Good Eats: Piccolo Forno

One of our favorite Pittsburgh neighborhoods is Lawrenceville.  This 2.5 square mile neighborhood is the best of old Pittsburgh charm while embracing a modern edge.  It’s the quintessential welcoming and walkable neighborhood you expect in this city.  With tons of unique, entrepreneurial energy and super affordable real estate, it’s a hip and young place to hang out and live.

Piccolo Forno
is a longstanding Lawrenceville favorite amongst  Pittsburghers – think 1+ hours wait time on weekends, and still packed on weeknights.  We love good Italian food in this city, and this Tuscan style kitchen lives up to the hype.  Their specialty is wood fired pizzas and hand cut pastas, and they offer quite a variety of each, along with panini choices and a daily risotto.

We started our meal with an antipasti dish- Crostini di Polenta – which was quite yummy.  The baked polenta squares were topped with a variety of flavors from gorgonzola to mushrooms to tomatoes.  It was great to share a little bite of each.


We knew we needed to order one of the pizzas, so we settled on the evening’s special which was a white pizza topped with pancetta, a variety of melty cheeses, grapes and arugula.  It was so amazing.  The flavors were perfect and the wood fired crust was to die for.

We also ordered a pasta dish, because let’s be serious, I can’t go to an Italian restaurant without carbo-loading.  The house made tagliatelle with mushroom ragu was rich and perfectly done.

And since we were on a roll, we ended our meal with some to-die-for desserts.  For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the one on the plate, but the one in the little ice cream dish was a bomba.  This little frozen ball of heaven was Italian gelato dipped in chocolate and all sorts of other goodies…totally worth a whole days calories.  I mean come on, they were flown in from Italy for goodness sakes!
Located at Butler and 38th, its in the heart of the bustling neighborhood, and parking is pretty easy to come by if you venture off onto the side streets.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday and take reservations for parties of 5 or more.  It is a BYOB, so come prepared with lots o’ wine to round out the Italian experience.

Put Piccolo Forno on your “to eat” list, and go ready to stuff yourself with delicious Italian fare…be prepared to need to be rolled to your car afterward 🙂

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