268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
By zeecee on 3/23/2003
It's small and spills to the sidewalk in warm weather for the wonderful pastas (a favorite being the one with artichokes & garlic), the lightest eggplant parmigiana, sauteed spinach (which you can have them put on pasta), osso buco, fabulous sandwiches (a favorite being the tuna - with olive oil like the ones in Nice), the best cappuccino imaginable. Decor is minimal and you have to bring cash, but prices are fair for such good fare. Lunch might be $20 and dinner can be $35. They have a fine pinot grigot by the glass. Giovanni and his staff run around with a chalkboard. The endive salad with anchovies is worth having when it's available. If they have brucchetta, go for it. They make it only when tomatoes are great.
By colpo on 4/23/2003
A good start: an Italian restaurant where one hears A LOT of Italian being spoken. No attitudes here from the staff, though. Chalkboard menu, for me, a nice touch b/c it suggests freshness and thoughtfulness re: the day's menu. Hardcore Italo ingredients like sardines and rabbit show up here with regularity. If they offer suckling pig when you go, order it. Cash only policy noisome, so be prepped. Great old Village location. Another place where 90%-100% of the menu choices are desireable (this is a good problem to have!).
By orologi on 1/18/2005
Too many tables in a very tight space. Food was bland on my side of the table: Bass. Food on my partners side was good: penne with marinara. Loooong wait to be served. Waitstaff very friendly.
By spamalashluman on 10/29/2007
best sandwiches ever and for 8.50 they are fresh, hott and the tastiest you'll ever have, unless your in italy. staff is rude, i asked if there was anything on my sandwich other than ham and mozz and the waitress started yelling at me about how nothin else has been on it in fifteen years and walked away. good way to lose your tip lady
By fender1 on 1/7/2008
There's so much "eh" Italian food in this city, this place makes up for a lot of it. It's always packed when we go, the food is always fresh but they run out of the good stuff later in the evening, so go early. There are so many dishes on the specials list, we've never ordered off the regular menu - the specials board is in Italian so have the wait staff read it to you in English and explain it all. Be nice & respectful to them and they're great. Anything with truffles is amazing (obviously) but you have to wait for them to be in season. Eating outside is a good idea if it's an option since it gets a little warm all crowded together in there. Definite thumbs up on this one.
By Coco11 on 7/28/2008
I recently ate dinner outside at Bar Pitti with 2 friends. We sat outside and waited over an hour and a half for our food to come due to very slow service and not our indecisiveness- the waitress even came over to apologize with the slow service. During this time, we did not complain- we were in no rush and were enjoying the people watching and sitting outside. We enjoyed the meal when it did finally arrive. We promptly settled with the waitress when the meal was over. No less than 5 minutes later, a very rude host came by our table to notify us that people were waiting and we needed to leave. There were no more than 6 people sitting on benches who appeared to be waiting. I work in event planning and have been to and worked in many restaurants and have never been approached by a host prompting me to leave a table (especially after settling the bill no more than 10 minutes beforehand). He was very rude and the situation was much uncalled for considering our patience in the ordering and delivery of our food. Ok food Ã‚Â– RUDE host.
By paolocioppa on 7/31/2008
The service is sometimes a little rough but I like the all "let's pretend we are the customers and the customers are the actual waiters" kind of attitude. Of course, in an upscale ultra expensive restaurant, this should not be tolerated, but come on this is a trattoria with mostly real Italians who speak little English. And, there is a great outdoor space. Food is very decent, nothing is ever bad, always very good (not the best, but very good real italian food). Alwyas the same dishes and specials, so you know what you get and, if you have been there enough times. you dont need a menu (pappardelle and tagliata are my favorite dishes). One important point is: do not EVER order wine, it is kind of bad and made me sick all the times.
By bertiebeetle on 10/10/2008
The service is beyond rude, it's downright unprofessional. The waitress took half an hour to approach us. Our food and wine came at the same time. We had not finished our wine in the time it took to eat our pasta (unsurprisingly). Unhygienically, as our waitress took our order, she knocked a fork off the table next to us. She then reached across my husband and gave them his fork. THEY apologized to us on HER behalf. He could have been picking his teeth with it (he wasn't), but she had no way of knowing this. Rudely, as the waitress handed us the bill, she told us she could cork our wine so we would leave. If our wine order had been taken earlier (usual practice), we would've had time to finish our wine. I believe that patrons have the right to finish the food and drinks they've paid for in the venue from which they purchased it. Our meal came to $90, which I think gives us the right to sit and finish the wine that THEY were slow in bringing to us. I have been treated better at Pizza Hut.
By rmw102176 on 2/8/2009
This place is always exactly what I want it to be: casual, simple, authentic, Italian food. And the outdoor cafe makes it even more of a go-to destination in fine weather. You frequently have to wait for a table, but the host always remembers and you can usually get a glass of wine and take outside to sit on a bench. Excellent people watching esp. the douchebag parade going into Da Silvano. I've never rec'd bad service, but I usually go there with the intention of relaxing with a glass of wine and enjoying the weather and surroundings. But they are gruff...kinda what I like about the place.
By amelialocks on 4/15/2009
The ambiance left something to be desired. Sitting outdoors is the way to go if the weather allows. Service was definitely brusque, but we always ended up with what we needed. Wines by the glass are not very good, and the asparagus starter tasted like dishwater. However, my whole Branzini was perfectly cooked, tender and very flavorful. It saved the meal. The table bread was also some of the best around. Unfortunately the squash that comes on the side of the main course was soaked in too much oil and butter. IÂ’ve never seen squash so overcooked and over-oiled. We waited for a very long time for the bill, which was fine because we were talking, but stillÂ… service is not the best. $100 for 2 people, not terrible but I was hoping for better food as IÂ’d heard such great things about this place. If I went back, IÂ’d get the fish again and stay clear of their vegetables, which sadly donÂ’t seem to get the right kind of attention. Lots of hustle and bustle, trendy and loud scene with hit or miss food, and a bad selection of wine by the glass.