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About Bar Italia

Very refreshing, simple and Casual but yet Elegant offering Traditional Italian Fair. Located in the middle of it all on Madison between 65 and 66 streets.

768 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm - 11:00am; Fri-Sat 5:00 - 11:30am Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Cross Street:
65th & 66th street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(917) 546-6676

Website:
http://www.baritaliamadison.com/

Entertainment:
Italian back ground music during the day.
Soft and Lounge Music during the evening.

Executive Chef:
Denis Franceschini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 12:00AM - 12:00AM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM

Bar Italia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for a Date (10)
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Gluten Free Options (10)
Casual (8)
Authentic (7)
People Watching (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

95th birthday lunch

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The only thing we do not take issue with about our experience at Bar Italia was the service. There must have been at least 4 people who took care of us. The small round table was tight for 4 people - not enough room for all the plates and my 6 ft 4 uncle. The space is so noisy we could barely hear the maitre d recite the specials in his thick Italian accent.
The food was shockingly tasteless, and in the case of one appetizer - false advertising. No way was that real buffalo mozzarella (tasteless and solid; not soft, creamy or runny) nor was it worth $22 by any stretch. The carbonara that the waiter said was 'the best' had no richness or depth of flavor. My uncle asked for salt for a dish that is notoriously salty. While on the contrary, the salmon carpaccio was oversalted - I was crunching on chunks of it. Two afogados, fruid salad and a crepe nutella for dessert were barely the saving grace - can't really screw them up.

We work hard for our money and are happy to spend it on expensive meals that are worth it. This was not one of those cases. We are dismayed (disgusted, really) at a $460 bill for a 4 person meal that did not even include a bottle of wine. Never again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was impeccable! It felt like a spot in Rome. It seemed like plenty of locals ate there and we dropped in. We would eat there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was presented beautifully, the menu is well designed for people with all tastes. I had the mushroom risotto that was perfectly prepared. My dinner partner had the Branzino that was served whole minus the bones and seared on the inside. Delicious. Service was very good from being seated until the last moment. Thank you Bar Italia. We will see you soon

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love this neighborhood gem... and food is consistently good!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Bar Italia for me is the best everyday restaurant in Manhattan, excellent location, the food is outstanding, the service is great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food and service, however, can get noisy.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This Madison Avenue Italian bistro is great fun and very stylish not to mention the food and service are exceptional. Nadine, the restaurant manager, is superb

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very good service, they are now in white truffle season

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent in all respects, from service to cuisine...

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent...the only cavil...as the evening goes on the noise level hits deafening, so if you want an enjoyable dining experience, go early.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We love Bar Italia. Never miss it when in NYC. Great food, ambiance, service, and wine. I go for the amazing gluten free options.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Way to overly priced for both food and drinks. Seating is very congested. Drinks were very ordinary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service was terrible. Took forever to be greeted. We received dessert menus before we received our entrees.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the atmosphere love everything about the restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The staff was attentive and seated us promptly. The food and drinks were good, as usual. We were not rushed. It was on the noisy side.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Perfect place to talk and laugh for hours while enjoying some spectacular Italian food and delicious wine. 👌

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Nice to have a nice restaurant in the neighborhood

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch. Although a bit pricey, the food ad service were great!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Bar Italia is by far my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC. The services is always exceptional and the food is amazing. My fiancé and I invited special friends of ours from Denver and they were so very impressed that they cant wait to return to NYC to visit Bar Italia.

Vincent Salvatoriello

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. My wife and I enjoy the food and the service is outstanding. It is a quiet and no-fuss neighborhood restaurant. We feel very comfortable in this place.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We had the most wonderful dinner as always. Thank you.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Swordfish was very good and juicy (not overlooked!), liver was good but a bit too salty. Flan was a bit heavier/denser than is typical, almost a cross between a flan and a Creme brûlée.
Wait staff very pleasant and accommodating. Quarters a bit cramped, but workable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fun evening - staff was a bit confused. We had two servers asking us the same questions five minutes apart and it happened twice. Food was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We ate at Bar Italia during NY Restaurant Week. The prix fixe menu had fabulous choices. I had thinly sliced salmon (carpaccio) as appetizer and veal as entree. The salmon was delicious and the veal tender and flavourful. Paired the entree with a glass of montepulciano. It was smooth with complex mocha tones. This is my wife's favourite restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Bar Italia is always great with excellent food and a wonderful staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Much overhyped. I don't see the reason for all of the buzz. Nothing special here but the prices are high.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious pizza and some great Rose and White Wine.

Very comfortable and pleasant spot.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent, excellent Service.. food is the best. I ordered a Lynchee martini, one of the best i ever had.. very quiet and romantic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

I found a hair on my pasta. The manager did not even apologize, much less offer a solution. He just took the plate away.

Tags: Live Sports
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Good experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Heafty bill for our group w a single bottle of alcohol and split dishes between friends. But food was very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Lovely experience. Feels like a summer night in Italy. Great before or after program at The Armory. Great food and service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Waiters are pushing for selling whole bottles of wine even though we asked for glass

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I am a big fan of this restaurant as I've been there for many times, the food is really good, the service depends sometimes is really good sometimes can be not good at all. Another issue in my view is the reservations, most of the times the table is not available at the time you book, you have to wait sometimes 30-45 minutes, but again the food is outstanding.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Perfect, as always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We truly enjoyed everything! Will be going back very soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food is incredibly well prepared. Service personable and professional.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We always have the best meals at Bar Italia but it's the staff that always keeps us coming back because they treat me and everyone I bring like family. This is my neighborhood gem and I absolutely love it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The food was great but it took 45 minutes for us to get our food. And there were only a few other tables there. Not many people at all. It was very frustrating

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