I can’t believe that this year we were celebrating our twenty year anniversary. I actually talked to a few different Pittsburgh restaurants, and no one really seemed to care, until I spoke to Lidia’s Pittsburgh. It is a big deal in my world to be married 20 years, and definitely worth a celebration. I only wanted to bring a celebration to my personal table, for my husband and myself. Special food, authentic cooking and some good wine would be just what we had in mind and we made a reservation at Lidia’s Pittsburgh. I had heard an awful lot of banter about this particular restaurant, so we were actually excited to be heading there. While we could have chosen from many places, this destination seemed just right as it was not too far from our home, or our babysitter and we could get dressed up without feeling out of place. Additionally, we love our pasta and seasons freshest ingredients as well as Italian favorites, so a night a Lidia’s Pittsburgh seemed appropriate. Lavishly live food out loud in our anniversary celebration and get to know this restaurant. Lidia’s Pittsburgh is not just dining, it is an experience.
You might know that Lidia’s is a restaurant that is Lidia’s Pittsburgh has been here since 2001 in fact you might have dined here yourself, then of course you know it is delish! This was opened 2 years after the popular Lidia’s Kansas City was opened. IN addition, there is a restaurant from Lidia Bastianich in New York you might know as Felidia and Becco! Our trip to this open-warehouse like atmosphere was just the beginning of opening our palates to a great night of food. Lidia’s Pittsburgh is know for featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood and hearty Italian dishes, but the menu goes far beyond these!
We love to dine out but finding the right place is the hardest thing to do. Sometimes what is great when you have the kids with you is not really as enjoyable when you are without the kids. Our favorite restaurant forever was Piccolo Piccolo and we were saddened when it closed years ago as we would frequent it and could recite the menu. We have tried so many places and really never locked into any new favorites. You know how it is– when you love something and it goes you try to find a similar place at least with the authentic food taste that you recall and when you can’t match it you just stop looking. Now while I realize that Lidia’s Pittsburgh has been here in Pittsburgh for a while it had not been on OUR Radar:) NOW IT IS.
First as you know I love my red wine, so Cheers to US as I enjoyed delicious Merlot! It seems that every-time I photo a dining experience my Wine shows in the photo, so here’s to eating at lovely restaurants!
The dress code is really not existent, but you can be in jeans or you can be dressed up, but this particular Saturday night more people were a bit more dressed than not. (in case you were wondering)
The atmosphere is friendly enough to dine with family, and kids as well as quiet enough to have a lovely evening just together. While we were there many FAMILIES were dining together, not just parents with their children but also grandparents and larger parties. The environment is welcoming. I want to start out by saying that our waitress ASHLEY T was so ‘ON’ that our night was made even better by the great service we received. We sat in a booth/table in a very private corner which we LOVED. Ashley went through the menu with us. I really did not even need to hear much more when I heard the word Pasta Trio.
Our Primi Course was a salad, a Caesar Salad with fresh bread ranging from sticks to a Focaccia bread with Pesto and Black Olive Purees. Absolutely unique and delicious, I think I could have eaten the Pesto and Black Olive Purees alone all evening. The salad of preference at our table was Caesar.
The possibilities for main course were endless as I reviewed the menu, there were Arancini Lobster Risotto Balls, Insalata Caprese, and Risotto with local tomatoes making it all a hard decision, but again my heart was set on the Pasta Trio.
The Pasta Trio is a very POPULAR dish at Lidia’s. This is one plate, that is set up in front of you that is serviced by 3 servers, each presenting you with freshly tossed pastas in 3 varieties. It is unique not only for the great tastes each pasta offers but it unique for its presentation. 3 separate servers bring you a pan at a time and place it on your dish. If you want more of any, it is unlimited refill, I have to admit I had to have a bit more the sauce was to DIE for. The presentation is pretty cool and everyone watches and then you see the meal played out at table after table and the same reaction…Divine.
It was not just the presentation but the food itself, the raviolis filled with fresh mushroom and the basil pesto sauce with walnut simply made the fettuccine— a diners’ delight. My husband had a Braised Pork Shank with Barley Risotto pictured above as it was a MOST GENEROUS portion and fork tender an absolutely delicious meal.
After a meal I thought could not get any better, there was more…. Dessert. The choices were extensive: ranging from a dark chocolate and Nutella custard,to a Tiramisu. My choice was one I could not make, I had to declare DEFEAT in choosing to Ashley. She laughed:) I was torn between Torta di Amaretto(Amaretto soaked cake and Amaretto Ice Cream, with toasted almond ice cream and candied almonds) and Biscotti Misti(mixed house made cookies served with a shot of espresso). My husband had Crostata al Limone e Mirtilla(lemon cookie crust, basil mousse, lemon curd blueberry gelee, and lemon poppy seed ice cream)
The surprise was BISCOTTI MISTI with a decorated plate : It said .. well take a look at what Lidia’s did for us!
We loved our whole dinner, and we loved our waitress and we loved the restaurant. I could find a different word than LOVED but really it all was LOVED. Lidia’s is such a part of Pittsburgh, right in the heart of the Strip District. Lidia’s is for families, couples, gatherings but most of all for those of you who LOVE your food and consider it of high importance to have a carefully crafted meal that tastes authentic and a staff that wants to please! Lidia’s offers something for everyone from pasta to chicken and then everything in between. You could successfully dine here with or without children and valet parking makes it nice, or you can park close, truly your choice. Expect an experience, great food and a fun time out, as once again Pittsburgh delivers big with its great eateries.