268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
By dw2 on 5/5/2009
I have never written a restaurant review and created a profile with nymag just so I could write about what a terrible experience I just had at Bar Pitti. The service was awful. They give you a chalk board when you are seated with the specials. It was hard to read and contained no descriptions. When our waiter came back and asked us if he could take the board, I asked him if he could tell us about the pasta specials. He made a rude remark about how we could read for ourselves. The poor service continued throughout the meal. After they cleared our food, we payed the bill. We had been seated at our table for less than an hour. A waiter tried to take my drink which was half full. He came back and told us that people were waiting for the table.
By Chiccanyc on 7/2/2009
Bar Pitti used to be one of my favorite spots in NY since 3 years, but last night experience cancelled all the good ones! The waiters were extremely rude, we had to ask for water, parmigiano and pepper on our pastas...for clean dishes since they brought us 4 very dirty dishes!!! Our waiter didn't even look into our faces when taking the orders, never asked if we were fine, if we needed explanation of the special menu that it is written in Italian! He rushed us through our meal, taking away dishes not empy without even asking if we were still working on them... The food wasn't even that good as it usually had been, no salt at all, pasta wasn't even that warm...and on top of their rude bahaviour, mediocre food, the bill was very high for what we got! I am sorry but I will never go back! there are so many better italian restaurants in the city that offer nice and friendly service and delicious food, Pitti is not worth it!
By mlarsennyc on 8/23/2009
I have a heart health issue that keeps me having to adhere to a strict low-sodium diet. It's awfully difficult to find a restaurant that will take care of me as well as Pitti did this evening. The server showed genuine concern for making sure I got precisely what I needed; he made suggestions for several variances on the menu that the kitchen was more than happy to prepare. I had a stupendous whole bass, beautifully cooked with no salt and no butter. The kitchen prepared a great spaghetti with garlic and olive oil as a first course, and I ate heartily and guilt-free. A pleasure in every way.
By wineanddine on 9/1/2009
... but after my recent experience and reading the other reviews AFTER I posted mine, I can only whole-heartedly agree with the people who seemed to be as brassed off as me. Oh, I forgot: the Caprese we ordered (a dish which doesn't require a brain surgeon to prepare) tasted like cardboard, and they didn't even bother to cover the cheap and nasty mozzarella with basil or pepper which - like the water - we had to ask for (when a waiter brought the pepper mill he carried it in his armpit .... charming ... And yes, the wine by the glass was crappy, also. Now, somehow I'd be surprised if the owner could ever go back to Italy and work as a waiter in Viareggio again ....
By devrutz on 11/7/2009
went here on a recommendation and actually really enjoyed the food. but i really wouldn't recommend the place if you dont speak italian..... every table around us had someone in their party who spoke italian and they all seemed to get exactly what they wanted and very quickly. Honestly i think that that might be the point of why the service is so poor.... i guess its just because they only want to cater to a certain kind of crowd,,,,,, italians...... discrimination? yes..... i guess if italy is what they are after than you can give it back to them by not leaving a tip! but hey, the pasta dishes are really good and the food is really what its all about right?
By allisonr on 11/17/2009
The negative reviews astound me. I've been going to Bar Pitti for about 12 years, and it's my favorite restaurant in NYC. The food is phenomenal and remarkably consistent. It's not a white-tablecloth restaurant, and they're almost always busy, so don't expect them to wipe your noses for you. I say to those who don't like Bar Pitt: GOOD RIDDANCE. Actually, please stay out of my beautiful city as well as my beloved Bar Pitti.
By Loganseur on 12/3/2009
I went with my friend.. not on a date.. but I scoped out the place for a future date.. this was utterly bad food. Atleast I'm basing it on the bland and rubbery pasta that I ordered. My friend's comment "ok but not great" That is not what I expect for double-digit entrees. Wine was better though. cramped seating.. so don't expect a whole lot of privacy
By ILoveNewYork1 on 12/15/2009
I was very surprised to see any bad reviews of Bar Pitti. This is by far the best italian food I have eaten in New York City. I had the Lasagna al forno and I can actually say it was better than my mothers! The price was not outrageous either. It was a Saturday night and incredibly busy, but we were able to get a table without reservations and only waited 25 min. We did feel a little rushed to leave as the line-up was increasing, but I think that is the nature of this place. A MUST!
By bellabean on 12/19/2009
This is my favorite NYC restaurant. Everytime I am in town I insist on Bar Pitti for lunch everyday. That is how wonderful it is. Yes, the place is small and you can be seated very close to someone. It's NYC,! You deal with it. As for the staff, no they are not the friendliest group, but it can get very busy in there! It doesn't matter, the food makes up for everything! The best burrata appetizer. The paparadelle is the best pasta I have ever had. Everything is so fresh! What a gem! You are missing out if you are not a fan of Bar Pitti! Also, you have to remember the people that are writing these reviews, Olive Garden is probably good italian food to them. Enough said. I wrote previous review 6mnths ago.UPDATE: The service is really getting out of hand. I wish I knew the tall jerk who waited on us and would not allow us to order appetizer without ordering entire meal. Treated me like I was 12 and talked down to us. I love this place but the servers are so rude. I may not go back. Its almost like they get off on being rude!!!!
By chasva on 5/4/2010
We discovered Bar Pitti several years ago and seem to always include it on trips up from Virginia. Heading up for theatre and Bar Pitti for our 35th anniversary. Wouldn't go anywhere else. If you're looking for a quiet evening out and traditional italian. . .find someplace else. This restaurant is ALIVE wih aroma not found often (re: Virginia). I never stay with the "Safe" stuff and EVERYTHING I've tried has been so very special A touch noisy, but that also makes it part of the experience. The food is creative and fresh. The service is not so in your face so that you are uncomfortable. The decor is what drew us up to it. It's the villiage on hopefully beautiful night during spring I can handle the noice as long as the food has remained the same. I also love watching the staff pull off their chores in such a whirlwind of motion...damn they are a joy to take dinner with It's SIMPLE, joyfull dining and I am so looking forward to another top of the world . meal at BIPITTI TWO MORES WEEKS AND IT'S NOT VIRGINIA'S SPINN ON ITALIAN FOOD. DON'T EVEN KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY ITALIAN CHEFS IN TOWN. WE WILL TRY TO MAKE RESERVACTIONS THIS WEEK FOR LATE MAY