Sustainable Pittsburgh Designation Level: Gold

Lidia’s is a Pittsburgh culinary institution. Founded in 2001 by acclaimed celebrity chef, author, and TV personality Lidia Bastianich, the restaurant serves fresh, hearty, homemade pastas and gourmet traditional Italian cuisine from its beautiful location in the Strip District. Since 2017, Lidia’s has been a Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, showing their commitment to sustainability and to the ongoing resiliency of the Pittsburgh region.

The menu at Lidia’s offers a constantly rotating selection of fresh-daily pasta tastings, some traditional Italian menu items, osso bucco, chicken scallopini, and much more. A deep and carefully curated wine list offers numerous pairing options. The main dining area is brightly lit with high ceilings and modern art installations, creating both an elegant, yet welcoming experience. The accommodations also include a full bar and cozy dining spaces for an intimate night out.

Bastianich, who hosts the Daytime Emmy-winning television show Lidia’s Kitchen and owns numerous restaurants in New York City and around the world, opened Lidia’s in Pittsburgh as her second venture outside of New York. Executive Chef Daniel Walker honed his skill in kitchens around the country, including other Bastianich-owned restaurants in Kansas City and New York City, before bringing his culinary expertise to Pittsburgh.

As a Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, Lidia’s follows numerous sustainable practices. Among the highlights, used furniture is donated to Habitat for Humanity whenever possible. They also source many of their foods and ingredients from local and regional food purveyors, including Clarion River Organics, Serenity Hill Farms, Who Cooks For You Farm, Footprints Farm, and Burn’s Heritage Farm. The kitchen staff makes salad dressings, sauces, juices, soups, stocks, syrups, and salsas in-house. They also ensure the wellbeing of their employees by offering health insurance, and fitness and wellness incentives. They donate unused foods to 412 Food Rescue, vegetable waste and left over table bread to Serenity Hill Farms for pig and chicken feed, and give their used cooking oil to Valley Proteins. In an effort to reduce plastic waste, Lidia’s has recently switched from plastic to paper straws. You can read Lidia’s complete sustainability report by visiting their Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant profile.

Interested in stopping by Lidia’s? Visit 1400 Smallman Street in the Strip District. The restaurant is open 7 days a week: Monday from 5-9pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am-2pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturday from 11am-2:30pm and 4:30pm to 10pm, and Sunday from 11am-2:30pm and 4:30pm to 9pm. Hours are subject to change. Depending on the night, reservations may be required.

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