5301 Grove Rd Ste 639
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
We finally had a chance today to stop in and try the Italian Oven Restaurant at their new Caste Village location - it is gorgeous! We loved the sleek, contemporary look and the stunning flower arrangements (provided by Herman Heyl Florists) in my favorite shades of deep pink and fuschia.
If you remember, the Italian Oven Cafe in Brentwood Towne Square was sort of fast/casual. You ordered at a counter, watched your food being prepared and then either sat and ate or took it away to enjoy at home. The new restaurant is definitely ... a restaurant ... and a very nice one, at that. We needed to get home, so ordered our meal to go. Although the extremely friendly staff accommodated us, it is definitely more of an "eat in" restaurant and next time I would like mine to go, I will call ahead.
I ordered my favorite Italian Oven panini - the Tuscan Chicken - and it was every bite as good as I remembered, and prepared exactly as I had requested. It came with a small bag of chips, but none of those tasty little Italian mints that used to accompany the orders ... and no olives from an olive bar, either. Darn! We also tried the meatball panini and, although we thought the meatballs were juicy and flavorful, they had more of a sausage taste than we like personally and we did not finish the sandwich. They have a new filet mignon panini that we thought we will try the next time we visit ... along with the pizza, of course.
Welcome back, Italian Oven! We missed you!