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Posted by MC on 06/09/2009
This is the "Regal Beagle" for locals. Food and pricing are excellent. I eat here at least once a week- that will garnish favor with the tough Italian staff. Once you've made the cut, service is impeccable for repeat customers. The owner Giovanni is the ultimate Florentine grandfather. One couldn't ask for a better neighborhood hang out- anytime of the year. Get the following: Parpadelle Fiesolane, Burrata, Mellanzane Parmigiana, ...a bottle of Fallangina followed by the Panna Cotta.
Posted by victor's sister on 06/09/2009
This place is great for an outdoor dining experience but don't expect much more. The servers are somewhat abrasive, but we NYers generally don't take offense. What I did have trouble with was that the specials are listed in Italian and the waiter's interpretation was no easier to understand than the written version. He spoke very quickly and with a strong accent, so it was hard to figure out just what the specials really were. The food portion was a decent size and the flavor was good, although I needed to add pepper and olive oil because it was bit plain and dry. The waiter was generous enough to offer an additional dessert when we brought to his attention that there had been some type of foreign substance in our dessert, most of which we left over because of it. Overall, this place is fine for what it is: A low-key people watching place to take in the fine weather.
Posted by the unicorn on 05/24/2009
I thought this was going to be a nice evening with my girlfriend but it turned out to be quite the opposite. The service was disappointing. It was rushed and the staff was rude. They literally took the the last sip of wine out of my hand after we paid the check (of course).. The food was below average and the owner should get rid of the title of restauranteur removed immediately. Very overrated food.
Posted by cygirl on 04/14/2009
If you can't get a seat outside next door you can always fall back on Bar Pitti's outside area. Food is OK and service is flaky but this is another place that is all about the prime space out front and the people watching. My gf says this is the B-list space for the people who can't get seats next door but I think evrything else is on par.
Posted by NYChemist on 02/23/2009
Bella and Bello, perhaps you should read the part about not asking that much for service and only wanting my water refilled. That doesn't exactly sound like white glove service to me. Freshness has nothing to with personal preference of wanting warmed bread. Its just a personal preference, which is why I asked for it. If you're so concerned with the Euro exchange rate you should only eat at Trattorie in Italy. Open your eyes a little and try outside of your comfort bubble.
Posted by Bella and Bello on 02/16/2009
We eat at Bar Pitti at least once a week. The food is excellent and given the price and the euro cheaper than most trattorias in Italy. In fact the service is much like that in Italy- hurried at times and laid back other times. You go there to EAT and EAT WEll. If you want white glove service go elsewhere. As far as the complaints, their bread is some of the best in the City-so fresh that only a fool would want to have it heated. The waiters are generally friendly despite being harried at times. I have NEVER seen anyone being asked to give their table up no matter how long they have sat and sat and sat while other diners are waiting and waiting for tables. In all the years we have been dining there, a tip has never been added to our bill. Bar Pitti has many regulars both American and European who appreciate good, not commercial Italian food, at extremely reasonable prices. Diners are always treated respectfully. Keep in mind this is a no table cloth, paper napkin restaurant. It shouldn't have to meet the expectations of a restaurant it's not meant to be.
Posted by NYChemist on 02/08/2009
Bar Pitti differed greatly from what I am used to in Italian cooking in New York. Having lived in Firenze for a year, I am well acquainted with Tuscan cuisine and the "flavor", of trattorie. The food was above my expectations and the specials menu impressive. We were seated on a busy night in just 10min. The table service was, however, embarrassing. First of all, the specials were written in Italian, which is fine if you're IN Firenze, but for my friend who didn't speak Italian didn't do much for her. Then they had some Asian with AWFUL English and even worse Italian pronunciation to read out words that my friend couldn't read to begin with. I don't ask THAT much for service, just that my water be refilled several times throughout the course of the meal and the bread be on the table. Warm, preferably. I received 0/3 at Bar Pitti, and attitude from the "very busy" waitress. When I requested that she warm the bread, she claimed the kitchen was "too busy". My friend hadn't finished her plate of food yet, I had, the waitress [same Asian woman] takes both plates without asking. I then stop her to tell her that my friend has not finished. The waitress then "Educates" me in god-awful English that "When one goes out to a real restaurant the waitress works". This of course infuriated me, she clearly made a mistake and was trying to cover. Finally, the food was great, however I would NOT go back, and don't recommend anyone else go. I'd highly recommend pepe rosso tavola calda on Houston St. Don't waste your time on poor service, that's what Chinatown is for.