Located just off the main drag, Antica Pesa Williamsburg mirrors its sister property in Travestere. The elegant Roman menu includes classic dishes such as seasonal marinated vegetables, stuffed calamaro, spaghetti cacio e pepe, carbonara and amatriciana. The rest, features modern variations of traditional dishes such as Baccal? alla Roman, or Roman Style Cod, but cooked two ways, either with tomatoes and caramelized onions or carrot almond cream. Much like the original establishment in Italy, Antica Pesa Williamsburg dishes are crafted with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The fare strikes a balance between patrician dining and home cooking—just don’t expect it to taste like the local Italian-American joint.
While the Travestere location is known for attracting celebrities and the jet-setting crowd, the Williamsburg outpost is decidedly a bit more relaxed. The space is designed by Brooklyn-based BArC Studio and brings local artistry and craft to the restaurant. The modern yet warm space is sectioned into three areas: an entrance that overlooks Berry Street, a bar area featuring a fireplace and relaxation area, and the formal dining room that leads to the open kitchen. The design firm took inspiration from the restaurant name’s literal translation,“old balance,”to compose a space that balanced different textures, materials, and colors. Mod chandeliers hang over masculine brown leather sofas and stately banquettes and the white brick walls offset the dark wood furnishings.
Carolyn Hsu is the New York Correspondent for JustLuxe and has been beauty, fashion, and travel editor at The Daily Obsession and a freelance writer since 2006. Her writing has been featured in Health.com, Refinery29.com, Q by Equinox, and Vivid Magazine among others. She also maintains a personal fashion blog at The Hsu Closet. A child of the digital age, Carolyn also works on social marketi...(Read More)