Euros, celebrities, babies with popped collars, dudes wearing purple v-neck sweaters most likely with the last name of Goldberg - they all descend on the huge Outdoor/Patio Situation at Bar Pitti when it's nice out. It's quite the scene. Be prepared for what you're walking into.
This specific block of 6th Avenue is primo See And Be Seen real estate. Da Silvano, is next door - a restaurant that you'd have to pay us to eat at. It's NYC's premiere tasteless flaunt your money and trophy wife/hired escort hotspot. Bar Pitti doesn't stray far from that, but it's definitely more tolerable and way less expensive. Despite being well known for Celebrity Sightings, it's the food, Pitti's classic Italian dishes, that's the real draw.
The crowds out front might suggest that Pitti is an absolute mob scene, but it's really not as bad as it looks. Bar Pitti turns over tables like clockwork. There's never that long of a wait. Although the gruff Italian service and cash only payments may turn some people off, it's all part of Pitti's charm. Take your pick from the chalkboard specials, which never seem to change. Lasagna for brunch? That's always a good idea.
Chunks of milky burrata and slices of beefsteak tomatoes. There's not much to be mad at here.Mussels
A deep bowl of tasty bivalves in a white wine and garlic sauce. Standard fare that's well executed.Mixed Green Salad
Are you a sucker for a really good vinaigrette dressing? Then order this salad. That's some good dressing.Sautéed Spinach
One of the signature tastes at Bar Pitti is their spinach soaked in garlic. It's delicious.Veal Meatballs
A crowd favorite, you can't go wrong here. A couple big balls in tomato sauce from a recipe they were accused of stealing from from Da Silvano way back when.Spaghetti with Lobster
A blackboard special that always seems to be there, this pasta is loaded with lobster and well worth the twenty dollar price tag.Lasagna
Damn. This is a pretty incredible stack of lasagna. Order it.Penne All Arrabbiata
A basic pasta in tomato sauce, but with a serious kick thanks to a heavy handed dose of crushed red pepper. If you're ordering for the table, get one to share. However, if you're ordering just for yourself, this probably won't be satisfying enough.