Italianissimo
Italianissimo

Italianissimo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://italianissimonyc.net/
  • Phone: 2126288603
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Prx-Fix Menu: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luigi Campoverde
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Italianissimo
The instant you walk into Italianissimo Ristorante, you are overcome with a feeling of romance. When you arrive, your hosts for the evening sits you at a table adorned with gorgeous fresh flowers that evoke a certain elegance and charm. The maitre d' presents to you the nightly specials that Chef Luigi Campoverde (who is no stranger to the Upper East Side, with stints at Il Nido, Il Monello and Portofino Grill) is about to prepare in the kitchen. Diners who choose to pay with cash shall recieve a 20% discount on there entire check.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Italianissimo reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)romantic (11)special occasion (9)fit for foodies (6)notable wine list (4)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Patti
    Patti
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We thought the food was excellent and would definitely return. It really is a hidden gem since it is tucked away on a side street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food review
    richardo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Basic Italian red sauce. expensive for the basics.
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  • A "go-to" for romance and...
    cheshireVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    attentive service and excellent food. Small and intimate, you can actually have a conversation!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    mt9lives
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This resturant is great. Food service and ambiance couldn't be better. Do not blink one might pass it just off corner of east 84th & Second Avenue
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood find
    UESfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I took our three teenage daughters out for a birthday dinner. The staff was very pleasant, although the staff was a tad slow. We all enjoyed our dinners, The restaurant looks like a jewel box and felt very intimate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely find
    wenditushVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I had been meaning to try this restaurant, having passed it walking around the neighborhood. I chose it for a small birthday dinner for a friend. The food was delicious. the service terrific. Only downer -- they only had one bottle of rose.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastico!
    TracyNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'm so happy to have this gem of a restaurant in my neighborhood. The food is amazing, service impeccable, ambience quaint and lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Italianissimo reviews archive.
  • TracyNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    charming reataurant with great food, great service...will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    wocaplelVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    As always, a very enjoyable meal. Service is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    Goideats
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    All time favorite restaurant. Friendly service and fantastic food. Always some new addition to an already super menu.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Courtnyc
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Came here with family. Food was excellent! Would certainly recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    jlfresh
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food here is great, service is better, and all in such a cute little place. Great romantic spot!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Italian, lovely staff
    erinbhanson
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    This is hands down my husband's and my favorite restaurant on the UES. It is the perfect romantic spot, reminiscent of little off-the-beaten path trattorias you might find on a quiet street in Rome. The wait staff delivers impeccable and friendly service - they seem genuinely committed to you having a great dining experience. We've taken countless friends to Italianissimo and it's always a delicious, memorable time. It's also our go-to spot for nights away from the kids. We highly recommend the prosciutto and melon, the light & crispy fried zucchini and, of course, the bananas foster. We often order the specials and they never disappoint. In our opinion, one of the UES's few culinary gems!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure for good food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    A treasure for good food and a quiet atmosphere in intimate surroundings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, wonderful meal
    wocaplelVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We enjoy eating here. Meals are very enjoyable and the service is attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prices for liquor r ridiculously
    bigredVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    prices for liquor r ridiculously high when we questioned he said that is the price. Did not offer the prix fixe menu until we asked for it. Have 20% discount for cash which did not tell either. we were the only table of three in fact only table on a monday night so I think he could have been more gracious and changed the price on the drinks. not sure if we will return did not like their attitude. place needs face lift also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A do not miss
    HapicmprVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This neighborhood gem has great food, great ambience ,the waiters are sweet and accommodating but mostly the food is terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find
    denner
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Italianissimo is a quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant that, while small, is not cramped or crowded. Our food was delicious, especially the Voldostana entree. The wine selection, which was a chef's recommendation off the wine list, was terrific. The service was good and unassuming, and the decor is very intimate and romantic. All in all one of better neightborhood Italian choices on UES.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New one for us
    bundlesVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We had someone mention Italianissimo in glowing terms and thought that it was worth trying for ouselves. It is a small and cute restaurant and nice for an intimate dinner because you can hear each other talk. The food, however, was just so so. The clams oreganata were 90% breadcrumbs, the chicken dish my wife ordered was tough and not seasoned well and the fish that I ordered was once again overwhelmed by breadcrumbs and too much sauce. I doubt that we would try going there again although the service was very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Find in the Upper East Side
    luv2dine
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Service and Food were good. Would recommend. Priced well. Warm & Cozy spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    Krebs13
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Italianissimo, though the name is a bit cheesy, is a great neighborhood restaurant. The ambience is very cute and has a homey feel to it. I have been here multiple times and am satisfied with it every time would recommend it for a romantic dinner or even for a larger group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Enjoyable Experience
    Rocar
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Loved the cozy atmosphere, menu offered numerous choices, quality of food was very good. Very nice wine list. Service was very welcoming & accommodating. We will definitely return & thrilled to find this neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $38 veal chop was of very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    $38 veal chop was of very poor quality, full of gristle, small, ordered medium rare but overcooked, and altogether disappointing. pollo alla Romana was mediocre Salads and wine were good and service was professional & friendly
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  • Great little gem in the hood
    derry
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    What a rare find. Ambiance, Great food wonderful atmosphere and you better make reservations for a weekend as it is always full
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable, reasonably priced,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Comfortable, reasonably priced, excellent food and best of all, you can hear your companions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Dinner
    Danimoe
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I wouldn't rave about this quaint restaurant but I couldn't find any fault. Food was good, service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • near 92 nd street Y
    vivp
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    looking for a place near Y very nice friendly service good italian fare nice place for a romantic dinner very small and quiet at around 6 on a weeknight
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Itallianissimo
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Very crowded eating space and very noisy. Food is very good for the prices. Very good service and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A home run everything single
    G1D2R3
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    A home run everything single visit, every single dish.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIce, as always
    wocaplelVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We have been here many times and will continue to return. The food and service are wonderful. The only issue is there is no room to wait in the restaurant should you be early for a reservation. A small issue though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute --
    ninaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Little Italian and that means really cramped...very loud. Food is OK - Decor dark and full of tchotchkes - it's good for a change if you live in the n'hood.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always amazing
    LoriNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I love this place. The service is outstanding and the food is amazing. I usually order off the menu but I tried one of the specials and it had to be the best thing I ever had there. I think they said it was called Chicken Inferno. The good news is that they said if I request it, they will gladly make it for me any night. I love that they are so willing to prepare whatever you'd like to order. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite!
    thomasleeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Another great meal at Italianissimo. I know the waiter, so I asked his advice, and he suggested one of the specials. At the last minute I changed my mind and had the halibut from the menu, which was great. But the waiter asked if he could bring a small portion of the dish he'd recommended, which of course i accepted. And he had been right--it was great. That's the kind of thing that happens routinely at this place. In this case, we were also offered a complimentary after dinner drink. We had grappa. My appetizer was spectacular. I have never been disappointed here--well, actually, that's not positive enough. I always have a wonderful meal here. Put that with excellent service and warm, intimate ambience, and it's perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a ice evening
    BrowserVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Really nice food, service and a little bit of Italy.
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  • Delicious, intimate, like
    BrowserVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Delicious, intimate, like being in Italy...for the evening.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Haven
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The food and service was outstanding! Will definitely recommend this resturant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Surprise!
    BrowserVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Felt as though we'd clicked our heels and found ourselves in the hills of Italy. Small and intimate, perfectly attentive service, food to return for. Delicious Carbonara was perfect...ordered as a half portion appetizer, couldn't leave a strand. Special salad with shrimp was refreshing and beautifully dressed. Entrees of chicken with sausage and veal piccata both tasty and handsomely served with fresh green beans. My husband shocked me by ordering dessert -bananas flambé, complete with show stopping presentation. He was lucky I didn't eat the whole thing! Even offered after dinner drinks on the house. Italianissimo is now a go-to for us, and will happily bring guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really pretty marvelous!
    thomasleeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I've been here eight or ten times and have never had anything other than a superb meal. Everything I've had has been better than good. It's a neighborhood place, small and charming, and not noisy, either, which is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great service
    GGOTVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Italianissimo is off the beaten track but we are so glad we found it. Food was excellent and the service outstanding. It's a small restaurant and reminds me of some of the older places in Little Italy. Cosy, romantic and noise level is low. We will be back soon.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient and delicious-
    BjanemcgVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    This is a great place to go when you are taking in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Park a couple doors past the restaurant, take in the museum, then eat on your way back to your car. It is so cozy- the food was wonderful- salads had an especially beautiful presentation. The service was excellent! The prices are as good as you will find given that it is the upper west side of NYC. A group of 5 of us were there and we all enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet