Pietro Cucina Italiana

4.4
205 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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vipScooter
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were outside and were told that it would be warm but it was cold and then hot and cold and hot. Originally the waiter was rushing us and then we couldn’t get his attention. The food was amazing and flavorful. The food alone is worth the trip. The service was not so great.

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MorganW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent waiter, fast service, delicious food and good portions. Waiting area was a bit crowded.

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KarenD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always wonderful here! Thank you Pietro!

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ElizabethK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wasnt too happy w music and felt a bit rushed Otherwise great food and service. Friendly atmosphere!

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vipAlanK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peitro's has been consistently outstanding in all categories. So popular on the weekends, I am told by many friends, when it can have a higher noise level when packed (what place does not), I dine out typically during the week (I am fortunate that my schedule permits this). I am grateful they are open Mondays as they are without doubt, the best available that day in the St. James wide catchment area- authentic, with an outstanding selection of creative food and wine list and outstanding service. If you think you are beyond this area, it is well worth the trip:) For the remainder of the week, there is some competition that they can match in value!
Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

This is the second time they kept us waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time for a table. Not to mention they don’t have enough real estate to keep people waiting.....we weren’t the only ones. It was quite annoying to have to stand in a small crowded space for 45 minutes past reservation time waiting to be seated. They clearly over book this place on a regular basis. Not to mention their parking lot isn’t equipped to handle a crowd that size so it’s nearly impossible to park in their lot and there isn’t on street parking available. Due to the large crowd the staff took an excessive amount of time to take our other and serve our food. I brought this to the attention to multiple staff members and the only thing a got was a weak and empty apology. I can’t see myself going here again anytime soon

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vipDianeV
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was average. I felt like I make better shrimp. Was blah no flavor. Also paid for fries we never got.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Pietro’s. The food is delicious and the service top notch. Can’t wait to come back for another meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We had a 7:30 reservation and they sat us at 8:45! We were just about to leave when they sat us. This is a serious problem that this restaurant needs to change. It apparently happens regularly. It was not a fluke.They did offer us a complimentary glass of champagne and apologies, but honestly, i just wanted to eat. The other issue is that the tables are so close together that they have to pull the table out so you can get in or out. It feels like you are eating with the people next to you.
What makes it so frustrating is that the food is really good, fresh and inventive. I hope they change the way they handle reservations so that we can go again. Until then, we will stick with restaurants that honor their reservations.

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billw
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. It’s a must stop whenever I am on the island. Go out of your way to dine here.

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Ruthm
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was our first time there. We made 7:30 reservations we waited 35 mins to be seated. our waitress was wonderful and the food was delicious. it just was very loud and you sit very close together not a good place for a date night if you want to talk. We will try it again

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RaymondM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional. Decent size portions.

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vipDawnD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, food is delicious. Definitely will go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! We will be back.

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EveM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went early on a Sunday and had an outstanding meal. We had aracini, beet salad, pork chops and roast chicken. Everything was delicious, although the pork wasn’t as tender as I had hoped. Flavors were tasty! Coffee was nice and flavorful. Service was very good.

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Tonjac85
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant (but even a wait w/ a reservation)

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joys
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place so much!!!!

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visitor
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My rack of lamb was outstanding. Both us enjoyed everything we ordered. Definitely professional service and quality. We will return soon!

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ScottM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always
I wish I could eat here every weekend
My wife move it just as much as I do

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GERARDS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We only started going to Pietro last month and have now made it our place to go. The food is outstanding, had the pork chops, skirt steak and the ossobucco as well as some sides of vegtables. They were all very tasty and the food was served hot. Service is outstanding

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EricL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pietro is an incredibly gracious host food was delicious. We enjoyed our experience thoroughly.

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CarolT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the Sicilian-inspired menu! Our dishes were delicious.

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TaylorK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi with truffle sauce was absolutely amazing. We went at 5 on a Saturday and it was empty and quiet. It was a bit chilly so bring a sweater. Nicely decorated for Valentine’s Day. Service was great.

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vipJR05
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first time eating at the restaurant and you are immediately made to feel welcome. Our friends were there ahead of us and had a lively conversation going with the friendly bartender. Our waiter was attentive (but not overly so) and also very amiable. We all enjoyed our appetizers (I tasted both the eggplant and an artichoke appetizer - delicious) and we had 4 different main courses, which we were all very pleased with. My friend seemed to especially enjoy the skirt steak.
What really made the evening special was Pietro himself coming to our table and spending time talking with us and having a real conversation. We were the last table there and I was concerned about not holding up the staff who had already worked a long day. Pietro insisted on our staying and enjoying our Grappa and Port. While the food was outstanding, it was the people that truly made it special.

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vipKateT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent... a little tight on space but the food makes up for it!

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KNNN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We dined this past Saturday of Restaurant week. First I need to say that the owners are fantastic and were extremely hands on and accommodating and genuinely interested in us and our experience, however we should not have chosen this particular nite to dine there. I was unaware that the special menu was stopped at 6pm on this nite, and did not see this noted on their website when I made the reservation. It should have been more prominent I guess. I had been wanting to dine here anyway, and since we had a date with friends thought it would be a good choice. We had an 8.30 reservation and when we arrived early to enjoy a drink at the bar, we could not even get in the door. We finally were seated just before 9pm It was that crowded and I assume they were that far behind in seating. Mistake was that they never should have booked so heavily, especially when you know people like to linger in this quaint atmospshere with some wine. Looked like no one was getting up from their earlier reservations. Anyway the service was attentive considering the full house. The appetizers were great and all of our dinners were excellent except for one which our guest did not care for (strange tasting cream sauce). I believe we were just about the last people in the room just before 11. Anyway, its a hot spot, the food is good if not pricey, and I would come back on a quiet weeknight.

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vipFoodude
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastico!

Foods of Italy, not chicken parm!! ( nothing wrong with that, but this is not the place for that)

Delicious, creative dishes, great service, with every effort to please!
Love Pietro!

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MichaelP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Incredible food! As long as you don't mind being a bit cramped, definitely worth a trip.

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ScottM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing
I am already booked to go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

We had a reservation for 730 we were seated at 8:10
We were squished in between two other tables with no movement and you could hear everything other people were speaking about.The parties on either side of us had never been there and neither had we and we all agreed we wouldn't return. It appeared if you knew the Dining staff that you were made first with service. We were told there was no ketchup for the fries or mayonnaise. We asked for a lemon for our water and never received it. The food was brought and we spoke to our server one time. Overall our food was good everything is à la cart. It took 15 minutes to get a check. Sorry to say we will not return I feel like they stuff people into a small place and move them out as quickly as possible. The overall building is beautiful and would be much better served With a couple fewer tables and their reservations spread further apart . This restaurant Should allow people to set and enjoy their meal !

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vipMitchellB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

When I go to a first class Restuarant with a reservation ..., wait I’ll see does not work ,
A first class establishment has a wait staff Sufficiently prepared for the reservations
Booked. Space was very tight I guess trying to
Utilize every inch ... talked to and listened to tables
To our left and right. Tight too close
Very noisy
meal was decent
Not a “wow”
Parking lot was pitch black not a light to be seen
Perfect for a trip and fall
Be awhile before I’d revisit too many more
Accommodating Restaurants locally

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JosephJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nicely decorated, lively ambiance, Restaurant week so very busy. Food portions seemed small but it was delicious

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CeciliaS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week and it was busy but the food was very good, we will definitely be back.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I loved my appetizer. My main course was skimpy and not as good as the description made it sound. I tasted no duck in the ravioli. The dessert was even skimpier. I understand this was a special menu for restaurant week but there were only 3 choices at the restaurant week price. There were a few other choices where you had to add an additional $14-$18. My feeling was that if you are going to participate in restaurant week don’t inflate prices from what is advertised, have a bigger selection, and keep the portions what they would be normally

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vipAlisonR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious ! Truffle gnocchi! Please keep this on the menu!
I will be back

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Doc4Brain
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for restaurant week. It was spectacular. The owner and staff were quite attentive, the food was delicious. Had the shrimp and scallops for appetizer and they were great. I had the Broatini (made in a cheese wheel) and it was like being back in Italy. We will definitely be back.

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vipStevenfromSetauket
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious, well plated and the restaurant owner is hands-on.
I've eaten there once a week for the past 4 weeks! Be sure to make a reservation on Friday & Saturday nights! See you there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So incredible!!!

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vipCraftymom
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Considering it was restaurant week this review may not be accurate for normal times. Restaurant has nice decor. Rear parking lot was unlit, an accident waiting to happen. Staff was pleasant but totally overwhelmed. Food was good. Music was much too loud especially since customer conversations were very loud. Didn't help that some patrons were not using indoor voices. Can't recommend them but would give them a second chance under normal circumstances.

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vipJohnA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice thanks!

FAQs

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

Pietro Cucina Italiana is rated 4.4 stars by 205 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.