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Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2008
Rated the food 4.5 instead of 5 only because this is not a gourmet restaurant. Going since it opened in the 90's. The meals, whatever ordered, have always been delicious and dependable, never ever disappointing. Complaints about service are bizarre could only be from those with a tremendous sense of entitlement. This is for very good reason a very busy place. Staff are friendly and hard working and anyone will take your order and any follow up orders. The atmosphere is made up of patrons who themselves are a friendly sort if one wants to say something to someone at the next table. It is not surprising that, low prices and devoid of glitz, nevertheless Bar Pitti gets a share of celebs. My son who comes to NYC on business and meets clients who are also from out of town said that they always want to come here. It is tempting to give a not such a hot review in order to keep new people away, but then I'd have to live with my lapse of integrity regarding a wonderful restaurant and Giovanni, the owner, also wonderful.
Posted by Barbara on 01/23/2008
I went last night with friends for dinner, we had a reservation and were seated promptly, the place was busy but we never had the impression of being rushed. Drinks orders were taken immediatley and water was on our table within one minute, along with warm rustic bread and a very good quality olive oil for dipping . We ordered a [select]ion of their appetizers, I'm from Tuscany, and I have to say I've really appreciated the ability of transforming simple tuscan comfort food in tasty appetizers, we had fagioli all'uccelletto, peperonata, braised greens, all prepared like my mother would, authentic flavors that just made me feel like I was in my grandma's kitchen in tuscany like when I was a kid. I had the Pappardelle with rabbit ragu', the pasta was cooked to perfection and the rabbit was very tasty and juicy, my friends had the pasta with truffles, a plate that came covered in thin shavings of black truffle, so intoxicatingly good you wish you could stuff your face in it and never emerge again, another friend had the rigatoni Pitti, where again the chef surprised me with a sauce made of bacon and sausage that was so surprisingly light considered the ingredients that we just couldn't stop eating it. Wine [select]ion was good and rosso di montalcino and chianti kept flowing. When the bill came I was actually surprised because it was reasonable considering the amount of food and wine consumed, and considering a city where overpriced bad italian food happens more often than we would like. Finally, the service was attentive and very nice, came to the table to check on us and provided good recommendations from the menu, overall a very good experience, Bravi!! We will come back for sure.
Posted by IheartNYC on 12/14/2007
Bar Pitti is getting a bad wrap. You don't go here for kiss-your-butt service or a stellar atmosphere; you go here for quick and delicious food at some of the most reasonable prices in NYC. This is an excellent place to go if you're looking for a quick meal and not looking to sit around and people watch like so many pretentious New Yorkers like to do. I recommend the pappardelle dishes and the veal meatballs. This place is perfect for people who enjoy good, cheap food and don't care about all the "fluff" of most NYC restaurants.
Posted by Mark from PA on 11/01/2007
I always enjoy lunch at Bar Pitti, especially in spring and summer when there is outdoor seating. However, the servers and hosts can be very rude. I once commented on the delicious veal meatballs and requested the recipe. Instead of politely saying "we don't give out our recipes", the hostess told me to go downstairs to the restrooms where I would find the recipe on the wall next to the men's room! Needless to say, I never went back.
Posted by good food, poor service on 09/19/2007
The food is delicious, but they treat this cute little Italian jem like a Chinese take out place - they rush you in and rush you out...don't look at you when telling the specials. Our waiter was clearly preoccupied with how many people were waiting to be seated instead of focusing on taking our order. If you are in the neighborhood, go. If not, don't bother.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2007
about it... it's very hit or miss with the service but there's usually a rude server for sure. but NO Forks or knifes with to go order and rushed me out of there like i was the problem. NOT COOL and i'm not an uptight person...
Posted by Like It Is on 08/24/2007
The food at Bar Pitti is, indeed, delicious and well-priced. But the service is poor. once our waiter (barely) took our order, we never saw him again. He did, however, attend like a puppy to the table of European tourists next to us who were giving him an unbearably difficult time. Perhaps he was a glutton for punishment. I am not, and there are far too many more delicious, well-priced restaurants in my neighborhood to suffer through this