About Lidia's Pittsburgh
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.
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:
Thanksgiving is approaching fast, let us supply the perfect holiday meal for your family. We will be open from 12pm-6pm and offering a four course dinner that is $48 per adult and $18 per child. An optional wine pairing to go with our Thanksgiving Menu will be available for $35. Reservations are highly recommended.
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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
Had an excellent lunch with the Pasta Tr ...
Had an excellent lunch with the Pasta Trio. My absolute favorite Butter Nut Squash Ravioli. Just melted in your mouth. The perfect lunch selection this day. Also, our server Danielle was outstanding. Enjoyed our special lunch with the girls.
The food was fantastic. My parents and I ...
The food was fantastic. My parents and I loved it. The food was very good for sharing; the pizza was great. However, the food did come out a little too quick in my opinion. Overall, it's a great place. We didn't have to wait long for a table and the ambiance was very inviting.
Was visiting my daughter for parent week ...
Was visiting my daughter for parent weekend at Duquesne University. We had a great meal and really enjoyed the evening. Our waitress was excellent, knowledgable and very engaging. Thank you for a wonderful celebration!
The restaurant has a nice vibe. Price is ...
The restaurant has a nice vibe. Price is okay for the product. Drink prices fair for market. We ordered the Sunday sauce meal , daughter has the pork chop with Arugala. Pork chop done perfectly. Sunday sauce special was good but they were a little light on the pasta ...like 10 rigatoni which was a little sparse ...desserts were great. Overall good but not great
We had a 9pm reservation but weren't sea ...
We had a 9pm reservation but weren't seated until 9:30pm. We were not happy and neither were the other people who also had to wait 30 minutes. The hostess just kept making excuses and tried to make a sarcastic joke once we did get seated. After that, the manager apologized and comped our appetizers. We also had a wonderful waitress. And the food was outstanding. The overall experience ended up being fine, but I would caution others who have made a reservation.
I think the 3 pasta selections should be ...
I think the 3 pasta selections should be that you taste all 3 if you want, then you can order a whole plate of what you like. I was confused by how this worked & it wasn't explained clearly. I would have liked a whole plate of a certain pasta, but the server kept asking if I wanted another portion of the pasta I liked.
I was very disappointed in the quality o ...
I was very disappointed in the quality of the wine. I chose a $ 13/ glass Italian " two towers" and it was bland, lacking in depth. Sat night we went to Spoon and for the same price has a wonderful wine
Also, it is very strange that on the liquor menu, no prices are listed for whiskeys, scotches et c This doesn't give one a feeling of confidence when it appears that the business is hiding prices which they know are going to be high.. The waitress said she would get pricing, but then I would have had to ask her to price 30 items!!!!! Ridiculous.
We enjoyed the food, and so pleased that the pastas are now served al dente which wasn't the case in the early years. I had lamb chops and caponata which was freshly made and very good, and the pastas were very flavorf
Very good food and a friendly server mar ...
Very good food and a friendly server marred by very slow service due to a special party; manager comped us one meal because of slow service without us asking; ridiculous that coffee is an extra cost item at brunch; have enjoyed in the past but a poor value and will not return anytime soon
Have not been to lidias for brunch in ma ...
Have not been to lidias for brunch in many years and organized a group to enjoy some our of town visitors. Still love the ambiance and concept of the antipasti salad and dessert buffet and picking the main course. However I believe the food quality has decreased while the price has increased. Lasagna came out cold and was barely warm when it was brought back reheated. Steak and salmon had little flavor. The selections on the antipasti buffet were the highlight and very tasty but the dessert buffet had limited selections , were not always replenished and not what I remember. Just overall disappointed for the value and not the same quality i remember
As always, we enjoyed the Sunday Brunch ...
As always, we enjoyed the Sunday Brunch experience at Lidia's. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The hostess was very helpful in allowing our elderly dining companion to be seated prior to the beginning of the brunch. We appreciate the fact that the brunch price includes a complimentary alcoholic drink, food and after dinner coffee. We were a bit disappointed that the dessert table was not fully restocked which prohibited us from having a second helping of the excellent tiramisu.
Good food. Sometimes the pasta selection ...
Good food. Sometimes the pasta selection is disappointing. No need for fancy ravioli.
A good ricotta ravioli with a lot of tomato sauce is best. Pistachio/leeks ravioli was too dry.
Great chicken cutlets with lemon. A good classic, well executed.
Like in all restaurants now, a glass of wine is a thimble.
Pricey and so small.
Absolutely wonderful for a family celebr ...
Absolutely wonderful for a family celebration! Even though there was no birthday "treat" with candles we had a nice toast! Jason was very attentive & pleasant, along with the entire staff.
We look forward to the brunch several times a year! Thx for being there!
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.
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