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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.
Posted by shell-shocked on 12/14/2008
Me and my friends were on bar pitti whenwe had the most horrible waitress ever! 1. She refused to give us plates for sharing! She said the plates for the other course would have to do! 2. She cleared away food while we were still eating! 3. It took ages to get water! Literally 25 minutes. 4. She would contradict you on your instructions on as to how you want your order prepared saying that your instructions were senseless and would give you her unsolicited advice! 5. Slammed plates down on the table with food bits splattering on to surrounding area. Would never go back. The food is OK but NY has sooo many places that serve better Italian. The place was too cramped. I eat out every night in NY since I dont cook and I know how sometimes service can be sub-par especially when hectic but this place is by far the worst ever in terms of service! I was absolutely shell-shocked!
Posted by WEB NYC on 10/29/2008
I have been going to Bar Pitti for years and am surprised to see the bad reviews, saying staff is rude and unaccomodating. Totally not true in my case and I've been there literally dozens of times. However, they are busy so you may have to remind them or flag them down if you need something. As for the food, well, its simply amazing. I dream of the Pappardelle Alla Fiesolana. Their pasta is the best in the city. The atmosphere is lively and upscale but upscale trying to be downscale if you know what I mean. The location is great. Its a great place for a date, with friends, with your family, or just to grab a glass of wine and read a magazine before heading home after a long day at work. I simply love Bar Pitti.
Posted by Kim on 10/12/2008
A friend and I stopped by for lunch on Saturday. I was expecting mediocre Italian, but my pasta was the best I have had yet in NYC!! I had the Bread and Proscuitto to start - great bread and you can't really go wrong with proscuitto. My friend loved her green salad. For the pasta, I had Pappardelle Alla Fiesolana which I am already craving and may go back for this week!! My friend's pasta wasn't as memorable, but for two apps, two pastas and a mimosa, the check came to only $60. We were very impressed and will definitely return. The service was also attentive and friendly which seems at odds with the general consensus on here, but we were happy with it. The only thing that I didn't love was the location. We enjoyed sitting outside, but it being Sixth Ave, the traffic noise was a bit annoying. I wish it were around the corner on a quieter street.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2008
I don't ask for much when it comes to service. All I want is water and bread without asking for it and refills without asking for them. I've been to Bar Pitti at least TEN times and have NEVER had my water refilled and the other day didn't even get water. It's really not too much to ask for considering there's always 4 or 5 waiters and maybe 20 tables total. Last time I went for lunch I didn't see my waiter from the time I ordered to the time I was ready for my check when he asked me if I wanted more bread. I may have wanted more if I wasn't already done with my meal. It really is embarrassing for an Italian restaurant in NYC as far as service is concerned. The food is very good for the price and I continue to go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2008
Don't go here if you actually want someone to listen to what you order, or if you hope to finish your meal in peace. The waiter that I had did not look me in the eye while I was ordering and failed to prepare the food how I had requested. He failed to bring us water and disappeared for ten minutes while our wine glasses were empty and we wanted to order another glass. We finally got our glasses near the end of our meal, and after our plates had been cleared and we were finishing our glasses that arrived so late, the waiter rudely told us that we needed to move along because people were waiting for our table. The food is decent but nothing special, and certainly not worth dealing with the rude service.
Posted by Suzie on 06/30/2008
We went there today for an early dinner with my boyfriend - as an recommendation of one of his regular customers from his bar for a good italian food. But that was it. Only good italian food. We were seated promptly, but the service was not good at all. When I asked to see the specials of the day for the second time, the server rolled his eyes so obvious, that we just didn't know what to think. When I asked for extra cheese for my pasta, server gave me a "what -the .... you- want- from- me" look. We waited 20 minutes to order desserts. Nobody ever checked up on us. We had a bottle of wine, two appettizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and glass of red house wine - total of $121. They also put a "suggested tip" on our check, which was little over $22. The best part was this: they came up with total amount of $329 which was $ 208 more a.k.a. rip off! I guess they thought that we were so drunk that we are gonna pay whatever they suggested. By the end, they kicked us out, because others were waiting - by cleaning every single item from our table to just salt and sugar bowl. The food was good, but I have no comment for the service