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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh > Ristorante Della Trattoria
Ristorante Della Trattoria
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created by Slim Jim on 1/23/2005 7:28 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 8/28/2023 12:13 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Although Pittsburgh has relatively few UE locations since they've torn down practically all the steel mills, it is my favorite city in the US for one simple reason: Geography / topography / street patterns. It is the hilliest large city in the US, and the location of this abandoned restaurant is probably the most prime example of the beauty the steep terrain has to offer. Perched atop a high ridge across one of the two large rivers from downtown, it has an incredible view of the city. It's hard to believe the place has gone this long without being redeveloped as luxury condos or a tourist attraction.

This abandoned building looks like a small school from the street; however the inside indicates that the building was a very nice upscale restaurant. Awesome view of the city.

My parents once overheard somebody say they had taken one of the funiculars up the bluff in Pittsburgh, and eaten at the best Italian restaurant they had ever been to at the top. This almost has to be the place, as it is less than a block from the top of the more-frequented funicular.

There are several active restaurants with views a mile or so down the street.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Grandview Avenue, atop Mt. Washington
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Don't fall down the cliff! Squats to be found inside, tenants may be hostile.
  •  Interesting Features
    Great view of downtown Pittsburgh, mirrors on the ceiling, rather unique interior. Kind of confusing to get out of certain areas and into others.

    Update (5/17/2012) - The building is completely gone, demolished about 6 months ago.
     Security Measures
  • barbed wire
  • wooden boarding
  • right next to one of the inclines, which run intil midnight (1am on weekends), so be careful that you're not seen!
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera (of course)
    Frankly, I haven't looked into it. From the outside, the building looks like an old school. It was converted into a gourmet restaurant later on, and abandoned sometime prior to 2000. It looks like they tried to renovate it into a hotel because there area bunch of rooms with kitchens and bathrooms in them. It would have been a really high class hotel because the view is AMAZING!!!
     Media Coverage
     Future Plans
    None - Gone
    Thu, Mar 15th, 2007
    posted by eoghan

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     Photo Galleries
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    Restaurant with a view, 2002
    Sun, Jan 23rd, 2005
    posted by Slim Jim
    20 pictures
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    A couple shots of Pittsburgh At Night
    Wed, Jul 27th, 2005
    posted by munkyfistfight
    7 pictures
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    Ghosts of the past...
    Tue, Sep 13th, 2005
    posted by GotPaisley!
    19 pictures
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    Late evening 2005
    Sun, Oct 16th, 2005
    posted by InsertNameHere
    12 pictures
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    From The Top
    Thu, Mar 2nd, 2006
    posted by Atrocity
    3 pictures
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    4/18/07 update
    Thu, Apr 19th, 2007
    posted by eoghan
    9 pictures
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    night assault
    Sun, Feb 17th, 2008
    posted by secretdestroyers
    8 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/28/2023 12:15 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 28 23 at 0:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 28 23 at 0:13, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Future Plans, Description
  • on May 17 12 at 23:03, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on May 17 12 at 18:20, UrbanExGirl27 changed the following: Interesting Features, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Aug 17 11 at 13:07, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Aug 17 11 at 7:29, tippa changed the following: Status, Accessibility
  • on Nov 11 10 at 8:45, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 11 10 at 3:01, secretdestroyers changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Future Plans
  • on Feb 18 08 at 0:22, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 17 08 at 21:23, secretdestroyers changed the following: History, Hazards, Security Measures, Required Equipment
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