Horrible service overall and couldn't even follow their own suggestion for a GF dinner. Yes, the menu is marked GF for items that are gluten free or can be made gluten free. However, even after talking to the server about my allergy and ordering the osso buco, based on the server's suggested adjustments of the spinach in place of the barley risotto, she brought out the plate loaded with barley risotto with spinach on the side. This was after a ridiculously long wait for our food. So long, that she had to reassure us that our food would be out soon and we still waited an additional 20 minutes for it. I then had to wait while everyone else ate for another plate of osso buco that was safe. Two in our party ordered the "unlimited" pasta sampler. They got a spoonful of two of the three pastas and had to ask multiple times to try the third option. Not once during our visit were we offered any refills of our empty drinks. The server took it upon herself to put cheese on some of our plates without asking if we wanted any. And they were in such a rush to flip tables, they were clearing our plates before we were finished. One member of the party said three times they wanted a box. Instead, the bus boy piled dirty plates onto her dish then apologized and offered to bring a box for the food under the pile of dirty dishes. And the general consensus was the food lacked any real flavor. The experience was disappointing for everyone and could have been dangerous if I did not notice the barley risotto.
"Lidia’s Pittsburgh offers gluten-free pasta and gluten-free menu options on request."
Lidia's is very accommodating to our two celiac (and vegetarian) kids. Sometimes, they even have GF ravioli. The waiter informed us that they cannot serve their GF pasta as the "pasta trio" (tableside pasta service with unlimited refills) because he said they cook GF pasta in its own clean GF water. I was relieved to hear that they knew what they were doing regarding cross contamination. Brunch includes a dessert table. Since there are no GF options, the servers bring ice cream or sorbet for my kids at no extra charge. Our server informed us that the fried potatoes side dish are cooked in a pan with other gluten items (although I think they were marked GF on the menu). He suggested an alternative. I'm glad he was paying attention but I guess it's a concern that the menu may be incorrect. As with most other restaurants, we pay full adult price for our celiac kid meals (except for brunch) at Lidia's which is just a sad reality of celiac disease.
I have eaten here several times and food has been safe and very good. They make at least 2 kinds of homemade GF pasta every day, which is absolutely delicious. Staff is very knowledgeable and can point out dishes which can be prepared GF.
safe GF experience with housemade GF pasta! you even get a choice of GF pasta made from corn or GF pasta made from quinoa. My friend & I had the GF corn based pasta. He had the grilled chicken on GF pasta with alfredo sauce. I had the GF pasta with beef bolognese. Filling, tastey and safe! I think they had a dessert option but I can't remember what it was. There isn't a GF menu but the server was able guide me to items that could be modified to be GF. He also reassured me that they clean utensils & cookware to avois cross contamination issues. I highly recommend this restaurant for Celiacs like me