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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A Weekend Adventure to Canton Ohio’s Gervasi Vineyard

One lazy weekend last May we had finished renovation projects and I was craving an adventure. I researched all kinds of weekend trips from the Pittsburgh from DC, Baltimore and Cleveland. It turns out it was going to be a wet and windy weekend in all of the locations, so I switched from outdoor adventures to indoor. I started looking at wineries discovering the most beautiful location in Canton Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard features lush grounds, vineyard, lake, villas, the casual Crush House dining and an Italian Bistro restaurant. And of course WINE!

This place was definitely worth the drive. It is so beautiful, even on a rainy cloudy day.

Gervasi Vineyard Bridge

Gervasi Vineyard Grounds Gervasi Vineyard Lake Gervasi Vineyard Waterfall

I was dumbfounded by how gorgeous the Bistro restaurant is. It seems to have been made with an apparent attention to detail. From the looks of it no cost was spared on the hardware, finishes or decor, really creating a lovely ambiance. Here you know you are experiencing someplace special, it is a true treat.

Gervasi Vineyard Bistro

As lavish as the decor is you’d think the menu would be too right? It is! Full of rich, rustic Italian fare, so many delicious choices. Check out the menu here. The best part of all of this? It is affordable. I’m serious. A trip here is a lot more affordable than the usual upscale Italian in downtown Pittsburgh.

Just look at this Caesar salad presentation.

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To me, one of the best things about a visiting a winery is the fun of a wine flight.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Flight

Plenty of sweet wines for me to try. The Gervasi moscato even made my top 5 list.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Selection

For my meal I had a deliciously rich braised lamb in au jus + gnocchi dish with goat cheese & rosemary butter. It was delicious, within the top 10 meal of my lifetime.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Lamb Dinner

And a decadent tiramisu for dessert.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Tiramisu

I even loved the gift shop. I found this unique necklace for $7 (originally about $35)! I also got a similar one in gold & black, also for $7!

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Well the reason I’m writing about this now is because my boyfriend is about to take me to Gervasi Vineyard again for my BIRTHDAY in just 2 weeks! Woohoo I am so excited. This place is amazing. I’d love to stay here someday, everytime I call it is booked </3. I’ll keep waiting to see the inside of those villas.

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