Yelp Pittsburgh kicked off 2012 the right way with the Welcome to Yelp's la Famiglia Elite Event at Lidia's in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. Elite's were treated to a special experience at one of only two unique restaurants from chef Lidia Bastianich in the country! We held true to her signature line: “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” which means “Everybody to the table to eat!”
"I'm ashamed to say that I'd never been to Lidia's before. As soon as I walked in I was taken by how romantic and beautiful the main dining space was with the high ceiling and blown glass chandlers. Was this Pittsburgh, New york or Las Vegas?" exclaims Tim W. Elites were whisked upstairs to an intimate dining space where they were able to nosh on Prosciutto Bruschetta topped with fig jam and San Daniele Prosciutto, Sfogliatina which is a baked ricotta pastry filled with Montasio cheese and red pepper, red onion, and zucchin, Polipo Potato Crostini which is Octopus with Warm Potato, Gaeta Olives and Caper and Citrus-Honey Goat Cheese Crostini with Apple.
The real treat of the evening was when "Chef Jeremy Voytish gave us a blurb about everything they prepared and the only question he got was what the trio was today. Shortly after, they announced that they'd be passing out a sampling of the day's trio for everyone," and Jarrett H was happy to report back that, "it lived up to the hype." The popular Pasta Tasting Trio of the day was hand made mushroom ravioli in a thyme butter, fresh fettuccine in a walnut pesto and imported Italian orecchiette with sausage and onion. Even avid mushroom hater Lauren G was magically made a fan! "I have a rule amongst my 2 roommates. There is to be no cooking of mushrooms in the house. I despise them. So why then, did I favor the Mushroom Ravioli? How did they do it? I'll tell you how… they are amazing."
The dinner can't be complete with Italy's favorite pastime, wine drinking! Guests were able to sample Montepulciano D'Abruzzo red wine and a fantastic variety of beers provided by Tony Savatt Beer Distributer. Lauren C is "a huge fan of wheat ales so I was really pleased that Wittekerke was being served and there were no drink tickets, which is always a plus!" Bravissimo!
A big thank you to Lidia's Sales and Marketing Manager Cristina Valasek and the amazing staff at Lidia's for treating Yelpers just like family! Also, thanks to Ray Miles Photography for the fab photo's that you can check out here.
Italian through and through,
Pittsburgh Community Manager