As much as The Boy was craving some home cookin’ when he returned from India, we ended up dining out instead.
Unfortunately, The Boy was only in Pittsburgh for approximately 20 hours before he had to get back on a plane and head somewhere else. Insanity. There was no time for food shopping or dirtying pots and pans. We needed some tasty food in a relaxed and quiet environment. Therefore, at the suggestion of The Boy’s parents, we decided to Amalfi On Tenth.
Amalfi on Tenth was formally Abruzzi’s and is located adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express on 10th Street in Southside. I had my first encounter with Amalfi during the Southside Soup Crawl (fun event). They served a really tasty crab bisque. The Boy and I made a mental note to try the place for dinner.
We arrived around 6:00PM. There are large windows in the space and all decor uses cool shades of black, blue, silver. We were immediately seated – the place was fairly empty.
We started the meal with appetizers and wine. Stuffed hot peppers were indeed HOT and an antipasto platter was quite large – it easily fed the table. The menu featured numerous chicken, veal, seafood, and pasta dishes. I was in the mood for pasta but every preparation on the menu sounded heavy – lots of cream. Most of the table ended up ordering veal entrees, including myself. I had the veal piccata (veal, capers, artichokes, white wine sauce). It was well prepared – the veal was tender, the sauce flavorful but not too rich. I enjoyed the portion size as well. More than enough but not overwhelmingly huge. I believe my veal entree was around $20 and included a salad and a side of pasta.
Overall, I found the food quality at Amalfi on Tenth fairly high. However, the prices push the restaurant into the upscale realm – a place where service must be delivered as well. Unfortunately, our service really lacked at Amalfi. Our waitress seemed painfully inexperienced. Timing was awkward, menus were removed before we even ordered, entrees came out at different times (and some were a bit cooler than might be desirable).
I would dine again at Amalfi on Tenth but would be hesitant to recommend it to others, purely based on the service. If the service matched the food, I think this place could (and should) get a little more attention within the Pittsburgh scene.