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Posted by CG on 08/29/2011
Last week, I took yet another friend to my favorite, no-frills Italian eatery. The tight tables, the rushed service, the rustic menu items, the organized chaos surrounding us as we, getting caught up in the energy, chatted at schoolgirl pace, dipping bread into the perfectly-spicy olive oil...and it hit me just why I adore this place. For the couple of hours I enjoy here, I feel removed from NYC, forgetting completely that the subway back to reality is 2 streets away. It is my brief escape to another place; not quite the sidewalks of Venice, but one that satisfies my hunger for authentic cuisine and service (which is always peppered with just the right amount of curtness, just like in Europe). My friend was impressed, and thrilled with our outstanding eggplant parmesan, tender, seasoned sliced steak and perfectly whipped chocolate mousse. I usually can't resist their pasta, but the meat was a no-regret choice this time around. I can always get pasta next time...next time being a definite!
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.