Antica Pesa's Fine Roman Cuisine Holds Tasteful Surprises For This NYC Spring
In the heart of Williamsburg lies a Roman temple of fine cuisine that will delight even the most experienced of palates. Designed in a beautiful rustic-minimalistic approach, Antica Pesa is the ideal spot for a romantic dinner, an intimate and luxurious family meal, or a strong exquisite drink after a long day. With a posh, sleek and cultured approach to traditional Italian cuisine, this elegant restaurant-bar is what Brooklyn’s refined dining scene is all about.
The Panella family, once residents of Vatican City opened the original Antica Pesa (The Old Scales) in 1922 as an ode to the generosity of Rome’s countrymen whom supported and fed the less fortunate. The restaurant was an immediate success in the early twentieth century just as it is a success now, in a time of fast-paced millennials and on-the-go food culture. Times have surely changed, which is why we are so glad that we have reinvented classics such as Antica Pesa to cozy up in and enjoy food the way it was meant to be eaten.
Inspired by the restaurant’s Roman roots, Antica Pesa’s new spring menu items are filled with flavorful surprises and served with the love that only a culture as rich as that of the Romans can provide. One of the main appetizers that we suggest you try when visiting is l'arzilla sott'olio, a skate fish cooked confit in chamomile and thyme oil – a Roman classic. This dish is served with seasonal frisée spring onion and housemade fig and walnut bread – making reference to the traditional Italian insalata Nizzarda.
Our personal favorite, the Polipo alla griglia is served with Broccoli rabe, fresh tomato capers and olive sauce; simple yet extraordinary. of course for the main dish there is the lasagna alla bolognese – an icon. Born in the Emilia Romagna region, this dish has quickly become one of our most popular Italian entrées in every Italian restaurant around the world – and at Antica Pesa, well let’s just say we almost asked for seconds.
Of course, then comes the chicken. The restaurant’s galletto al mattone made with chicken marinated in a tandoori sauce and cooked on a brick, is a classic Roman dish with a new spiced Indian spin inspired from NYC’s rich culturally diverse cuisine. Italian and Indian? Yeah, we’ll take it. Other admirable dishes include the porchetta di agnello created with slow cooked, smoked and grilled lamb belly and served with pizza bianca – a Roman crunchy grilled focaccia – and marinated bell pepper. This delightful fish is kept fresh with eggplant pate, charred fennel and orange zest. Yum!
There are many other incredible dishes to choose from in Antica Pesa’s new seasonal menu, but you’ll just have to go try them yourself! We suggest ending the night with a White Peach Spritz. Made with St Germain, white peach puree, jasmine tea, club soda and prosecco, this cocktail is sure to leave you feeling fresh, satisfied and molto felice.