As the warm spring winds blow a blustery winter to a faraway place, hibernating cityfolk venture out of their caves in search of flirty sundresses, a shoulder-mounted boom box, and a satisfying meal. Today's Groupon gets you one of the three rights of spring: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Buon Giorno Café. Your Groupon is redeemable for dine-in at either the Smithfield Street or Stanwix Street location of the family-run Italian café.
Buon Giorno Café serves up fresh, homemade, and upscale Italian breakfast and lunch fare to famished downtown workers and hopelessly hungry romantics alike. A small breakfast menu offers a tasty break with veggie-stuffed frittatas ($5.50), fresh pastries ($1.25–$4.75), and caffeine-infused coffee creations ($.85–$3). The daily lunch menu rotates house-made dishes, unique to each location, every giorno. Permanent lunch staples such as the antipasto salad ($8.25), pasta ricotta ($8), and Italian hot sausage sandwich ($6.75), are stuffed full of imported Italian specialty foods.
The intimate eatery combines a continental atmosphere, complete with imported specialty foods and diners dozing into a deep afternoon siesta at the lunch table. Take a break from the cubicle scene and the menacing voices whispering from the computer screen for a brief journey to Pittsburgh, Italy.
The Smithfield Street location is open Mon.–Fri. from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Stanwix Street location is open Mon.–Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both locations are closed on the weekends.
Merchant Circlers give Buon Giorno's Smithfield Street location four stars. Seventy-seven percent of Urbanspooners like the Smithfield Street location, and 70% like the Stanwix Street location. Check out what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has to say:
- To describe Buon Giorno Cafe, 6 Smithfield St., Downtown, you would have to use the word happy...You want your coffee now? You've got it. You want a side salad, not risotto, with your chicken? No problem. You want whipped cream on your homemade rice pudding made by the owner's sister Cheryl? Glad to do it. What arrives is not just an ample serving but one with a baroque loop of heavy cream with one fresh strawberry in each arch. It's a picture Wayne Thiebaud might like to paint. – Marilyn McDevitt Rubin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- I have been a fan of Buon Giorno for a long time, great mid-priced restaurant, great authentic cuisine, and it smells like your Italian grandma's house when you walk in the door and you get a wonderful typically Mediterranean warm welcome. – Positively Pittsburgh Live Talkcast, Merchant Circle
- This place is great to go grab lunch with a few co-workers. I have been on multiple occasions and have gone through just about all of their sandwiches. You get a salad, or risotto (awesome!) with a sandwich, and I would definitely suggest trying the wedding soup. – mkemu, Urbanspoon