Pietro Cucina Italiana

4.3
264 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
New York City restaurateurs Pietro and Kelly Molendini took over the classic St. James farmhouse turned restaurant. The former co-owners of Vite Vinosteria in Astoria, Queens, who had moved from the city to Centerport, spent the summer renovating the dining room to a modern, clean look with neutral tones and contemporary artwork from Pietro Molendini's native Rome. They also expanded the bar from about four to 11 seats. Pietro Molendini has spent 30 years in the food industry, with a decade of that at Cipriani and stints at both Bar Pitti and Da Silvano. Along the way, he met chef Fabian Garcia Manca, who eventually headed the kitchen at Vito Vinosteria and now joins the Molendini’s in St. James. Kelly Molendini said Manca and her husband scour the tristate area and beyond for ingredients. "They are never home," she joked, and said that the pair source some of their meat from the Bronx, burrata from New Jersey and dried pasta from Italy and Sicily.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Don’t book a “late” reservation if you’re looking to enjoy your meal and not be rushed - our reservation was at 8:30. We were told we had to order app and entree at the start. Why couldn’t we order the app that we knew we wanted before deciding on a meal. The staff clearly wanted to get home and move the dinner along to the point where we left wine on the table. No one asked us if we wanted dessert either. Won’t go back based on their service. If you don’t want guests to enjoy their meal, then don’t show 8:30 or later reservations. Wasn’t looking to be there until 11pm but also wasn’t expecting to be served the bill after the last bite. Disappointing after hearing such great things

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vipMeaty1972
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Loved the homemade pasta!

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THOMASS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening for outdoor dining. Staff was great and the food was perfect

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Clifftv1
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve passed this restaurant forever and have wanted to try. Glad we did. Very crowded which is a great sign of good food and service.
We had outdoor dining which was great. No rush with service which was greatly appreciated.
I was in a mood for steak and ordered the NY Strip. Asked for med-rare and got med-well. Wasn’t happy but it was still delicious. Server provided us with a complimentary after dinner drink which was greatly appreciated.
Everyone else ordered Italian and their food was delicious. We will come again. When driving by and see the lights, come in for a great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food ; sat inside was a bit loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Pietro wasn’t there that night and it was truly evident. I’ll leave it at that.

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vipJohnR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and fabulous service. White tablecloths and outdoor patio seating as well. The best bronzino around. The eggplant appetizer is also my favorite.

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vipCharlieO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My wife and I had dinner with another couple. As we waited for other couple it took a while to be asked for a cocktail. Other couple arrived and put in drink order. We toasted to memorial day weekend and the waiter just basically came over and said what can I get you. My wife and I ordered the Rabbit cacciatore special. It looked delicious but it tasted like the salt shakers fell into the pan. It was literally so salty that my wife snd I could’t finish it. We told the waiter but nothing was done with check or deserts or free round of drinks.......nothing. Since rabbit is not readily available and common I question the freshness of it since it was so heavily salted. I had a stomach issue at restaurant and all through night into morning.

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vipMssy57
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both loved our meals and the service. The conversation noise level made it difficult to hear each other.

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Mailboxhead
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Best restaurant on long Island. Pietro is always warm, welcoming and attentive. His personal touch is always present. And his wine pucks are top notch.

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SajidZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table for 930. Kitchen closes at 9.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Was closed!!! Drove all the way there for NOTHING

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Reserved outside and was not outside. Totally ignored by bus service did not bring bread extra utensils etc

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipRyanT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Made reservations on a Saturday night 5 minutes before I arrived . We were seated at a table which was situated in the corner alone , enjoyed the seclusion out to eat with my wife . Waitress took our order promptly and was very nice . Drinks came out right away , with main course to follow . The whole chicken was delicious but undercooked and bloody on some pieces . The lamb shank was cooked to perfection . No dessert tonight , will be back , good neighborhood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pietros is a “go to” for us. The food is outstanding, and the service and ambiance are great. I would recommend Pietros to anyone looking for authentic Italian cuisine.

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love4yoga
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious! Service was accommodating. Great selection and ambiance.
Can’t wait to go again.

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vipcodymom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got there at 710 for a 7pm reservation. We were seated at 720. We ordered drinks. It took 25 min. We ordered dinner. By 9pm we still didn’t have our food. So we left. The place was a madhouse. Shortage of help. It was a miserable experience. Would never go back

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MaryMay
Dublin
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent! The appetizers of burrata with prosciutto and carpaccio were gorgeous, delicious and generous! The stuffed pork chop was amazing! Pasta with shrimp in pesto sauce was so good and so much we enjoyed it for lunch the next day! So happy to have made it here during restaurant week!

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Yimin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Favorite is the appetizer. I ordered Montauk swordfish but it is not as good as what I expected. My friend ordered pork chop which is very tasty.

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AlexZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was presented well, just not seasoned at all, everything was bland. Even desert had no sweet taste with the brownie/ ice cream.

Service was quite good but inside is a confined and one load table make it hard to have any conversation.

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vipMamaberries
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We chose Pietro Cucina for a birthday celebration, and we needed a restaurant that would accommodate and honor an outdoor reservation, which they did. We were warmly greeted by Pietro, and shown to a table with heaters. The waiter could not have been nicer. The food was outstanding and truly homemade. The only downside was that the restaurant was quite busy (Saturday night), so the food came out very slowly. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience and we will surely be return patrons.

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LorettaL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

aside from having a celebratory dinner party next to us they were very loud and enjoying themselves, however we were sitting outside where the acoustics were not great, we enjoyed the food and staff

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vipdannytac
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good; typically is but service is never consistently good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food good, service good... didnt blow me away for the price of my meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and an overall wonderful experience.

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PeterC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Owner was very accommodating. Service was extremely slow. Too many guests in the restaurant for the number of servers. Food was excellent.

JM
JohnM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was great, the only minor complaint I had was the Ribeye steak special was tough. All other food ordered was superb! Staff was great too!

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Maria
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing!!! Every bite was delish. Service was off. They seemed too busy for the amount of staff. Took a lot of time in between orders & getting drinks or food. They seemed very disorganized. Wasn't impressed with the ambiance/decor at all. I expected nicer than outdoor grass carpet & metal uncomfortable tables in the enclosed outside section.
Again, the food was unforgettable. The drinks were good as well. I'd go again, but not a Fri/ Sat night. Too much crowd for them to handle.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night! Food was delicious....waitress was great!

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vipdoctooch
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have made Pietro a regular place to dine. The food is well prepared and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and authentic. The service was great too. Can’t wait to go back.

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Dixon
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night out. Food was superb service equally good. The annex where we sat was very comfortable. All in all an excellent evening

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spring Sunday complete with dinner at Pietro!! Our server, Steven was absolutely fantastic! We had tried both of his recommendations, the appetizer scallop special and the veal ziti pasta special and were blown away. We also had the red wine reduction marinated pears and ricotta appetizer and have to say it was perfect for a spring day. Pro tip: Spread the pears and ricotta on the warm crispy bread they provide you in the beginning of the meal! Everything was fantastic thank you for a fantastic Sunday evening ❤️

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vipNevercookanymore
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just amazing! The staff is right in and the owner is so personable
One of our favorite restaurants. !
The patio and outdoor space are so nice!

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Foodie67
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious! Wait staff did not come by after we received a meal to see if we needed more drinks, salt… Cheese for our pasta etc. Sitting outside it was very loud with all the cars revving their engines going by. Overall we will go back but would sit inside

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Place got very crowded and do not sit near kitchen too much traffic,

JM
JamesM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Best authentic Italian food - fine Italian cuisine. Like dining in Rome or Florence.

FAQs

Pietro Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (631) 862-6129.

Pietro Cucina Italiana is rated 4.3 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.