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience at Lidia's is outstanding. It is a must when you go to Pittsburgh. You will not be disappointed.

LG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as Great as the first time we went 3 years ago. I'm going to miss this place:(

RD
Nuremberg
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I just expected way more and I was very disappointed. The food was mediocre. We have been to Italy many times, eat at Italian restaurants all the time. And I cook Italian. The never ending pasta is definitely a NO. I personally would never order it but some in our party did. Not worth the money. Pasta was over cooked and tasteless. The seafood pasta had plenty of seafood varieties but too much breading and definitely under seasoned. Wine selection was good. The Aperol Spritz was weak.

DJ
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lorie our server was great and would request her again. She was attentive, great sense of humor, and made the evening excellent.
There were challenges with those who should have brought more of the trio out and she had to go and get the additional food.
Note she is the reason we will return.

A
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were quite surprised and disappointed by the lack of quality and flavor to our food. This was our second visit to Lidia’s, but our first brunch time meal. We brought friends to experience this restaurant for the first time and one of them ended his meal prematurely after finding metal (like a piece of Brillo pad) in his pasta. Since we all had the same pasta, we all refrained from eating any more. Our server expressed her concern and management kindly removed the meals from our bill. We felt the issue was resolved with professionalism. However, as our meal was underwhelming, we will likely select a different dining option when traveling through Pittsburgh the next time.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Big Lidia fan so we came here when in Pittsburgh. I was underwhelmed. Service was just ok, food was just ok. Prices were high for the quality. There are lot's of good restaurants in Pittsburgh, I probably would try one of them next trip.

C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The wine was too expensive and the meatballs could have been bigger and more flavorful. The top few bake zita noodles were a bit too burnt for me.

My husband enjoyed the cannelloni.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

First of all this was our first experience with Lidia’s although we were aware of the restaurant and were excited to dine here. The hostess was friendly and we were seated promptly. Our server Corey was not attentive at all. At no time were we asked how our food was, not offered salt or pepper. One of us had a unlimited pasta choice and was never asked if he would like refills. I asked for a lightly dressed Caesar salad and the lettuce was swimming in dressing. I had two bites and left it. The washrooms were disgusting and the first 3 stalls had no toilet paper. I could understand if it was a busy night, but it was not. Very disappointed with this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant experience. Everything was delicious

PK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a 5 PM reservation for 5 people. The restaurant was empty and unfortunately we were seated at a table for 4 people. The food was very good, the service was good and the staff was attentive. We just had to shuffle plates, bread and glasses at the small table. We should have had a larger table.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was blah for the price. I tried the Trio of Pasta and only thought the potato and leek raviolis were good. Overall I was disappointed.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went out with my dad, my stepmother and our two teen daughters. The food was mostly good, although my seafood soup’s broth was under seasoned. Our waiter was definitely off his game, though. We waited too long for our food on a slow night. He only brought bread when the meal was served, despite several requests, and we had to wait for the wine and one of the appetizers.

RK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very positive experience at Lidias! Hostess was great but our server was exceptional. She knew the menu inside out. Her recommendations were spot on. Thanks for the experience!

B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Was pretty disappointed when we ordered Lasagna for dinner and was told that they didn't have any. It was prepared too late. Which that would have been told to us earlier. Was really looking forward to trying the lasagna.

DW
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife enjoyed the gluten free pasta with mushroom ragu. Everything was very good

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Meh. Much better Italian at other Pittsburgh restaurants. DiAnoia’s. Dish.

AN
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. However we (2 women) were seated in a corner that smelled like a wet dog. We were there at 5pm so the restaurant was not crowded. It had been raining heavily two days prior but not sure that is a good excuse.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Check your bill before leaving as we were over charged on our lunch selections.

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

I thought it would have been nice if there was traditional Italian music playing! It was lunch time and maybe you play it in the evening but I think you should consider it.

DI
Miami
201 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were very uncertain about dining at Lydia's as recent health reports were negative . We decided to go anyway and while our concerns regarding health issues were not evident,the service and food quality was just average . With an abundance of Italian restaurants in the downtown Pittsburgh area, we will probably not return.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Feels like a more expensive olive garden. The food was definitely not prepared fresh and the service was beyond terrible. I think you can do much better for Italian food in Pittsburgh.

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