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Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2008
My husband and I keep going back to the restaurant because of its great food even though it's usually quite a wait. But I agree with the other reviewer that sometimes the service can be rather poor. The other evening when we were there our waitress (not the "headmistress") was really rude and impatient she acted as if she were doing us a favor serving us. It really spoils your dinner when you have someone unprofessional like that, especially when it is supposed to be a nice restaurant and for the kind of money you're paying. I agree that some dishes are not overpriced. Once we tried a dish from the special menu that had a fancy name, but it's really unimpressive and not worth the money.
Posted by Gregory on 02/23/2008
Me (Gregory), Nat, Glenn, and Rebecca all went with our wonderful new friend Michelle to this place after class one night for a quick dinner. Michelle had recommended it because it was fairly priced and the food was good. It was better than good. The menu is only a hint of what the place has to offer. The gold is in the specials. I had a crab salad, fantastic, and Glenn had shrimp pasta with red sauce, which he described as really tasty and garlicythe latter a bit I really like. Everyone enjoyed their food, and we all wished for more time to experience the appetizers and wine. The water is poured from big mason jars and the servers all seem to be part of some big happy family. Truly a great place. So we'll be heading back soon to this cozy, neat little restaurant.
Posted by Your newest fan on 11/25/2007
This is it. We have found our home for amazing Italian food in New York City. I rarely go online to write these reviews, but Pisticci deserves special mention in a city where trendy, souless restaurants seem to have become the rule of the day. You know you're in the right place when something as simple as a bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce can set your eyes rolling up to the ceiling in delight. The ambiance and decor feel just as if you'd stepped into a local trattoria in Italy, buzzing with sights and smells and fine art on the walls. Everybody happy, everybody looking around. We were lucky enough to meet the owner on our first night there, a captivating, eccentric woman. Kooky in all the right places. You can tell where the place gets its glamor from. Kudos to her and her husband for putting this place together. We hope to see them again and again.
Posted by An out-of-towner on 10/29/2007
This restaurant is close to my daughter's apartment. We stopped by on a Sunday evening about 6:30. Busy and noisy but friendly and fun. The food is more sophisticated than other neighborhood Italian restaurants I have visited. The specials (butternut squash soup and pumpkin ravioli) were excellent. My lamb ragu was also excellent. Inexpensive house wine was also good. Service was fast (a head chef and two assistants, I think, in the small kitchen). Might be very crowded on some nights but we were seated on Sunday in about 10 minutes. Not much room to wait.
Posted by bronxgrrrl on 08/12/2007
unfortunately, i don't have time right now to extol the many virtues of this lovely restaurant. some quick tips: you can't beat the value if you order off of the regular menu. the pastas are amazing. try the special fruit-infused iced tea. sit in the original seating area (on the left as you enter the restaurant) for an airier ambience.and save room for dessert!
Posted by Neighborhood Regular on 08/09/2007
I agree with the previous reviewer, this place is perfect for a quiet and satisfying lunch, a good place to take an out of town visitor, but often too noisy and crowded for dinner. The decor is homey and unpretentious (love the old china plates), and the astromerias in the scarlet-walled bathroom are a nice touch (but they should really install a ventilator in there). The food is for the most part superb and the portions perfect: the simple penne pisticci is sublime, the grilled shrimp salad is delicious but skimpy, the grilled eggplant and portobello are both very good (though the spinach that comes with the latter is bitter), and the side of sauteed spinach is perfect. On the down side, the fettucine with "wild mushrooms" is repeatedly bad, too stifled by the smelly broth and rubbery mushrooms, and the crucial parsley which makes or breaks this dish is often missing; the olive and cheese bowl is skimpy and thus a total rip-off at $8.95, Michael's pasta is tasteless and boring, and the vegetable ceci is gimmicky and disappointing. The service is mostly okay, but the owner can be annoying. She often waits tables and can be curt and imperious sometimes but overly chatty at other times. You feel like the headmistress is serving you, and that's uncomfortable. I'm always relieved when she's not there. Unlike other people, I love the restaurant's limited set of offerings and have always preferred the menu staples to the much pricier and ho-hum specials. Bottom line: this is a great place (during the day) and well worth it. Let's hope they maintain the quality and fix the glitches.
Posted by natalie g on 06/28/2007
This place has it all. Cute and warm atmosphere is inviting. They also have outdoor seating. Artichoke appetizer, penne pistichi, and nearly all the specials are fantastic. Food is done simply and tastefully and made with fresh ingredients. Highly recommened on all fronts for lunch or dinner. Jazz on Sunday nights is an added bonus.