Antica Pesa

4.4
890 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

I have visited this restaurant many times and every single time I have an A+ experience. Last light however , the service was not top notch.

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Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback. We would love to hear more from you on how we can improve our service if you would like to email us directly. Grazie

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NF
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The real Roman cuisine in NYC! Try the Cacio e Pepe: you will feel Trastevere.... will definitely be back soon!

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Responded 4 hours ago

Grazie, Nicco! So glad you feel the authenticity! See you very soon!

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LA
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

Antica Pesa
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Laura! See you again soon!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered their special homemade burrata, off the charts.

Steak for 2, eggplant, chicken, and pasta we’re scrumptious

Lorenzo is the man!

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Responded 6 days ago

Marty, YOU are the man!!

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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was amazing. Will definitely be back!

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Responded 6 days ago

Grazie, Katherine! We can't wait to have you back!

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VI
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant. The staff is welcoming and courteous and the atmosphere is excellent for both social and business occasions.

Antica Pesa
Responded 6 days ago

Grazie, Vincent! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again very soon!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!! I took my family for mother’s day and we truly loved the experience!! The staff and host were upbeat, fun, appropriate, and full of recommendations. The meal was flawless. Do yourself a favor and go dine!!!

Loved it!

Steve

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, Steve! Your words mean so much to us! See you soon, we hope!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, great food and the owner of the place certainly make sure you are well taken care!
Can't wait to go back

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Responded 6 days ago

Grazie, Marisa! We can't wait to have you back!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was amazing as we wanted to try everything on the menu.

breads were fair but focaccia was delicious

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Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us - see you again soon!

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ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Antica Pesa! The food was amazing, the service was attentive, and the cocktails were delicious. What else could you ask for!

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you so much, Emily! Can't wait to see you again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica Pesa is my home.

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 12, 2019

We are so happy to hear that! Come back home any time!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 12, 2019

Grazie, mille!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Was very disappointed in the service and food. We knew we were in for trouble when the cold and stale bread arrived.

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Although our bread is fresh daily, we do apologize if it was not heated to your liking. We do hope you try us again another time!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well-prepared food with an abundant menu.

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Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon!

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N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really nice restaurant with high quality of service and food. However, the branzino with asparagus was a deception and far too expensive for what it was: one slice of fish filet and 4 asparagus...Maybe we did misunderstand the concept.

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Responded on May 7, 2019

Thank you for your feedback - I will definitely bring your comments to our kitchen staff. We hope to see you again soon!

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V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again an amazing meal with impeccable service!

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Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you! We are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! See you again soon!

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RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lorenzo, the manager, gives positive energy. Service perfect from everybody.
I felt I was at home.
I discovered the restaurant through the broadcast "Brooklyn man " where Lorenzo and his brother guide people to discover the area of NYC .... watch it and follow their recommendations

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 1, 2019

Grazie mille, Roberto! We are so happy you enjoyed your dinner with us and that the service was top notch! We are also so glad you enjoy "Brooklyn Man!" - looking forward to hosting you again soon!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic evening. Go and enjoy!

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Responded on April 28, 2019

Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed your dinner with us - see you again soon!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The pork was not good. The meat was dry and tasted old. The apple sauce was more of a smear then a sauce. Couldn’t finish it. The appetizer salad was good.

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Courtney. We will be sure to bring your comments to our team as we are always looking for ways to improve.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellissima esperienza! Cibo ottimo come anche il servizio. Ci ritornerò sicuramente.

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Responded on April 24, 2019

Grazie mille!! Speriamo di rivederci presto!

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Great food and great value and excellent service.

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Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you, Jess! We are so glad you had a great time with us and we look forward to hosting you again soon!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is amazing in this place: food, wine, service and ambiance. Highly recommended.

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Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you so much! You are amazing too!

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had Easter Sunday dinner reservations. The ambiance is always great and the service is good. We were very disappointed with the food on the Easter Sunday menu. The starter salads were ok, nothing great. The fish entree was good, but a very small portion for the price. The breaded lamb chops were completely overcooked (beyond well done), and was very disappointing. The pasta entree was good. Unfortunately, the quality of the food is not very consistent at Antica Pesa. We all walked out after dinner wanting more. Not sure if we will go back...too many great restaurants in the hood that is consistent with their quality of food.

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Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Philip. We are always looking for ways to improve and we will definitely bring your comments to our staff. We do hope that you try us again!

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e
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I usually do not write negative reviews, but this was egregiously bad. DH and I wanted to spend a romantic quiet Easter dinner with lovely food and wine. We ordered the Easter menu, a four course meal and a bottle of nice wine. The first two courses were somewhat flavorful, but extraordinarily salty. The main course was lamb chops, which someone apparently felt would be improved by pounding them thin, applying a thick, tasteless breading, and then frying. Sadly, this person was very wrong and even DH, normally the most tolerant of men, capable of eating leftover baby food, was appalled. The desert was not bad but by then we were done. The waiter was nice.

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. The lamb you ordered is a very typical dish in Rome and it is prepared in that same way but our regular menu has many more other dishes that you may enjoy better so if you would like to come back again, we are sure you will find something you love.

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was OK. Di Blasio was there.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you, Teddy. We look forward to seeing you again soon and hopefully your next visit will be more than ok!

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KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant is one of the few places that besides having great food and great service, also creates a special experience every time. I’ve been going for several years and that has never faded but only gotten better

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Grazie, Kenn! We love serving you and can't wait to see you again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food.
Classics from Rome with a twist, can't wait to go back.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much! We truly appreciate your kind words - looking forward to seeing you again!

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service here is always hit or miss (depending on how celebrified you are, or how alluring, you may fare better), but it is after all a Roman thing. ;-) Food is predictably stellar (with very rare misses), as it was on this evening. A stand-out Brooklyn restaurant with a flair for the original and inventive.

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate your honesty and hope to see you again very soon!

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MJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was so good. Pastas were cooked perfectly. Service is friendly and attentive. One of my favorite restaurants.

I had a Nerone cocktail which I liked very much but feel it’s a little stingy.
I’d like to see a few more non meat pastas offered.

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal and your experience. Our menu changes seasonally so perhaps in the Summer, you can check out our new pastas!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went when they opened at 6:00 and had wonderful service and a wonderful dinner.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you! So glad you had a great time with us!

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WD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time it opened in Williamsburg several years ago, this has been our favorite New York restaurant--our go-to place for special occasions. Antica Pesa never fails to please, in eery way.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much! We are honored to be one of your favorite New York restaurants - see you soon!

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FD
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were made to feel distinctly unwelcome. On arrival, the two of us apologised for our brief delay (15 minutes exactly). When we gave the name of our reservation, we were met with a mix of incredulity and hostility, because the hostess could not find our reservation on the system (despite it being here on opentable and confirmed via email hours before). We had to show that the reservation existed on our phone, and the interaction was distinctly awkward. No apologies were offered at all. We were instead told, quite curtly, that 'we were late anyways' and that we could only - as if it were a courtesy! - be given a table for 1 and a half hours max, and then we'd have to leave. For unrelated reasons, we subsequently had to leave because two friends needed to join and this was understandably not possible because of the (already overbooked) situation. Highly disappointing service.

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We recently switched to the new version of Open Table and have had some glitches. We certainly hope that you try us again and are certain that your next experience with us will be much different. Please email me directly at the email address on our site (Open Table restricts it here) and I will personally handle your reservation to ensure there are no mishaps and that your dining experience is nothing but positive. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My waitress Cristina provided the best service I've had in a really long time for a dining experience. She was so good I even told the manager later she's a superstar. If I ever go back it will be because the service was so excellent.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding! We look forward to every visit - great food, great service.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate it!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

So this restaurant is supposed to be an Italian place. The burrata I ordered came warm in a "feuillete" which is typically not the way it's served in Italy or Europe in general. My pasta were undercooked, my wife's shellfish salad was clearly not fresh, was chewy and not seasoned. The best came for desert when I read on the menu that "all desserts are made in house by the Chef": I ordered an Affogato and I got very surprised by the absence of crostini which were actually replaced by industrial lady fingers probably coming straight from a supermarket. I asked the server if this dessert was made in house, and he said "oh no, only expresso is made in house, the rest is imported". Well, I can go to the bodega and buy ice cream and cookies imported from Italy too. This place is a scam, especially for the price you pay for.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you Antoine. Our chefs are all from Italy and were trained in our original location which has been in existence in Rome since 1922 so all of the dishes that we make for our customers are truly authentic and definitely made with love, passion and with years of tradition. We appreciate your feedback and I will be sure to bring your comments to our team as we know improvements can always be made, especially if there is an error on our menu. We do hope you try us again. Thank you.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a great spot in I cool neighborhood, fantastic wine list, authentic pastas, great atmosphere. We brought friends who had never been, who are from Manhattan, and they fell in love with it and will definitely be back. We had the late seating on a Saturday, and the kitchen was a little delayed, but it by no means comprised the enjoyment of the experience. And the complimentary dessert assortment was much appreciated.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you, Matthew! We are so happy you had such a great night with us. Please come back and see us again soon!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, Great Service, and this place has the Vibe of great energy and music with fun and sophisticated clientele and everything just right, even the wood burning fireplace with the vintage leather
sofa so inviting where you can sit waiting to be seated or for an after dinner drink. Love this restaurant!

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you, Carolyn! We hope you come back soon!

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VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed with food. We were starving and looking forward to a delicious dinner. First off, it’s Wednesday and there are no specials? Strange. Started with arugula salad and fried zucchini. Followed by pasta dishes which were relatively bland and in small portions. Tiramisu was alright. You know when you force yourself to eat out of need but are not gratified? That’s how we felt after. Disappointing.

I expected more from a restaurant originating from Rome. Decor is pretty, the fireplace seems cozy. Maitre D and waiters were nice and polite but slow to serve bread, which wasn’t warm. The kitchen was slow as heck even though the place was more than half empty.

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Veronika. We never offered specials on regular days in the past (just holidays) but we are starting now with a pre-set menu on weekdays which includes 4 courses plus a glass of wine for $42! Our recipes are authentically Italian as our chefs are from Italy and trained in our original location in Rome. We hope you do come back and try us again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have eaten at the one in Rome. Which is way better than Brooklyn.
It was my daughters Birthday. The up sold me some crappy wine with sediment in it.The food was not good at all. The Chicken was over cooked the pasta was way under cooked. They never even offered a discount for the poorly cooked food. Would not recommend. I spent over $400. For $150 meal.

Antica Pesa
Responded on May 7, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Please be aware that sediment in wine is a naturally occurring process during the fermentation and aging process so you should not be concerned by it! Our chef also is very passionate about how he prepares the pasta to be perfectly al dente but of course we have many other menu options on our menu to try. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in New York City

Antica Pesa
Responded on April 22, 2019

Grazie mille! Hope to see you again soon!

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