Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of fine Italian cuisine and drinks at Lunardi's Ristorante, located in the heart of Beechview.
Lunardi's Ristorante is a family-friendly foodery that has been granting wishes for delicious dishes since its emergence in 2004. Peruse the menu before treating tongue muscles to an order of steamed mussels doused in your choice of a white or red wine and herb sauce ($10.95), or sample a bruschetta trio platter for a triplet-pleasing triple threat ($7.95). Larger bites include penne diavolo, a garlicky sauté of chicken, mushrooms, banana peppers, and olives, topped with Romano cheese on penne ($13.95), and freshly pressed hot sausage paninis that cheer up fickle chompers with a balance of spiciness, sweet peppers, and melted provolone cheese ($8.95). For vegetarians or those on the trendy Venice Beach pasteurized diet, a 6-inch Bianca pizza with mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, and goat cheese (topped with roasted garlic and extra olive oil, $10.95) fits the bill snugly.
Nestled in a quaint brick building, Lunardi's warmly plays host to an intimate nights with loved ones, or intimate nights with a shadow who has been growing kind of long in the face since noon and could use the cheering up. While enjoying authentic Italian tastes, gracious guests can also soak in sights of the restaurant's art-covered walls and smile-covered servers. Reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are highly recommended but not required.
Urbanspooners give Lunardi's an exceedingly excellent 91% rating:
- This is a family owned and operated establishment with wonderful food and a relaxing freindly [sic] atmosphere. Whenever you are in the South hills of Pittsburgh you must give it a try. – patse627
- They have some of the best specials so please listen to them and do not be afraid to live outside the box. Get an order of greens and beans, add some extra olive oil and grated cheese break some bread and enjoy the place. – Russ
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.