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fornaio Jul 17, 2006 08:07 PM

Is this as great as I hear? I'm a devotee of Bianca for my Italian dinners out, but I always hear, 'Try Bar Pitti! Order off of the specials!"

What have you guys found?

Thanks.

  1. thievery Jul 17, 2006 09:15 PM

    yes, i think it's excellent and authentic. if the burrata is still on the specials list, get it. i know $18 seems a lot for a ball of cheese... well worth it. outside the daily specials (of which there usually are as many as the regular menu entrees), i like the house pasta with peas, turkey sausage and cream sauce. and the lemon tart is incredible for desert.

    be warned though, the table situation can frustrate many. you make contact with the old, bald guy host. he doesn't write your name down or maintain any written list. you just have to remain in the vicinity and wait for him to get tired of seeing you standing around before getting a seat. deal with it with good humor and don't take anything personally and you should have a fine evening.

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      alwm Jul 21, 2006 03:01 AM

      I've been for lunch and love the panini.

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        dbird Jul 21, 2006 03:18 AM

        I remember liking it fine about 10 years ago and was considering going back recently for al fresco dining but was been put off partly by accounts such as the one on citysearch about discovering they use boullion cubes. Too many other great places in the area for that.

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          josh L Jul 21, 2006 02:04 PM

          I've been to bar pitti a couple of times, usually when ino is too crowdwd. frankly, i've found everything to be from mediocore to bad. everything is under salted and very sloppy. last time they served me sour bufala mozzarella and the waitress would not take it back.

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            Sean Dell Jul 21, 2006 07:03 PM

            I agree with Josh. I've never understood what all the fuss is about. Pitti was a hipster joint about ten years ago, before Mario Batali arrived on the scene to change Italian restaurants forever. Truth is, it has been coasting ever since. The service is never anything other than dismissive. The wait for a table is an exercise in ritual abuse. And the food is never better than so-so - with one exception, a bollito misto that was excellent, ordered off the menu by an Italian friend. But that was four years ago.

            Skip it and walk 500 yards to Lupa.

            - Sean

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              coltrane Jan 20, 2007 02:09 PM

              I've eaten at both on a few occasions and consider bar Pitti's food superior. Don't get me wrong, Lupa is good but I've had some truly fine meals at Bar Pitti

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                tsiblis Jan 20, 2007 10:39 PM

                I go regularly and enjoy the pastas, particularly the first one on the menu with artichokes, etc., the tuna sandwich, the delicious and not-bread eggplant parmesan, the sauteed spinach, meatballs, salads, breads with ham or garlic. I consistently find it good.

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