Bar Pitti – New York



Bar Pitti New York

Home to “many a celeb sighting”, this “jet-set” Village Italian is best known for its “excellent people-watching” from indoor/outdoor tables, even if the “easygoing” fare is pretty “delicious” as well; no reservations, no plastic, “no discernible decor”


Pitti opened in 1992 nearly two decades after Silvano Marchetto combined the trattoria formula with a see-and-be-seen sidewalk setting at adjacent Da Silvano. Marchetto had initially conceived of a more casual Pitti as part of an expansion, but a family tragedy inspired him to enlist a partner, Giovanni Tognozzi.

Arguments over meatball-recipe theft and lawsuits soon followed, but the feud seems to have mellowed since then. What’s left is a sienna-painted bare-bones space packed with wooden tables—greatly improved by a mirrored wall and exceptional outdoor seating.

A blackboard of twenty or so static specials extend the basic Tuscan menu: assembled antipasti like oil-packed tuna jumbled with cannellini beans, quick-fry pasta, the storied veal meatballs, etc. The chic reputation carried over from Da Silvano still fills the spot with Mikli-framed gallery types peeking at each other, but it’s the fast-moving Italian guy in faded pajama pants who gives this place its mystique.

The food was by far better than some places in little Italy. We all ordered pasta of course and it was amazing. I ordered the white pasta dish with truffles and it was the best thing I've ever had. I will definitely be returning.

Adeni Reg.

Phenomenal food! Truffle Pasta and veal dish... get it! Quick service super friendly staff! Fresh ingredients! Just as good as Italy!

Sigma Alure

Amazing food and service!!! I can see why there's a long line even on a weekday, but our wait was worth every minute. I came here with my family and the italian hostess who also seemed like the owner of the restaurant was so kind and caring

Lorel M.L.

Delicious! I was recommended here by many friends- and instagram pictures! The penne and vodka sauce dish I had was amazing- I could have licked the plate!

Andrew M.

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