Via Della Pace

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Via Della Pace is known not only for its unique and reasonably priced Italian cuisine, but for its extensive wine list and exclusive atmosphere. Truly one of the Lower East Side's hidden gems, Via Della Pace offers great music, authentic food and a friendly staff.
Family owned, it's menu features many signature dishes such as "The Fettuccine Mama Munda," a recipe passed through generations to the restaurant's owner. Their original dishes are complimented by their freshly made Sangria and innovative cocktail list.
With the restaurant floor set three feet above street level, it's elegant floor to ceiling windows allow patrons to look out at one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods while enjoying their meal. Additional seating can be found in our cozy party room which provides patrons with a more personal dining experience or in our in extremely popular outdoor section that opens during the summer months.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great price, great atmosphere. Super friendly staff!

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eccellente! Dal servizio al cibo all educazione del personale. Tornerò presto.

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MH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food & ambiance was great. They played great music. Overall a great experience. Definately coming back! All my friends loved it too. If you are looking for a quiet night then I would go somewhere else.

AK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian cuisine in an intimate environment at a reasonable price point.

KJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been going to Via della Pace for years, and it continues to serve very good Italian food in a fun atmosphere. It's quite noisy, but so are most popular NYC restaurants of its size.

KK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the Italian authenticity

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We got parked downstairs which smelled a bit musty. Upstairs is way, way, better. Remember, this place only takes cash too.

SR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the real Italian cuisine in NYC (said by an Italian D.O.C.) in a welcoming and exciting environment

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il primo vero ristorante italiano di New York degno di questo nome. Una serata veramente da osteria romana in piena regola. Simpatia e buon cibo!

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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

meravigliosa

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TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really, my only reservation is the noise level. Otherwise a fine place, space, experience.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience at Via Della Pace. Food was excellent and service was on point. For a great neighborhood Italian meal this is the place to go.

EO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely FANTASTIC food. Prices were extremely modest for an NYC restaurant. Decor was very understated and old school but not an issue. Small restaurant was very loud but again, not an issue. Even if it was, the food and price make this a must go to place!

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! Was celebrating a birthday and everyone was very accommodating.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Mi hanno annullato una prenotazione un'ora prima della cena. Chiamato per sapere il motivo ma nessuno ha risposto. Veramente delusa da questa mancanza di attenzione verso un cliente. Un vero peccato perché il cibo è buono.

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L
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It felt like being in Italy! Energetic atmosphere, lovely service and authentic Italian food and the prices are amazing! All pastas delicious and the bruschetta was amazing! We will be back very soon!

Thanks Chef!

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a fantastic price in NYC. Tight space but expected for a neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food with an amazing ambience at a great price!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottima cucina proprietario simpaticissimo che dire andate e provate. Un ultima cosa tiramisù fantastico

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We loved the atmosphere. It was energetic. I would not recommend if you wanted a quiet place to talk. Food was delicious and portions are on the smaller to just right size. The wait staff tended to our needs.
The only thing that prevented me from giving it a 5 was we forgot to order sides. Perhaps if the wait staff reminded us, the experience would have been more complete.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian (Lazio) restaurant in East Village. Great food, service & atmosphere whether inside or outside. Best tables upstairs or on terrace :-) I booked the resto. & my wife loved the resto. & the area. Delicious affogato.
Grazie mille.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vero Good food and location.

FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Il locale è molto bello, il cibo ottimo.sembra di essere in Italia. Peccato che sia un po troppo lontano da Roma. Da consigliare assolutamente.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've loved this place for its delicious, fresh Italian fare for years. On Friday I turned my family on to this little gem and they too loved it! Grazie VDP del cibo delizioso!

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Nice cozy place. Service was so, so. Waiters were not interested in earning their tip, as a 20% is automatically added to your check, even though we were only 4 people in our table. CASH ONLY ACCEPTED!

R
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and great service. The resturant has an excellent atmosphere and was a nice find. We would go back again.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but our server was not the friendliest.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The best authentic italian in east village.

J
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Via Della pace with our ten-year old granddaughter before attending STOMP! It's right around the corner from the theatre. We can't say enough good things about VDP. The restaurant feels like it's been there a hundred years. The exterior feels like a blend of old New York and Old Florence. Set up from the street with the old wood and glass door, time ceilings brick walls, high ceilings, wood floors, eclectic lighting, it's an overall ambiance we won't forget. Service was excellent and personal. Our server offered to take a fam picture for us without us asking first. We were made to feel like regulars. The bruschetta and prosciutto e melone were over the top good. Wine offerings were authentic and well-priced. Seemed like the clientele was a mix of tourists like us and locals, maybe more balanced toward locals. If we lived in NY, VDP would be a regular stop for us.

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The pasta tested worse than store bought. Everything was too salty as well. I looked forward to trying this place but was really disappointed.

SN
London
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

overall very friendly staff, despite one or two early issues. Lobster ravioli exceptional, fellow diners food was good. Very well priced for New York!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter did not pay any attention to our table. Never came over after the food was delivered. Had to go up to the bar to get a refill on a drink. Had to work hard to flag a bus boy to get the check. Cash only - gave cash and took another 10 minutes to get change back. This could be understandable if the place / our waiter was busy, but there were maybe 4 other parties total (with at least two waiters) and we could see the waiter standing around with other employees hanging out, eating and laughing. Food was good but this service completely ruined the experience.

C
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely Italian trattoria. The ambiance was very much like a trattoria in Rome. Staff was very helpful. Food was excellent. We tried a number of their dishes and everyone was happy with their meal.

MB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places! Consistently delicious, excellent sangria, friendly.

GW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and authentic food.

EA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

Walked in and it was 80+ degrees. Left before eating.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, authentic, good value. The cash only is a bit annoying but worth it.

F
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, very friendly, fantastic italian food!

M
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Too noisy and the food was over-priced for what we had. Pasta was underdone and too chewy; the bruschettas were too bready and, in general, the food was not very refined.

CS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Italian food, dishes follow the original recipes, good quality of the ingredients, nice atmosphere, grazie per avermi fatto sentire in Italia

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