I really needs some recs for a surprise 50th party for mom for about 50 people. We're in the south hills and would like to stay in the general area. Right now the best we've come up with is Bucca di Beppo but it's really not what we're looking for. The surprise party for dad last year was at Picolo Forno in Lawrenceville and they did a great job and the restaurant was great for a party in that it was wide open and everyone could easily socialize. At Bucca's you're stuck in a both or table and you pretty much only socialize with the people you're sitting with.
We can't have it at Picolo Forno again because mom would definitely figure us out and we really want to surprise her. We're looking to keep it to around $20 per person plus tax and gratuity. The family as a whole isn't very adventerous so asian food is out, no mexican, Italian is good for all of them. Doesn't have to be Italian, but it can't be anything out of the ordinary.