Italianissimo
Italianissimo

Italianissimo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://italianissimonyc.net/
  • Phone: (212) 628-8603
  • 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
27 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)romantic (12)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (9)notable wine list (4)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • So glad we found this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    service was wonderful. One person in our party ran very late and server was very understanding and helpful. Food was delicious including the calamari appetizer, rigatoni, and shrimp entrees. Ambiance was lovely with table perfectly dressed. Will definitely go to this restaurant again when in NYC!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small gem
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Have been here many times over the years and food and service are consistently good. Wasn't thrilled with my wine choice this time but it was my choice. The place can get crowded and is somewhat noisy when full but the food is well worth it. I always look forward to coming here and bringing new people to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major Disappointment!
    alfresco44
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    On recommendation my friend and I selected this restaurant. We specifically asked the waiter about the veal. He said it was very good. We each ordered a different veal dish. Hers was so salty and very chewy. I had to spit out some of mine because it was so chewy and very tasteless. I might go back to try a chicken or fish dish because the place is very pretty. But for the price we paid this was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small and intimate
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Chicken still seemed to have fat/ligaments attached to it. Water didn't come by very often. If you sit near the host, she/he will literally be inches away from you. You may get a cold response if you don't order alcohol.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TracyNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been to Italianissimo multiple times and it has been excellent every time. The service is impeccable and the food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just mediocre
    JustGoodFood
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our meal was just OK. Risotto with porcini was pretty good, but red snapper was decidedly fishy. The service was not exceptional. They proudly display their Zagat 24 (from 5 years ago), but this is more like a 19. The restaurant feels worn and tired.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise!
    JudyS
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The concierge at our hotel had not heard of this restaurant; we made sure they knew how much we liked it upon return! Filled with locals, it is charming and the food was delicious. Six of us sat in the front alcove. A real find and we all will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italianissimo
    Frenhsk8VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. When we walked in we got the feeling of a good neighborhood restaurant. It was beyond that. The service was great, the food was great. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful with our selections. They made us feel like regular patrons. We are looking forward to returning and becoming regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thomaslee
    thomasleeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Don't let the TERRIBLE name scare you off. Italianissimo is one of the best restaurants on the Upper East Side. I go there often, and it's never disappointed me. The food is marvelous, the restaurant is pleasant to sit in (quiet, very small, and intimate), the tables are not close together, and the service--always by the same two waiters, both of them great--is first-rate. The dishes may not be the especially creative, but they are always good. It's a comfortable place where the food is dependably delicious, a place to go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Italianissimo reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    mt9livesVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.