The Story of Our Ali Baba

"Authentic Middle Eastern Food Since 1972"




Our Ali Baba is called by Pittsburgh magazine, “the best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Pittsburgh”. In 1972, three struggling, native Syrian graduate students opened the doors to a modest ethnic restaurant. Because of their perseverance and dedication to satisfying customers, Ali Baba prospered. In 1973 staff was added which included tow chefs who continue to prepare authentic dishes in our kitchen today. Extensive remodeling took place in 1975 and 1982, which changed Ali Baba’s décor into what is seen presently. Ivan Makhoul, one of the original owners, remains committed to his formula of success: providing not only fresh authentic dishes, but also the best possible foods and service to his guests.