About Altesi Downtown
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.
New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: Noon - 11pm
Saturday: Noon - 12am
Sunday: Noon - 10pm
Aperitivo: 5pm - 7 pm
A2GO: Monday - Friday
Noon - 3:30pm
Spring & Sullivan
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Only during parties
Full off-site catering available for all kinds of parties
Street parking after 5pm weekdays, weekends all day
Banquet, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Tasting Dinners and all major Holidays Menu
Whether it is a business banquet, birthday party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception Altesi Downtown offers both the décor and cuisine that makes for an unforgettable dining experience.
Altesi Downtown Ratings and Reviews
We absolutely love this place. We have been coming here already for the while and we always enjoy it. We love their oval thin crust pizza. The pastas are all authentic and delicious. The service is always friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for authentic and tasty Italian food.
I have mixed feelings about this place. I've been wanting to go to the other location for a while but came to this one since it's closer to me. The place itself is very cute and the staff is very friendly. Our waiter insisted insisted in giving me and my husband a happy hour menu even though HH was over, we thought it was going to be extended but when we asked, it created a lot of confusion (on both sides). We decided to move on and my husband asked for a cocktail menu, the waiter kept pointing at the HH (wine) list and said that if he wanted liquor, they have a full bar... (huh?) I don't think he was being that way to be rude, I think there was a little bit of a language barrier and he was not well versed on whatever the restaurant has to offer. Anyway, we decided to order. We got the salmon tartar and the meatballs as appetizers, they were pretty good (nothing outstanding but good enough). For the main, we both had the lamb shank ragu tagliatelle. The pasta was nice and light but it was SO bland! And this is coming from a person who prefers food on the blander side. I NEVER add additional salt to food but I found myself reaching for the salt shaker over and over again! Lastly we ordered dessert, we got the profiterole and the creme caramel. The profiterole was good but it was a presentation that I had never seen before, it was like an ice-cream scoop filled with a profiterole. The creme caramel felt like eating a blob of fat... almost flavorless. The food was a big disappointment but the place itself and the service was good. I probably won't come back.
I feel totally ripped off. I went with a friend for a special occasion to have the Restaurant Week Lunch. The Piscacchio Semifreddo was removed from the dessert menu and she didn't even touch the Limoncella ice cream substitute. we both agreed that the food was so-so, nothing spectacular, but the worst part of it was that later in the day I looked at Altesi's lunch menu online and saw that they offer a daily lunch for $21.99 with more, and better, selections than what was offered for RW. And for $8 less. The owners must thing it is good business to take advantage by cheating their customers but I will spread the word about this deceitful practice and discourage people from dining there.
It smelled great and the space was cozy. We felt ignored by the staff after we received our meals. There were two large parties that took most of the staffs attention. Some of the staff seemed to be unaware of their surroundings, but most were experienced though seemed quite busy. They missed the chance to ply us with more wine and dessert. The octopus appetizer was delicious and the wine was quite good.
We are big fans of the location on the upper east side, which is why we visited the SoHo location. Everything felt a bit off, though. The dining room was not as warm. The service was not as smooth as the other locations; servers did not communicate very well, their frequency of visiting the table was inconsistent, and there was a lack of an overall welcoming feeling. And the food was not as good as uptown. Steak was great, pasta was great. The basics are there. But something has been lost in the translation from uptown to downtown.
We loved Altesi. I travel a lot for business in Italy and I must say the food at Altesi is same as good as the best restaurants in Italy. We had a party of six and everyone loved their dishes. I had cured salmon with the cucumber and apple to start and it was fantastic followed by an excellent, perfectly cooked papardelle pasta with chanterelle mushroom. So if you don't want to travel as far as Italy for the great, authentic food go to Altesi and you will love it.
Good all-around restaurant for informal business lunch or dinner. The interiors are simple and lighting is decent; table spacing also good for business conversation. We had a pasta dish, which was well prepared and delicious. The only distraction came from the sound of moving the heavy chairs — a simple fix would be felt gliders on the chair legs. If this were fixed, the setting + the food and service would be exemplary.
My brother highly recommended this place from his visit a couple of years ago. It did not disappoint. Almost feel like I was in Italy. Food and wine options were great. The lasagne was truly the best I've ever had, ever. It's neither a small nor large portion, but with the fresh bread they served it was just enough. With go back twice next time I'm in NYC
We love Altesi Downtown and it is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We have been coming here frequently since they opened and I must say it is always a wonderful experience. The food is fantastic, always fresh and authentic. The service is friendly and professional and they always try to accommodate your needs. If the weather is nice we love to sit outside. We highly recommend Altesi to everyone looking for fine dinning experience.
Nothing was particularly bad or wrong, but nothing particularly wowed me and so to me this restaurant is average. We chose this restaurant cause menu sounded good and it's in a great neighborhood. It's the type of restaurant that I'd go to if I lived in the area but not that I'd go out of my way for.
After attending the theater three friends and I had a reservation at Altesi in Soho. We were greeted warmly at the entry and were delighted with the sleek, cool vibe inside. It was Restaurant Week and three of us ordered from the prix fix dinner menu. We also ordered one octopus appetizer for the table. I was impressed by the crusty, airy bread, served in brown paper bags. It was wonderful. The cannelloni spread which was served with the bread was fresh but underwhelming. Rosemary and more salt would have been great additions. My beef carpaccio, served with a bit of avocado purée was divine! The girls enjoyed their mussels. My porcini risotto was creamy and rich, albeit a rather small portion. The negroni was refreshing. I was disappointed by the cheesecake...not really very Italian. I expected a denser ricotta cheesecake. It was more like an American, light cheesecake. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive, but not cloying. All in all a delightful experience.
my family and I were walking through soho and found Altesi Downtown very good restaorant. good service and good food. Everything was very good from the beginning to the end. the octopus very nice and tender. The fresh pasta delicious and also the very thin crust pizza definitely we coming back
The restaurant was good. The Pizza was the size of a large app or small dinner and at $21 was a little expensive....The crust could have been cooked a little more - was a soft chewy dough.
The special scallop dish was very good - 3 scallops- was more of an app than a dinner.
The buratta was very tasty with watermelon---could have been more accompaniment.
The tiramisu- delicious. Smallish.
The food and drinks were marvelous. Everyone enjoyed the well cooked and presented entrees and appetizer we ordered. The service is leisurely and we were in no hurry. If you're in a hurry I suggest you eat elsewhere. If you want a nice dinner of real Italian food served nicely at a leisurely pace, it's great. We will return.
My husband and I stopped in for a late lunch our first day in Soho and it was wonderful! Great food, beautiful table outside, and extremely friendly service. We loved it so much we planned a large family dinner there a few nights later. Everyone loved it too! They took such amazing care of us. We went back once more before we left Soho and headed to Midtown.
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