Pietro St. James

4.3
28 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience. The ownership and staff when above and beyond, very helpful with any questions on the menu. Very efficient as well. Food was amazing!

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M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We’ve must have hit one of those nights. Tables must have been added to the dining room - it was very tight. It was hot in there, noise level was loud, and servers were squeezing by to deliver food. Our appetizers and entree - Rice balls, paella, and lamb shank were just okay. We’ve have patronized Pietro a couple of times prior and it was much better. We don’t know what happened but it needs a fix.

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AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time I've been here, and I really like this place. The food is good and the staff is nice and fun

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SL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pietro is upscale restaurant with excellent food and ambiance other that the noise level that made conversation for older people a bit difficult. Attentive and friendly staff.

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B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our anniversary. Waiter was very good, answered all our questions about the dishes. We weren’t rushed through each course, which was noteworthy as it was packed that night. Food was delicious. Limoncello on the house was a nice touch and perfect way to end the evening. Highly recommend.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant! The food is amazing!

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LM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice staff. Good was flavorful .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and even better food. It was not a meal but a wonderful experience.

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second experience was out of this world! The owner is very kind and made us delicious old fashioned cocktails and he also gave us a complimentary appetizer. The other appetizers and meals were amazing, as usual. This is the best restaurant on the Island, for sure. Thank you for the authentic Italian fare.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We were unable to keep our reservation due to the fact that they are not wheelchair accessible. We were sad to hear that

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JL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Was able to make a reservation on a Saturday night about an hour before for 9PM. It was packed! Service was excellent, the food was delicious. Prices were decent. Would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, authentic Italian food!! You won’t be disappointed.

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but way too crowded. Virtually push out by the attendant to make room for the next seating- was not asked if we wanted dessert or anything else. And not by the waiter. And we are sensitive to the timing and were not overstaying our welcome. Way too noisy. And the owner selectively stopped by some tables, not ours. Was really hoping that this could be an additional go-to place for us, but this is our last visit for sure.

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent. Place was way too crowded. Surprised that the fire dept would allow so many people in at one time. We got rushed to leave and on that note we will not be returning.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 7. Everyone was chatting during drinks and apps... then our main courses arrived. We continued for a minute to chat, and the moment came ...the food was so good no one spoke to each other, for the right reasons . Was my 2nd time there, and def not my last
Brava!

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LA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We got there at 6:30 pm, at that time service was excellent, however by 7:30 the place was packed and service went downhill. Food was okay, not great. Expected more from the homemade pasta bolognese but it was lacking taste very bland, same with the gnocchi. Rice balls looked good but also bland. Mixed meat/cheese platter very expensive but very little cheese. Overall food rating 3 stars

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MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably our 5th time back, great food, service and atmosphere. Staff and management make you feel like an old friend back to visit.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pietro restaurant was truly a wonderful experience. The ambiance is warm and inviting the service was delightful and the food was superb. I definitely will return with friends very soon.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pietro’s is definitely one of our new favorite restaurants. We frequent there often, and it’s always delicious. The owner is so nice and accommodating as well as the rest of the staff!

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JL
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

I cannot emphasize how poor our experience was here. We have eaten here several times before and have overall been ambivalent. The food is decent, the prices are higher than average, which I generally don’t mind if the experience is worthwhile. The wine list is very limited and overpriced. Tonight, however, was an epic disaster. We had a 7 pm reservation and were not seated for over an hour! Many other people waited at least as long. The owner was completely dissociated from what was going on and also unapologetic. The service was poor including lack of attention and bringing us the wrong meals! Considering all aspects of the evening this was one of the worst restaurants we have ever been to. We will not be back. With so many outstanding alternatives in St. James, why would we?

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It appears that our expectations from reading other reviews exceeded our actual experience. While the service was exceptional it boarded on being over whelming and intrusive. Somewhat limited menu selections with average results and presentation. Some of the mussels were under cooked and my pasta dish was too salty. The best part of the meal was the panna cotta that we had for dessert.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and very attentive service!

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DD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good with unbelievable service! Will def go back agsin.

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w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my second time here and i am still wowed over the food, the ambiance and vibe of this restaurant. There are only about
50 seats max so a reservation is highly suggested. the owner greets you at the door which is a treat because you know he takes pride in his restaurant. Saturday night was packed and we had a 8 o’clock reservation so we had to wait a few to be seated but didn’t mind at all. Once seated you feel like you are home. place is very cozy with tables close to each other but i didn’t mind at all because each table was enjoying their guests and enjoying the food. the reason we all come to Pietro is because the food is delicious and freshly made.
Like at home you don’t rush your guests same here at Pietro’s. The service was as expected for an establishment that prides itself on freshness and perfection.
so don’t come here if you want food thrown at you and to feel rushed. Come here because of the company you are entertaining and to experience a first rate dining experience.
I want to say thank you to the whole staff of Pietro for a great evening. we will be back again.

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MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I walked into Pietros and were almost immediately given a nice glass of champagne! The place was alive with Saturday night excitement. The smell of the food was giving me hints of what to order with the staff ultra pleasantly circulating the floor. We sat and enjoyed one of the best meals of this year. Awesomeness all around!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant. From the warm welcome, to the unequivocally delicious food, this restaurant is superb. The service is top quality in making sure that all was spot on. From the appetizer to the desert all was well presented scrumptious . (The gnocchi is absolutely heavenly I have to say). We will definitely be back to celebrate life!

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BV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful meal. We will definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning of meal to end everything was delicious!!!

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