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Bar Pitti

268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
212-982-3300

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

60% would go back.

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New York's Italian Restaurant

By delancey on 1/1/2016

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Bar Pitti is New York City in a restaurant. It is ongoing action--a perpetual collision of perfect smell and sound that entirely envelops all diners. Different languages fly past your ears, delicious dishes are whisked over your head, and the phenomenal peoplewatching of 6th Avenue entertains for the moments between meals. Yes, it moves fast. If you'd like a two-hour Olive Garden meal where the waiter does curtsies so you can leave a lousy 14% for your greasy garlic bread, don't come here. Don't bring a narcissistic desire to hog a table for three hours, either. Sit down, order the Rigatoni Pitti, the veal scallopini, the meatballs, the spinach, the lasagna special, etc., and eat. Don't stiff the waiter getting paid less than minimum wage because you're used to slower meals back in Arkansas. Enjoy Italian food unparalleled in its simplicity and taste, appreciate the most vibrant outdoor seating in the city, relish the prices that allow regular people to eat multiple courses even with Brad Pitt at the next table, and then give your table to another customer when the time comes. This city has never bent over to accommodate those who travel visit, and this restaurant has never done so either. Those who can appreciate New York find it has the best food, people, culture, and feeling of any American city. Those who can appreciate Bar Pitti find it's the best Italian in NYC. Take it or leave it, but don't whine about it, and don't stiff your waiter. I've been going for decades.

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13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Restaurant

By ls3334080 on 11/7/2014

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

A real winner , the food is Fantastic as close to being in Florence Italy as it gets and some dishes better. Great crowd of people , small and very busy . Staff , makes it happen moving food out and in. Wine selection is great at every price point . A must go BRAVO BAR PITTI

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54 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

Favorite Restaurant!

By tashe94 on 2/3/2014

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love the service, food is incredible, and at the atmosphere is great. They even speak italian so you feel like you are in Italy! They have a ton of daily specials and even the menu itself has a wide array of choices. I definitely recommend this place.

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82 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

Best Tuscan Trattoria in NY

By petraegranata on 10/2/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's unfortunate that some of the reviewers/critics do not understand or appreciate the authenticity and charm of this simple tuscan trattoria. I have been visiting Bar Pitti since 2004 while my husband since 1997 and NOTHING HAS CHANGED, as good as our first experience...that says a lot, especially in the fast pace and ever changing list of restaurants in NY. The host/owner (giovanni) cares about every customer, not matter if you are VIP or not. The food is delicious, come stare a casa! bravo Giovanni.

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174 out of 330 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Italian Gournet Mama's Food !

By bgail on 6/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had a delicious lunch, like in good places in Florence, Italy. We didn't know this place before, but now we'll visit from time to time. Ingredients tasted very fresh and of good quality. Service was fast and good. We loved it !

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171 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

Best Italian Food in NYC

By ILoveNewYork1 on 12/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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120 out of 242 people found this review helpful.

ALWAYS wonderful. If you don't like it, please stay away...

By allisonr on 11/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7

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.

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113 out of 245 people found this review helpful.

Favorite Restaurant!!!!

By mackaroon on 6/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I absolutely love bar pitti!!! The food is to die for and there is such a pretty atmosphere! I don't understand how anyone could possibly not like this place. The service is great. Our waiter was very patient and sweet, playing with the children at the table next to ours. I don't really have an issue with the small space. I guess it's something that New Yorkers are used to, so if you are used to the roomy tables at the Olive Garden, then I wouldn't suggest it. Trust me, there's good reason this place is so popular.

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156 out of 284 people found this review helpful.

Inaccurate Profile - Allesandra

By NYC13 on 4/29/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Though "THIS" profile is old - It begs the question... "Have you ever been to Bar Pitti?" It seems that EVERYONE in NYC other than Ms. Vallis and Silvano Marchetto know the real story and history of Bar Pitti from birth to present. Puzzling how NY Mag and Grub Street continue to be in the dark. I encourage you to visit and, perhaps, speak to it's creator Giovanni Tognozzi. Be sure to actually EAT there during your visit and write about the fabulous food at this authentic Greenwich Village monument of true trattoria cuisine in its purest form! You won't be disappointed ;)

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110 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Favorite Italian Restaurant in NYC

By alexjaye on 4/11/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

As you can see, most people have a love-hate relationship with Bar Pitti. Bar Pitti is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC because it is casual, thoroughly enjoyable, and delicious. First off, the food is very fresh and absolutely wonderful. The prices are affordable. The problem with Bar Pitti lies in the service - some people just don't get it. Look the waiter in the eye when you order and he is yours. It is all about being open-minded and if you go to Bar Pitti with this attitude, you will have an amazing time. It is a place where you can dress up or dress down, bumping elbows with artists and other creatives. Yes, the atmosphere can be quite hectic at times when it is packed with people waiting for a table, but there is an Italian charm about this place that cannot go unnoticed. If you are sensitive with service and want your food quietly delivered to you, do not go here--you will be turned off easily and may hate the place. If you are in the mood for a delicious Tuscan meal with an exciting atmosphere and are open for loud conversations and witty jokes with the waiter, Bar Pitti is your place. Order the Black Truffle Pasta and Veal Milanese and tell me this place is not amazing.

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