Girasole Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 733 Copeland St

    Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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  • 412-682-2130

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Hours
Sun 4pm-9pm, Tue-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

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I have been an unsatisfied customer for years, but bit my tongue until my experience there last night. The host of the restaurant, the chef's father, yelled at my mother who has been a consistent customer, along with my father, for 20

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★★★★★

I have been an unsatisfied customer for years, but bit my tongue until my experience there last night. The host of the restaurant, the chef's father, yelled at my mother who has been a consistent customer, along with my father, for 20

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Our family isn't able to get together much now since we are all juggling jobs, living in other states and just normal time constraints. The youngest family member was graduating from Pitt, and we all made an effort to meet for dinner to

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★★★★★

Our family isn't able to get together much now since we are all juggling jobs, living in other states and just normal time constraints. The youngest family member was graduating from Pitt, and we all made an effort to meet for dinner to

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This is one of our favorite regular spots. We do try to steer clear of the busiest times - Girasole's only has 42 tables, and is popular, so waits can be long on Fri or Sat night. And Mr. Girasole is quirky, but the food is consistently

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★★★★★

This is one of our favorite regular spots. We do try to steer clear of the busiest times - Girasole's only has 42 tables, and is popular, so waits can be long on Fri or Sat night. And Mr. Girasole is quirky, but the food is consistently

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After seeing some of these negative reviews, I had to write one of my own. I've eaten here numorous times and always had a wonderful experience. The food is amazing, the atmosphere fantastic and the waitstaff, attentive. It feels like you

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★★★★★

After seeing some of these negative reviews, I had to write one of my own. I've eaten here numorous times and always had a wonderful experience. The food is amazing, the atmosphere fantastic and the waitstaff, attentive. It feels like you

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Like the others , we made reservations, but they don't care about reservations (they don't tell anythings about this).
After he was more than rude with us, yelling....

PLEASE DON'T GIVE 1 $ to this JERK.

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★★★★★

Like the others , we made reservations, but they don't care about reservations (they don't tell anythings about this).
After he was more than rude with us, yelling....

PLEASE DON'T GIVE 1 $ to this JERK.

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This place is a farse. \r
-They say they take reservations, they do not-or they don't honor them which is the same thing. The owner is a class A jerk. There is no rhyme or reason to how he seats anyone.He is flush with patrons because of

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★★★★★

This place is a farse. \r
-They say they take reservations, they do not-or they don't honor them which is the same thing. The owner is a class A jerk. There is no rhyme or reason to how he seats anyone.He is flush with patrons because of

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Girasole is easy to pass by, but it may be Shadyside's best casual dining .Their food is consistently excellent and their wine list is great. It seems that other Italian food lovers are finding this place because the past two times that I have been there they have been busy. A good date restaurant.You will not be disappointed.

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★★★★☆

Girasole is easy to pass by, but it may be Shadyside's best casual dining .Their food is consistently excellent and their wine list is great. It seems that other Italian food lovers are finding this place because the past two times that I have been there they have been busy. A good date restaurant.You will not be disappointed.

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We made reservations , arrived on time, and then were told we had to wait 45 minutes indicating they wouldn't honor the reservation they had accepted (two weeks earlier). Apparently they do not take reservations, but do not tell you on the phone and then expect you to wait. We should have been told when we had called that seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and we would have been fine with that. Instead we were rudely told by the owner that we had to wait and that "we couldn't stand here (in the restaurant entrance)and to go upstairs (outside) or go have drink down the street". We did just that and ate elsewhere. A friendly greeting and a polite apology that they had miscommunicated their reservation policy may have convinced us it was worth waiting, but we were so put off by the rudeness and obvious disregard for the patrons that we decided we didn't need to take our business there.

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★☆☆☆☆

We made reservations , arrived on time, and then were told we had to wait 45 minutes indicating they wouldn't honor the reservation they had accepted (two weeks earlier). Apparently they do not take reservations, but do not tell you on the phone and then expect you to wait. We should have been told when we had called that seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and we would have been fine with that. Instead we were rudely told by the owner that we had to wait and that "we couldn't stand here (in the restaurant entrance)and to go upstairs (outside) or go have drink down the street". We did just that and ate elsewhere. A friendly greeting and a polite apology that they had miscommunicated their reservation policy may have convinced us it was worth waiting, but we were so put off by the rudeness and obvious disregard for the patrons that we decided we didn't need to take our business there.

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I have been to Girasole twice and have only eaten there once - the reason is as follows:

The first time my husband and I went to Girasole was right after we moved to Pittsburgh. I had read reviews that said it got crowded and loud but I didn't really care. We arrived, were seated right away, and enjoyed our meal (albeit a pretty plain Italian one - nothing to write home about), outside on their patio.

Because we enjoyed our first visit, we decided to go again in the middle of the winter. We knew that we'd be sitting inside, and were excited to try it out. It was a TUESDAY night, so we figured it couldn't be too crowded. We were wrong. We are patient people, though, so didn't mind waiting. We walked in the front door and were NEVER GREETED. We stood at the front door for 5 minutes when a waitress finally came over to ring something out at the cash register (which was 5 inches to our right), and never even looked at us. I wrote this off as her being really busy. This happened 4 more times. By then I was annoyed. No one working there even came up to us to say hello. Not even a, "sorry, I"ll be with you in a moment." No "welcome to Girasole." NOTHING. I saw the owner in the back and he made eye contact with us so I figured he'd be over right away. WRONG. We stood there for 15-20 minutes before we walked out without ever having been acknowledged!! I was completely outraged that we were never even greeted. I don't mind waiting for a table, I just like to feel welcome when I walk into a restaurant. I would not have minded waiting 20 minutes if when we walked into the restaurant someone had approached us to say hello. Perhaps I am used to the small-town suburban manners where I come from????

I would say don't waste your time at Girasole. There are many other restaurants in Shadyside where you will feel welcome and will get MUCH better service. (Heck, you'll even get a "hello")

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Girasole twice and have only eaten there once - the reason is as follows:

The first time my husband and I went to Girasole was right after we moved to Pittsburgh. I had read reviews that said it got crowded and loud but I didn't really care. We arrived, were seated right away, and enjoyed our meal (albeit a pretty plain Italian one - nothing to write home about), outside on their patio.

Because we enjoyed our first visit, we decided to go again in the middle of the winter. We knew that we'd be sitting inside, and were excited to try it out. It was a TUESDAY night, so we figured it couldn't be too crowded. We were wrong. We are patient people, though, so didn't mind waiting. We walked in the front door and were NEVER GREETED. We stood at the front door for 5 minutes when a waitress finally came over to ring something out at the cash register (which was 5 inches to our right), and never even looked at us. I wrote this off as her being really busy. This happened 4 more times. By then I was annoyed. No one working there even came up to us to say hello. Not even a, "sorry, I"ll be with you in a moment." No "welcome to Girasole." NOTHING. I saw the owner in the back and he made eye contact with us so I figured he'd be over right away. WRONG. We stood there for 15-20 minutes before we walked out without ever having been acknowledged!! I was completely outraged that we were never even greeted. I don't mind waiting for a table, I just like to feel welcome when I walk into a restaurant. I would not have minded waiting 20 minutes if when we walked into the restaurant someone had approached us to say hello. Perhaps I am used to the small-town suburban manners where I come from????

I would say don't waste your time at Girasole. There are many other restaurants in Shadyside where you will feel welcome and will get MUCH better service. (Heck, you'll even get a "hello")

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I have spoke with quite a few people, INCLUDING MYSELF,who have told me that they called to make reservations, were told they had the reservation and then showed up and told they NEVER had a reservation. Not only that but the owner is EXTREMELY rude and yells and tells you to go next door to "have a drink" if you want to wait for a table. Well...I had out of town guests so I told him I would wait (even though we went to Pizzuti's down the street) and he NEVER CALLED! he said it would be about 30-45 min and never even called to tell us our table was ready! can you imagine if we waited?? I was telling a coworker and she freaked out bc the same thing happened to her. The owner pretends to give you a reservation...then when you show up he says you never had one and makes you wait so it looks like the restaurant is busy. DO NOT GO HERE!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have spoke with quite a few people, INCLUDING MYSELF,who have told me that they called to make reservations, were told they had the reservation and then showed up and told they NEVER had a reservation. Not only that but the owner is EXTREMELY rude and yells and tells you to go next door to "have a drink" if you want to wait for a table. Well...I had out of town guests so I told him I would wait (even though we went to Pizzuti's down the street) and he NEVER CALLED! he said it would be about 30-45 min and never even called to tell us our table was ready! can you imagine if we waited?? I was telling a coworker and she freaked out bc the same thing happened to her. The owner pretends to give you a reservation...then when you show up he says you never had one and makes you wait so it looks like the restaurant is busy. DO NOT GO HERE!

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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Girasole is a cozy little restaurant in Shadyside, that I love! I LOVE the setting. It's in the lower level, across from Starbucks.

The salad you get with your dinner is amazing. I love the escarole and beans too.

Girasole is a family run business, which I love. It can get really crowded after 6 pm on weekends, and in the summertime.

Yum!

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★★★★★

Girasole is a cozy little restaurant in Shadyside, that I love! I LOVE the setting. It's in the lower level, across from Starbucks.

The salad you get with your dinner is amazing. I love the escarole and beans too.

Girasole is a family run business, which I love. It can get really crowded after 6 pm on weekends, and in the summertime.

Yum!

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Giarsole has great Italian food, but if you don't like "cozy" restaurants it may not be for you. It is fairly priced, and it is obvious that most patrons are regulars.

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★★★★☆

Giarsole has great Italian food, but if you don't like "cozy" restaurants it may not be for you. It is fairly priced, and it is obvious that most patrons are regulars.

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Girasole is a great place to grab a nice brunch, lunch or low key dinner. The food is always very unique and tasty. If you go in the fall, try the pumpkin ravioli!

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★★★★☆

Girasole is a great place to grab a nice brunch, lunch or low key dinner. The food is always very unique and tasty. If you go in the fall, try the pumpkin ravioli!

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Don't bother. I heard a lot about the food and was looking forward to a nice meal and evening. However, that didn??t happen. It??s hard for me to understand how people rated this place so highly? The restaurant is very small so plan on waiting even if you have reservations. The restaurant is incredibly loud as well. Also don??t go here unless you want to put up with pretentious customers and a rude host. The worst part was that the food was bland and disappointing.

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★★☆☆☆

Don't bother. I heard a lot about the food and was looking forward to a nice meal and evening. However, that didn??t happen. It??s hard for me to understand how people rated this place so highly? The restaurant is very small so plan on waiting even if you have reservations. The restaurant is incredibly loud as well. Also don??t go here unless you want to put up with pretentious customers and a rude host. The worst part was that the food was bland and disappointing.

Pros: Small quaint neighborhood restaurant

Cons: Bland food, loud, Rude

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The owner has absolutely no manners. My wife and ate there with some collegues of hers from out of town. At one point after our dessert (tiramisu) had came the owner tapped me on the shoulder and told me "Sir, it's been two hours, I have other customers."
Looking around I saw several open tables, but he can run his restaurant any way he wants. We won't ever return. To boot he got mouthy with my wife when we left, she told him that he was being rude, to which he said "Well too bad." What a first class jerk. He can keep his quite average, overpriced menu all to himself.

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★☆☆☆☆

The owner has absolutely no manners. My wife and ate there with some collegues of hers from out of town. At one point after our dessert (tiramisu) had came the owner tapped me on the shoulder and told me "Sir, it's been two hours, I have other customers."
Looking around I saw several open tables, but he can run his restaurant any way he wants. We won't ever return. To boot he got mouthy with my wife when we left, she told him that he was being rude, to which he said "Well too bad." What a first class jerk. He can keep his quite average, overpriced menu all to himself.

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I live in Indiana, PA and make the hour-plus drive to Shadyside at least monthly to enjoy the fabulous Italian eatery that is Girasole. I've been dining there, and taking friends both local and from out of town, since the place opened, and the response from everyone is always the same--"What a fine restaurant!" We love Girasole not only for the impeccable service, the divine salad, the delicious and original menu items, which are always served searingly hot, and the incredible consistency in all these factors. It may be a bit crowded and too loud on the busier nights, but the food is worth it. It's definitely one of the finest restaurants in Pittsburgh. The city is very fortunate to have a restaurant like Girasole.

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★★★★★

I live in Indiana, PA and make the hour-plus drive to Shadyside at least monthly to enjoy the fabulous Italian eatery that is Girasole. I've been dining there, and taking friends both local and from out of town, since the place opened, and the response from everyone is always the same--"What a fine restaurant!" We love Girasole not only for the impeccable service, the divine salad, the delicious and original menu items, which are always served searingly hot, and the incredible consistency in all these factors. It may be a bit crowded and too loud on the busier nights, but the food is worth it. It's definitely one of the finest restaurants in Pittsburgh. The city is very fortunate to have a restaurant like Girasole.

Pros: the food, the service

Cons: sometimes a bit loud on weekend nights

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My wife and I were celebrating with some collegues of hers from out of town and decided to have dinner at Girasole. The dinner we had was a little overpriced, and rather bland to be honest (Carne). We also ordered wine, some tiramisu for dessert and espresso.

We hadn't been finished with our dessert for 15 minutes and were having a nice conversation with our guests when the owner started tapping on my shoulder and said, "Sir it's been two hours, other people are waiting." I felt it was a bit rude after we had just spent $160, but we got up to leave anyways. I happened to notice that there were two vacant tables right next to ours, and another by the door, making a total of 8 open seats, but whatever, he can run his restaurant any way he wants.

On the way out the door my wife told the owner that he was being rude, and he repeated "It's been two hours", and she replied, "Well it's still rude", to which he said, "Well too bad"

I went back in and told the owner I did not appreciate him talking my wife in that manner and he denied saying anything wrong, and again told me that we had "Been there for two hours, and he had other people to seat." So I informed him that it's too bad we were there for two hours, we just spent $160 in his place, and it took at least 45 minutes before we even got our dinner. He vehemently denied it took that long for us to get our food, but said, "If that's the way you feel, here I'll pay for half your dinner." As he took out a rather large role of money from his pocket. I told him to keep his money, we're just never coming back.

It was embarrassing inviting people from out of town for dinner and then get hustled out like that. Wine, dinner, dessert, and then espresso, that is about two hours right there. I guess Girasole prefers their customers to go talk at Starbucks across the street. Just eat and then pay, that should be their motto.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I were celebrating with some collegues of hers from out of town and decided to have dinner at Girasole. The dinner we had was a little overpriced, and rather bland to be honest (Carne). We also ordered wine, some tiramisu for dessert and espresso.

We hadn't been finished with our dessert for 15 minutes and were having a nice conversation with our guests when the owner started tapping on my shoulder and said, "Sir it's been two hours, other people are waiting." I felt it was a bit rude after we had just spent $160, but we got up to leave anyways. I happened to notice that there were two vacant tables right next to ours, and another by the door, making a total of 8 open seats, but whatever, he can run his restaurant any way he wants.

On the way out the door my wife told the owner that he was being rude, and he repeated "It's been two hours", and she replied, "Well it's still rude", to which he said, "Well too bad"

I went back in and told the owner I did not appreciate him talking my wife in that manner and he denied saying anything wrong, and again told me that we had "Been there for two hours, and he had other people to seat." So I informed him that it's too bad we were there for two hours, we just spent $160 in his place, and it took at least 45 minutes before we even got our dinner. He vehemently denied it took that long for us to get our food, but said, "If that's the way you feel, here I'll pay for half your dinner." As he took out a rather large role of money from his pocket. I told him to keep his money, we're just never coming back.

It was embarrassing inviting people from out of town for dinner and then get hustled out like that. Wine, dinner, dessert, and then espresso, that is about two hours right there. I guess Girasole prefers their customers to go talk at Starbucks across the street. Just eat and then pay, that should be their motto.

Pros: The salad was very good

Cons: Service, price, owner has no manners

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I love Girasole! It's one of those hidden gems in Shadyside, and if you can find it, you'll love it.

I've never seen a proprietor as happy to see his customers as Mr. Girasole, and I think he's been there every single time I've gone...and he's remembered me every time!

The menu is small, but I've loved everything I've tried there, from the house salad (served with gorgonzola, chick peas & sunflower seeds - YUM!) to the fish & meat specials to fall favorites like pumpkin ravioli, and my very favorite, the polenta. It comes with their amazing tomato sauce and fresh mozzerella melted on top. I'm hungry just thinking about it! They're happy to accomodate special requests, and I love their sauce like no other.

I've been there for brunch (and bellinis) with girlfriends, on a date with my boyfriend, and when my grandparents are in town, it's their favorite lunch spot, too. It's hard to find a restaurant that will please so many people.

One warning - on Saturday nights, you can expect a wait, even if you have a reservation, but it's well worth it.

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★★★★★

I love Girasole! It's one of those hidden gems in Shadyside, and if you can find it, you'll love it.

I've never seen a proprietor as happy to see his customers as Mr. Girasole, and I think he's been there every single time I've gone...and he's remembered me every time!

The menu is small, but I've loved everything I've tried there, from the house salad (served with gorgonzola, chick peas & sunflower seeds - YUM!) to the fish & meat specials to fall favorites like pumpkin ravioli, and my very favorite, the polenta. It comes with their amazing tomato sauce and fresh mozzerella melted on top. I'm hungry just thinking about it! They're happy to accomodate special requests, and I love their sauce like no other.

I've been there for brunch (and bellinis) with girlfriends, on a date with my boyfriend, and when my grandparents are in town, it's their favorite lunch spot, too. It's hard to find a restaurant that will please so many people.

One warning - on Saturday nights, you can expect a wait, even if you have a reservation, but it's well worth it.

Pros: The service, the owner is always there, and the food is amazing!

Cons: Wait on weekends, even with reservations. Dining room can get noisy, but well worth it!

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What surprised me was the steak - while I've been a huge fan of Girasole for nearly 4 years, I'd stuck to some of the basics - the wonderful salad and the occasional fish special. Last time I was in, they had a filet special with risotto and grilled peppers. It was far and away better than anything I've ever had at the Capital Grille, Morton's or Ruth's Chris. Now it's October, which means pumpkin ravioli. You can't go wrong with Girasole.

And I gotta agree with Jimmy 'Pie' Girasole - he's a welcoming guy who remembers his customers and treats them as though they were part of his own family. Stand up guy all around.

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★★★★★

What surprised me was the steak - while I've been a huge fan of Girasole for nearly 4 years, I'd stuck to some of the basics - the wonderful salad and the occasional fish special. Last time I was in, they had a filet special with risotto and grilled peppers. It was far and away better than anything I've ever had at the Capital Grille, Morton's or Ruth's Chris. Now it's October, which means pumpkin ravioli. You can't go wrong with Girasole.

And I gotta agree with Jimmy 'Pie' Girasole - he's a welcoming guy who remembers his customers and treats them as though they were part of his own family. Stand up guy all around.

Pros: food, service, price, wine

Cons: parking...but it's Shadyside...what are you gonna do?

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I started going to Girasole years ago, was hooked by their veal osso buco, came back for the pasta, tasted the pumpkin sage ravioli, and have been a regular ever since. A small, cozy dive off of Walnut Street, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date (though I have always been more interested in the food.) Even on the most crowded nights, the owner is always accomodating and friendly with his patrons. It is not unusual for Mr. Girasole to greet you with a hug, and he seems genuinely interested that you have a wonderful meal.
However, my most laudatory comments on this gem are reserved for its Italian cuisine. Every part of the meal is spectacular - from the salads with their signature sunflower vinaigrette, to the fantastic pastas and nightly specials (again, the veal osso buco is especially memorable), and finally the desserts (lemon cake, gelato, tiramisu: they are all incredible).
I cannot praise this restaurant enough, and I hope that you have the occasion to make it down to Shadyside to become a regular, too.

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★★★★★

I started going to Girasole years ago, was hooked by their veal osso buco, came back for the pasta, tasted the pumpkin sage ravioli, and have been a regular ever since. A small, cozy dive off of Walnut Street, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date (though I have always been more interested in the food.) Even on the most crowded nights, the owner is always accomodating and friendly with his patrons. It is not unusual for Mr. Girasole to greet you with a hug, and he seems genuinely interested that you have a wonderful meal.
However, my most laudatory comments on this gem are reserved for its Italian cuisine. Every part of the meal is spectacular - from the salads with their signature sunflower vinaigrette, to the fantastic pastas and nightly specials (again, the veal osso buco is especially memorable), and finally the desserts (lemon cake, gelato, tiramisu: they are all incredible).
I cannot praise this restaurant enough, and I hope that you have the occasion to make it down to Shadyside to become a regular, too.

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I recently made a Girasole reservation for 11 for my wife's birthday. Upon arriving at the restaurant we found we had one table for 7 and another for 4. Upon complaining to the owner, I was told we were welcome to go elsewhere. When I said he shouldn't have taken a larger reservation than he could sit together, he told me I wouldn't be able to talk to everyone at a table that large anyway. So, I guess I'm better off sitting with me back to some of my guests! We stayed because we'd never get a walk-in sitting anywhere else with a group that large, but none of us will ever go back to Girasole again. I guess the owner has the luxury of abusing his patrons, because that's sure how we all felt. My worst restaurant experience anywhere ever!

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently made a Girasole reservation for 11 for my wife's birthday. Upon arriving at the restaurant we found we had one table for 7 and another for 4. Upon complaining to the owner, I was told we were welcome to go elsewhere. When I said he shouldn't have taken a larger reservation than he could sit together, he told me I wouldn't be able to talk to everyone at a table that large anyway. So, I guess I'm better off sitting with me back to some of my guests! We stayed because we'd never get a walk-in sitting anywhere else with a group that large, but none of us will ever go back to Girasole again. I guess the owner has the luxury of abusing his patrons, because that's sure how we all felt. My worst restaurant experience anywhere ever!

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Girsole offers a great atmosphere, wonderful food with a seasonal menu, and friendly staff. It is located in the heart of Shadyside on a quaint street right off of Walnut Street. Excellent house salads followed by a delicious array of pastas to choose from, as well as other entrees. You can BYOB too.

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★★★☆☆

Girsole offers a great atmosphere, wonderful food with a seasonal menu, and friendly staff. It is located in the heart of Shadyside on a quaint street right off of Walnut Street. Excellent house salads followed by a delicious array of pastas to choose from, as well as other entrees. You can BYOB too.

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Girasole is a wonderful, small, downstairs, stone-walled restaurant in Shadyside. I've only been there at lunchtime and it's a great deal. Most lunch entrees are under $9, and all come with fresh bread and an absolutely wonderful house salad that could be a nice lunch in and of themselves. The food is simple but creative Italian with lots of vegetarian options (not so much there for vegans, though), and the menu changes with each season. The whole wheat fettucine with pesto, chard and white beans is outstanding, as are all the pastas (everybody seems to order the spinach ravioli, but I haven't tried it yet). Lunch portions are very generous and I've heard the dinner portions are enormous. The owner is usually around, and service is friendly, relaxed, professional and great with kids. For the same price as a blah lunch at Olive Garden, TGI Friday's or any number of overrated Pittsburgh institutions like Gullifty's and Jimmy Tsang's, you can have a really great, hearty, healthy and flavorful lunch at our locally-owned little Girasole. (One note, though, even though it's a pretty, romantic room, the acoustics are such that, at least at lunchtime, the restaurant is quite noisy. Not the place for intimate conversations, but fine for regular ones.).

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★★★★★

Girasole is a wonderful, small, downstairs, stone-walled restaurant in Shadyside. I've only been there at lunchtime and it's a great deal. Most lunch entrees are under $9, and all come with fresh bread and an absolutely wonderful house salad that could be a nice lunch in and of themselves. The food is simple but creative Italian with lots of vegetarian options (not so much there for vegans, though), and the menu changes with each season. The whole wheat fettucine with pesto, chard and white beans is outstanding, as are all the pastas (everybody seems to order the spinach ravioli, but I haven't tried it yet). Lunch portions are very generous and I've heard the dinner portions are enormous. The owner is usually around, and service is friendly, relaxed, professional and great with kids. For the same price as a blah lunch at Olive Garden, TGI Friday's or any number of overrated Pittsburgh institutions like Gullifty's and Jimmy Tsang's, you can have a really great, hearty, healthy and flavorful lunch at our locally-owned little Girasole. (One note, though, even though it's a pretty, romantic room, the acoustics are such that, at least at lunchtime, the restaurant is quite noisy. Not the place for intimate conversations, but fine for regular ones.).

Pros: Excellent food, great veggie options, great staff and owner

Cons: A bit noisy at lunch, especially in summer when the doors are open

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If I had written this review a year ago I would have raved. The only con would have been the weekend wait due to the no res. policy -- and forget about large parties! Keep it to a max of 4 people unless you intend to go for a very early or a very late dinner. With this said, I returned to Girasole last week and they have done some redorating. The atmosphere is still very quaint. The food on the other hand wasn't as good as it has been in the past. The food presentation and flavor was severly lacking. Fortunately, their brushetta and house salad were still well prepared. Quite frankly, I don't want to pay $50 plus for two for something that I don't thoroughly enjoy. As I have been a loyal patron for years, I will try it again, but one more strike and they're done for me. There are far too many places to eat in Pittsburgh....

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If I had written this review a year ago I would have raved. The only con would have been the weekend wait due to the no res. policy -- and forget about large parties! Keep it to a max of 4 people unless you intend to go for a very early or a very late dinner. With this said, I returned to Girasole last week and they have done some redorating. The atmosphere is still very quaint. The food on the other hand wasn't as good as it has been in the past. The food presentation and flavor was severly lacking. Fortunately, their brushetta and house salad were still well prepared. Quite frankly, I don't want to pay $50 plus for two for something that I don't thoroughly enjoy. As I have been a loyal patron for years, I will try it again, but one more strike and they're done for me. There are far too many places to eat in Pittsburgh....

Pros: Intimate atmosphere

Cons: Long waits due to small seating capacity.

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We always enjoy having lunch here. The italian dishes are delicious. Their bread is served warm which always make you feel welcome. The service is good and I never feel rushed if my friend and I want to sit and chat.

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★★★★☆

We always enjoy having lunch here. The italian dishes are delicious. Their bread is served warm which always make you feel welcome. The service is good and I never feel rushed if my friend and I want to sit and chat.

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This is a cute little restaurant off Walnut. It can be a little pricey (for students), but it's worth it for a romantic date. Everything is perfect and delicious from bread and salad to entree to dessert! The service is wonderful; it has this very warm, friendly atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out!

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This is a cute little restaurant off Walnut. It can be a little pricey (for students), but it's worth it for a romantic date. Everything is perfect and delicious from bread and salad to entree to dessert! The service is wonderful; it has this very warm, friendly atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out!

Pros: great food, friendly service, lovely ambience

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After returning from playing a summer soul festival in Florence, I was taken to Girasole for dinner. While I'd been secretly lamenting that it would likely be years before I'd taste such Italian food again, here was Girasole. Fresh, simple Italian preparations that rival the fine North End restaurants in Boston. The specials - I've had the herb chicken breasts and the mustard crusted mahi mahi - are superb, though anything and everything on the menu is oustanding. My only gripe is that my favorite wine, Copertino Rosso, was recently removed from the menu. Indeed, a 20 minute wait is simplified by a trip to Le Mardi Gras, just next door.

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★★★★★

After returning from playing a summer soul festival in Florence, I was taken to Girasole for dinner. While I'd been secretly lamenting that it would likely be years before I'd taste such Italian food again, here was Girasole. Fresh, simple Italian preparations that rival the fine North End restaurants in Boston. The specials - I've had the herb chicken breasts and the mustard crusted mahi mahi - are superb, though anything and everything on the menu is oustanding. My only gripe is that my favorite wine, Copertino Rosso, was recently removed from the menu. Indeed, a 20 minute wait is simplified by a trip to Le Mardi Gras, just next door.

Cons: Parking

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My girlfriend begged me to take her to this place and I kept putting it off for months. Finally I took her and I have to say, this may be the best Italian food in town. The service is a little above average and seating is tight, but the food is worth it. I get the same thing everytime I eat there - potato gnocchi. I swear it is the best I have every had. It's light compared to most gnocchi and comes in a great tomato sauce with fresh chunks of mozerella. This place is definitely worth trying.
Sometimes you do have to wait to get a seat, but you can always head next door to Les Mardis Gras for the strongest cocktails in town.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend begged me to take her to this place and I kept putting it off for months. Finally I took her and I have to say, this may be the best Italian food in town. The service is a little above average and seating is tight, but the food is worth it. I get the same thing everytime I eat there - potato gnocchi. I swear it is the best I have every had. It's light compared to most gnocchi and comes in a great tomato sauce with fresh chunks of mozerella. This place is definitely worth trying.
Sometimes you do have to wait to get a seat, but you can always head next door to Les Mardis Gras for the strongest cocktails in town.

Pros: Great Food, Atmosphere, Wine Selection

Cons: No reservations

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In English, the Italian word "girasole" translates as "sunflower," but, here, it's also the owners' surname. But diners know the word best describes the ambience of a tiny, casual restaurant with a big sunny heart. Occupying barely 800…

 

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