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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Cozy (9)
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Romantic (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Terrible food. The ambiance is enjoyable. The waiters were nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Everything was very good but the regular menu was quite pricey. We booked because it was restaurant week and we were able to have a wonderful meal at an affordable price.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I went to Bar Italia for Restaurant Week lunch, therefore the value was excellent. I started with the salad which was perfect taste-wise and just size-wise for a pre-lunch salad. I went specifically for the Rigatoni w/veal ragu as that is a favorite dish and I'm always looking for a restaurant with a good one. It tasted just fine, but I found it a bit salty, so 4 stars for the entree. I ended with the Panna Cotta which was excellent. Service was excellent. They were attentive without being overbearing and all the staff I dealt with were pleasant. I'd definitely recommend Bar Italia to friends.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Bar Italia is just perfect! Great food, good services, nice atmosphere, for friends, for families, love it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff, decor, food and service was all outstanding. An absolute gem.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very good service. Had a carbonara that was good but not superb. Overall nice but very expensive drinks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for my birthday dinner. It was great in every way! Definitely going back!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

It is small restaurant but it's cozy. I had best risotto after many years! The service was nice. The food was authentic Italian, I lived there, I know how it is. The audience was mixed, mature and younger people.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Too expensive for what it is. (Guess they have to pay the rent on Madison Ave.) The worst thing was that the Manager had an argument with the Hostess, which escalated in the back, and he yelled "You're fired!" Might not have meant it though as she seemed to still be there when we finished dinner. Not very professional way to run a very small restaurant!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food is really good.service too. We had the opportunity to talk to the chef and he suggested to call a day before so he can make a amazing food event

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love this restaurant! A favorite go to when in NYC!! Great food, drinks and service!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always love this restaurant just 2 blocks from home

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Awesome top chef Dennis delivers art of Italian cuisine. Absolute miracle. Love it

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place, veey good food, friendly waiters and chef

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and service. Very nice place. Highly recommended Italian food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent gluten free menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Tables are very very close to one another and tiny!
No room for food if you order salad & main dish!
Waiter can’t get around table to serve without hitting other table..
It’s just not a dining “ experience”.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

All was great.. except drinks are too small. Smallest we ever had.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant did not disappoint. The food was fresh and filled with flavor. The GF options were fantastic. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about each dish, wine, etc. Service was excellent. I can't say enough about this restaurant. It is must for locals and visitors to NYC.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

My friend and I had a wonderful lunch. I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This place should really be relegated to tourists who don't know any better but it seems that a slew of UES mavens who don't want to walk a couple blocks from their apartment to eat keep this place in business. The food is unremarkable, the decor is early 90s all white, the service was tepid and even the gent who asked what kind of water we preferred had an attitude. Not a place to have a business lunch, not a place to see and be seen, not a place for a decent meal. Skip it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great ambiance, great service, and personal attention from every worker at the restaurant. Food is excellent and Antonio is wonderful. A little pricey, but wonderful atmosphere worth the drive

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent food and service and great ambiance

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

2nd visit in 2 weeks - dined at the bar this time (am a dine at the bar kinda guy) and although very pleasant did not have a great vibe for dining. Food, Service, etc all still great this is just a personal preference . . . defiantly will be back - at a table 😀

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent impeccable service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went specifically for the Branzino and it was awesomely delicious as was everything else we consumed that's evening and such a great wine list. . .will definitely be back to try other dishes

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

95th birthday lunch

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great Branzino and Aperol Spritz !!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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
 (Glasgow)·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 11, 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
 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best Branzino in NYC !

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 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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 (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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