Maria Pia

3.9
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3102 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Although many restaurants in the theater district bill themselves as trattorias, few achieve the authentic feel and taste of Maria Pia. This charming Italian eatery boasts comfortable indoor seating for 80, a sun-dappled, 20-seat, rear outdoor garden, and a genial mood that makes the menu that much more savory. The three-course prix fixe menus offer dishes slick enough for savvy palates that still taste as if they were cooked up by mama Maria herself.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great reasonably priced meal. Friendly servers and so close to Broadway theaters.

KK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We arrived for our reservation and we were asked if we wanted to drink wine or liquor with our meal. When we said yes we were told that their liquor license had a problem and we could eat in their other restaurant with the same menu. The waiter escorted us to the other restaurant. It was fine. The upstairs had older furniture and the bathroom needs updating. Service was slow but they were nice

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience at Maria Pia. The food was outstanding and the service was quick and reliable. We will definitely be coming back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For some reason, they lost their liquor license, so no wine available. Restaurant was very cold. Staff was attentive. Food was good (not great, not bad). Very reasonable price fixe lunch, so good place for theater matinee show. Just don't expect too much.

g
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had 4 of us for a pre-show dinner. The food was decent. The menu advertises buffalo mozzarella but when I asked for chicken parm with buffalo (because I’m allergic to cows milk) they didn’t have it. I still got the chicken parm with no cheese. The chicken was very thinly sliced and kind of dry. But it wasn’t bad, just wished they would have come out and told me no buffalo mozzarella so I could have changed order if I wanted to. Service was good. Drinks were good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food but they do not have a liquor license. No drinks, not even a glass of wine. We stayed anyway, but it would have been nice to know ahead of time.

IH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was just awful. We had been there before several times and it was quite nice. Do not know what happened. When we walked in, we were told we couldn't get any wine. Upon inquiry we were told there had been a problem and their liquor license had been suspended. The food was inedible;; don't know what they did to the veal. The potatoes were ice cold. Worst restaurant experience ever.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I used to love Maria Pia and it was my go to place in the theater area. They now have lost their liquor license. No drinks at all. So they escorted us several doors down the street to where they have a small 2nd restaurant where they can serve alcohol. Don't go there! Frank Sinatra music was blaring on a tape which looped around, playing the same songs repeatedly at a deafening volume. Service was terribly slow; they don't have enough help working there. And maybe the kitchen is very small. Whatever, it was actually stressful, not pleasant to have dinner there. The people who work there are very nice and try to be helpful, but this spin off of Maria Pia is to be avoided, even though they have the same menu and prices.
I am waiting for them to resolve the liquor license problem before I go back to the argil Maria Pia and I will never go back to the new spin-off place they have opened.

BR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I f I could give it zero stars I would have. They directed us several doors down the street to their sister restaurant because they temporarily didn't have a liquor license. The restaurant was unfinished, the staff was unpacking and organizing liquor. The restaurant was cold despite the space heater that was on . Everything we ordered from the tea through the main course was cold. The chicken parm was obviously made from a frozen patty. The sauce was like Chef Boyardee. The service matched the quality of the food. All this after we were assured that this sister restaurant would have the same menu and same chef etc. The entire experience was dreadful. We have been going to Maria Pia's for years - every time we're in NYC. We will never return.

a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious. It’s a low key restaurant near the theater district .

LC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely interior, excellent service, excellent meals reasonably priced

J
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated in a quiet part of the restaurant, which felt cozy and welcoming. The food was wonderful. We had the grilled octopus appetizer, which was the best octopus we have ever eaten. I had perfectly cooked trenete pasta with sugar di peace and my husband had a moist and flavorful chicken valdostana. The staff was friendly and attentive. It was a wonderful end to a long day of seeing the Christmas sights in the cit

JP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was extremely slow. Portions are small and pricey and not much of a pre-theater menu without incurring additional costs. I don’t think the menu descriptions accurately portrayed what came when the fishes were served. Everything is adequate. Had to ask for water and refills. I hate when waiters don’t know who ordered what and call out the orders. Expect more for the cost.

B
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This has been my husband's favorite restaurant. But when we walked in we were told they lost their liquor license. So that was bad! But we stayed because on a Saturday night in New York City you can't just walk into a restaurant and be seated. When we ordered we were told that our favorite desert Pana Conta that they make in house was not available. So I ordered Tiramissue. So my dinner came which I ordered there all the time. It was not good. It was shrimp, but it was drenched in lemon and i hated it. When my desert came it was a very very small piece. Usually it is a large piece and can't even finish it. Not sure if we will return there.

D
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Such a disappointing visit, whilst the food was excellent, there was an issue with their liquor licence which meant we couldn’t have wine with the meal. No attempt to contact us ahead of the booking to pre-warn us and as the meal was a celebration ahead of a show, this was a real shame

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

no liquor licenses was not advertised

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We went here after a Broadway play - no alcohol and bad service. They were more focused on cleaning tables as opposed to serving the ones that actually had people at them.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So weird. We arrived for our reservation and were asked if we would be drinking. When I said I might like a glass of wine, I was told, “get your coat, follow me. We will go 2 doors down to our sister restaurant. Same menu, same everything.” I asked why and she vaguely explained there was ann issue with their liquor license. Well we followed the hostess down the street, into another restaurant, up the stairs to a super hot, humid space. The man there said I could choose between 2 horrible tables in a hallway. I said, “no thank you. This is unacceptable.” He said, “I completely understand.”
We left, walked a few blocks to Becco. We were seated in 3 minutes and had a fabulous experience there.
I should have been notified in advance by Maria Pia or Open Tabke. Disappointing.

SE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Maria Pia is not a high end, gourmet restaurant; it’s a solid Italian bistro that offers good food and efficient businesslike service, and is a good value for the money. It’s ideal for pre-theater dinners: if you’re there on time you’ll make your curtain time. The atmosphere is cozy but not nearly as cramped as other restaurants in the area.

LB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Italian food, staff went above and beyond! 10/10 would come back, I truly loved this place!

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third visit to Maria Pia for a before theater meal with several guests. It is always what I want my guests to experience when visiting Broadway. The restaurant is cozy, the food is excellent, and the price is right. You can’t go wrong when looking for the perfect pre-theater meal.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had to be seated four doors down to buy alcohol. Other than that, great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The tomate sauce is perfect, but they don’t have all menu declared it.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had to wa

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been here multiple times and have always loved everything. The service, the food, the while atmosphere has historically been wonderful. So we were somewhat surprised when we arrived for our reservation (made a month in advance) to find that the restaurant had issues with their liquor license and if we wanted alcohol we would need to go to their “sister” restaurant a few doors down. Strange to say the least. Having been dining in NYC for many years this was a new experience. Why weren’t we contacted in advance? Probably because they assumed we would change our plans. (Hopefully it was only the liquor license that was an issue). We decided to go with the flow and we’re glad that we did. The servers went out of their way to ensure we had the same great experience, the food was just as awesome as always. Glad we stayed and hopefully things get straightened out for them soon. We will definitely be back, hopefully at the original location as the ambience there is just a bit more homey!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great. Disappointing there was no alcohol. But great food and service.

GG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I would recommend but not due to this last visit. We were seated fairly quickly not having had a reservation which was nice. Bar Tender [sorry forgot his name] was very pleasant and accommodating.

Waitress was MIA most of the visit and un-attentive when she was. My pasta dish was flavorless and should have had more than 3 bites of eggplant it being an eggplant dish. Needless to say 3/4 of my meal remained in the dish and no one asked why? I had a coupon so tossed it up to I didn't have a coupon and paid for the two of 3 meals that were eaten.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes were delicious. The prices were reasonable.

KP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

My husband and I visit NYC once a year at Christmas time. Lunch at Maria Pia is always a tradition. This year we walked into an empty restaurant. We walked in the waiter told us that they were having issues with their liquor license and that they wouldn’t be able to serve any wine or drinks at lunch. We considered going somewhere else but loved our traditional lunch at Maria Pia so much that we decided to stay. We ordered our food and when it came to us it was so basic; something that we could’ve made at home, nothing special. It made us very sad that one of our favorite restaurants is in this place. We probably will not return.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

They were having trouble with their liquor license so we were moved down the street to their sister location. Our server was outstanding. The food was ok/good. Burrata app and Caesar salad were delicious as were the meatballs. The red sauce was just ok and the vodka sauce a little bland. All around it was a pleasant experience but I have to be wowed to return to the same spot in NYC twice.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been enjoying this restaurant for years. It’s quiet, off the beaten path and the food is excellent.

GP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive service. Good value for price fixe. Fresh lemon flavor in piccata.

j
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

we arrived at Maria Pia on time and were greated by a lovely lady who asked us whether we were having drinks or dinner. When I told her that we were having both, she ushered us out of the restaurant and down the block to a different restaurant. We climbed the flight of stairs leading to the upper level of the new establishment where I saw familiar servers. When we attempted to order a bottle of wine, we were told that they were out of that wine. When we ordered the special, we were told that they were out of it. This was at 6:00 p.m., mind you!

The food was fine and so was the service. The noise level was deafening. They obviously need to get their act together and until they do, I would not recommend the place, nor would I go back.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We got to the restaurant in time for our reservations on time and were told they couldn’t serve alcohol so if we wanted a seeing we had to do to their “sister” restaurant a few doors down. Ok. We were taken down the street (very weird) and taken upstairs where there were many empty tables all set to go but told to wait at the bar while they set up our table. We waited several minutes but nothing. We asked about the empty tables and were told they were expecting other people. Prbly about ten empty tables. We reminded them we had 6:15 reservations and had to make a show and we were there on time so what was the pblm? “Price fixe” menu was 2 appies (both salads). 5 out of 7 entrees had up charges and 2 out of 3 desserts were not available. Coffee was extra. Wait service was excellent however. They did offer us a glass of wine while waiting. Food was very average. We won’t return.

SF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is very nice and so is the staff. However, the food was better last time I went. Not sure if they changed owners. The fettuccini alfredo could've been better. The burrata was good but presentation could've been much better (as it was years ago). The restaurant does not have a liquor license so even though there are wine bottles everywhere as décor, you cant drink there. I'm sorry I don't have better news.

DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Oddly, I made a reservation for 7 people at 5:45. We arrived and were told we had to be seated "two doors down" at their sister restaurant - Spoonfed. It was the exact menu as Maria Pia, however, it had no name on it. I had been to Maria Pia before so I knew the food was good. I was just suprised that they didn't call me to advise that they had a problem - the host told us their liquor license had been suspended. We were not going to drink, but we were still directed elsewhere. I guess they didn't call people who had reservations because they figured we would go elsewhere. Later on when we passed by Maria Pia, we could see a few tables were taken.

D
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great meal at Maria PIA. Had family in town and there was 7 of us for dinner. Good food , great attentive service and lots of menu choices for everyone! I
definitely will return. It’s a great place for the value with quality food and service. So great to find a place like this in NYC. THANKS MARIA PIA.

J
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was recommended to us highly this place we went for dinner what can I say the food was amazing soon as we walked in we felt warm The metro D was so nice polite we never have this kind of service like this we will celebrating anniversary The food was amazing we love this place new customer I live like six blocks away never went to this place I said than me give a try but now this is my place go to Love the food service thank you Maria Pia Love the food service thank you Maria Pia 👍👍🙏🙏🙏

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Maria Pia at least for now has lost their liquor license and could not serve us drinks or wine with dinner. Also I had a gift certificate for $25 and as soon as I presented it to the server, he took my bill back and tacked on a 20% mandatory gratuity on the tab. I always tip 20% on the total anyways but I found it very rude and offensive that the waiter decided to make sure I wasn’t going to stiff him once he saw I was using a gift certificate.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The restaurant was fairly full on a Saturday evening but the service horrendous. Our waiter never introduced himself and quickly took our order and said it would be best to order everything at once. Appetizers were overcooked. The entrees came out 45 minutes after we completed our appetizers with little to no attention paid to us during that time. Food quality on the main courses were bland and tasted like pre-made items.