Dined here with friends last night and it was excellent. Nice cozy atmosphere, excellent service (the waiter fully explained the menu and gave good wine suggestions), and most importantly delicious rustic italian food!!
The bread with ricotta that they bring was great, and their olive oil was really good quality. For appetizers we ordered the buffalo mozzarella and beet salad. My only gripe was that as I was about to dig into the mozzarella, I noticed a dead fly near the basil. We summoned the waiter who quickly removed and replaced the dish and apologized attributing the added source of protein to the freshness of the ingredients ie: basil.
Aside from the bug mishap everything was fantastic. We really enjoyed our entrees: the pizza pepperoncini e soppresata was spicy but not overbearing- a nice twist, the spaghetti alle vongole was great( my boyfriend had plate envy and kept stealing my clams!),and our friends raved about the lamb with polenta.
The cost per person was about $60--which was really good considering it included 2 appetizers, 5 entrees, 2 bottles of wine and 4 espressos and a tea.
Overall we were very pleased, it was a pleasant evening, great food and service and we will definitely come back.
I was at Peasant for dinner last night also and agree...the word rustic is inescapable and in a good way.
We had the bread salad with heirloom tomatoes-refreshing; pizza margherita-YUM!, gnocchi with marinara and fresh parmigiano reggiano-amazingly soft and delicious; spit roasted chicken-very good, but be warned there are feet attached.... by the way, is one supposed to eat the feet??? Dessert-strawberry sorbet-cold and icy.
Our server was very nice, and we had no complaints... okay just two quibbles with the physical menu... the typeface on the wine list was too small for me to read...and the menu is in italian and even though I have some working knowledge with the language it needed translation... we laughed at this but it is kind of annoying to hear the menu repeated at each table.
Will go back again, and will bring my hubby whom I know will want to tuck into the roast suckling pig entree.
I am glad you enjoyed your dinner as well, I will definitely try the panzanella and gnocchi on my next visit!
About your menu quibble, I speak italian so I could easily read the menu, but I noticed my friends struggle initially. Almost instantly the waiter appeared and offered a translation (which was brief and very concise) and you could almost hear the sigh of relief amongst my friends.
I appreciate that the menu is in italian. Peasant is a rustic Tuscan style restaurant--it achieves this on many levels (the food and atmostphere). I think that the menu being in italian is another level which preserves the integrity of this restaurant. Overall I felt that it added to the unique charm of the place.
I've been to numerous restaraunts and have always needed to ask for a clarification. I appreciated that the staff at Peasant were concious of this and were proactive in explaining the menu rather than being reactive.
I'm not sure I understand how the restaurant's integrity would be compromised if there were translations printed beneath each dish. After all, the servers speak English.
But one thing I have learned about New York restaurants...expect the unexpected... it's what makes them unique and special.
I agree re: the menu. I appreciate that they're trying to be authentic, and my ordering knowledge of italian can get me through most of the menu, but the fact that they make it a practice to translate the menu in english at each table just exposes the italian menu as an unnecessary pretense.