1400 Smallman St Ste A, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522240.448485 -79.989425
Neighborhoods: Strip District
paid too much for mcdonalds type food – after hearing many great reviews of this restaurant, my family and i attended. disappointing doesn't even come close. the food was awful, the service shockingly unprofessional and the price outrageous. They sure act like they are better than anything else, but i would have been better off having one of those salads you shake yourself from mcdonalds! Avoid this place
A very nice dining experience – My daughter and I recently had dinner at Lidia's for the first time, and it will not be the last. Wonderful wine, great food and the atmosphere was comfortable. Our server, Ashley, was extremely accomodating and knowledgeable and was right on the mark with dinner suggestions. We had the Italian Trio. So Good! We also had so much fun with our wine selections and again received great recommondations. We both agree that Lidia's is a must try when you're in Pittsburgh!
The worst dining in Pittsburgh – If you are looking for a nice, tasty Italian dinner with ambiance and friendly waitstaff, you will be sadly disappointed with Lidia's on the strip. Recently, my family and I chose Lidia's as the location to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday, and it was perhaps the worst decision we could have made. First, we were a 12 top, and although reservations had been made, they were not ready for our table (scheduled at 5:00, their earliest dining time). Once we were seated, the experience declined from there. All parties ordered and appetizers were brought - we ordered fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini and onion - it was almost all onion (cheap!). Bad, but the worst was yet to come. Several of our party were vegetarians, and the waitress (named Ashley) did not know her menu at all. She told me that although the lasagne was a meat sauce, it could be served with marinara - I was surprised, so I placed a back-up order of pasta in case she was wrong. Well, of course she was wrong, and I got to eat my first taste of beef in 5 years, which completely ruined my appetite. Two other members of our party ordered salmon, which was brought to the table and then taken back for no apparant reason. Those individuals sat for over 15 minutes waiting for their food, and it was not brought out until everyone else had finished dining. After these errors, everyone at the table was a bit uncomfortable and upset, and our waitress then started avoiding our table. She never returned to ask how anything was (i had to carry my rejected dinner across the floor to give to her at a computer station where she was hiding). In short, the food was average or worse but the service was the absolute worst that I have ever had. The evening ended with my mom asking the waitress to wrap her leftovers, to which she made a brush-off motion with her hands and said, "someone else can help you, ok?" We were comped several meals, but that can't make up for ruining our once-a-lifetime event. AVOID LIDIA
Real Italian!!! – Lidia's is not the Italian restaurant that most Pittsburghers would imagine. Her food is authentic Italian and comes in generous portion sizes. The only bad things I would point out is that it is somewhat loud for good conversation and the women in my party were all freezing. The wait staff was attentive but unrefined, I felt like everyone was fairly new. In the end they were all working hard and any true Pittsburgher can appreciate that! I ordered the grilled octopus as my starter and it was more tender than any I've ever had. I then moved on to their daily special of the pasta sampler. For sixteen dollars you get to sample three freshly made pastas and then continue for seconds or thirds of your favorite(s). My favorite was the three cheese pear ravioli which was sweet but not enough to overpower the cheeses. The polenta on the chicken liver entree is to die for! Finally a second steal is the dessert sampler! At 3.50 a person with a two person minimum it supplies you with 8 delectable desserts which included cannoli, tiramisu, almond cherry crostada and pineapple orange sorbet. Lidia's is not only an amazing meal and overall experience but also affordable. My party of four made it out the door for a little over one hundred dollars including tip. I will go back again for sure....possibly tomorrow!
Great Italian! – The dining experience at Lidia's was the best italian I've encountered in Pittsburgh. I had the homemade pear and cheese ravioli, which was part of the pasta sampler & they were exceptional! Our server Jack was pleasant and when we inquired about wine, Mr. Conley confidently suggested a bottle of Italian Pinot Noir, which he believed would compliment all of our meals. He was professional and pleasant. We were celebrating an anniversary and he sent out a Tiramisu on a special chocolate inscribed plate. We will certainly recommend Lidia's to our friends and family!
Mix of good and bad, still worth a visit – I've been to Lidia's for both brunch and dinner. It has large portions of food that's more interesting than the average spaghetti-and-meatballs-type Italian restaurant, but it's a wee bit pricey for what it is and nowhere near as good as Felidia's in New York. The restaurant itself is pretty, bright and colorful. Some of the food is excellent (manicotti with spinach and mushrooms, and the pork shank), but some of it is bland or just off. For example, the salmon with lentils had no seasoning on the salmon at all and way too much vinegar in the lentils; and the Caesar's salad, while OK-tasting, was made with so-so-quality lettuce and was more like something you'd expect at a place serving food at a third of the cost. Brunch is a good deal if you like desserts (all you can eat tiramisu, cannoli, cakes and tarts) but the antipasto table is blah and the entrees are less good than at dinner or lunch. Even though it's been open over a year, Lidia's has the feel of a restaurant that's still trying to get its act together. It lacks the bold, cohesive food philosophy that people love about Lidia's books and TV show, and the service falls a bit short, too. (-- The servers seem to be trying hard to be nice but they are all so tense that they screw up a lot. It sort of smacks of a tyrannical or misguided management, but I don't know. ) All in all, I guess Lidia's-Pittsburgh is worth a visit, but Eleven, just up the street , is just a few dollars more expensive, and a world above in quality.
Eating at Lidia's Table – What a fabulous experience! It was like eating at Lidia's table. The staff were so friendly and explained everything carefully. The three pasta were so light and full of flavor I almost wondered if Lidia was in the kitchen herself. The food is true Italian, the portions perfect and what a gorgeous space. I can not think of a better place to eat in all of Pittsburgh.
What a bogus excuse for decent Italian dining. – I have read some other reviews and have to say I disagree with them all except the "bland food". This place is not upscale. They think they are upscale by attitude alone, but Lidia's is a posers paradise. Remember to wear your most expensive suit, for if you do not, be prepared to be seated in the back with dim lighting. On top of the "I'm better than you attitude", the food stinks and the menu is light. A very sorry excuse for a chain. We live in the Burgh-go out to a nice ethnic, family owned establishment with better service and better food.
Very good Franchise – I have now dined at both of the the "Lidia's" franchises (Kansas City and Pittsburgh). I was not disappointed at either of them! I have tried the Pasta sampler both times and both times have been pleasantly surprised. The waiter suggested that my girlfriend and I try the Frico, which we did. It was something very different, but very tasty. We went on a Sunday, so the restaurant was not that packed. I believe that they have a special on Sunday, where many dishes are offered Family style. This can definitely make it more affordable. The initial sampler refill was slow, but quickly improved for the rest of the night. The waitstaff was very knowledgable. The affordable wine list was great too! I highly recommend this gem. Go and sit at Lidia's Table.... you will not be disappointed!
Never disappointed! – I have dined at Lidia's many times, usually for lunch, but also for supper. I am always pleasantly surprised with the pasta tasting. If you happen not to care for one, you will have another that you love. What a terrific way to try new things! Everything from the parking (which can be a problem anywhere in the city) to the restaurant layout being a courteous, non-smoking eatery, to the rich coffee & light panacotta is a treat.
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