We frequent the North Hills and have not only eaten many times at DiPietro's, but also like to call them for take-out (Pizza, Hoageis, etc). Here you can truly "come as you are." Don't worry about dressing up, or making reservations. You will be greeted 99% of the time at the door by Mr DiP himself. If the restaurant is busy, you may have to wait a few minutes for a table, but there are a seats provided for you in the lobby just in case. The daily specials are written on the bulletin board so you can amuse yourself by reading over them while you wait-- It shouldn't be long!
Once seated, either in the main dining room, or on the balcony above, you will be struck by the sophisticated oldtime decor, mostly reminiscent of your Italian Grandma's dining room (if you were fortunate enough to HAVE an Italian grandmother). The Waitstaff is very warm and usually pretty funny, too. They will gladly tell you what is good on the Menu, or which of the specials is not to be missed. Sometimes this type of "family" service is a little slow because the Servers are chatting with other diners at their tables, too. In Italy, dining is not meant to be done a la assembly line; it's meant to be an enjoyable, human experience-- so tell someone if you're in a hurry, because they won't rush you through here!
I love Veal and I don't care who knows it. Here at DiPietro's "Veal" might as well be their middle name. The Veal Romano with tender eggplant and flavorful provalone is delicious. So is the house specialty: Veal DiPietro, with sweet peppers and hearty mushrooms in Marsala sauce. Really, there are many Veal choices, and I enjoy them all with just one exception. The Veal Piccata is consistantly too heavy on the lemon-- which is a shame because this is normally my favorite Veal dish. I have ordered it three times and won't do it again.
They serve wonderful homemade pastas especially their tender Cavetelli, Lasagna and the Penne DiPietro with sausage. Sandwiches and Pizzas are also very good. I'm really fond of their Eggplant Hoagie, and like to order this for take-out; so much better than taking home a soggy bag full of burgers from one of the nearby fast food joints! If you prefer "American" food like Steaks and Seafood, DiPietro's hasn't forgotten you either; and if you are looking for a "Heart Healthy" or "Children's Menu," they can also accomodate these needs. Entrees are generously portioned and come with sides of soup or sald, pasta, 'taters or veggies, and plenty of fresh Italian Bread. The Bar is fully stocked and drinks are reasonably priced. Parking is free in the Municipal Lot across the street on Center Ave.
A little personal background: We discovered DiPietro's one New Year's Eve when we hadn't planned ahead and were just driving around in the snow, for over an hour, pleading for someplace to take pity on us. That night DiPietro's was busy but not packed, so we soon found ourselves upstairs, surrounded by elegant gold ribbons and netting decorations, candles and white cloths on the tables, and tiny twinkling white lights on their balcony railing. I will always remember this as one of the most romantic and delicious meals of my life.
If you are anywhere near West View (the corner of Perry Hwy and Center Ave) please give this place a try. There is nothing better than eating well, getting great value (with drinks and tip for two, $45.00 ought to do it), and helping to keep a grand old local place going against a sea of national chains.