319 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Eighth Ave.
By aveglia on 5/17/2008
Had dinner there with my wife and family today and it was a very enjoyable experience. Pleasing decor and very clean. I started with the chicken and barley soup which was very good. Had the shrimp and scallops on a skewer over rice which was nicely prepared and very tasty. For dessert, the apple tart was also very good. Prices OK by NYC standards. Everything is a la carte. For the five of us, $215 including tip for four sodas, two glasses of wine, four salads and one soup, three pasta dishes and two fish selections, three desserts and one coffee. Overall, a reasonable choice.
By SamSofa on 9/23/2005
We visited Maria Pia on the first evening of our eight day New York trip because it was near our hotel and we were hungry. However it ended up as my favorite of the more than seventeen restaurants we visited. The food not only had excellent "presentation" it was excellent. Our college student-daughters felt the homemade pastas were exceptional, and I felt that the sea bass was 4 stars. Lots of choices for dessert--so we had four and all had a sample of each and all were excellent. It was a plus for me that Maria Pia is not on the main thorough fare and away from the massive foot traffic. We ate at restaurants that were a lot more expensive and had more "theme" decor, however the food, friendliness of the staff, and quaintness of the place made it my highlight my New York City stay.