Il tesoro is a treasure.
If Il Tesoro is a neighborhood restaurant, I am glad I live in the neighborhood. The welcome is always warm and the food never less than outstanding. For an appetizer, I recommend either the octopus in a vibrant tomato sauce or the scallops antica which is in a citrus reduction are both great choices. For a main course, particularly on a cold night, I would choose the short ribs. The sauce is intense and the meat is succulent. Served over gnocchi, the dish warms you from the inside out. For those wanting fish, the branzino toscana is a wonderful choice. It is very flavorful with sundried tomato and artichokes; the fish is perfectly prepared, delicate and hearty at the same time. I highly recommend this restaurant.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner at Il
We had a great dinner at Il Tesoro and will definitely go back. The only reason the service gets a 3 is because a moody waiter (not our primary waiter, he was great) made my girlfriend uncomfortable with his unhappy demeanor. The food was excellent, the ambiance was wonderful and our primary waiter was attentive and personable.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good food. Sthe stuffed
Very good food. Sthe stuffed duck and filet entrees were special
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Support this local eatery
Always enjoy this restaurant...it is a little pricy but I am never disappointed. The service is always attentive and the food very good. I hope they bring back the Soft Shelled Crabs!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Il Tesoro, NYC follow up
The decor is rich, polished dark woods with Tuscan art scenes. Very inviting and comfortable. The tables range from 2somes to larger 6-8 and are spaced so as not to distracted by the next table's conversation or noise. The food was outstanding: our starter Calamari ranked with the best we ever had both here and in Italy/Spain; we split the Lamb ragout pasta dish,which the staff readily accommodated; and enjoyed the Branzinni and Osso Bocca. The wine list is extensive and should meet any expectations. Overall, a great dining experience which more than met our expectations in following up on a similarly great meal at their place in Sanibel, FL a few months ago.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
AJ Black and his staff do
AJ Black and his staff do an awesome job with this new neighborhood gem. Try it once and you will be back
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
Visiting from Hawaii. Ordered the steak tuscano and it was unbelievable. Would definitely go back.
5/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
New and Local
My 1st time at the restaurant and I will go back. Food was yummy and service was great.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waiter gave us an excellent
The waiter gave us an excellent wine recommendation. The fish and pasta dishes were terrific.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice dinner
We have given up on the "old fashioned" rule that plates are not removed until everyone is finished. Here they observe the rule.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Date Night
My husband and I came around this gem while looking for moderately priced, romantic spot for a dinner date. The food was simply outstanding and the service was excellent. Little details add to the overall experience; bread sticks arranged as a floral bouquet was a sweet touch and the olive oil served with a drop of balsamic and gets was delectable. We can't wait to go back!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Menu Choices
Every time I visit, I am delighted in the menu choices. Expand your pallet here. The wait staff last night was a bit stuffy, but attentive.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good neighborhood spot
I'd venture to say that we brought the age average down a bit -- granted we did go on the early side -- but sometimes that's a very good sign when a restaurant has been around for a while and the neighborhood gems make it a gem too!
Food was delicious. The restaurant recently went through a face-lift inside and out, which makes it much more inviting from the outside. Well done. We'll be back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better since the renovation, the new wood floors are beautiful, the mirrors replacing the wallpaper really open the place up. The service is impeccable, and the food varied yet classic and incredibly fresh. The burrata with strawberries and spec was a sublime summer appetizer, lamb cheek ravioli were savory yet light, raisin and bread stuffed broiled sardines a great juxtaposition of flavor, lamb ragu excellent, lobster with agrodolce sauce indulgent, and the balsamic glazed sweetbreads wonderful peasant fare. The waiter recommended a lovely and affordable nero d'avola blend from sicily which paired very well, as well. Truly a neighborhood gem, can't wait to visit again.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than a neighborhood place
Redone to be brighter and less stuffy, the food is still excellent at a fair price. Friendly staff. An excellent neighborhood spot.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful service. Delicious
Wonderful service. Delicious food. Definitely will go back soon
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another very enjoyable, no worries mid-week dinner for 4. Food is super, service very attentive and friendly..
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your father's italian restauran
I have walked by this place for years and years and always felt it was "too old" for me, but the renovation seems to have changed that perception and I am so glad I overcame my misplaced bias that the place was too stodgy. The food is fantastic and the staff, while not shy to tell you their opinion of your wine and meal selections, was attentive and professional. I will be back.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best culinary experiences of my life. The food was superb! The best I've had in years. Please give this place a try. You'll be a customer for life!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Italian in Yorkville
I had not been to Primavera, which was in this location for many years before Il Tesoro. Then someone highly recommended Il Tesoro so I went there for lunch. The atmosphere is very comfortable, cozy and quiet at lunchtime. The service was great. Our waiter was friendly and actually Italian. The food was delicious. The bread and breadsticks were good and fresh. The olive oil they served with the bread was high quality and had a nice flavor. I had the grilled salmon with veggies for lunch - it was fresh and cooked to perfection. I would definitely go back for dinner, when it might be more lively. At lunch there was only one other group of people in the whole restaurant, but I think it's more of an evening place.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selections for appetizers
Great selections for appetizers and mains, and a large selection of tempting specials. Prices are a tad high for a total 'neighborhood drop-in' place, but we had a good meal and the service was excellent. Tuna tartare and baked eggplant appetizers were good, and branzino and steak pizzaiola were very tasty. Portions not too huge, so didn't feel too full afterwards (but no left-overs for a doggie bag...).
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The place is pretty, the service great, the food amazing....
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I had a fantastic experience at Il Tesoro. The dining room upstairs was full and we were seated in the beautiful wine cellar in the lower level. The food was fresh and original and the portion sizes just right. My girlfriend had the special branzino with risotto, I had the seafood grilled and my friends shared the veal osso bucco and special ravioli. The server was attentive throughout the dinner, he was kind to suggest us delicious bottle of wine. If you looking for a good time while having true Italian food I would definitively suggest Il Tesoro.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was excellent.
The food and service was excellent. we enjoyed all our appetizers and main courses. The only complaint I have is that the bread was not at level of the food. It was a bit stale. Otherwise, the experience was exceptional and I would definitely return.
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quality Italian Food
We ate there for first time as a recommendation from a friend. The menu was impressive with many amazing selections. The waiters were very attentive and accommodating. When our dishes came the portions were impressive but the quality and taste of everyone dish was outstanding. We felt as if we were earing in an Italian restaurant in Rome. We would definetly go back again.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful menu with fresh ingredients and great food combinations. Will definitely return.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
A fine find
A very comfortable, cozy, friendly place with great food.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Couldn't decide where to eat and ended up here almost by coin flip and was pleasantly surprised. Attentive service, wonderful testing food and reasonable. Lamb chops were very tasty, pasta excellent and good wine list. What more can you want?
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
A notch above Sanibel,where
A notch above Sanibel,where we go frequently during winter months!
Yes will recomend to all.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Warm but professional service,
Warm but professional service, excellent food and tables spaced so that you can enjoy dinner conversation without shouting. All good reasons to return!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
I chose Il Tesoro for location and menu to meet a friend in from LA.--figured she could find the corner. But what a lovely experience. The staff was wonderful while I waited 30 minutes--she got lost! And the food was delicious. Moderately priced but prepared and presented beautifully. And although there were several large groups including children, the acoustics were fine for a long conversation. Overall a lovely evening.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM