Spicy Peppers combined with Judy's special sausage filling, and baked with her famous tomato sauce.
Rolantini di Melenzane
Eggplant cut to length is lightly breaded and browned in virgin olive oil. Then rolled with a specially mixed ricotta cheese and baked with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of grated romano cheese.
Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Fresh mushrooms filled with specially seasoned bread crumbs & baked golden brown.
Fresh Calamari steamed and served chilled, mixed with balsamic vinaigrette, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, diced almonds, and dried cranberries
Mussels di Johnny
New Zealand mussels on the half shell in a delightful garlic & butter sauce.
Mussels di Palmieri
New Zealand mussels on the half shell in spicy tomato and garlic sauce.
Bruschetta di Zarra
Fresh Italian bread sliced thick is topped with spinach, mushrooms, and roasted red peppers.
Ricotta Dumpling Soup
An old Italian soup passed down from my Great Grandmother, Filomina Contosta. Chicken broth filled with spinach, carrots, and a ricotta dumpling made with: ricotta cheese, grated romano cheese, bread crumbs and diced onion
These salads are made with fresh romaine leaf lettuce, sliced hard boiled eggs, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, crumbled bleu cheese, sliced beets, kalamata olives, pepperoncini and topped with Judy's balsamic vinaigrette dressing. $12. Ask your server to top your Salade Grande with sliced chicken, imported anchovies, or our imported Italian tuna with olive oil, diced onion, cracked black pepper, and grated romano cheese. $4. Ask your server about taking home a wine bottle of Chef Judy's homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. A great gift, marinade, and dressing, all in one special bottle.
All dinners are served with a house salad and Sancholi's Brothers Hearth baked Italian bread. Salads are dressed with Judy's balsamic vinaigrette. Imported crumbled bleu cheese and/or anchovies are available for a small fee.
Ravioli di Filomena
A house specially. My Great Grandmother Filomena brought the recipe for this delicious handmade ravioli from her home village Melisa, in the province of Catanzara, Calabria over a century ago! Thick noodle filled with ricotta, ground angus, chopped spinach, grated romano and topped with our house tomato sauce. Served with your choice of meatball, sausage, or eggplant romano.
Full Rack of Lamb
Our rack of lamb is prepared with a Southern Italian marinade then cooked on a grill pan. Served with sautéed mushrooms, and polenta.
Calamari di Julia
This traditional dish of calamari will be found in the Italian house on Christmas Eve. Whole calamari cooked to tender perfection in a delicious red sauce covers a bed of capellini.
On finally peasant fare, this gourmet dish can now be found in some of the world's most renowned restaurants. Our polenta is simple the way it was meant to be, though our sauce may be a little heartier than that of hard times. Thick chunks of Johnny's homemade sausage, imported olives, and a delicious tomato sauce top this traditional dish.
Manicotti di Antoinette
Another house favorite. Each homemade crepe is individually prepared and filled with Judy's special ricotta filling, then topped with tomato sauce, a sprinkle of grated romano and baked in the oven. Served with your choice of meatball, sausage, or eggplant romano.
Johnny's Famous Filet Mignon
Our generously cut filet mignon is braised with Chianti wine to keep it nice & juicy. Served with sautéed mushrooms, and red skin garlic and parsley potatoes.
Cavatelli con Polo Primavera di Judith
Cavatelli is a pasta that was originated in my grandfather's region of Basilicata, Italy. A small doughy little noodle "shaped like a little canoe". This is one of my mother's own recipes, and it is a little bit spicy. Tender chunks of chicken breast are prepared in a light tomato sauce with virgin olive oil, sautéed red pepper seed, garlic, and onion. This special sauce covers a steaming dish of cavatelli; topped with red and green bell peppers and onions.
Alfredo di Piemonte
This thick and rich Northern Italian sauce is a favorite of many. Our creamy Alfredo sauce is made to order and served over a generous bed of linguine. Ask your server about adding chicken, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers or sautéed spinach.
Add for choice of one
Choose two or more toppings for
Jumbo shrimp and/or scallops are also available for
Fresh eggplant lightly battered and browned in olive oil, layered with marinara sauce and grated romano cheese; then baked to perfection. Includes sautéed mushrooms and sautéed spinach.
Aglie e Olio "Tuttu Cosa"
Fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil is sautéed together in a cast iron skillet until golden brown. Then artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives are tossed into a medley of imported ingredients to create one splendid dish of spaghetti. $18. Italian tuna salad in a light virgin olive oil with diced onions, black pepper and grated romano cheese may be added to this dish. Or try it with imported anchovies; or large chunks of my Dad's sautéed sausage a top. $4.
Tuttu Cosa di Claudia
This entree is the "Tuttu Cosa" described above with all of the delicious ingredients. Plus it is topped with jumbo shrimp and scallops, as well as my Dad's sautéed sausage. This dish is spectacular beyond description!
Judy's Homemade Ricotta Noodles
This pasta is made like most others starting with flour, but ricotta cheese, and some other special ingredients are kneaded into the dough to make a thick, light, and fluffy noodle. Topped with tomato sauce and served with your choice of sausage, meatball or eggplant romano.
A vegetarian delight! Ravioli stuffed with pontabella mushrooms and cheeses; then topped with Chef Judy's marinara sauce. This entree is accompanied with sautéed spinach and a side of eggplant romano.
Verdure e Fagoli "Greens and Beans"
Prepared in the traditional Southern Italian fashion with a touch of virgin olive oil and garlic. This combination of white beans and spinach are simple yet delicious.
With Johnny's homemade sausage sautéed and set atop
Lasagna di Zarra
This meatless Southern Italian lasagna is layered with a special ricotta filling and a meatless tomato sauce. Served with a side of your choice: meatball, sausage, or eggplant romano.
Your choice of spaghetti or penne topped with Judy's famous tomato sauce. $13 Choose a meatball, sausage, eggplant romano for a side; or top it off with sautéed mushrooms or spinach. $4
Agile e Ohio
Another poor man's dish that is renowned for its delightful simplicity. Red pepper seed, sliced garlic, and ground black pepper sautéed in extra virgin olive oil cover a large plate of al dente spaghetti topped with grated romano cheese. $13 An accompaniment of imported anchovy, Italian tuna, or sautéed sausage is highly recommended. $4
Salsa Piccante di Jr. Williams
A very hot, spicy tomato sauce with mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, and other zesty spices cooked together and topped over spaghetti. "Not for the faint of heart!" Served with sausage, meatball, or eggplant.
Pasta Con Salsiccia Primavera di Donaldo
My Father's homemade sausage sautéed in a light olive oil with onions, green peppers, and mushrooms is served over a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce. This dish is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.
Cavatelli e Verdure di Rena
This flavorful dish of "cavatelli and greens" is prepared in the Basilicata fashion. Spinach steamed and sautéed with virgin olive oil and garlic, is then mixed together with cavatelli, and topped with a sprinkle of grated romano cheese. $15. Ask for "Cavatelli di Anna" cavatelli and greens with jumbo broiled shrimp and scallops set atop. $25.
Linguine di Contosta
My Great Uncle Joe, owner of the fabulous Charriot Restaurant, has honored us with his recipe. This delicious dish of jumbo shrimp, New Zealand mussels, and plump sea scallops is prepared in a special white wine sauce with garlic, butter and herbs over linguine. This dish may also be prepared in the spicy "palmieri" tomato and garlic sauce or Judy's mild marinara.
A taste of Southern Italy's finest cuisine all on one delicious platter. Just like Sunday dinner at Mama's, this dish has: Lasagna, eggplant romano, sautéed spinach, meatball and sausage.
Ravioli Sampler or Manicotti Sampler
The sampler dish with either ravioli or manicotti in place of the lasagna.
Tender chicken breast lightly breaded and browned in virgin olive oil, is then topped with tomato sauce, a sprinkle of grated romano cheese, and baked to perfection. This well balanced dish includes sautéed mushrooms, penne with marinara, and sautéed spinach.
Pasta e Fagoli
"Pasta and Beans" an authentic Southern Italian peasant dish. Pasta with beans in a light and zesty tomato sauce prepared with virgin olive oil, ground black pepper and garlic.
Johnny's sautéed sausage is fabulous with this dish
Tilapia di Julia Magdalina
Fresh filet of tilapia lightly floured and pan seared with an apricot demiglace; topped with toasted almonds and dried cranberries. Served with roasted red peppers, sautéed spinach, and red skin garlic and parsley potatoes.
Cape Sante di Pasquarelli
Large sea scallops served alongside a bed of sautéed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and penne with marinara. Ask for you scallops to be broiled with Judy's specially seasoned bread crumbs; sautéed scampi style, or prepared in our spicy palmieri sauce.
Gambelli di Serrao
Jumbo shrimp severed with sautéed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and penne with marinara. Your shrimp may be prepared in our spicy palmieri sauce or prepared scampi style.
Made from a careful selection of the best grapes grown, this Chianti Classico shows violets in a bouquet and has flavors that are filled with plum and raspberries.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Rsv., Selva de Cononici - Dragani, Abruzzi Italy
A wine made from the highest quality grapes, aged in oak casks, which gives a strong, smooth taste, and a suberb finish.
Barbera d'Asti 'Le gagie', La Meridiana, Piedmont Italy
Dry, full flavored and balanced taste. This wine is barrel aged in oak for 12 months.
Brunello - Di Montalcino, Monticello, Tuscany Italy
Italy's King of red wine, this wine offers great structure, complexity and character, depe ruby in color with a robust flavor to finish.
Chianti, Monticello, Tuscany Italy
This wine has a bouquet of being aged in oak, full-bodied to deliver a dry finish, excellent with any Italian cuisine.
Barolo, Virna, Piedmont Italy
One of the great red wines of Italy, its fruity, rich and ripe intense flavor is prefect to accompany any hearty meal.
Shiraz, Deen DeBortolli Australia
Concentrated ripe berry and black fruit characters, balanced by 12 months in oak to soften the tannins. Great with veal or pasta.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Stonehedge, Napa California
This wine offers rich layers of currants, plum and wild berries. Enjoy this with an array of dishes, especially pasta.
Malbec Reserve, Caligiori, Mendoza Argentina
Grown in organic vineyards, this malbec shows of ripe plums and complex floral aromas. Large, ample flavors, with a long velvety finish.
Merlot, L'Ecole No. 41, Columbia Washington
Aged in French and American Oak Barrels, this wine is rich and full-bodied. This wine has a long, balanced and smooth finish.
Zinfandel, Sausal, Sonoma California
Aged for six months in French oak barrels, this wine has a soft, round taste, textured with jammy berry flavors.
Pinot Noir, Bridgeview Oregon
We have captured this famous Oregon wine grape in a style characterized by a bright, fruity aroma, a medium body, and a nice toasty finish.
Timinius Rosso, Guinti Il Monte, Tuscana Italy
This 'Super Tucsan' is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The blend combines each variety to form a most full-bodied, rich, and yet balanced wine.
Pinot Grigio, Gaierhof, Alto Adige Italy
This wine tastes full of fresh melon and pear with a clean, crisp finish.
Vernaccia, Signano, Tuscany Italy
Nice fruity flavors, with essence of apple and almond, with a soft, dry finish.
Sauvignon Blanc, Line 39, Lake County California
Rich and intense aromas with fresh fruity flavors that shine throughout this delicious wine.
Moscato, Gaierhof, Alto Adige Italy
A touch of sweetness brings out a delicious taste of fresh fruit and sweet ripe melon, with a silky finish.
Riesling, Claar Cellars Washington
Aromas of fresh roses and tropical fruit can be found in this elegant wine
Pinot Grigio, La Piazza, Veneto Italy
This wine has a fresh and soft flavor, vinous and light perfume and a straw-like color.
Chardonnay, Stonehedge, Napa California
Well balanced, mixes ripe vibrant fruit with a dash of toasty oak.
Asti, Monticello, Piedmont Italy
Made with the famous sweet moscato grapes, shows lots of lively fruit flavors, citrus aromas, ending with a fresh aftertaste.
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Zarra's Private Reserve Merlot
Rich and lush wine that is full-bodied. It has a soft, velvety finish. This wine is hand-selected to be a perfect complement to Southern Italian food.
Donny's Private Reserve 1997
1997 was one of the finest vintages produced. The Zarra family is proud to provide our guests with an extremely limited selection of wines from this extraordinary vintage.
Vigna Macereto Chianti Riserva Rufina Italy
Made from hand-picked selections of the best grapes grown. This chianti is aged for at least three years in oak barrels. This senior of all Chianti's is filled with plum, raspberry, and dried fruits. Enjoy with beef or pasta.
Bodegas Montecillo Reserva Rioja Spain
This full-throttle Spanish red is rich and dark, with chocolate, coffee, and toasty oak flavors; yet it has a solid layer of ripe fruit for balance with a long, fine finish. This wine is a 90-point Wine Spectator Selection.
Pittsburgh's finest Italian Restaurant, as well as one of the Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh PA. Zarra's is a family-run Italian restaurant committed to quality, tradition, and detail. All of our food is made from scratch and our menu is varied for a wide selection from my Great Grandmother's Ricotta Dumpling Soup, to our near-famous Tirami-suzy.