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DiAnoia’s Eatery

DiAnoia’s Eatery is on Penn Avenue in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.

The Food

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

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 Ambiance

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.

Overall

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!”

Contact

2549 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 918-1875
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Pittsburgh Restaurants

Kaya

Kaya offers a variety of Caribbean, South American, and Pacific fare, is located on the hustling Smallman Street in the Strip District of Pittsburgh.

The Food

Kaya’s menu has a variety of appetizers, entrees, soups and salads, and tacos and sandwiches all year long.  Additionally, they offer a featured island or locale each month.  June of 2017 features food of Puerto Rico.  Two must haves from the appetizer menu are the conch fritters and the Yucatan Hot Bean dip with homemade chips.  Both are very delicious.  Also try the conch and corn chowder.  For an entree selection, without a doubt, have the Tropical Paella, made with chicken, shrimp, mussels, chorizo, peas, pineapple, and red pepper.  It is one of the best entrees in the city!  Kaya also offers a vegan version with squash, tomatoes, asparagus, red pepper, green beans, and pineapple, which is also quite delicious.  Another entree recommendation is the Barramundi, with its unique mix of flavors, made with sambal, coconut, peanuts, cucumber, pineapple, basil, soy, and shallot.  If you are looking for something lighter, try the Caribbean Rainbow Salad.  It has a unique cabaret of sweet and savory flavors.  If you’re not that hungry, go for the Cuban Sandwich, with pork, turkey, ham, mayo, Swiss cheese, mustard, and aioli.  It is mouthwatering.

The Service

Kaya has consistently provided great, friendly service.  The wait staff is consistently knowledgeable about the menu’s specifics.  They are also efficient and prompt with bringing water, drinks, and clearing dishes away as necessary.  The bartenders have always been friendly and are good at making complicated, intricate drinks.  While you are there, go for their signature Smoke and Ginger.

The Ambiance

Kaya has large window at the front of the restaurant.  As you enter, the bar is to your right with large windows behind it.  Both provide a bright naturally lit atmosphere that is very welcoming.  Additional lighting highlights the tasteful art work on the walls  The decor fits the menu perfectly hand in hand.  Particularly impressive is all of the mosaics spread through the restaurant from the bar counter to the floor.  It is a great space with the right blend of music and acoustics that one can hear everyone at the table.

Overall

I have visited Kaya three times and on all three occasions the food, service, and ambiance have all been exceptional.  It is without any hesitation that I give Kaya my overall rating and recommendation of:

“Go For It!”

Contact

2000 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-6565
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