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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Lidia's

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Ranked #82 of 2,153 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th Street
Valencia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

I was ready to love Lidia's based on many reviews and friend's experiences. Our visit, on a Friday evening just before Christmas, was disappointing. The pasta trio special was average, honestly not any better than what I make at home - rigatoni with sausage, spaghetti with garlic and butter, and squash ravioli with no sauce. This came with a Ceasar salad, which I got with vinegar and oil dressing instead - it was so tart as to be inedible. Our guest was Swedish, and spoke excellent English, however, as there was no listing of the sauces on the menu, and the atmosphere at the full restaurant was loud, she had to ask the server to repeat several times. The server got annoyed, and let it show. This was rude. The other servers returned to the table often, asking to take away our plates before we were finished, making us feel rushed. And after choosing the valet parking, the next morning we found a large red scratch on our black truck. There were a few good points to this dinner - the wine list was extensive, the atmosphere was pleasant. One member of our party got gluten-free pasta, I was impressed that they had that option and she said it was good. The tirimisu that we brought home was excellent. However we probably will not return.

  • Visited December 2012
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Columbus, Ohio
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Less impressed on third visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

We had been to Lidia's twice before in the past eight years, so we were eagerly anticipating the return. Overall, our meal was just ok. We both found the portions to be overwhelming for a fine dining restaurant. This was a turn off. Our salads (arugula with Gorgonzola, pear and walnut) were way too big. The balance in the salads were also off - way too much white vinegar. The small amount of pear was not enough to counteract the acidity of the dressing, and the walnuts weren't candied but served raw. I ordered the lemon chicken, which was good. However, I received not one but two breasts. Again, this was too much. My husband did enjoy his boar ravioli which he said was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed the wine list as well, and the prices were lower than you might expect for fine dining. Our desserts - butterscotch pudding with a candied pear, and chocolate marscapone cake - were just the right size portions. Finally! Not sure that we would return again. We might try another establishment in town on our next visit.

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637 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“An excellent meal in comfortable surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

As we walked back to our hotel from the Strip, we went into the restaurant to make a dinner reservation. We were glad we did since there was only one table still available. When we arrived for dinner, we were quickly seated. We decided to try the famous pasta trio. When trying to decide whether to get a salad and dessert to go with it, the server suggested he split the salad for us. That was an awesome idea because the portion of salad that arrived for each of was as large or larger than what is usually served to one. It was also delicious. Rarely have I enjoyed a simple salad quite so much. The bread, too, was excellent though the toppings were not memorable.

The pastas arrived and moderate portions of each were served. We had a chicken and tomato, a pesto, and a mushroom ravioli. All were very good and the the ravioli was exquisite. We were offered additional pasta and could have had as much as we wanted. I found the original portion sufficient. My husband had sole possession of the dessert as he really likes tiramisu and I do not.

Service was very professional and attentive without being overwhelming. We really enjoyed our meal and would certainly return.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank solomon5
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pasta and more”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Lidia's pasta is always delicious - give the daily lunch trio a try - all you can eat of three different types of pasta dishes served tableside. The weekend brunch is something to plan ahead for - reservations a must - and well worth it.

Visited November 2012
Thank Dee S
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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Have been to Lidia's many times - usually for the weekend brunch but also for dinner. This has to be the best brunch anywhere ever AND the best value! Large choice of entrees and the buffet tables are amazing to say the least! GO HUNGRY!!! You will be stuffed afterward.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank KarenF17
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