Located on 2549 Penn Avenue, this family run Italian restaurant is an absolute must-try. I mean, there’s a reason why Pittsburgh Magazine named DiAnoia’s one of the city’s best restaurants for both 2018 and 2019 – their food’s just that good. They specialize in homemade pastas, pastries, breads and more, so come hungry.
They’re open Tuesday to Thursday from 8AM-9PM, Friday and Saturday from 8AM-10PM, and 10AM-2:30PM for Sunday brunch. Go for breakfast to enjoy a caprese frittata, avocado crostini or some fresh zeppole (Italian doughnuts) or curb your cravings until lunch to devour massive sandwiches, pizza or a hearty bowl of pasta.
This was my first time visiting so I ordered a lot…like a lot a lot. For entrees, I got their old world pizza ($17) and their spaghetti & meatballs ($14). The pizza was spectacular, and I’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best pies in the ‘Burgh.
The dough was absolute perfection – it had a beautiful texture that was just the right amount of chewy. It also had a unique saltiness to it that I loved. The sauce to dough ratio was ideal, and they topped it with fresh basil leaves, cheese and other spices. Note: they only offer one size, but luckily it freezes well so don’t worry about having leftovers. Plus, who doesn’t love cold pizza?
Their pasta was so good, it made me regret not coming for dinner. They have a slew of delish Italian classics available in the evening, and I hear amazing things about their gnocchi bread bowl amongst other dishes so I’ll definitely be back soon. They only have one noodle dish available for lunch, but it’s a classic: spaghetti and meatballs.
Their house-made spaghetti was tossed in San Marzano sauce, and it came with two enormous meatballs. Expect a generous serving that’s cooked perfectly al dente. Their sauce was very flavorful, and the meatballs had a light, almost fluffy texture to them.
I obviously couldn’t leave without trying dessert so even though I was stuffed, I got an assortment of cookies, a limoncello and pistachio cream puff, and a zeppole di San Guiseppe. I enjoyed everything, but the chocolate chip and pignoli cookies were my favorite of the bunch.
The former requires no explanation, but the latter’s a traditional Italian cookie that’s made with pine nuts and almond flour. Do yourself a favor and get one of each! Then come back and tell me how amazing I am for showing you the light. Ha! I joke, I joke, but they really were that good so give ’em a try.
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