Antica Pesa

4.6
1191 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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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vipEffie
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Resturant is so special. Authentically Roman with an amazing menu. The pastas are shockingly delicious. We had the Cacio e Pepe and the Amatriciana. Another one of us had the Risotto which was imaginative and melted in your mouth. We shared the Bistecca Alla Fioerntina which is, simply, perfect. Expertly left on the hot slab to cook for those who would prefer it medium rare (vs. rare!). Delicious deserts. Expensive but good wine list. A wonderful evening. Can't wait to go back soon again! Grazie mille!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

as a yelp elite i profe myself on giving balanced reviews. i would give it 0 stars if we could — stay away.

We booked the $120pp NYE 10pm seating. We weren’t sat until 10:30pm and at a random table away from the main dining room. As someone who works in restaurants, we get it - nye is tough, but at least try to make it right by offering us a cocktail or something

we were finally seated and ordered drinks, which were good. we then spent the night trying to find the server to put in our order. When we finally ordered around 10:45, we asked for additional bread (we were hungry and would pay for it) and he said he wasn’t sure but would ask his assistant…. that’s when we should have left.

the food was fine, nothing to right home about. the service only got worse.

no champagne at midnight, no countdown, nothing special for new years

they offered a good luck italian stew at midnight which also never came.

Our bill was $600 for arguably one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had in NYC!

in the words of my fav tiktok trend rn, it was so bad, i want to give it a 0, but that’s not possible so i give it a 1.

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ANDREAM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!the best Italian restaurant in New York!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Capodanno con famiglia. Ho conosciuto un ristorante ed uno staff unico. Cibo squisito e ricercato, bella presentazione e atmosfera italian style. Lorenzo fantastico, vero padrone di casa ti coccola dall’inizio alla fine. Bravi

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ElenaC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav spot in Williamsburg, the atmosphere is so cozy and best cacio e pepe ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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CarlS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely super-high ceilings and beautiful lighting made a great room. All that space above probably helped to keep the room noise down. Of course, the food was the important thing and that was great. Especially recommend the octopus, pepper spaghetti, and tiramisu.

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GiuseppeD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place! This quaint Italian restaurant is a must do in NY. Although located a little Brooklyn street off of the main drag, it is well worth the visit. Everything about this dining experience is top notch, starting from the host greeting you at the door, to the wait staff, sommelier, and the Manager… everyone waits on you here. The food is fantastic, a mix of old school and the modern touch, simply delicious. Thank you, can’t wait to come back!

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ChadP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the most arrogant experience i have ever received from a restaurant in a neighborhood i have lived in for 20 years . I was reluctant to try this place after hearing g about the same experience from others .. but i now know , i will NEVER go back and will not recommend to ANYONE to step foot in the door here . May have been the worst dining experience of my life

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manu72
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goooooooddddd

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vipLH1227
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The service was arrogant and unfriendly. Up selling bottles of wine and being rude when we didn’t get one. Not professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the atmosphere, and the HOSTS are ALWAYS Amazing!!!!

This was the first time we’ve been back since things opened up. And we brought friends with us. They couldn’t stop raving about the place afterwards. Left us thinking: we’ll be back more often now…

Thanks for maintaining one of the BEST Authentic Italian restaurants in Brooklyn… and the BEST Italian Restaurant in Williamsburg!

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vipBruceY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always sets a standard of offering the most delicious foods wines and ambiance!!!

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SNadboy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing
the wine list is excellent

great date spot

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vipKevinT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service and amazing food!

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Nelly
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing and loved my waitress! Cannot stress enough how amazing the food was, my waitress was very attentive and had great recommendations.

However the restaurant was not being well kept, the bathroom had no way to dry my hands on first visit, then second visit still no hand towels and also out of toilet paper and by the time I was able to get anyone's attention to let them know we decided to get the check instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

A little more al dente than expected and I wish they would have made it more clear on how to order. Definitely should recommend to get a pasta and a protein. Perfect spot for a date night though and the drinks are great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We came for thanksgiving and overall had a nice time. The service was wonderful but the food and restaurant had a fair amount of issues — there is purposefully nothing to dry your hands with in the bathroom, which is unacceptable. The food itself was fine but disappointing. We tried to order bread for the table and were told no. The tiramisu had very little actual cake to it —- mostly fluff. Overall I’d probably recommend not going on a holiday.

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sanjeevv
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place, good food and drinks but service came up a bit short. They seemed to be understaffed and the manager and the servers seemed to be rushing up and down the restaurant, sometimes for no visible reason. Attentiveness was lacking a bit too. For a restaurant of this standard, this is not something that would be expected. I have been here before too and I do not remember it being like this.

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jawaidh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, food was good. Friendly staff. Great ambiance

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Showbiz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pleasure of celebrating a big birthday with dinner at Antica Pesa in Rome 2 years ago. By far, my best meal in Rome that trip.I picked up a business card on my way out and noticed the Brooklyn location. I’ve been meaning to come for two years. Perhaps my best dining choice all year! We began with the baked bufala mozzarella with aged prosciutto in a flaky filo crust, divine. Pasta was a duo of red and white pasta followed by the sizzling Porterhouse that was perfectly cooked & seasoned with butter, garlic and thyme. Oh, the Tiramisu & Cannoli did nit disappoint! Thanks to the charming Lorenzo for the history and all the great food and wine recommendations. Worth the trip back just to see him! Wait staff was kind with casual elegance. I’m coming back Antica Pesa!

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Tatas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food! Great ambiance! Quick and excellent service!! I can’t wait to go back! And I will recommend it to everyone who wants to try amazing Italian cuisine! Beautifully done!! 🙌🏼

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BmoreJen
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner, Lorenzo, made you feel like you were part of the family. Excellent, Roman Italian Food. Thank you for a great visit.

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vipEffie
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A return to a truly spectacular restaurant! We loved our dinner last night — the special homemade fettuccine with ragu and the Bistecca Fiorentina. Divine! Ans we loved our most gracious and All-knowing waitress, Elena!

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, no one better than Lorenzo !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish.

As always the warm welcome makes you feel special.

The food i divine and really brings me back to my year in Rome.

The service is above and beyond.

Great cocktails and wines to go with dinner.

I’d give more stars if I could.

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Ginger
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was SO good. The waiters were also very kind and funny. Ambience made the experience 10x better, super beautiful interior!

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the neighborhood, was enchanted by what I could see with regard ambience, looking in; I then went home looked them up on line and was delighted to discover it an extension of a restaurant in Rome. Meanwhile friends of mine from Milan, Tacoma and Carroll Gardens were visiting for a Design Fair, and asked me for a restaurant recommendation, and I remembered Antica Pesa, so off we went, warmly met, and soon the Italian language became the music of the table. The food was excellent, the owner came by to greet us, and we lingered after, longer then one might as the atmosphere was so pleasing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely intimate birthday dinner

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AlfredoD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is great! Great food , service and music! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. A delicious visit to Rome!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The bartender was great! Had a drink before dinner and he was very attentive. Once seated, service was slow and unattentive. One of the appetizers was cold and soggy. And the chef was visibly annoyed the entire time. He was yelling at one of the staff from the kitchen window. The entrees were good, but we waited over 30 minutes from the time they cleared our appetizers until we received our entrees. When they cleared the appetizers and gave us new utensils they were dirty and had dried food on one of the forks and one of the knives. We then had to wait another 30 minutes from the time we finished eating before our table was cleared. Food was ok but should have been way better for the price. Service could have been better. Probably will not go back.

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Brunchmunch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible experience. The wine selection is outstanding and our waiter really knew his stuff.

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vipLaurieD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new autumn menu…Same exceptional service & ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever!!

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SweetyG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing ambience but most importantly—the most amazing staff! 10/10.

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vipNicoleM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was very subpar. Would come back for drinks because the ambiance was very nice

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RubenB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tiramisu was delicioso and the atmosphere and details were excellent

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Danno
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and interior was very enjoyable. Good mix of upscale but laid back.

We had this amazing Sicilian waitress, wish I got her name. She was so nice to be around.

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You can order delivery directly from Antica Pesa using the Order Online button. Antica Pesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 763-2635.

Antica Pesa is rated 4.6 stars by 1191 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.