Del's Bar & Restaurant
4428 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224Add Hours
Del's Bar and Ristorante DelPizzo
Del's Bar And Restaurant
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Italian, European, Continental
Price Range : Average
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03/09/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I have not been to Del s for a couple of years so I had to give it a 2 star rating for the type of food and service I had at the time.It was definitely not the old Dels food I knew growing up!!Because i am an inner city Pittsburgh girl thru and thru I hate to see the ruination of any of our old establishments,so, after watching the food network show and reading all the other reviews I would like to make a recommendation to you Marianne-I think you could save the restaraunt by highlighting the positive things you do have such as your pizza and maybe a signature dish such as your lasagna and your delishious marinated carrots in the salad.Maybe by just doing pizza,lasagna and an antipasto (with the signature carrots) and havng it dine in or take out would let you just concentrate on making a few things really good.As for your bad temper-I have never heard of this previously and think it may just be a result of stress, middle age (I am also middle aged so I am not trying to be disrespectful)and possibly by the fact that you have allowed some bad things to creep into the picture-illegal inspections,questionable servers etc.Hire some local kids to help clean up,get and train some local college kids to run it like a pizza place stay on the up and up-word will get around and things will turn around.Sinceely wishing yo the very best.
02/26/2012Provided by Citysearch -
As a supporter of family owned establishments-I truly love this place! I love not being rushed. The owner Marianne makes me feel that she has known me all my life. And the large portions of food are great for late night leftovers. Of course if you eat mostly at chain restaurants, where the food is brought in frozen so it taste the same all over the country, your palate may not be fit for real people in the kitchen cooking your food. My friends and I go to Del's now at least twice a month. We love the Dinners & the Sunday brunch is worth waking up early to get there!
02/05/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The only reason I even gave it one star is the owner was trying so hard. The food was terrible. We were looking for a restaurant for my son's wedding rehearsal dinner. Had reservations, it didn't matter. From the appetizers to through the end of the entree the food was lukewarm. We were seated in the downstairs room, which has not been redone by Food Network, so atmosphere was dreary and we were seated by a juke box that kept playing randomly -- some might enjoy that, we didn't. A party of 8, no alcohol, or dessert, much of the food was returned, never asked if it could be rectified. Fried shrimp dinner very overcooked in very old oil french fries couldn't even be eaten, meatballs were not edible, couldn't tell what banana peppers were stuffed with, wasn't even sure if it was meat. . and I could continue. . . I am a coffee drinker and the coffee was good. I would absolutely not recommend Del's to anyone and actually it is a shame because it could be a thriving business.
12/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First of all, it's a hassle trying to park in an area with a very questionable establishment almost directly across the street.
We walked in and it took several minutes before we were acknowledged and taken to our seats. It was quite some time before our waitress appeared and she had tears in her eyes. She apologized for the delay in getting to our table. She said that the owner, Maryanne DelPizzo, had just embarassed her in front of one of her tables. We were told that this lady treats her help this way quite often.
We ordered our drinks and our food. My wife had the Chicken Parm and I had the Lasagna. Neither of the entrees had much sauce on thm. It looked as thoughthey had added water to the sauce to make it stretch through the remainder of the night. My lasagna was lukewarm at best. The salad, if that is what you want to call it, consisted of some pretty limp lettuce, a couple of onions, one cherry tomato. Not much of a salad! I was reluctant to complain to the waitress as I didn't want to give her boss another reason to yell at her or embarass her in front of anymore patrons.
Neither of us finished our meals. The waitress asked us if we wanted boxes. We both declined. If the food wasn't good there, I doubt that it was going to get any better withage! I don't think that my Boxer dog would have eaten the leftovers.We got our check. The total was high for the quality of what we got. I reluctantly paid the bill and left the waitress a tip. It wasn't her fault! We will never step foot into Del's Restaurant again.
05/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Worst food I have had in Pittsburgh so far. Service was horrible, the waiter was very rude and could care less about his attitude. The food was just as bad. The chicken in the chicken diablo was totally tasteless and the pasta primo tasted like bad garlic. Do yourself a favor and go a few blocks down to Alexanders.
03/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to Del's for years. The food is decent, not the best Italian, but OK and you get lots of it.
This last time I went, with a friend, both of our wine glasses were filthy! Not just a smudge here or there, but filthy--looked like they hadn't been cleaned at all from the last person using them. Our waitress, Kelly, was totally inattentive and we had to wait to get a different drink, wait to get our order in and she never came back to see if everything was OK or not--which it was OK, but not what we ordered--so we just settled for what we got. She walked by and happened to grab an empty beer bottle off of our table, but never asked if we wanted another. She brought our check and then didn't come back again for another 15 minutes to pick it up. I left a 10% tip--hoping to maybe make her change her tactics--well it did, when I received my CC statement--she had added a few more bucks to the tip!
Wont go back!!!
05/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I worked at Del's for a little over two months. This was the third restaurant that I have worked in, and I started working at Del's because it was closer to my home. Anyway, initially, I liked the restaurant and the relaxed atmosphere. However, during my third day of training, one of the servers ""jokingly"" told me that the restaurant was full of pests. The server said it jokingly, so I didn't pay it any attention. After working at Del's for a week, I realized that the owner, Maryanne, was a loud, disrespectful and obnoxious woman that was derogatory and down right disgusting to the employees for her own sick enjoyment. After watching Maryanne yell at some of the employees so fiercely that they were brought to tears, I decided to at least stay on her good side. Maryanne told me things like, she receives an illegal inspection each year. Although I was on her good side, each and every day, from the day I interviewed, at least one person quit or was fired. Some days, multiple people were let go or quit. All of the cooks are paid under the table, hence the fact that if you ask for anything, your server tells you that it will be a fifty cent, dollar or two dollar up charge. Not a single thing about this restaurant is legit or legal.
Each time a customer had a complaint, the servers were to bring the issue immediately to Maryanne or John Del or Pizza John. One of those managers would then just comp the entire bill and often times give free drinks to the customer. To many customers, the comp of an entire bill sounds great, in case they had an issue with the food. However, after about five weeks of working at Del's, one of my customers found a pest baked into their lasagna. Maryanne comped their entire bill, got them free drinks, made them food to go and then gave them dessert. As a customer, if I find a pest baked into my lasagna, the last thing I want is more food from your establishment. The last straw for me also occurred that evening. I went downstairs to the basement to get some napkins, I saw a few pests running around. I immediately ran upstairs and left the job. I urge you to not eat at this place because it is so disgusting and the staff is treated like absolute crap.I really want people to understand the disgusting nature of this place.
02/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I used to go to del's frequently but haven't been in 2 or 3 years until tonight. The atmosphere was way too loud, the pasta sauce tasted gross, service was slow and horrible. It was deff. not worth the money I paid. If you have a family it might be a nice place to go if you want to pay for over priced food, but i will never go again! I will just stick with Olive Garden, it's cheaper and tastes better!!
03/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
sauce. I have been disappointed time and again with pasta selections. I can't decide if it's that they don't strain the pasta enough or the sauce is just that watered down. If you want a great pasta dish, stay home. Wedding Soup out-of-this-world, everything else I can honestly say is delicious you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu(that doesn't contain sauce) with the exception of pizza. Sunday Brunch you can't beat it if you can get seated. The last 2 times I attempted to go I end up turning around because it was to packed. I grew up loving Del's. I had my communion party there many moons ago. Great family friendly atmosphere, friendly, presentable and prompt wait staff.
09/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Went Sunday morning to find the best Brunch without leaving the city!! Standard eggs-bacon-etc-but then you can have some Chicked Marsala-Mafalda sauce-salad-fruit-croissants & the list grows!!! All you need after that for the day is a small snack before bed!! All that for under $12
08/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I live in Rosemount MN, left Pgh in the late 80's. I make sure I get back to Pgh every year to fill the pickup with Mancini's Bread, Stuff from Leonard Labriola's ....and to eat at Del's. They still have the best lasagna, meatballs, wedding soup, and the cold antipasta plate is great. After reading some of these other reviews....what kind of kool aid are yuns drinking??
Rich H- a displaced Pittsburger
07/25/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Several years back, Del's was home to some of the best Italian food in town. Not so these days. Over the last 2 or three years, Del's food and service has steadily declined in quality.
The salads are wilted, the soups are briney, and the entrees are bland. Not to mention an atmosphere so loud you cant hold a conversation with your companions.
With so many other excellent Italian restaurants within a few blocks, I don't know why anyone would suffer through a meal at Dels.