Altesi Downtown

4.4
675 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
After 22 years, Paolo Alavian has closed his iconic Soho restaurant "Savore" and replaced it with Altesi Downtown. Altesi Downtown is outpost of Altesi Madison, his Upper East Side townhouse restaurant. Locally sourced seasonal ingredients will be used in traditional Italian dishes, which will be served alongside small plates including Salumi and cheese platter served on cutting boards, panini and pizza from the wood-fired oven. Like its sister concept, Altesi Downtown offers Aperitivo (cocktails served with Hors D'Oeuvres) and A2Go - a lunchbox-style selection of panini, water/soda and small cookies.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 675 people are saying
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4.4
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4.2
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SchahrzadM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even better service!

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vipOeno
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is decent, wine list needs serious help.

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vipTat011
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! I didn’t love the aperol spritz. Maybe they used sprite?? Other than that all good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes were amazing! We had the:

- Polpo
- Gamberi
- Indiavia e Pera Salad
- Fettucini (w/ braised duck) ***
- Pappardelle
- Branzino

The branzino and the braised duck was the best of them all! But tbh everything was delicious! Just booked another table for Friday night.

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sameee
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

pizza was bland, artichoke salad no taste, only truffle mushroom ravioli was great. i don’t mind paying for wine, but when the glass is same price or more than the bottle i’m done….

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food for reasonable prices, outstanding service, a wide array of quality wines, and a terrific location on a sleepy corner in the heart of Soho. I've been coming here for years and I've never been disappointed.

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vipBilly
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Went to Altesi Downtown because we love Altesi on UES, but it was a completely different experience. While we did have a lovely outdoors table for 10, the service was extremely slow and poor, even waiting 30+min for drinks, not to mention the food, which, when it eventually arrived was pretty average. Will be sticking to the UES location, which is impeccable!

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vipDavidS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Loud, food and service mediocre

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vipRobertD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Young folks, mostly women, were standing on the tables dancing to unusually loud music. Maitre'd said it was a college graduation party and apparently others joined in. We were with friends who don't table dance so we were at a disadvantage. Very nice of the restaurant to let the ladies control the music selection and volume, but it was a bit raucous for dinner with friends. But the food was good. Not rushing back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The restaurant was empty so the waiters decided to noisily polish and bang all the silverware! Requests to ask them to stop were ignored making for a very unpleasant meal. We rushed and headed out as quickly as we could!

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vipDotsHurl
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Altesi (formerly Savore) for many years. It is absolutely our “go to” restaurant. Always a wonderful experience. Delicious food, lovely staff and reasonably priced. Highly recommend!

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NaomiS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a super nice and delicious lunch - everything perfect.

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vipMave
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really great outdoor set up and staff. did great with our large group.

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NathalieL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food, value and service were great. The indoor seating was spaced out and quiet. They followed all the Covid protocols such as temperature check, contact info and hand sanitizing. The restaurant felt clean.

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LindaH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian food; great menu; wonderful choices and excellent service. Love the location in between Soho and The Village.

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vipNannette
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance was really nice and they were playing old Italian music which was nice. The food was just okay though. Nothing impressive, not worthy of going back for.

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Michael
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food. nice and attentive people working there. obviously quiet in side due to pandemic. but very nice. bravo to them.

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FrankR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited for Valentine's day. Place was honestly phenomenal. Food was great, Wine was very good. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This restaurant during covid night was packed to capacity- 100%. We thought it was only allowed to 25%.
I had requested two high chairs on my reservation- when I got to the restaurant they said they only have one high chair in the restaurant. I should have been informed of this.
We asked for water- didn’t get served until we asked for it a third time - which was almost to the end of dinner. My daughter asked for bread. Again- we had to ask three times and it came after we already had finished our entree. Food was mediocre. Terrible experience overall.

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vipJillO
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently great food and good service/ outdoor space is well done. A neighborhood favorite.

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einny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Disappointing. Didn't completely change the table clothes (which makes no sense in COVID times). Very loud music (and odd 1980/90s choices given the Italian nature of the restaurant). Food just par.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my meal. The focaccia bread is a must have!

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AbrahamE
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing service, cozy and great food, a really good option for Italian food in Soho!

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Laura
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great guality, fresh food!

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SohoResident
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful service and low noise level indoor. Yummy pasta and will definitely go back!

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NadavD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Really bad service despite the restaurant was empty

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vipSD19
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistantly good service and excellent food. It's as authentic as it gets!

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vipDavidS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, as always. Excellent appetizers, delicious pasta dishes and yummy tiramisu, along with a nice Barolo wine. Top notch service. Don't miss it!!

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MartyD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love This Place....Food is amazing
Staff is friendly
Great location!

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vipDavidS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Delicious food. Sliced artichoke and parmesan delicious as was the mushroom ravioli. Super tiramisu. Go and enjoy!

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vipcowboy
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we keep going back. Food,service is all excellent
You will not be disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Perhaps cut backs lost
Them a chef? Got the special lobster bisque soup which had lobster shell pieces in it was not smoothly puréed and over salty. Told
The waiter I had lobster shell in my soup the pieces on the side of my bowl visible and he just said lobster bisque and took it away. Ordered pizza that came slightly undercooked dough light brown and falls apart
bc I could tell it wasn’t very clean to serve reusable menus that are visibly dirty with sticky food spots during a pandemic and not offering hand sanitizer is a bit scary probably won’t return heard it was one of
The best places in the city but it’s not today

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vipDotsHurl
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altesi Downtown is one of our favorite restaurants in all of Manhattan. We have been coming here for years way back to when it was callee Savore. The service is always exceptional and friendly. The food is fabulous and I have to comment on what an outstanding job the entire staff has done during these very trying times. Just a stupendous job! Highly recommend!!

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vipcowboy
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good drinks & food. Very fine service
recommended for a nice leisurely lunch or dinner
will go back

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brianh
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Realizing like most NYC restaurants they are struggling. It has been one of my favorites for nearly 20 years. Had 3 bloody Mary’s there were 3 diners. They were horrible and left unfinished. The Altesi antipasto was pieces of lobster and asparagus stems. I’ll let them get up and running before I bail on them

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Melp
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We've never been disappointed here. We weren't this time either...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Dinner with my parents while visiting from away. We searched best Italian food in soho and this is what we found. Pasta was fantastic. Service was top notch with bread and drinks on the table in less than 5 mins. Staff was so sweet! We got tiramisu to share for desert and it’s the best I’ve ever had. To top it off, a man came to check how our dinner was and had a nice chat with us, turns out he is the owner. Excellent service, amazing food!

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vipsbvk
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshly baked focaccia with the white bean spread is delicious! We also enjoyed the fresh artichoke salad with parmigiano and avocado. And of course, the fresh pasta with chanterelle mushrooms is my absolute favorite! Make sure you leave space for tiramisu - it’s the best in NYC!!! The staff is lovely and the ambiance is nice, too!

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Nola14
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian eclectic restaurant downtown/Soho area. It is unpretentious- excellent dishes- love the Judeo-Roman- style artichoke dish starter; the endive pear and Gorgonzola salad; Branzino; and mushroom pasta.
Heimi our server was charming and attentive. The background music was lovely and for the atmosphere.
We will always return!

FAQs

Altesi Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Altesi Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 675 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.