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Since the 17th century, villagers in Vatican City used scales to portion food brought in from local farmers to give to the less fortunate. In 1922, the Panella family opened a restaurant in the nearby Roman neighborhood, Trastevere, and named it Antica Pesa (The Antique Scales) in support of the generosity of their fellow countrymen. Generations later, in 2012, the family opened an outpost in Williamsburg Brooklyn, paying homage to their Roman home. This New York neighborhood, like Trastevere, has not only grown from the grim times that have helped forge its character but it is also located on the other side of a river, with the heart of the city facing it. Both establishments follow two fundamental guidelines: to rework traditional recipes from Roman cuisine and to utilize local, seasonal and mostly organic products, with a nod to modern trends. 



Antica Pesa is available for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, luncheons, showers, holiday parties, filmings, etc. ranging from large party bookings to full buy-outs. We even have a semi-private space that can seat up to 25 which is separated from our main dining room by the lounge/fireplace area. If you are looking to plan an event between 12 to 85 guests, please click the Event Inquires button below to provide us with more information so that we can get back to you with our seasonal event package and pricing details.

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We are always looking for new talent to join our team. If you are interested in a career at Antica Pesa for any of our available positions, please click the Apply Now button below.

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