In 1922, the Panella family opened a restaurant inside the 17th-century building of a former customs post within the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and named it Antica Pesa, The Antique Scales. This name is an homage to the generosity of their fellow countrymen who used weighing scales to portion food brought in from local farmers to give to the less fortunate villagers in Vatican City.
In 2012, the fourth generation of the Panella family opened their first overseas outpost here in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a location that pays homage to their Roman home. Located on the other side of a river with the heart of the city facing it, just like their original location of Antica Pesa in the neighborhood of Trastevere, Williamsburg is also a neighborhood that has grown and forged its character through a transformation in similar ways.
Today, both establishments follow two fundamental guidelines: to rework traditional Roman recipes which have been passed down through their family while utilizing local and seasonal products. Antica Pesa offers comforting Italian food which is reflective of regional inspiration and innovation, with a nod to modern trends.