Pittsburgh Italian, DiAnoia’s Eatery

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

After months of salivating over the foodie community’s Instagrams I finally made it to Pittsburgh Italian restaurant DiAnoia’s Eatery. Located in the culinary hub of the Strip District, I was pleasantly surprised at how charming this spot is!

I walked and immediately gushed over the chandeliers that are made of  WINE BOTTLES and WINE GLASSES!? I immediately felt at home.

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

It’s a beautiful space feeling open, clean and fresh with white walls, highlighted with unique kitschy decor.

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I meet my two girlfriends on a Tuesday for a 6pm reservation. After a long day at the office we were ready for wine & carbs! DiAnoias does have a lovely light white moscato (from the dessert menu hahaha). I was thrilled.

We had a very sweet & charming waiter who was subjected to our gushing girl talk. He was great and added to our amazing experience.

For my meal I ordered Cacio E Pepe of spaghetti, grana padano, pecorino romano, black pepper. With handmade pasta and delicious cheese it was a very fulfilling, deliciously rish dish.

My friend ordered the mussels with bucatini, fennel, red pepper flake, parmigiano reggiano, white wine, garlic and butter.

My camera-shy girlfriend ordered potato gnocchi, with meatballs, red sauce, and pecorino romano.

For dessert I treated myself to more indulgence with a Nutella brownie and hazelnut gelato from local Shadyside Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. My brownie was certainly a treat, with warm gooey nutella and fudgey bits.

I’m really glad we got to experience this charming Pittsburgh Italian restaurant. I can’t wait for an opportunity to return to  DiAnoia’s Eatery for dinner again,  and hopefully for Sunday brunch as well!

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Opening of Piada Italian Street Food Pittsburgh

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This past Friday I attended the pre-opening of Piada Italian Street Food in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Piada Oakland is defined as, “a fast casual, authentic eatery serving hand rolled Piadas, Pasta Bowls and Chopped Salads”. Their namesake signature meal, the Piada, is actually a wrap an, “Italian thin crust dough, baked on our grill and hand-rolled with fresh,  ingredients”. They also offer feature or build your own pastas and salad.

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My BF and I were each treated to a complimentary meal, drink, and samples of various Piada menu items. Out of all the delicious menu items I selected the Basil Pesto Pasta with steak including, “fresh basil pesto, Parmesan Alfredo, sun-dried tomatoes, freshly grated Parmesan”. I was served a huge portion of pasta. It was very good, but a little off on the ratio of pasta to sauce for my tastes. I definitely wanted more sauce and cheese to top off my dish. I still enjoyed it though.

Piada Italian Food Pittsburgh

Piada Italian Food Pittsburgh

BF ordered the Chef’s Favorite Piada of “spicy diavolo sauce, romaine, sweet & spicy peppers, mozzarella, creamy Parmesan”. He enjoyed his Piada saying, “It was nice and saucy, the crunchy chicken was delicious”.
Piada Italian Food Pittsburgh

We also sampled the pepperoni Piada sticks, lobster bisque and a quinoa & grain salad. We then hunted out the coveted dessert cannoli chips with chocolate chip cream, which were definitely messy but worth it!

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Overall I was glad to have been invited to the pre-opening of Piada Oakland and enjoyed the meal. I think that this fast-casual option will do really well in the Oakland location with the hospital employees, visitors and the college crowd there. Great feature and build-your-own healthy & fulfilling menu options sure to please that area’s crowd. Find it on Forbes Ave where the Quaker Steak used to be.

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