An Italian Restaurant Gem in our Neighborhood!

My wife and I dined at Pasta Too, 5260 Library Road, Bethel Park (at the corner of South Park Road) for the first time in a while for lunch on Saturday, 28 December.  We recognized anew that there is a reason it is rated number one out of forty-six Bethel Park restaurants by the reviewers of Trip Advisor with about 90% of the sixty-two raters classifying it as "excellent" or "very good".
One is first struck by an attractive, modern, clean facility both inside and out.  Seating is comfortable, most of it providing ample room between tables and the ability to engage in intimate conversation without being drowned out.  
The reason this fine spot has not been a place we frequent is because we have always dreaded the long wait that can be anticipated at dinner on a weekend as the restaurant does not accept reservations or phone-ahead seating (the latter of which it promised to enact some years ago, but decided against implementing).  
On this visit, we arrived at the right time, 1:00 p. m. We were seated immediately at a spacious, comfortable table on the side of the dining room.  All of our food was delicious: fresh Italian bread, olive oil-based dipping sauce, fried zucchini ($6.25 for an order which is suitable for two), and Napolitano pizza with mushrooms ($12.95 plus $1.99 for toppings for a large, twelve-slice, thin crust pie), and everything we saw being delivered to neighboring tables looked fabulous as well.  There is nothing substandard on the large menu, and flair is demonstrated in the presentation of all dishes in a tantalizing way. The prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity of the dishes (almost everyone leaves with bags of leftovers). The next time we are in the mood for dessert, we will try the enormous, spectacular-looking carrot cake.  The service we received was gracious and excellent. We left the restaurant feeling wonderful about our meal and wanting to return soon to sample more delights from the extensive menu.The most challenging part of the meal is determining what to select.  We are going to have to dine at Pasta Too more often, trying to work our visits into times and days that are not its busiest.  
An Italian restaurant gem is in our neighborhood, for which we are thankful!

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Ed M December 29, 2013 at 07:47 PM
We have been here. Nothing special. A step above the Olive Garden and pricier.
william atwell December 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM
If you like there food good for you. But I would disagree its a gem. There sauce is sub par, the pasta is usually over done. The bread sticks well let's say I have had better at Pizza Hut. The decor looks like someone just threw it in their with no rhyme or reason
Tom December 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM
I gather you have not had Italian food in Italy. Pasta Too is a great place to eat if you have just run a marathon and need a mega carbo load. Portions are sinful and define the source of excess weight the Pittsburghers carry. My wife and I take out from there about once a quarter--the colossal calzone feeds me for three days! If you are looking for something special, this is not the place. Oh, BTW, if you think that the wait at the Olive Garden is long, Pasta Too is worse and there is way too little parking.
Ed M December 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Well, Tom, I have had food in Italy. And Pasta Too is American Italian. And the Olive Garden is worse. Italian food without tons of flavor is, well, bad. Neither place has Italian food with tons of flavor. Pasquarelli's on Painters Run was one place that did and Il Burloni is a current place that does.
Tom January 01, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Ed, could not agree more re P2, in its most favorable light it is "American" Italian, and certainly not Italian. Not too sure what Oren was served, but other than offering way too many calories for each plate, there is not too much more to say. Oh, I guess you could also say, eating in Italy is a bit more expensive than P2, but still not a reason to rave about P2.


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