About Lidia's Pittsburgh
Lidia's Italy is owned by the author, television personality and world renown Chef Lidia Bastianich. Located downtown in the Strip District, Lidia's offers an inviting menu made fresh daily from all natural ingredients. We offer food and menus to match every palate. Lidia's offers a craft cocktail menu and a complete wine selection available both by the bottle and glass to pair with our menu.
We offer one of the finest brunches in Pittsburgh on Saturday and Sunday that includes selections from our antipasti table, a choice of entree, and a table full of delectable desserts to choose from.
For your social or business meeting, we offer Lidia's loft. Designed to ensure privacy, yet offering a view of the main dining room to allow you to enjoy the ambience of the restaurant.
The private loft may seat up to 100 guests, or may be divided for smaller groups. A variety of private dining menus are available, for lunch, dinner, brunch, and receptions.
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - 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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer on valet and public parking. Street parking is also available near the restaurant.
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Lidia's is a proud contributor to the #EatforItaly campaign. Now through the end of September we will be offering our Bucatini Amatriciana for $16 all day long and will be donating $10 of the proceeds from each dish to the Italian Red Cross to benefit the victims affected by the Earthquake in Italy.
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.
Lidia's Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews
After being disappointed on Mother's Day ...
After being disappointed on Mother's Day (buffet not as usual-expensive for what was served) we decided to try brunch again for my son's birthday and we were glad we did. Of course it was not as busy so the antipasto and dessert buffets were as we remembered. The atmosphere was relaxed, we were not rushed and the service was good.
The pasta trio was a nice option to try ...
The pasta trio was a nice option to try 3 different pastas. The choices vary each evening. The tiramisu was delicious! My husband had the Osso buco with polenta, which he said was excellent, but there was not much polenta on the plate. The restaurant has a nice ambiance, and the waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu.
Had the breakfast special. Appetizers we ...
Had the breakfast special. Appetizers were buffet style. Although it was not crowded and we arrived at their opening time, the food was not hot and the meats were just about gone when we went through at 11:15. Salads were drowning in dressing. Pasta trio very disappointing. Pasta overcooked. One pasta was covered in oil and another in butter, so much so, that was the only flavor that came through. Told them in advance we had a birthday. Waitress brought out birthday dessert long after we visited the dessert table and everyone was full. Doubt we will return.
Great experience at Lidia's, our first t ...
Great experience at Lidia's, our first time trying this authentic Italian restaurant in the Strip District. This venue is near the convention center and plenty of hotels so it's a great spot if you're staying near this area of the city.
My girlfriend and I started with the 1400 Fizz, a bright, fizzy and fruity cocktail that was so good we both got seconds. For the antipasti (starter) we tried the Frico (Montasio Cheese Crisp, Shrimp and Scallions, Potato-Leek Filling). An absolute treat to start the dinner, the cheese crisp on the outside was perfectly done with crisped brown edges and a golden exterior, the shrimp inside is like a pleasant surprise when you bite into it, a brighter seafood taste cutting through the cheese and potato.
For the secondi (entrée) I had the Anitra (Seared Duck Breast, Creamy Polenta, Grappa Soaked Cherry Sauce). A hearty and satisfying comfort food in taste, the duck here was some of the best I've had in Pittsburgh. The sear on the outside was great and the duck was cooked to a perfect medium. Perfect duck to fat ratio, just enough of a fat cap to add flavor and not too much to be off putting.
My girlfriend had the Scotaditto (Rosemary Marinated Lamb Chops, Eggplant Caponata, Balsamic Reduction). The lamb was superb, highly recommend getting this dish. The flavor packed a huge punch, and the lamb flavor was accentuated by beautiful grill marks on the chops.
To finish I couldn't pass up the Limoncello Tiramisu (limoncello soaked ladyfingers, lemon flavored mascarpone, candied lemon zest) and she had the Torta Rigojancsi (chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse, amarena cherries, zabaglione). My tiramisu was light and the candied lemon zest was my favorite part, nice little bursts of sugar and crispy lemon zest. Her torta was savoy and well balanced, not too heavy for being more dense than my selection. Personally I didn't love the amarena cherries as they were a bit bold for my taste but overall a great dessert.
My lamb was disappointing, all fat. I ta ...
My lamb was disappointing, all fat. I tasted my friend's beet & peach salad, it was ok. The only really good thing was the butterscotch budini. My friend enjoyed her chicken but did not like the apple torte dessert, very dry.
The dining room is lovely.
The service was good but we sat for awhile after paying & there was no further attention given.
Wouldn't come back.
I visited Lidia's for the second time wi ...
I visited Lidia's for the second time with a friend last weekend. We were dining before the Bruce Springsteen concert. I had the Caesar salad and the octopus appetizer. The salad had a bit too much dressing and we had to wait more than 5 minutes to request some fresh black pepper for our salads. The octopus, however, was fabulous and worth every calorie. Next time, I'll just ask for my salad dressing on the side. . .
Overall a very good experience. I came w ...
Overall a very good experience. I came with a date and it definitely pleased the both of us. The pasta course was a great idea, but slightly overcooked. I also wish there were a few more appetizer options. Thank you for making my date amazing and I hope my feedback helps.
Met a friend here for brunch and the foo ...
Met a friend here for brunch and the food was spectacular. We both ordered the pasta trio as our entrée and couldn't have been more pleased. The restaurant was not crowded and we enjoyed a nice, leisurely meal. Service was great. Only negative: parking. I believe they offer valet for dinner only - not brunch. I don't mind paying for parking but it was a bit of a hike to the restaurant. Otherwise, great, great experience.
MY HUSBAND AND I INVITED 4 FRIENDS TO JO ...
MY HUSBAND AND I INVITED 4 FRIENDS TO JOIN US SPECIALLY FOR THE AMARTRICE PASTA DINNER AT LIDIA'S. WE HEARD ABOUT IT ON KDKA TV AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GET TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE. WE APPRECIATED THAT LIDIA'S WAS ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS HAVING THE SPECIAL PASTA DINNER. IT WAS DELICIOUS AND ALL WHO HAD IT THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. HOWEVER, WE ALL NOTICED AND MENTIONED THAT IF WE HAD NOT KNOWN ABOUT THE AMATRICE PASTA DINNER AHEAD OF TIME, THERE WAS NO MENTION OF IT AT THE RESTAURANT. NO SIGNS, NOTHING ON THE MENU AND NO MENTION OF IT FROM THE HOSTESS OR WAITRESS OR STAFF. IT WAS ALMOST AS IF NO ONE WANTED TO EVEN MENTION IT. SINCE IT WAS ALSO A WAY TO HELP THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS AND LIDIA'S WAS ONLY DOING IT UNTIL 9/15, WE ALL THOUGHT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING AT THE RESTAURANT OR ON THE WEB SITE ABOUT IT. OTHER THAN THAT, WE HAD A DELICIOUS MEAL AND A FUN EVENING.
We took friends to Lidias for our first ...
We took friends to Lidias for our first dinner here and their first trip to Pittsburgh. They had our table ready, service was great, food was plentiful and amazing. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Overall a wonderful experience. Lidias did not disappoint!
We were not impressed. Menu is limited. ...
We were not impressed. Menu is limited. We both had the pasta trio. It was OK but lacked flavor. The people beside us got offered refills and we were ignored. Not worth the price. Should have gone to The Cheesecake Factory.
Three of the five in our party were ther ...
Three of the five in our party were there for the first time and we knew it would be a favorite of theirs as it is for the two repeat diners. We were right. Can't wait to go back.
Quality is outstanding and service friendly and knowledgeable. Will always recommend Lidia's.
We booked a late reservation and were no ...
We booked a late reservation and were not as hungry as we would have liked to be. The food, from bread to dessert, was excellent. The decor is accented by amazing blown-glass chandeliers, but we found the restaurant to be rather loud. The senior wait staff was not as friendly as the junior wait staff, so we complimented the junior staff to the manager, who could have cared less. The only disappointment was a caramel topped custard - tasted fine, but grainy in texture. Overall experience - nice, just pricey.
Our server, Liz was not in a very good m ...
Our server, Liz was not in a very good mood and she treated us as if we were inconveniencing her by being at Lidia's!
We asked for coffee. She served us our first cup. When we asked for a refill she brought us cold coffee. Then she disappeared , which she did for most of our meal.
Lidia's was always an upscale restaurant in our minds. That is no longer the case.
Pasta trio and our salads were very good.
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