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Posted by Dennis on 06/11/2011
have never until today posted a review online of a restaurant, but, on this occasion I simply had to. The waiter was very rude to my date as she asked several questions about the specials. He stated, "are you going to have me go over every one"? When she did not want a cocktail, he smirked. When I received my change for the meal and still had a half of glass of wine left the waiter stated, "since you are done we have people waiting for your table". I should have asked for a manager, however, being on a date I let it go. I will never return to Bar Pitti. The food was very average at best also.
Posted by ajaye on 04/13/2011
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.
Posted by Gordon on 03/24/2011
The menu is not great and the food is not what Italian food stands for! There are great Italian restaurants in this neighborhood and is not worth to end up in this place just because you see a nice scene going on. The service is mediocre and the quality of food doesn't feel like real homemade Italian, like it should be!
Posted by anonymous on 11/20/2010
Crowds gather daily and it is not by accident...the food is simple inexpensive tuscan fare and the wait is worth it! The eggplant parmesan is, by far, the best i have ever eaten in nyc! on saturdays, if you have the patience to wait, the creamy lasagna is the weekend special and it won't disappoint and the lobster pasta is equally spectacular!...there would not be so many regulars if the food, and its prices and the service weren't exceptionally good...we feel as though we are eating in giovanni's kitchen! Don't leave without having the pannacotta...perfecto!
Posted by anon on 11/11/2010
Mediocre to outright bad food--my organic chicken "special" was bland, dry, and burned tasting. Service was rushed and rude. Room is super cramped and noisy. It was an incredibly unpleasant experience. I can put up with so-so food for a nice atmosphere, but I couldn't wait to get out there. Fortunately, the staff was so eager to get us out, we didn't have to wait for our check.
Posted by Aileen on 06/12/2010
If you want great & simple Italian food, this is the place! But do not expect ANY service at all. Waiters are nasty & always seem too busy to be bothered with your requests. Just order & ask for the check. if you want anything else, you will be snarled at.
Posted by Bean on 04/08/2010
Now that the weather has made dining al fresco a nice to do activity in the city, we are all flocking to those few places with great outdoor environs as well as excellent people watching. Bar Pitti offers both of these features, however unfortunately it does not offer an imaginative menu or good service. The options for Italian style entrees are limited to simple dishes lacking real flavor and zest. The pastas are almost those of the variety of Chef Boyardees canned "specialties" with no hint of any basil, oregano or similar flavoring, and also, as I mentioned before, absolutely no inventiveness to them. Some sausage and peas mixed with a tomato cream sauce was not particularly tasty. Just blah. The accompanying white wine by the glass was truly undrinkable, and I am far from a picky wine drinker. Upon mentioning it to the water, he responded that this is what you get for under ten dollars per glass. The tiramisu dessert did have some redeeming qualities, with its lovely frothy milky topping and mildly sweet center, in a generous sized portion suitable for sharing. In all, if you are seeking an outdoor environment for people watching, this is a great place. Just don't expect to find good food.