Born and raised in Jersey. Know a thing or 2 about pizza. Was transplanted to Georgia 20 years ago and have been on a quest for real pizza ever since, a few come close to "good" NY style pizza but no cigar yet. Spent a couple a few days in Pittsburgh a few months ago a stumbled on this pizza joint on Penn Ave + 20th. Sign said "voted best pizza in Pittsburgh". Yeah right, everybody's place says that right? Took the wife and kids there for lunch. Asked for 2 slices of pepperoni and sausage, the waitress said "hey these are big slices, you sure" I was hungry after watching my wife throw money around at all the little shops on Penn, told her to bring them. Let me tell you guys something. Forget about "N.Y." pizza. This was the best ever. First of all the crust was just between a thin NY and a thick Chicago pizza. The sauce was thick and flavorful and a little on the sweet side. The toppings were real. The pepperoni was dark and spicy, was shredded, kinda chipped up, not round slices, and it was spilling off the pizza. The sausage was to die for, well done and they didn't skimp on that either. It was cooked perfectly, (a little more than less) hot cheesy, great cheese, melting off the sides, flavors busting off everywhere. Forget about NY pizza. I have been thinking about the food at this place since I left. And yes, the slices where monsters, finished the first, put a small dent in the second. If you want a good (and BIG) slice of pie there will be no disappointments trying this place.
412 Perry HwyPittsburgh, PA 15229
From Business: In 1978, Pietro DiPietro and has wife Rina opened a small pizza and sandwich shop across from West View Amusement Park. That small pizza shop has expanded into a …
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I recently had a party of 30 reserved for Kretzler's, a restaurant/bar not far from Silvioni's. It was a rehearsal dinner for my daughter's wedding. After speaking several times to ensure that everything was set, we were waiting at the other place for 45 minutes and had the manager screaming at me in front of other patrons and the wedding party. My daughter called Silvioni's and in a matter of seconds we were told that they could accomodate my party and would do so gladly. We all loaded into our cars and took the short jaunt down Babcock Blvd to Silvioni's. It was probably the best thing that could have happened. In a matter of 15 minutes, we were seated and having refreshments served. The food was wonderful, the accomodations were fantastic and the service was excellent. We were saved and were treated better, and serviced better by "that other place" ever could have offered. In the future, I, and the party I was with will definitely visit you restaurant. Because of the service and willingness to accomodate us you have grown new customers. We will definitely be back as will all of the party due to the pleasant experience we had. Thank you, you and your staff are life savers and did an excellent job, and the food was wonderful.
Some years ago I discovered Bravo Franco quite by chance--a theatre outing brought me to Pittsburgh without dinner plans and as I walked down Penn Ave., the view from the restaurant window beckoned. Without reservations on a busy theatre night, there was no chance of a table, but a seat at the bar was available, and there I slid into a warm, congenial setting, the memory of which lingered for a number of years. Returning to Pittsburgh for a conference, I was delighted to learn that Bravo Franco was close by and "my" seat in the bar was still available. The bartender, hostess, and wait staff were extremely gracious and welcoming--attentive with an easy courtesy, but never hovering. The dinner was a three-course affair--an exquisitely prepared martini with classic aridity, a wonderful salad with the house balsamic dressing with fresh blue cheese and fresh pepper (the balsamic did not overwhelm, as so often seems to be the case), and a course of zitti with tomato-basil sauce. The latter was not extraordinary, and the price might lead you to expect that it would be, but the total effect of the meal was very satisfying. And I love the setting . . . will surely return!
Went to dinner at Bella Vista with a group of friends and I have to say everything was outstanding from the view, service, food and especially the warm welcoming from the owners. This restaurant is a nice small, family owned and operated restaurant. Feels like a family owned restaurant right from Italy with its decor and charm. This is the type of place that you can expect to enjoy an evening out. Plan to be here on average l l/2 to 2 hours this is not a fast food type of restaurant where everything is thrown at you to get you in and out. The food is homemad and prepared to order. The family who owns this restaurant make every effort to accomodate you and make you feel like part of their family. It is a nice refreshing change from all those chain restaurants that have taken over our city and surrounding areas. You cannot get this type of food, atmosphere or service from a chain. I would recommend that you gather up a group of friends and head to Bella Vista Ristorante for a nice evening out.
After a disappointing dinner at a different Italian restaurant a couple of weeks earlier, my wife and I decided to try Bravo Franco on Penn Ave. I must say, it was a very good choice. I had the Linguini Pescatoria and my wife had the Bowties and Salmon. To say the least......both were excellent! Our server was very knowledgeable on the preparation of the food. Greatly appreciated when there are so many choices. Nice change from those servers that think that taking your order and bringing the food out from the kitchen is worth 15%. The food was wonderful, the service was great and the prices reasonable. Kudo's to the gang at Bravo Franco! And......A special thanks to Carol for treating us so nice........we'll bring friends the next time Carol!! A tip to first timers......if you're not going to one of the shows, you'll miss the crowd if you plan on dining after 8:00 p.m. The place is very busy on show nights.
We found this place by chance when we were dropping our son off at Carnegie Mellon University. We ate there 3 nights in a row. It was that good! The staff was very friendly and helpful, (thanks Tom). The food was fantastic. We even managed to squeeze in some dessert once or twice. Both our kids insisted we go back when we visited Pittsburgh in October, and we didn't resist. The food is consistently yummy and there are nightly specials. We had a short wait for a table in October but that was due to it being a weekend and wasn't unreasonable. And the food was certainly worth the wait. The decor is interesting to look at too, lots of old movie star photos, some signed. This is a nice change from one of those chain restaurants that all look the same. The prices are reasonable too. We never had a chance to eat anything except dinner there but I'd love to try the Sunday brunch next time we are in Pittsburgh.
This restaurant has the freshest and most delicious food I have had in a very long time. There is something for everyone on the menu at amazingly low prices! The atmosphere is very classy from the moment you walk in. The tiramisu is the best I have ever had, and I have had many, many others. Wow, talk about the rolls,They are made from scratch and baked fresh daily ( I ordered some for a party-they do catering too!). The other thing is, if Paul is working the bar-you will get the most delicous mixed drink you have ever ordered. I am so greatful to have found such a 4 star establishment priced better than if I fed my family at McDonalds. They have take-out service for those days you are busy. Try it, you will become a regular!
I went with my husband to get lunch at Bravo Franco on a wednesday. As expected, it was almost empty due to the time and day of the week. The place itself looks very fancy and well decorated but as far as I know they don't have a dress code. We started with mussels in marinara sauce and they were the best I've tried so far. Then, I had chicken marsala and a house salad, both were excellent. My husband had a pasta entrée with meat sauce and He absolutely loved it. We finished with a tiramisu, very soft and not too sweet, I really liked it. The only thing I didn't like was that our waitress forgot to bring bread to the table and we had to ask for it. She also forgot to give us/offer cheese for the entrées Good experience overall
Our family was going to an event in the Cultural district and needed to make reservations for dinner before the show, we picked a winner. We were greeted with smiles and cordiality. Each of our meals were excellent. Our waitress, Sharon, is one of the best we have encountered in an age! She gave us suggestions, you could tell she knew the menu well and was so competent as to refill water, ask frequently about the meals and enquire if we needed anything additional. What a delightful evening it was. Great food, great service and all you could ask for in a restaurant. I hope we were not lucky and will go again soon.
We are from Florida and after sitting at Heinz field all day in 45 degrees we wanted a pasta dinner and a glass of good red wine! By chance we passed Bravo Franco and stopped in to review the menu, we liked what we saw and made a reservation for a few hours later. Upon returning the restaurant was quiet as it was Sunday evening and they were closing shortly. This did not hamper the service nor the quality of our meal, it was exactly what a group of cold Floridian's were looking for....the soups were delicious and the pasta was excellent and cooked perfect. Great spur of the moment find!