DiAnoia’s Eatery is on Penn Avenue in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.
DiAnoia’s menu offers an extensive wine (Italian wines only) and cocktail menu. From the cocktail menu, I recommend the Godfather with Grouse Scotch, Amaretto, and lemon or the Manhattan. Both are great. When it came to wine for dinner, the restaurant manager came over and made recommendations based on what entrees my friends and I chose. She actually provided us healthy samples of the wines she was recommending before we made our selection. There is an extensive antipasto menu. I’ve had the house salad and recommend it. The oregano vinaigrette is perfection. I also tried the escarole, beans, and sausage appetizer. Again, another worthy recommendation. The entree menu has a variety of pastas, meats, and sides. A good option is, the gnocchi with meatballs and red sauce, which is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The linguine and mussels is another worthy choice as an entree. The white wine sauce is a mouth watering enhancement to the mussels. If you are trying to avoid carbs, another entree item to be considered is the Steak Florentine. Its savory, delectable taste is addicting. I’ve also had the zucchini, squash, and tomatoes with truffle oil as a side. For dessert, if you have room, the house-made tiramisu is wonderful.
The service at DiAnoia’s is friendly, efficient, and professional. I recommend making reservations ahead if going during peak times. From the moment we were greeted at the door, the service was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu items and gave us informed recommendations. Runners brought food and drinks to the correct patron even if they weren’t present when ordered. (I’m still smarting over this experience ). And the manager coming over to offer wine recommendations and tasting could be described as perfect service. A visit to DiAnoia’s does not feel like being a customer, but rather a guest to be fawned over. Bravo!
The venue is gorgeous. With large windows, the whole restaurant is spacious and bright. The atmosphere can best be described as electric. When you enter the restaurant, there is a bar to the left. It is small and intimate. Further back in the restaurant, there is a pasticceria from which breads and desserts can be ordered and taken out. The main dining room is spacious and the corner offers a great view of Penn Avenue. The artwork on the walls is tasteful. At times, it was difficult to hear others at my table because acoustically, it is pretty loud. However, I did not find that as an irritation as I sometimes do. To me, it added a din of excitement.
DiAnoia’s Eatery is a new restaurant to Pittsburgh. All three criteria for reviewing restaurants were exceptionally good. It is my pleasure to give DiAnoia’s an overall recommendation and rating of:
“Absolutely Must Visit!”