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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.
Posted by libby on 01/26/2010
Ate here with a friend when she didn't want to wait for the hot spot next door. People watching was still good but this place felt second tier. The food at both spots is weak, but you go to see and be seen.
Posted by gregory212 on 10/16/2009
the cafe was great!! great food...great service.....great service......great people watching...it was a true new york italian dining experience
Posted by Vanessa and Kevin on 09/04/2009
After excitedly heading over here on a recommendation, we saw quite a crowd had gathered. Clearly this place is popular. It's located on a wide sidewalk with a ton of outdoor seating. The host eyballed us and nodded that he knew we were waiting and proceeded to point at different people who were on the invisible list and show them to their tables. They sat us after 10 minutes and plopped a poorly written chalkboard in front of us and said "need help?". We came expecting atrocious service and were not let down. We ordered simple food...montepulciano wine by the glass, a simple pasta dish with red sauce and a papperdelle and we started the meal with caprese (buffalo cheese and cherry tomatoes). The food was just OK. Not enough seasoning, tiny portions - though only $13 a plate, and the service was gruff, impersonal, and not at all a selling point. When we got our bill the waiter charged us for 4 glasses of wine. $32 bucks total. They corrected our bill and we paid. Not a happy camper here. Hooray for the people watching, but without good service, mediocre food simple becomes crap food. Not going back. Too many other options in the city.