Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Pittsburgh's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Pittsburgh. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Piccolo Forno or tell you that Lidia's Pittsburgh gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.
The linguini and tomato basil at Lucca's is delightful. In addition to good food, the casual air and efficient service provided a pleasant afternoon dining experience. On a warmer day, the outdoor seating would be a nice complement. (412-682-3310)
Buca di Beppo
Locals warn that you should call Buca di Beppo several days in advance for reservations — this fun Italian eatery is that popular. This is a great place to go with the family or a group of festive pals. Meals are served family style, so be prepared to dig in for your share of their signature chicken cacciatore, traditional baked ravioli or savory seafood pasta. Don't miss the garlic bread or the prosciutto and Gorgonzola salad, and of course, save room for Pittsburgh's best cannoli. (412-471-9463)
Vibrantly decorated two-level dining room serves up innovative Italian eats. A great value, its family-style Sunday dinner features main courses that feed 2-4 people for under $35. Lidia's signature Sunday Sauce (Italian sausage, pork, meatballs in tomato and red wine) is served over rigatoni with garlic bruschetta. An inexpensive wine list also helps diners get the biggest bang for their bucks. Weekend brunch is available. (412-552-0150)
With the original location located in the North Hills area, Monte Cello's has served Pittsburgh locals with fabulous Italian fare for over 30 years. From mouthwatering starters like cheesy garlic bread or artichoke pizza dip to deep dish Chicago-style pizzas and hoagies built "your way," this truly is the place to feed the family. The walls are donned with memorabilia to honor the greatest Pittsburgh sporting legends. (412-821-0600)
Small in seating but big in taste, this Lawrenceville gem is well known for their specialty wood-fired pizzas and home-made pastas. Everything on the menu is inexpensive - it's all under $16. With brick walls and cozy, yet close quarters, the ambience is relaxed and intimate. So come share a bottle or two, discuss the day's events and, of course, enjoy some great eats with friends and family. (412-622-0111)