Absolutly WOW'd. I work in the restaurant field, so I am a bit picky when it comes to dining. But Alla Famiglia absolutly floored me. It was the best food and service I have had in a very long time. From the moment we sat down everything was perfect. The bread and four dipping sauces were delicious. Everything is huge and the salad and pasta course are served family style. I almost was to full for my entree. Steve our waiter was extremely neice and professional. I have gone twice in the past month and told everyone how wonderful it is. The only downsize is they dont give you a menu its all verbal so pay attention. But everything that the waiter described sounded so good. It is by far one of the nicest places in the burgh to bad its in a bad location.
Best Kept Secret.
I read the review which complained about the high price and less than satisfactory food. I am here to tell you--that person is DEAD wrong.
I think that Alah Famiglia is one of Pittsburgh best kept secrets. I eat out often in the city and entertain guests who are visiting the area as well as local residents. If they want a great view of the city, there are a number of restaurants on Grandview Ave. that can fulfill that need. If, on the other hand, you want a great meal Alla Famigilia is the place to go.
Yes you are going to pay some money for the food, but not out of line with any other good restaurant around the country. I joke that Pittsburgh people get sticker shock from the steaks because it isn't $15. Sorry go to Applebees if you're looking for a bargin.
Each meal includes four courses for your main meal price. The table is set with three different toppings for a basket of warm freshly baked bread. Olive oil, choose and a veggie mix give you a variety of ways to start your meal.
Next is a salad is served family-style, with a pasta-of-the-day following closely behind. The chef is always willing to make adjustments to either course to allow for tastes you want to avoid or don't like.
The main meal menu is expansive, let me recommend one of the many fish or steak specials. My favorite is a milder fresh catch of the day sauted in a butter/olive oil combination with fresh pine nuts, grapes and lump crab meat on top.
I do recommend sitting up front in the restaurant. There are exposed brick walls, a half wall separating the line kitchen from the tables (yes you can still have an intimate conversation) wonderful music lightly playing in the background and the smells, well as you can tell they will really whet your appetite for the next course.
Finish with a great dessert if you can, we rarely have room. Yes you may BYOB, but they now have liquor license (great bar upstairs). Enjoy the experience it's a best of the Burgh
Enjoyed everything but the main course and the price. Small upscale restaurant in a bad neighborhood. The prices are way out of proportion to the food. The appetizers, salad, and pasta were all excellent. However, my main course was basically a big slab of meat which was not cooked to my liking. After eating small portions of a variety of foods, I did not feel that the large piece of meat was appropriate. The cost was $60 per entree not including tip, appetizers, etc. It is BYOB with a corkage fee and they provide a certain number of bottles of water (which you have to pay for if you drink too many). The desserts did not live up to their high price tag. Overall, I was not impressed with this restaurant for the high price tag.
"How's the Italian food here?".
Like it cozy quiet? Ask for a table in the back. Like a little more action? Eat up front by the cook. Definitely not a chain restaurant atmosphere or menu. (not a jab at chain food which can be good).
Tasty, saucy pasta whatever you select. Steak or Veal Chop very good. House salad crunchy and zesty. Warm bread. Always a nice fish of the day, seasoned & tasty. Ask the chef to jazz up a preparation or add a different sauce, if he's not real busy.
I drink a lot of water with meals & don't like buying bottles of imported water.
Best Italian in Pittsburgh. This is probably one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh in any category. Each meal starts off with bread accompanied by three unique spreads: a spiced garlic and olive oil mixture, a chick pea based spread and my favorite the goat cheese with grilled vegetable spread. The salads here contain the best ingredients of any I have ever had. The appetizers and main courses are both delicious and good potions. Desserts can be hot or miss. Finally, you can bring your own wine!
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