Was in town visiting CMU and one of the professors we met with recommended this place. When we entered the décor was a little overwhelming at first, but after a while we enjoyed pointing out new and interesting things hidden throughout the restaurant. Overall the dining area is large yet cozy.
There were six of us but no one was starving so we got two orders of the stuffed banana peppers and three orders of the Zarra's sampler to share. The samplers were entrées so each one came with a salad which we also shared, and the table had fresh bread with olive oil, garlic, cheese, and red pepper flakes for everyone. Everything was delicious. The eggplant and sautéed spinach were my favorite. The lasagna had so much cheese, it was amazing. We walked out of there with full bellies and had basically licked the plates clean.
Our waitress was very attentive and helpful. At one point the owner or owners son (not sure which), stopped by the table to say hi and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Overall, it was a very good experience.
I was a visiting surgeon from Chicago working at UPMC and stumbled accidentally upon this absolute gem one night when I was looking for dinner alone. The food was fabulous. The owner, Donny, could not have been more gracious and generous. The staff, Chelsea, made sure that I felt right at home. The eggplant was spectacular and one of the best I've ever had. I sat at the bar and ate dinner and had a conversation with everyone at the restaurant that made me feel like I was right back at home in Little Italy in Chicago. I'll be in Pittsburgh for another two weeks and I'll try to make it back here at least once each week while I am here.