Treat Mom to a very special Sunday. Make your reservations for Mother's Day dinner at Vallozzi's Pittsburgh!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
We scheduled an impromptu dinner for our anniversary no more than an hour before our reservation time because we both work and our anniversary fell on weekday we decided to celebrate that weekend. We did notate that we were coming in for our anniversary. Though the one gentleman who we believe was the manager was courteous, our experience just was mediocre at best. We have been to the Greensburg location a few times before..this is the first to this location because we recently moved downtown within walking distance of the restaurant. We both ordered a pasta and a Caesar salad each. Our server was friendly to start but almost non existent midway through. The Caesar salad was....odd. It appeared the chef was just trying to put creativity in where it was unnecessary and uncalled for. It was what I can best describe as a deconstructed Caesar romaine wedge. There was a whole little anchovy on the plate which was unexpected and to me, unappetizing. The romaine was more wilted for some reason making it impossible to cut and fork without extreme and messy effort. I got the eggplant pasta dish which sounded great because of the garlic and other flavorful ingredients but it wasn't flavorful and the pasta ruined it for me because it was more undedone than al dente. I ended up eating what my husband didn't of his. He got the gnocchi and it was flavorful. I enjoyed that more but it was still about 80 percent sausage and 20 percent gnocchi which was disappointing. No-one made mention of our anniversary which was also disappointing because we had a delightful time in Greensburg for our 1st anniversary and this was our 8th anniversary we decided to give Pittsburgh a try. Overall I can't say that this is a bad restaurant. It is just nowhere as good as we anticipated and the experience overall, for us, was just mediocre. We probably won't return though I was curious about the crab cakes. Maybe just bad menu choices on this occasion.
This was a surprisingly disappointing experience. The wait staff were distracted and dismissive. The food was mediocre, not at all what we expected from the extensive description of the history of the business. Our server seemed mildly annoyed at our presence and, after spending over $200 on a quick dinner (under and hour from start to finish) nobody bother to speak to us as we left. We were truly surprised at the disinterest of the entire staff.
I would have given 5 stars except that the hostess led us to the worst table in the place...right in the middle of the server traffic lane. Why, when a party has a reservation (at least 10 days ahead of time) and there are several other vacant tables, would your first impulse be to give a mature, well dressed party of 4 an undesirable table?! So, I asked for a better table and she did comply. But, that kind of thing sticks in your memory of a place. So, on to the good stuff...
The ambiance was of Italy (our favorite country)..very pretty. The menu was interesting and diverse. I had the beef short ribs and they were the best I've had anywhere. The only complaint any of us had was that my friends' meatballs and Brussel sprout were both too salty. I had to agree. Overall, though, we agreed that we really enjoyed the food. The service was excellent ...very attentive (but, not too much) and friendly. Would love to go back next time I am in my hometown of Pittsburgh.
the crab cakes were outstanding - not loaded with bread like a lot of 'typical' ones you get at most restaurants. Nice wine list with some interesting choices & absolutely the best Amari selection in the city
our grandson and his best girlfriend visited for the weekend and we enjoyed a special evening that included dinner at Valozzis. dinner was great.
An average dinner and experience. Our server did his best to make up for a small issue with my entree. The caramels and chocolate truffles were amazing! Our first time and I'm it's sure we will return.
Fabulous halibut special! 12 our of 10!
It had been quite a while since my last visit to this Downtown spot. I recalled feeling that it was good but not great on past visits. This time I was more positive. We enjoyed a couple of appetizers, and I had a wonderful, creative house salad. I then enjoyed a huge bowl of pasta Bolognese. (It is time to point out that they need to update their web site because several things indicated on the web site were not offered on the menu, although I do realize that menus can change on occasion.)
Others enjoyed mussels, gnocchi and a veal with sausage and potatoes dish that looked incredible. Service was attentive -- almost a little bit overly so.
One trouble spot: two guests of mine arrived before I did and were told that there was no reservation in my name and that I "must have made an error and booked the wrong location." This was inappropriate. I most certainly made the correct reservation AND even received a confirming call that afternoon!!! Plus, it was on Open Table.
Valozzi's is a lovely restaurant on Fifth Avenue downtown Pittsburgh. The decor is very sophisticated and food and service are excellent. I had grilled salmon with parmesan risotto cake and julienne apples and other veggies on top. The dish came stacked which was a very creative presentation and each part of it was delicious. We are planning to have the rehearsal dinner for my daughter's wedding at Valozzi's and are looking forward to seeing what they can do with a larger group. I am confident it will be great!
Great meal with better service. All staff members were super friendly and assisted in any way possible. Both meals and appetizers were amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant.
A nice evening catchup with an old friend - it got a bit noisy but food was spectacular as always!
Theater evening. Good but the a la cart menu was very expensive. If I'm paying those prices, I expect food to be out of this world. And it was mediocre at best.
Meal was fantastic. The crab cakes were 5 star sand the person who got the steak said I was truly the best steak she ever had. Desserts were great
Best crab cakes in Pittsburgh!! Love the decor and menu. The server seemed a little flustered and made a number of mistakes. Otherwise it was quite good.
We dined in the bar.Service and food were excellent.
Food was excellent. Music was very inappropriate and distracted from the otherwise good experience. When asked about our experience, i said the music wasn 't right. The response was "well our staff gets tired of hearimg the same music." Really?
Pumpkin mascarpone ravioli and branzino were great. Service was solid without being intrusive.
Six of us ate here on Saint Patrick’s Day. We had mussels and shishito peppers as a starter. They were both very good. The Veal Parmigiana and Shrimp Diavola were also very tasty. The pasta was perfect. We will definitely return.
I had the special of the day which was Halibut...wonderfully prepared. My wife had the Pasta Norma, reminded her of our trip to Sicily. Our server was attentive, pleasant. Asked us if we were attending a function that eve. We were.. so she made sure we were served in a timely manner. We were not rushed. The noise level was fine. The old fashion was done just right.
Very good food. Reasonable price. A little on the high side. Great service. Terrible music. Expensive wine list. Mediocre decor.
The food was wonderful and the server was excellent.
It was delicious.
Service was slow - Food was “warm”
This was only one of a few sit-down places we could find on a Saturday for lunch downtown. It was a lovely, refined but comfortable restaurant perfect for our adult get together. We all enjoyed the fresh take on Italian classics. Our service was amazing—best I’ve had at any restaurant in a long time. We truly enjoyed ourselves.
Service was excellent and the food was delicious. My daughter's salmon came out very undercooked twice though. We switched her meal to pasta which was delicious but she only got about two bites in before we had to leave for the theater. Other than that, it was a good experience.
I have to say, that was the best salmon I've ever had! Amazing! Loved the ambience, though the music didn't seem to match the space. Our waiter was super attentive and easily accommodated all the requests our large group gave him. 5 stars!
First time to Valozzi's. I knew that they had another location in a nearby town, but was not aware of the downtown Pittsburgh location. Food was really good. Homemade cellos. Great deserts including my favorite bread pudding. Nice wine list from reasonable to extravagant. Will visit again. Ashley was a great server.
Celebrated my birthday with family at Vallozi's. This was our second time there. The first time, I got the raviolo, which was delicious, and my husband got the shrimp diavolo pasta, even more delicious. The calamari was also a hit - perfectly fried with plenty of marinara. The service was streamlined and friendly, and the ambiance of the restaurant is great. Can't wait to get back!
From the moment we entered we felt welcomed and comfortable. Jordan, Jen Jim and Alan were friendly and accomendating.
Great experience for our international colleagues.
Always worth the drive from Niagara Falls NY , great food drinks and service best ossobucco I’ve had
Food was very good, the menu was smaller than I anticipated.
We had dinner in the bar. Service was very good. Food was good.
Overall, a pleasant experience. We arrived at 5:45 on a Saturday evening and were finished at 7:15. We had drinks, salads, main course, dessert and coffee. Our waitress was friendly and answered a few questions we had about the menu. She visited our table at regular intervals, and our water glasses were filled as appropriate. The ambiance was business-y but not stuffy, and as the restaurant began to fill up, the noise level grew substantial, though not overwhelming. It seemd a good place to go for a mildly upscale dining experience, and for that I would recommend it.
Service was ridiculously slow. Tables on both sides were seated after us and meals were completed and received their checks before we got our entrees which were all barely warm....more room temperature.
Waitstaff was very friendly not overbearing. Love you seafood risotto!!!
Excellent food, very warm & welcoming ambiance, pleasing decor, food quality & presentation was exquisite, service was pleasurable, would highly recommend to others & return!
Valentines Day. Was a real nice evening. Great service.
Valentines Day dinner