Altesi Downtown

4.5
678 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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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
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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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ileen
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious appetizers - fried artichokes & butternut squash soup of the day
Delicious entree - tagliatele w/ragu & ricotta
Delicious dessert - chocolate mousse

A little too much time elapsed between courses. Waiter was wonderful, made great suggestions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I live in the area and decided to check it out for the first time, my reservation was at 7pm on a Friday night and there were only 4 or 5 tables taken indoors out of possibly 20 or more. We ended up ordering a pizza which was very good and so was the price. But being so empty on a Friday night left me wondering. More people started arriving at 9PM or so mostly teenagers.

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vipMelissa
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

most underrated italian in town
we have been coming to alteso for 15 years back when it was Savore.
chef Paolo is awesome. he is a dear friend who treats all customers like family.
the staff has been pretty much the same for the last 15 years. the service is fantastic.
the carfioci, avacado salad is my favorite appetizer.
the lasagne is the best is town

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vipMaggieD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a nice enjoyable meal, great choice of music.

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vipNYCAG84
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner as always but tonight was special every dish was wonderful, the service and the montepulciano d Abruzzo was good.

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vipItalianhyde
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very good. We were there for brunch. The only miss was they have no idea how to make a bloody Mary. Other than that it was excellent.

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vipFunatmosphere22
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great outdoor people watching spot, great music, great service, average food at best. Nothing creative and the quality was just ehhh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Squid ink pasta was amazing

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Sohowoman
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altesi Downtown is my go to favorite in Soho. This past week I had occasion to eat there four times, two lunches/two dinners - a record even for me.

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vipLarryF
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Food as usual was very good. We are specially look forward to the Flatbread baked in the pizza oven with pepper oil. The service was a bit rushed and uneven this time around which is the only slight downside. This is one of our absolute favorites.

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good,always pleasant, I have never been disappointed by Altesi!

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MichaelT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in SOHO. I have been going there for 15 years and it is entirely consistent.

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vipRobertD
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Thank you Rama and Hymie

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Kitkat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Mediocre food at best, okay service but not nice and friendly for what you’d expect with the prices. Nice ambience and good outdoor dining set up

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vipplatanosmangoes
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rana our waiter was fantastic

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Passion4food
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My roommate and I wanted to try a new place for dinner, that’s what we love about restaurant week. Building new places to frequent. But the service was very poor. Several times food was delivered and we didn’t have any silverware. We weren’t offered another bottle of sparkling water when we were empty mid meal. We weren’t offered dessert. They could have easily up-sold us from the RW menu (we did also order an app off the main menu) but basically made us feel like we were less than. They also accidentally dropped off a bottle of wine that we didn’t order. It was meant for the table next to us! Sadly, the food was good, but the service wasn’t good enough for us to return. There’s better options out there.

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vipCCNYC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place discovered during Restaurant Week. Will happily return.

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vipeasthillsres
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for our anniversary. Service was excellent.

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vipLatony2005
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There was a party going on that was really loud, so we decided to sit outside. We would definitely return to see what the experience would be like inside at the dining room. The food was tasty, the server tried and was capable although was not always attentive. I wish our first experience was not when there was a large private party taking up most of the space.

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brittany
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Servers ignored our table when we tried to get our attention and the food was terrible. It looked like something a college kid would make on a hot plate. Would not recommend.

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SchahrzadM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even better service!

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Oeno
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is decent, wine list needs serious help.

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vipLouNJ
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was excellent, and every dish we got was outstanding. The artichoke salad was a standout!

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vipTat011
New York Area
26 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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vipsameee
New York Area
27 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the girls out for a nice dinner and was exquisite!

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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
40 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
9 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
118 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
21 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.

FAQs

Altesi Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Altesi Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 678 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.