Antica Pesa

4.5
1055 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Antica Pesa, The Antique Scales, is the first outpost in New York of the legendary Roman restaurant which has been owned and operated by the Panella family since 1922 in Trastevere. In 2012, the Panella family opened an outpost in Williamsburg Brooklyn, paying homage to their homeland by reworking traditional recipes from Roman cuisine and utilizing local, seasonal and mostly organic products, with a nod to modern trends.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
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 1055 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was not good. Ambience felt nice.
Had the baby octopus as an app. Super fishy, and rubbery.
Also had the cacio pepe - pasta was very under cooked and the sauce was not fresh

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JetSetGypsy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food! FANTASTIC service! Best meal we've had. They treat every customer with such care and really personalize the service. You leave happy and full. I can't wait to go back!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Staff not prepared to pivot from an indoor reservation after we asked to sit outside. Met with aggressive attitude about changing seating location, which could only be attributed to operating during Covid. Otherwise service during the meal was great, the food was spectacular and management was gracious to us throughout our visit.

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vipLisa
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, can’t wait to go back!

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TianaCo
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian! Friendly Service! Loved it! Try the Amarone!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing my partner and i were celebrating our anniversary and it was very romantic! We loved it!

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vipKevinT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and service! Always 5 stars!

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DarioG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in nyc!

Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious!!! Amazing service. Highly recommended 👍

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 15, 2020

Grazie! We truly appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your dinner!

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BrooklynH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is great, the servers are attentive.
But the people that go there, at least around us, we’re loud and boring and privileged. If they were just less loud it’d be an ideal spot.

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 21, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed the food and the service! We love all of our guests but next time if we have other available tables, we would be happy to move you to one that may be a bit quieter - just let us know and we will do what we can!

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vipBeataT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately the quality of food went down since my last visit.

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 10, 2020

We are sorry you feel that way. If you're able to provide more information, we would be happy to hear it. Also, we are updating our menu for Spring at the end of the month and will feature many new seasonal ingredients!

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CharC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Antica Pesa was amazing. Staff was friendly and food was great.

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you so much! We truly appreciate your kind words and are so glad you enjoyed your time with us!

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Alsroe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, great place to get together with friends

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 4, 2020

Grazie mille! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJohnnyC
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and friends joining me for dinner this evening at Antica Pesa were transported back to Italy for few hours. The hospitality, the service and the food were amazing! I highly recommend Antica Pesa.

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 2, 2020

Grazie, Johnny! We truly appreciate it - and you!

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vipMrosemblum55
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

Antica Pesa
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much! See you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Delicious food. Amazing cocktails. Next level.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you! We hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I went with my brother; the service was phenomenal, everyone was so kind. Such a nice atmosphere, and the food of course was delicious!

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 28, 2020

Grazie mille! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to your next visit!

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JWB4
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Lovely place, but the food was disappointing. We have been several times and we only go back because it is pleasant to be there. But given the price I don't think we will retrun.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We hope you change your mind and come back to try our new Spring menu in March!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was my second time at Antica (winter menu) had the gnocchi which honesty I was not impressed. Instead of potatoes, I was told it was filled with rice flour and stock. It was too chewy and didnt settle well in my stomach. When it's not broke why fix it. I was disappointed with my visit.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. As stated on our menu, our gnocchi is not made traditionally with potatoes. Rather, it is made with flour and water so it is a bit harder than the traditional gnocchi. It's important for us to let guests know this so that they do not expect something else, which is why we include this note on our menu. To explain, this is the method and preparation used in our Roman location so we continue it here to maintain our Italian authenticity.

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Morgan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bar..8 people ordered drinks (4 couples) Bartender put all on one Tab. Only took CC at bar which was ridiculous but 1 person had to pay for bill. Drinks were extremely small for the cost. For a shot of vodka...17.00. Food and atmosphere were very good. Waiters were attentive. Could have come around to give a second piece of bread.. Overall enjoyed the dinner and would come back again.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thanks, Morgan. Please don't hesitate to ask our bartenders to split the bill next time or to ask for another round of bread! We are always happy to accommodate our guests. See you again soon!

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JoeP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica Pesa is consistently outstanding. Love this place.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 25, 2020

Grazie, Joe!

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DylanD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and service! They have a vaguely modern spin on Italian cuisine. Everything about the place is incredibly refined.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 23, 2020

Grazie, Dylan! We are so happy you are happy!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 18, 2020

Grazie!

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IrinaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

First of all,if you don’t live in Williamsburg it’s a pain in a neck to get there.Restaurant itself is nice.Staff members were too much ,you can’t even relax it’s like somebody is always watching you .Frito misto was the only dish we liked..everything else was tasteless and was way too greasy.Definitely overpriced for whole experience.would not recommend nor come back.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for your feedback, Irina. We are actually just one stop off the L train from the city so it's quite a seamless commute via subway! If the attentiveness of our staff was bothersome to you, we apologize. It's important for us to make sure we never leave our guests needing anything and having to search for a staff member. Lastly, we will take your comments regarding the food to our kitchen staff as "greasy" is a strange description considering how our dishes are actually prepared. Grazie

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AudreyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Hard to beat the Rome location, but this was just not good. Service seemed overwhelmed by the pace of the Valentine's Day seating and the kitchen was turning out duds. When I asked about my dessert, a mousse, that instead was purely whipped cream and stale biscuits, our waiter waxed nostalgic about childhood desserts in Italy. The most excruciating part of the experience was the breadboy, he seemed incapable of using tongs, unfamiliar with the concept of bread, and the bread was not good enough to merit the theater. Anyway, I highly recommend the original in Rome.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for your recommendation of our Roman location. We, too, love it there! We are sad to hear that you were not pleased with your dessert which in fact is a recipe from our Roman location and has received rave reviews from our guests and the media. We understand though that everyone has different taste which is why we like to order an assortment of dishes for our guests. Our "breadboy" was doing his best but we will share your feedback with him as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Valentine’s Day and had an amazing experience. Everyone including the Maitre’d to the waitstaff was so polite and welcoming. The 3 corse meal was incredible....Especially the tiramisu!

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 15, 2020

Grazie mille! We are so glad you enjoyed your Valentine's Day with us and we look forward to seeing you next Valentine's Day too, if not sooner!

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DavisKSurface
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience started wonderfully when Ian greeted us with a friendly face. After escorting us to our table, the server took care of us for the rest of the night. Having gone for Valentine's Day, I am blown away by how perfect the evening was on such a busy night.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 16, 2020

Grazie! We are so happy you enjoyed your holiday with us and we hope to celebrate with you again next Valentine's Day, if not sooner!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day. The pre fixe menu was really promising but there was a disconnect between the food and price. I understand it was a commercial holiday, but the food did not warrant the price. Would go back, just would avoid the pre fixe menu. Meal didn’t hold up with similarly priced meals we’ve had.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for your comments. We look forward to sharing the rest of our menu with you when you come back for another visit!

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vipGrifP
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

What a perfect Brooklyn spot - great, warm ambiance and fantastic staff (mostly Italian).

Every dish had a story and was amazing.....you will not be disappointed

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 16, 2020

Grazie! We look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Had a good time - will be back

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 10, 2020

Grazie! We look forward to seeing you again!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal but probably wont be back for some time. Entrees really good and service good but Im not sure it justifies the prices which are incredibly high.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you Kate. Just to give a brief explanation of why our prices may seem high, it is because we use imported ingredients from Italy. It is extremely important to us to be as authentic as possible. Our family opened Antica Pesa in Rome in 1922 so to keep the traditions and exceptions high for our American location, we use as many of the same ingredients we can as we do in our Rome location. I hope that helps explain it a bit!

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christopherr
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Need extra waited fod the weekends. Waited to long for service.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We were actually unexpectedly short a server the evening you dined with us so we do apologize that you may have had to wait a bit longer than usual, but we have remedied the issue and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 20, 2020

Grazie!

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MLee
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday, and her first time at Antica Pesa to experience authentic cuisine from Rome. Because it was Super Bowl night, the place wasn’t as crowded and we were able to really appreciate the ambience of this wonderful restaurant.
The food was delicious and everything was exceptional—the Branzino, the eggplant, the risotto, as well as the rigatoni and fettuccine. And their bread tasted fresh out of the oven. The service is always superb as the waiters are very attentive.
I highly recommend this place for anyone looking to experience true Italian cuisine.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 5, 2020

Grazie mille! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we truly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to serving you and your daughter again soon!

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vipAnneK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Antica Pesa was highly recommended by friends from Italy who said it like a "real" Italian restaurant! There is one in Rome so I was very excited to go. We had a great time and it was good but not outstanding. The ambience is very charming and the service was good. Our appetizers and dessert were excellent but the entries were not great. One pasta dish was cold which is very lame considering the price and the other ones were nothing special. Our fish was the same....good but not memorable. The wine list was vast and good. The portions were not big especially for Italian food. I would return because overall it was a good dining experience but it did NOT live up to expectations which admittedly were high.

Antica Pesa
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you, Anne for your feedback. Many of our recipes in fact are shared with our Rome location! And our portion sizes vary depending on the richness and intensity of the dishes. We are glad however that you did enjoy the antipasti, desserts, wine list and service. We hope to see you again for another visit!

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vipSteven
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to Antica for the last 3 years. Always an amazing experience. The cacio pepe is a must. And so is the steak for two if you’re very hungry. The service is phenomenal. I liked the restaurant so much that I visited the original in Rome while on a work trip.

Antica Pesa
Responded on January 29, 2020

Grazie mille, Steven! This is lovely to hear and we appreciate it very much - see you soon!

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Izzy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Great ambience lively atmosphere ,food was OK found the menu to be a little limited but overall good experience

Antica Pesa
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you, Izzy

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LaurenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! Found this place via OpenTable with a “nearby” search....and it was the perfect choice. The wine list is overwhelming...it’s literally a book. However, wine lovers will appreciate it. The FETTUCCINE AL BRASATO DI CINGHIALE (fettuccine with wild boar) was the most amazing meal I’ve eaten in a while. No matter where I stay on my next trip to NYC...I’ll be making my way back to this place for at least one meal.

Antica Pesa
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you so much, Lauren! We are thrilled that you discovered us and had such a memorable experience! We look forward to serving you again next time you're back in New York!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Lousy food—bland, flavorless, uninteresting, and even served cold

Antica Pesa
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We understand that everyone has different taste and so not all dishes are for everyone. We encourage our guests to ask for recommendations based on what they enjoy best so that we can be sure to make everyone as happy as possible!

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vipSophisticatediner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed. Beautiful place but mediocre food and service. I will not return.

Antica Pesa
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We would be interested in learning more if you could elaborate a bit about your experience.

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FAQs

Antica Pesa does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Antica Pesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 763-2635.

Antica Pesa is rated 4.5 stars by 1055 OpenTable diners.

Antica Pesa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/4VR3PRSMSXZZB/order.

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.