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Bar Pitti

268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014 40.729378 -74.002279
nr. Bleecker St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-982-3300 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
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    7 out of 10

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Hours

Daily, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.; 1 at Houston St.

Prices

$13.50-$25.50

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Pitti opened in 1992, nearly two decades after Silvano Marchetto combined the trattoria formula with a see-and-be-seen sidewalk setting at adjacent Da Silvano. Marchetto had initially conceived of a more casual Pitti as part of an expansion, but a family tragedy inspired him to enlist a partner, Giovanni Tognozzi. Arguments over meatball-recipe theft and lawsuits soon followed, and the feud got so heated that in 2014 someone smoke-bombed Bar Pitti (it technically ended two years later, when Da Silvano closed). What’s left is a sienna-painted bare-bones space packed with wooden tables greatly improved by a mirrored wall and exceptional outdoor seating. A blackboard of 20 or so static specials extend the basic Tuscan menu: assembled antipasti like oil-packed tuna jumbled with cannellini beans, quick-fry pasta, the storied veal meatballs, etc. The chic reputation carried over from Da Silvano still fills the spot with Mikli-framed gallery types peeking at each other, but it’s the fast-moving Italian guy in faded pajama pants who gives this place its mystique. The food isn’t in conversations about the city’s best Italian cooking, but the restaurant hasn’t lost its reputation for its scene-y crowd.

Note

Bar Pitti only accepts reservation for parties of four or more.

Recommended Dishes

Polpettine di vitello, $10.50; melanzana parmigiana, $12.50

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