4770 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522440.460840 -79.947761
Good food, poor service – My husband and I were the only two people in the restaurant at 5:30 pm on a friday night. The waitress didn't feel the need to give us water or even tell us about the daily specials until we asked. Very unattentive for only having two customers. I would suggest they hire more friendly and attentive staff. The food was decent.
Eh... Fine but nothing spectaculur – It was okay, the food was fresh, the waitress was nice, the place was quaint and clean. I've only been once so I can't say it was dependable or a great italian standby. I just wanted more from an Italian Restaurant in "Little Italy".
Unlike some of the other reviewers (many of whom don't spell very well), I don't consider myself an expert on Italian food, although I have visited Italy a number of times. Perhaps it is not my favorite cuisine, although I realize that in Pittsburgh, where there seems to be an Italian restaurant on every corner, I am in the minority. Having said that, I found everything I tasted at Cafe Roma quite delicious, and those that I didn't taste looked wonderful. In addition to the items we ordered, the waitress brought complimentary bruschetta (which just about everybody in Pittsburgh pronounces wrong; it's brus-KETTA, not brus-SHETTA), and a small plate of marinated octopus. The octopus was interesting -- chewy as expected -- but not something I would EVER order. The bruschetta was tasty, but in this age of reduced carbs, bread decorated with beans (cannelini) is not my idea of carb-cutting. The polenta sticks were delicious, primarily because of their flavorful sauce. The salad was fresh and the house dressing, a creamy balsamic, was delicious, slightly sweet, unusual. My entree, a combination of penne, pancetta, mushrooms, and peas in a truffled cream sauce, was quite delicious -- much better than it looked. I brought some of it home although I could have gobbled it up on the spot. Unlike other reviewers, I was not wowed by the tiramisu. Maybe it's a matter of style. It seemed bland to me, and my husband agreed. I will probably negate everything I've just said by stating that we prefer the tiramisu at the Olive Garden. In general, Cafe Roma was a positive experience, and we would definitely go back.
Great atmosphere – I went to Cafe Roma last night for the first time with a group of 5 of my girlfriends - we had a great experience! The service was exceptionally friendly and accomodating. The menu is overwhelming with many delicious sounding dishes. We were not disappointed...every one of us cleared our plates! The food was very flavorful and served in a reasonable portion size and the sauces were not as heavy as some Italian dishes can be. I highly recommend this place for a unique Italian dining experience.
Not a great experience. – Roma was highly recommended to us by a local shopkeeper. We were disapointed and vowed to spring for a $9 jar of Rao's pasta sauce (and cook at home) the next time we crave italian/pasta.
Best Little Secret In Bloomfield – In an area where the quality of the restaurants seems to be going down every year, Cafe Roma stands out. I hate to write this review because it's such a great, little known place but the owner/chef deserves credit. My wife and I went there last night and it was fabulous. Everything about our meal was wonderful. The waitstaff was great, the food was great, atmosphere was wonderful. The food though was amazing. I had the polenta and hot sausage appetizer and my wife had the bruschetta. The polenta app was so big I had to bring half of it home. My wife (who is very much an Italian food snob) said it was one of the best bruschetta's she's ever had. All of the meals come with a salad, I recommend the house dressing, it's almost like a creamy italian. It's phenomenal. For dinner I had their specialty, lasagna and my wife had the Spicy Lemon Chicken. The lasagna was outstanding, I can't really explain how good it was. My wife loved her chicken and was raving about it. Even though we were stuffed we went for dessert as well. I had the tiramisu and my wife had vanilla cannoli's. It was honestly one of the best tiramisu's I've ever had and the cannoli's were incredible. We'll definitely be back again and again and again.
Good service, bad overpriced food – Had high hopes for this place but went the other night and was very disappointed. The lasagna I got, a "specialty' of the restaurant, was just not good. At all. It was way too creamy. The worst part was that it was Luke warm at best in the middle. I stopped eating it about 1/3 of the way in. The prices alone aren't unreasonable---about $15-$20 for an entre---but when you factor in the quality of the food, it's very overpriced. The hostess and server were very friendly, though they could have been a little more attentive. Also, we just happened to be sitting next to the mayor and his wife and the chef visited them four times to see how they were doing. The reason I know is it's a tiny place, and he walked by our table each time, right in my line of sight. My wife said later he also visited all the other tables. Us, he completely ignored. My guess is we didn't look like we had money because we were wore jeans. Whatever the reason, the snub would have been fine if the food would have been good. On the plus side, it is BYOB. To sum it up, if you're looking for great Italian, this isn't it.
Best pasta in town – WOW - this restaurant is truely a treasure. From the ambiance of the restaurant to the friendly servers you think you have won the jackpot - but wait - then you get the food and there my friend is the real treasure. I ordered outside of my usual eating realm and tried the special of the day which was homemade pasta with duck ragu. I am not usually a big fan of duck and don't usually eat any other kind of pasta than fetticini (because it is too heavy for me personally). However the papardelle pasta was so light and velvety - I was amazed and the duck - it was to quote Rachel Ray "deeeeeelish". This guy even has a touch with vegetables!!!. My friend had another of the specials and told me I "HAD TO" try the baby lima beans which were the vegetable of the day that day. Not being a "lima bean" type of person - I was kind of weary - and i'll tell you they were the absolute best lima beans I had ever eaten and dare I say would actually even request them when I come again if they don't already come with my next entree. That my friend is how good they were!
This restaurant is small - only 6 or 7 tables. It is a BYOB. And the prices for the quality of quantity of food you get - are a bargin. You know that old tv show cheers - where you go to meet your friends - even if you don't know a soul here - you find the atmosphere the same - like you are amoungst friends. I highly reccomend this place - just don't all go at once - so I can still get a table when I go again!
ENJOY! - I KNOW I DID! --- And will again --- and again..............:)
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Authentic Sicilian cuisine is served at the cozy Bloomfield cafe that offers affordable platters, friendly service and BYOB.
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