Antica Pesa

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$31 to $50
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving dinner where we will be opening early and serving a selection of dishes from our Fall menu plus a few specials for the holiday!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for one of our three seatings on Christmas Eve (5:30-7:30, 7:30-9:30 or 9:30-close) where we will be serving a selection of dishes from our dinner menu plus a special for each course!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for one of our three seatings on Christmas night (5:30-7:30, 7:30-9:30 or 9:30-close) where we will be serving a selection of dishes from our dinner menu plus a special for each course!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for one of our three seatings on New Year's Eve (5:30-7:30, 7:30-9:30 or 9:30-close) where we will be serving a pre-fixe menu for $90 per person which includes a selection of dishes from our dinner menu plus a special for each course!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 963 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food brought me back to Italy!

Antica Pesa
Responded 2 days ago

Grazie!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

the prosciutto was cut too thick. the burrata was a very poor quality.
The eggplant tasted like it was froze, then thawed and overcooked.

Antica Pesa
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry if you didn't enjoy your meal; however, just for reference, we actually do not have burrata on the menu but all of our Italian cheeses are imported from directly from Italy. Also, our eggplant is prepared fresh every evening. It is never frozen. Nevertheless, we always appreciate customer feedback and make a point of sharing it with our staff. Grazie

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and quality service but food was disappointing. We both had pasta, the explanations in the menu were much more appealing than the actual dishes - both the duck and fusilli were bland and lacked flavor.

Antica Pesa
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. These are two of our most popular dishes on our new Fall menu but we understand not all palates are the same. We hope you're able to come back and try some other items that our server can certainly recommend based on your taste preference!

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AF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was long time I want to go here, and finally this trip to New York I make it.
I love the restaurant the decor, the service, and the food was very good.
The fritto misto for 2, was excellent, the Cacio Pepe was very good ( is not easy to find a cacio pepe so good here in USA and some time in Rome to), The pasta Amatriciana also it was very good al dente like I expected. I will come back when I will come to New York. My favor Italian restaurant in the city.

Antica Pesa
Responded 5 days ago

Grazie, Antonello! We are so happy that you were able to dine with us and enjoyed your experience! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food is amazing and the owner Lorenzo is very charming.

Antica Pesa
Responded on October 8, 2019

Grazie!!

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MR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place in Williamsburg. Food was excellent. Noisy but fun.

Antica Pesa
Responded on October 7, 2019

Grazie! See you again soon, we hope!

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SA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second year in a row that I've asked my husband to take me here on my birthday. While a bit pricey, I love the food, cocktails, wine, ambiance, and service. Great care is taken in each dish and they are really delicious! The wine selection is wonderful and thoughtful. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, and management is extraordinarily welcoming, always remembering regulars and making them feel at home.

Antica Pesa
Responded on October 8, 2019

Grazie Shaya! We are so happy you had such a memorable time with us - we hope to see you for your birthday again next year!

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a pleasure to
eat
drink
be
there.
10/10
every single time

Antica Pesa
Responded on October 2, 2019

Grazie mille, Filippo! See you again soon!

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

we had a reservation. they sat us 45 minutes late. they didn't apologize. at all. the service was insanely slow. we could've watched that martin scorsese netflix movie between the appetizers and the entrees. they were out of eggplant; at least they told us that. the duck ragu, which two of us ordered, arrived with literally no duck. none. they didn't tell us that, and we didn't have a chance to tell them because the waiter never came back to ask how our food was. (when it came time to pay the bill, though, he came back like seven times to ask about that.) pasta portions were tiny, but whatever. otherwise, food was fine; it was food. by dessert, there was no one left but us and one other table. they turned up the music -- generic four-on-the-floor blandness -- to four-million-decibels-on-the-floor level. we asked if they could turn it down. they said no because the other table had asked them to turn it up. thanks guys. maybe they got all the eggplant and duck, too. we complained to the owner afterward. he seemed uninterested. which, to be fair, was on brand with the rest of the experience.

Antica Pesa
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We certainly apologize about our service that Saturday evening and even spoke to your server regarding this issue. We would love to make it up to you should you choose to come back. Please email us directly so that we can be sure to assist you directly and ensure your next experience will be much more positive!

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star place with 5 star service and staff ! Great place to go when you want good Italian food!

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you, Alessandro! We appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! We had the most wonderful meal with the help of Lorenzo. Couldn’t recommend more!

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 30, 2019

Grazie! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience - see you soon!

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Locale nel complesso molto bello, elegante ma non troppo formale, servizio ottimo e non invadente, cibo di qualità è molto gustoso. Uniche due pecche: vino troppo caro, e pane che sapeva di muffa sicuramente a causa del contenitore di legno che deve aver preso dell’acqua. Ma nel complesso è un ottimo locale.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Paola. We will be sure to share your comments with our staff. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All Pasta dishes are very good. The fettuccine with roasted duck was incredible.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your dinner!

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BR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. I actually felt like I was in Rome again. The service was exceptional and the food wonderful. Our party of four enjoyed everything we ordered. I loved their signature Negroni! It is a lovely room and elegant atmosphere.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 17, 2019

Grazie mille! We are so happy that you had such a wonderful experience - we hope to serve you again very soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time, good food and wine

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 14, 2019

Grazie!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian fare in nice comfy environment, both in store and the community

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you, Chontelle!

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MM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. My son and I shared a rigatoni as an appetizer and main course branzino and Tartare di Manzo. Both were well prepared. The bread selection was excellent. I wish they had had a wine for $40 -50. The first bottle was $65 so only had two glasses.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 14, 2019

Grazie, Michael! So glad you enjoyed your dinner! We are also planning on some wine list changes in the near future so be sure to check back in with us!

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ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner for 25th Wedding Anniversary. was a wonderful, intimate experience.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you, Maria! We hope to see you next year for your 26th anniversary!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & overall ambiance. It has become a favorite. Pasta executed perfectly!!!

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you!!

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AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant time

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you, Anthony - so glad to hear that!

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A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious risotto and fave beans. Ambience looks designed for upscale vampires and their kin. Would recommend.

Antica Pesa
Responded on September 2, 2019

Grazie, Aaron!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Ai fagiolini togliete le punte, e alla vaccino e pepe non mettete il parmigiano

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We will be sure to share it with our staff.

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the very best authentic fine Italian restaurant!!

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you so much! Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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WD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica Pesa is our favorite restaurant in New York. It never fails to please and satisfy completely. The menu is a wonderful balance of old favorites and new dishes.

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you so much! We are happy that you are happy! See you soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Such a beautiful place with good quality food!

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again very soon!

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NP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Italian place in Williamsburg

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you so much, Noel!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al di sopra delle aspettative, che non vi nascondo erano già alte in quanto consigliatoci da persona di fiducia. Da provare assolutamente, vera cucina italiana, massima cura in ogni dettaglio. Top Restaurant!!!

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 16, 2019

Grazie mille! Siamo così felici che tu abbia trascorso un momento memorabile con noi e speriamo di rivederti presto!

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CH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food overall. Recommend if you want a good appetizer and wine

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you, Charles!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time! The food was amazing the service was even better. Highly recommended

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to your next visit!

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e
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tutto perfetto, dall'accoglienza al servizio al cibo......ambiente rilassante e ti senti a casa.... Ottimo

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 12, 2019

Grazie mille, Enrico!!

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent; this is definitely one of the better Italian restaurants in NYC. In fact, I would put this in the top 5% of Italian restaurants. Generally speaking, I don't like eating in Italian restaurants, but only bc I am universally disappointed. There are probably only about 5 or 6 italian restaurants in NYC that I'll go to; this is one of them. Try the cacio e pepe, you'll think you're in Rome. The service was very good, attentive, but not overly friendly.

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you, Stephen! This is quite an honor! We truly appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again very soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treated us like kings (even though we were just there for restaurant week). The food was absolutely beautiful and tasty af. We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us a free after dinner drink and everyone working there congratulated us and was so sweet. Highly highly recommend.

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 9, 2019

Thank you so much! So glad you had a memorable anniversary! We hope to celebrate your next anniversary with you too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional culinary experience, remarkable service and attention to detail. One of my favorite restaurants in New York and Italy.

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind feedback - we really appreciate it and hope to serve you again soon!

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week with a couple friends! Excellent service and great food. We really enjoyed how aldente the pasta was and the texture of all the food was amazing. Great vegetarian options. Would definitely come back!

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you so much, Haley! We are so happy you had such a special night with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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Excellent service solid food, recommended.

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 12, 2019

Grazie!!

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KT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Excellent:)

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 9, 2019

Grazie, Kevin! You're always excellent too!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the experience and the service. Have been twice already and they’re consistent and highly professional. The servers speaking basic Italian is fun (and slightly confusing) but adds to the restaurants charm. Cocktails are always fantastic and the pasta is D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.!

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are delighted that you loved our food, our staff and our cocktails! And we are always updating our wine list so it's never the same for too long! We truly appreciate your kind words and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Some dishes were meh but everything else was amazing

Antica Pesa
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you - we have many other dishes to try so we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Decor is very nice, you forget you’re in Williamsburg more Manhattanish. Went with some friends for dinner all started out well, but unfortunately service towards the middle and end of the meal was nonexistent. Food was 8/10 service was 1/10, for the level of this restaurant or what it’s trying to be the wait staff are more suitable for the beer garden across the street.

Unfortunately have no interest in returning

Best wishes

Antica Pesa
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and honesty. Although we are so happy you enjoyed your meal and the restaurant itself, we are sorry to hear you had issues with the service. We do hope you change your mind and give us another shot!

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is divine. The service is attentive. The ambiance is transporting. Lorenzo has his staff everywhere they should be and only when you require them. My favorite Italian food in New York...and i’m Italian.

Antica Pesa
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you, Anthony! We are so happy that you had a memorable time with us and experienced what we strive to provide. We hope to see you again soon!

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