Molinaro Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
At Molinaro Ristorante, our mission is to provide a world class Southern Italian dining experience. We feature the best available chicken, veal, beef and seafood. Our house made pastries, pastas and pizzas are crafted with ingredients and ovens imported from Italy.
We offer over 300 bottles on our expertly crafted Italian-focused wine list, let our Sommelier pair the perfect wine to compliment your dining experience.

Our Private Dining Room can seat up to 24 guests with audio visual available in the room. Our new Wine Cellar event space can accommodate up to 70 guests with a private bar and AV capabilities.
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LO
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and myself had dinner this evening the meal was fantastic service was great.The service was very prompt and professional.

K
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our second time and it does not disappoint. The service was very attentive and prompt, which was important since we had a 700 show to attend. The food is good, but not outstanding. It has a great location, very good service and the food is good enough to keep us coming back when we are downtown.

JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My fiance and I picked this place to try for our 1st night out after 6month of new parenthood to our handsome little 6mnt baby boy and celebrating our 2 yr anniversary. It was very nice except there were any specialty drinks or menu entrees (special of the night) that our server could recommend or anything that set this place different from any other typical itilan restaurant. The food was delicious and we had a good time as my fiance and I alwayssss have a great time no matter what we do as long as were together. But overall I was kind of disappointed for my expectations. But I'd still recommend for just an ordinary nothing special kinda dinner.

DE
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was fine except for 1 issue. Prior to bringing the check, the server didn’t ask if we wanted it split in any way which we would have preferred. We then had difficulty getting his attention to request a split so worked it out among ourselves.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good options and delicious food!

P
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Unfortunately this was our 2nd time at restaurant where service was poor. The food is very good but this last visit will be our last. There was a 20 minute wait for table even with reservations. Then once seated we constantly had to wait for service had to find waitress to take our order after 25 minutes of being seated. Then when drinks were ordered long wait there also. Was not an enjoyable evening

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience from the talented bartenders to our wonderful server, Frank. Everything was delicious and well timed. The menu truly has something for everyone and many dishes that are perfect to share. It’s such a treat to visit a restaurant where everyone working is happy to see you and genuinely eager to please. It was perfect for a date night and the view of the skating rink at PPG will be just beautiful in a few weeks. We will be back!

B
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best Italian restaurants in the City of PIttsburgh. The food selection is excellent and focuses on Southern Italian cuisine. I would highly recommend any of the pizza choices (ingredients are imported and you can taste the difference), as well as any of their homemade pasta choices.

Our server, AJ, was particularly excellent--I would absolutely request him if you are making a reservation on the weekend!

JM
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time dining here. Very nice interior. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service from AJ was spot on. Very extensive list of wines, especially Italian. Overall, a really nice experience.

SR
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dined at Molinaro for our anniversary. Ambiance was beautiful! The service was great and the food was good. Everyone was very friendly. I wanted to LOVE the food, and we didn't, but it was definitely very good.

R
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Molinaro - a new place that has traditional Italian cuisine. This was our anniversary dinner and did not disappoint.

What we liked about this place: 1) the atmosphere was relaxed - not crowded and loud, 2) the food was excellent and priced right, and 3) the server (Anna) was attentive, offered up help on the menu, and checked in several times to make sure everything was right.

We would come back again and bring our children next time. You can dress up or come more relaxed - we saw both ends of the spectrum.

D
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything about our visit. The atmosphere, staff and food were all wonderful.

f
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant itself is lovely. Large~ lots of indoor and outdoor seating. We sat at a booth indoors (the tables are very wide and the seats very low). Our waitress was sweet and we let her know we weren't in any rush so she was accomodating. Drinks were good (nice sized wine pour) and the antipasto platter was large and varied. Our pasta meals were all just ok. Not the best I've ever had, but by far not the worst! Was a bit disappointed that i had called ahead to have a birthday dessert w/ candle brought out to my daughter as a surprise= but that didn't quite go as planned. The cannoli's were good though!

BG
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our food was very good and our drinks in the bar were good as well.

JJ
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at Molinaro's for the first time last week, and it's now my new favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. I ordered the lasagna, and it was the best I ever had - I told the waiter that several times and told the cooks as I was leaving. It's also very pretty inside, and the view outside is fun - lots of shops and people to watch, and I'm told the view of the ice skating rink at the holidays is wonderful.

P
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had arancini to start. Lasagna & chicken Romano as entrees. Loved everything. The espresso martini for dessert was an excellent ending to a perfect meal.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

To expensive for they type of service and food. Service was very slow and the sever seemed uneasy. Food was very blended and serving cold bread with a basic olive oil is not appetizing. I do not recommend.

C
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious but service was extremely slow - took over a half hour to get our bill

BP
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The wait staff was professional and the management took time to ensure we had a pleasant evening. However, the food was a mix between good to excellent. Worth the experience but not as enjoyable (palate wise) for everyone.

SQ
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Our server, Rafael was so gracious and helpful!
Food was good although the veal could have been more tender.
Everything else was great.

c
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater dinner. Food is fresh, obviously homemade from scratch. Service top notch highly recommend

O
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone was pleased with the delicious Italian lunch selections; including a generous lasagna portion, wonderful fried zucchini appetizer, and fun Caesar salad with shrimps and a creative chicken caprese salad. Special call out to the wait staff who was super fun and made our lunch all the more enjoyable. We had a special occasion and the staff brought over three special cannoli, on the house!

AC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Initial attention from wait staff slow to arrive. Too much attention during meal from wait staff-every few minutes "how is everything" A little too intrusive.
Food was fine.
I ordered the wine of the day without asking price-my fault. But I believe that $20 was too high.

m
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will definitely return!

TG
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the saltimbocca, delicious! After dinner coffee not very good. Try offering g French press with La Primo coffee! Nate was a great waiter!

DM
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service excellent. Here’s what bothers me. We are not in New York. $15 for a 5oz pour?? Really ?? I enjoyed the food the ambience and the service but the same wine I just paid 15 was 10 for 6 oz at last place I dined. Probably won’t come back because that just bugs me. I don’t have problem spending money but give me something for it. More than 5 oz pour

O
Pittsburgh
50 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My wife and I think the food continues to improve each time we go to Molinaro. I ordered the Branzino for the first time and it was crispy on the outside and still flaky. It was served on a bed of fingerling potatoes, artichoke hearts, heirloom tomatoes, and more.

We always ask for help with the wine selection since Italian wines just confuse me. We always end up with a good set of choices from the sommelier, and generally learn something as well.

We did have fairly poor service on this visit which is unusual in my experience. The server was pleasant enough, but disappeared for long periods, never poured any wine, failed to clear plates, and it seemed like service we would expect at a roadside diner.

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food! Great service
Gregory was awesome. Really knew his food origins Impressive

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The food was fantastic but our server was not. We will be back again though.

NK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and the ambiance were of excellent quality. The service staff was extremely professional, accommodating, and very friendly. We had an enjoyable evening and will definitely return.

L
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My pasta was under cooked when I got it. It was hard textured

JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant hit the mark across all categories. We will make this a regular stop when in town to visit our college student.

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Sole was delicious, meatball appetizer was enjoyed by all, both pasta dishes (penne vodka and linguini) were great. Server, Michael, was knowledgeable and very friendly

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Chip was awesome! Best gnocchi in PA!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to give it a second chance after a not so great prior lunch shortly after the restaurant opened. Couldn’t have been happier and were pleasantly surprised. The new hostess was friendly and seated us promptly. We had a table facing Market Square on Market day out on the porch. Our server was so helpful with suggestions which we loved from cocktails to dessert. More casual vibe now and we had a wonderful time. We are already looking forward to our next meal here.

B
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I ordered lasagna and our waiter ( who was delightful) came back and said they were out of it. The second thing I ordered was a pasta with a sauce containing sausage ( can’t remember the name) and they were out of that too. The third thing I ordered was pasta with vodka sauce and that was superb! When I eat lunch at 12:30pm I don’t expect the restaurant to be out of anything unless a tour bus stopped there! But I will go back again based on the quality of the lunch I ate.

C
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Our server, Aaron (sp) was very attentive and friendly. I highly recommend the spicy banana peppers and the linguine pesto. Oh and Branzino!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dinner thanks to your staff and especially our waiter Nick. The food was excellent and the service top notch. Can not wait for our next trip into Pittsburgh and a return to your establishment.

M
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pasta portions for dinner were a bit small. Everyone in our party ordered a pasta and would have liked a second helping. We all had appetizers fortunately. Dessert was excellent.

JO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was poor. I have been there 4 times and it was never even good service :(