Pazzo Ristorante's dedicated chefs and servers dish out a menu's worth of home-style Italian cuisine. An appetizer of marinara-battered zucchini planks ($7.99) pleases taste buds with its architectural soundness, and delicately sauced steamed mussels ($11.99) promote after-dinner partying by doubling as castanets. Dinnertime promises a choice selection of nautical eats, such as the seafood gnocchi caprese ($18.99), a multi-textured medley of potato gnocchi, tomatoes, mozzarella, and seasoned breadcrumbs. Mouthwatering pasta dishes unite noodle and sauce in edible masterpieces, such as the tasty Cajun chicken bruschetta ($15.99) tossed with tomatoes, garlic, and basil over angel hair pasta or the perennial favorite of James Bond, bow ties à la vodka ($14.99), a mélange of prosciutto, onion, and fresh basil in a vodka-cream sauce.
The cooks at Nobby's Pizzeria sprinkle hand-tossed crusts with tangy, homemade sauce and aromatic cheese made from a smoked provolone blend. In addition to classics such as pepperoni and sausage, they adorn seven signature pizzas with creative toppings ranging from ranch and buffalo sauce to capicola and olives. Their menu also includes other Italian-American staples, including meaty hoagies and ricotta-covered calzones.
Bado's Cucina understands that food is not merely sustenance, but an important part of community and family tradition. That's why his rustic restaurant is warmed by a traditional wood-fired stone hearth, and his pizzas and flatbreads are made with the same recipe for dough that he kneaded as a child in his Italian grandmother's kitchen. Visitors to Bado's Cucina gather amid wrought-iron accents and goldenrod-hued walls, watching chefs in the open kitchen bake toasty flatbreads, whip up homemade bread puddings, or stuff eggplants with a series of increasingly smaller eggplants. These sights and smells send patrons on a culinary tour of the Italian peninsula, featuring a carefully selected lineup of pastas, roasted seasonal veggies, and tender cutlets of pork, wood-fired salmon, and flank steak.
After running five Italian restaurants across the course of his career, chef David Ayn was well equipped to assemble the menu at Davio, where simple and soulful southern Italian dishes reign supreme. Inspired by the intense heat and flavors of the southern Italian Peninsula, Ayn introduces veal chops and steaks to the coal grill, peppered with caramelized onions and imported olive oil. While seated at the common area of "Davio's Table," families share heaping platters of antipasto, family-style plates of seasonally rotating seafood, and a single sweater knitted for six people.
The chefs of Lunardi's Ristorante bring the flavors of Sicily and Milan across the Atlantic to top plates of succulent meats and pastas with parmigiana, pesto, and marsala sauces. Their creations add pops of color to white marble-topped tables that, along with the dining room’s art-covered walls, impart a feeling of being well taken care of before a waiter even sidles up to the table.
For more than 50 years, Beto’s Pizza has pampered Pittsburghers with a hearty menu of unconventionally prepared pizza alongside an array of hoagies. The pizzeria's signature pie-making process entails adding shredded provolone cheese and generous layers of toppings ($0.50 each) to every slice or cut ($1.25 each) after the dough and sauce have been baked. A full pizza contains 28 pizza rectangles ($34.11), each boasting an inimitable texture of hot crust and half-melted cheese that serves as an interactive alternative to tasteless geometry textbooks. For less saucy fare, patrons can try a steaming steak hoagie, capped by a layer of bubbling cheese ($5.39 for a half; $10.69 for a whole). A high-powered veggie telescope grants herbivores access to a planetary bowl of tossed salad, available with orbiting sides of fried cauliflower, mushrooms, and hot peppers ($3.89+).