LeoGreta, an Italian restaurant with a neighborhood vibe, opened in Carnegie in 2018 and brings a wonderful dining option to the borough. The space is on the smaller size and so is the menu, but the simple, homemade offerings are designed to please.
Traditional Italian Favorites at LeoGreta
The menu at LeoGreta is fairly brief and includes starters, a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and a few sides. Entree options include chicken parmesan and a special of the day.
The beer menu is pretty basic and limited to bottles, but the wine menu is Italian-focused and more extensive with options by the glass or bottle.
We started with the burrata appetizer, which was perfectly creamy and topped with a garlicky, chunky tomato sauce with roasted red peppers. Along with the starter came some complimentary bread – beautiful hunks of Mediterra bread with olive oil for dipping.
The salad options all sounded delicious (caesar, arugula with a balsamic dressing, baby kale and apple, frisee and lardon), but we opted for a beet salad and a fennel salad. In the beet salad, sweet beets and creamy goat cheese complimented the bitterness of the greens, while the fennel salad was a delightful mix of flavors with fennel, arugula, and bright, acidic hunks of grapefruit.
Whatever You Do, Get The Meat Combo as a Side
For our entrees, we asked our server for recommendations on what to order and ended up with the linguine carbonara, gnocchi, and the “combo” side dish.
While the linguine seemed a little overcooked and underseasoned, the chunks of guanciale, egg, and Parmigiano Reggiano in the sauce helped boost the flavor a bit.
The gnocchi, on the other hand, were a revelation. They were some of the lightest, fluffiest gnocchi we've had anywhere. With a creamy tomato sauce on top that was fired to achieve spots of golden, bubbly perfection, this dish was simple yet comforting and filling.
We thankfully took the advice of our server and ordered the “combo” side, an over-the-top meat plate including house-made sausage, pork shoulder, and a house made meatball, all bathed in a red sauce.
This is LeoGreta at its best!
Desserts choices are just as straightforward as the rest of the menu and include chocolate pot de creme, coconut cream pie, and panna cotta. We opted for the panna cotta which had a buttermilk tanginess that was matched well with a tantalizing layer of raw local honey on top.
Overall, the vibe here trends toward casual but the service is a step above what you might expect for a neighborhood bistro style spot. While the dishes here aren't anything showy, that's something to celebrate in its own right. Sometimes you just want a perfectly-made meatball and red sauce, and maybe a comforting bowl of pasta – and if that's you, head to LeoGreta!
LeoGreta is located at 301 W Main Street in Carnegie.