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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.
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.