Executive Chef at Minetta Tavern
Bar Pitti, owned and run by Giovanni Tognozzi, a native Florentine and hands on patron of one of the few true Italian cafe restaurants in New York City, is head and shoulders above some of the most ambitious competition in the hood. Testament to this is the queue that forms in front of this bustling spot nightly. The kitchen produces simple, unpretentious dishes that are on point and authentic. The staff has pride, the menu is on a chalkboard, and god forbid you piss someone off. Trust me it's not the place to push your way into getting seated quickly when they're busy. Some of the best dishes around are listed on a chalkboard that usually has a quarter of the items erased by the time you get there.