This little italian spot is very near our home and after a so-so first visit we decided to take my daughter and her friend for a second try. Arpinos has a nice outdoor seating and our first visit we enjoyed the ambiance. However it was a cool April night on our second visit and we decided to eat inside. I have been in loud bars before but I can not remember a louder restaurant. The noise made it very difficult to enjoy a pleasant conversation as we were constantly raising our voices to be heard. In our initial visit my wife ordered a spicy red sauce pasta and enjoyed it but did not rave. I ordered the fettuccine carbonara and was very disappointed as it was watery and lacked any real distinctive taste from the cheeses or pancetta. Nevertheless as I like BYOB restaurants and given its close proximity to our home, I decided to give it another try. The second go around I tried the vodka sauce and it was ok but not up to the quality at Safarino's in Crafton. The others in the party were similarly underwhelmed. In Pittsburgh with all its great italian restaurants, being ok is just not good enough.
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