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Reviewed 8 May 2024

We had a reservation for Monday happy hour, called "The Last Supper" which is served only at a high top table or at the bar; when we arrived we were told we would have to eat at the bar which we did; the meal was...amazingly good and very reasonably priced; for $30 you get a class of wine, large meatball, sausage link, taglietelle pasta with ground pork. salad and garlic bread all served in a very large bowl. It was SO good and so much food we had leftovers. The following Monday we went back to celebrate 2 birthdays and had the same meal. After building up the meal all week we were very disappointed to have a very different experience. Instead of the meal taking about 25 minutes to be served fresh and hot it took approx. 10 minutes. The toast was burned, the pasta was overcooked and luke warm, the pork was the consistency of pulled pork with very little sauce and was tough to chew, and the sausage was also tough. Hopefully this was a different chef who cooked the meal because it is a great unique idea.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

My wife and I visited with friends in February. The food is very good, but the experience, setting and service make our visits memorable. You feel special the moment you walk through the door. The facility is elegant and classic in design and decor. My...wife had the chilean sea bass and I had the filet mignon. Excellent portions coupled with a few appetizers and you’ll leave content. It is more expensive but you’re paying for the experience and personally I feel it’s well worth it. If you haven’t been there definitely give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

My husband and I received a gift card for this place and made a reservation to dine here. It was our first visit and won't be our last. The entire dining experience was wonderful. We started with the House and Caesar salads then the cacio...e pepe, vodka pasta, chicken milanese and the filet with a lobster tail. We both commented on how there was sufficient time between each course. Nothing was rushed and the food was delicious! Yes, we did have leftovers and still managed to split dessert. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 August 2023

OK, I got the fammiglia part.. definitely a sharkskin suit place.... food was ok, but ridiculously priced... the kiss of death was the headwaiter offering a "SENTI ANNO" toast ... I started to correct him but suddenly realized he would not have a clue.... there..."much better" and "cheaper" Italian than this in the Burg !More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023 via mobile

Been here at least a dozen times and every single time it’s excellent, consistent and the best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Coming from someone who grew up in NYC, this place does Italian food right! Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu - be prepared...to have a doggy bag to take home! You’re gonna be stuffed but get the raspberry tiramisu to go!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 4 March 2023 via mobile

OH MY GOD!!! This was the best food my fiance and I have ever had in Pittsburgh! The portions were enormous and we're ecstatic to eat the leftovers. Our server, Gabby, was absolutely incredible as well!!! She was so attentive and fun to talk with....Everyone who we interacted with were so amazing too. We had the best anniversary dinner and can't wait to come back! We'll just have to make sure not to eat anything all day beforehand. 😂More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

We have waited quite a while to dine here. We have heard nothing but positive comments and in my opinion the restaurant did not disappoint. First of all, although the restaurant location is dubious, we felt safe and secure due to valet parking and police...presence. The atmosphere was upscale but quite busy. We were seated directly in front of the open kitchen on the first floor which tended to be quite noisy. Sometimes it was hard to hear my neighbors who accompanied us. The food was very good. We dined on oysters, meatball, beet salad, stuffed hot peppers house and Caesar salads, cacio e pepe, vodka pasta, sea bass, strip steak and seafood in red sauce. The food was very good (but, in my opinion, not great). The service was also very good and attentive. I would never order an appetizer again due to the massive amount of food served. Just an amazing amount of food without appetizers. The interesting aspect of this meal was the Maccheroni course served after salad before the entrees. Try eating a spaghetti dinner before eating a steak dinner. I took home 90% of my steak due to the appetizers, salad and bread beforehand. I wanted to try to dessert but just couldn’t do it. My server said that most people couldn’t order dessert either because they were too full as well. Why so much food? I suppose it’s a successful formula and I’m certainly not complaining. At the end of the meal, a very good dining experience but perhaps more interesting overall. I’ll be back sans appetizer. Maybe then I’ll have a fighting chance for dessert!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2022

Who can eat this much? This was our first visit. The design and decor and "vibe" are all close to magical. OK, a bit blue collar - with Penguin and Rocky Balboa images. But each room is pretty and almost exciting. The wait staff was...attentive and charming, right down to the busboy. The food was very good, but the portions are double what a normal person can eat. I may have more in our refrigerator than I ate. Each course was very good except (amazingly) the pasta course which was fair and ranged from warm to properly hot. This is essentially a red sauce Italian place. So South Italy. The wine list was impressive. The one wine I know was marked up 3x - about what one should expect. The wine by the glass selection was good. We will not be back BUT for the right diner - this place is perfect.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022

my fish was undercooked - lukewarm and not flaking in the middle, i very kindly asked for it to be cooked a little more. the waitress was very nice about this and took it back. the chef then came out and was very defensive/aggressive in...his tone. he said that the fish was "actually overcooked" but if i wanted it to be cooked more they will. i told him yes please. he stormed back and yelled "this fish is perfectly cooked but they want it cooked more". it was embarrassing and ruined the other good parts of the meal (great wait staff, great appetizers and pasta course). i wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 September 2022

Went here on Saturday night for anniversary/birthday dinner and must say it was beyond our expectations. First, our server MARK was so talented and waited on our every need. Made the night extra special! - where to start with the food.... the salmon special was...done to perfection! my husband and son got the veal parmesan and it was outstanding! the regular house salad was the same as it usually is OUTSTANDING and my personal favorite was the pasta tossed in the large romano cheese wheel with a dash of cream. I have never had anything that tasted that good. They put the hot pasta in a large cheese wheel, shave the cheese inside and toss with the cream and pasta... they go thru 6 or 7 of these large cheese wheels a week.. OUTSTANDING! to say the least. If I could give this restaurant 20 stars I would. Best food in Pittsburgh, don't waste time going anywhere else!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

When we were in Pittsburgh recently, we asked several locals for recommendations for Italian restaurants. Alla Famiglia garnered the most responses. We made a reservation and headed up Mount Washington. I am not going to elaborate on ambiance, I just want to address the food...and why one can't always rely on recommendations from locals or reviewers on Trip Advisor for that matter. With a rating of $$$$, our expectations were set rather high. I will give kudos to their wine list; it is also recognized in the Wine Spectator with a 1 wine-glass rating, which is their basic recognition. We were really looking forward to some authentic, classic, Italian cuisine. Our salad was done well. My wife ordered the Veal Marsala and I ordered the Veal Milanese. We were also interested in the Cacio e Pepe, a dish with three basic ingredients, when combined correctly, a sublime first course. When the served explained to me that they prepare the dish table-side, I was curious. She explained that linguini was tossed with heavy cream, and pecorino Romano cheese in a large hollowed out wheel of pecorino Romano cheese that was sitting in the corner. I don't remember what else she said because I was dumbfounded at her list of ingredients and the fact that she was going to put my pasta in a large community wheel of cheese that has been around for some time. Not only was it unappetizing, it was unsanitary. We passed on the pasta course and went right to the entrees. Again, another occasion when classic recipes are muddled in the name of creativity. Veal Milanese is a veal chop on the bone, pounded out, breaded, fried to a golden brown in olive oil and served with lemon wedges. Veal Marsala is thinly pounded veal draped with prosciutto, scented with fresh sage and sautéed then finished with dry Marsala. The Veal Marsala was very tough. Sweet Marsala was used in place of the dry Marsala and there were raisins and other things on the plate. It was inedible. My veal chop was dark brown and when I cut into it, it was raw on the inside. We waited for the server to return and it took a very long time. When she returned, I jokingly said to her that I thought she went home. The chef came out and was extremely cordial and apologetic. I could tell that his abilities in the kitchen were being hampered by the "family recipes" he had to use. We talked for a while and my wife and I enjoyed our wine the left. They were gracious to remove the charges for our dinner so that our only charge was the $400 worth of great wine that we enjoyed. Again, another "Italian Restaurant" that bears no resemblance to Italian.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

We returned for dinner (last visit a few years ago), and it was as good as we remembered. Two tips - 1) Book weekend reservations a few weeks in advance (if booked, send email to see if they can fit you in). 2) Look at...the online menu before you go. It is pricey, but well worth the quality of the food and the portions. If you’re going to complain about the price, do not go. Wendy was our server, and we had many other attendants making sure the meal was flowing. The bread, olive oil and olive spread were a delicious starter. We opted for the basic salad - fresh and light vinaigrette dressing. For the pasta course, it is well worth the upcharge for the cacio y pepe. Veal chop and strip steak were amazing. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 20 June 2021

Absolutely delicious food. Service top notch. Salad was amazing. Hidden gem. Clinton gave impressive service. Recommend the cheese appetizer.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 30 May 2021

Way too expensive for the quality of food. We waited and waited for our waitress to return to our table to take our order. The meatball appetizer was cold. They say that their pasta is homemade and fresh, but honestly, the cavatelli tasted like they...use DeCecco boxed and the sauce tasted like Ragu. The $140 dollar lobster tail which they say is farmed once a year from South Africa was tough and the veggies served with it were over cooked. It was as if everything was made days before and barely reheated.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2021

I was looking forward to dining at Alla Famiglia after recommendations and reading reviews. We were so very disappointed. We were a group of 8 dining. We ordered Veal Piccata, Veal Margherita, & Veal Parmigiana along some pasta dishes. The Veal Piccata was served with...a dark brown gelatinous goop that had mushrooms in. The flavor was of overwhelming salt and pepper. The veal was thick sliced, not scallopini. The entire dish was inedible. The Veal Margherita was breaded so thick and over fried. Again it was not scallopini. That was also how the Veal Parmigiana was served. These dishes were also the size of a dinner plate. The pasta Cacio e Pepe that was served as an entree was about 1 1/2 lbs of pasta heaping in a dinner size bowl. It was ok, but enough to feed the entire table. We also got pasta that had a Vodka sauce that only tasted of sugar. It didn't look or taste like any Vodka sauce that I've ever eaten. Unfortunately, large quantities of food do not equal quality food. The food we were served was inedible and we requested to speak with the manager. The manager was not willing to correct the situation. Our bill was $560.00 for food that we could not eat. I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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It is summer time, therefore most places are able to acomódate you but you better call them. I don't see why not. But we have always been there when the temperature is way colder than now.
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It can be. You may want to give the restaurant a heads up so they can reserve a table in a location that best fits your needs since some of the spaces are more intimate or in a bar area.
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