Tiella
Tiella

Tiella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tiellanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125880100
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Castellano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tiella offers catering services for any kind of event--personal or professional.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 60<sup>th</sup> and 61<sup>st</sup> Streets
  • Public Transit: F to 63rd Street N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tiella
Tiella serves modern Southern Italian cuisine. Its inventive and sophisticated menu is inspired by and elevates the home-cooked meals and peasant culinary traditions owners Giuseppe Castellano and Mario Coppola were raised with in Naples, Italy. Indeed, Tiella takes its name from the Neopolitan word for a cast-iron pan that is used for baking, grilling or frying meats, fish and breads. Our signature tiellas are pizza-like appetizers baked in our wood-fired oven.

Our philosophy is that the greatest meals require the finest ingredients. We import mozzarella di bufala, stracciatella and other fine cheeses, as well as risotto and prosciutto from Italy. Many other ingredients are sourced from local producers and farmers. To ensure that we serve the very best bread and pasta, we make our own.

The extensive wine list is comprised of Italian makers and complements the menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Tiella reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (26)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)special occasion (8)notable wine list (5)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • nycfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The pasta dishes were very good. Fresh and flavorful. My husband had the duck and liked it but did not love it. The appetizer pizzas are great!! We ordered the pistachio cake and tiramisu and were not crazy about either. Defiantly worth coming to for the appetizers and pastas I would skip dessert next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TIELLA IS AWESOME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    what a great place to enjoy friends, food and wine...not to be missed...everything is made on site from scratch from the bread to the desserts...they even have gluten free pasta
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing service
    BarGuava
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service at the restaurant was incredible. A family member of mine just had a newborn baby and despite the small size of the restaurant they were very accommodating of bringing in the stroller and letting a baby sit into the fine dining atmosphere. Overall atmosphere was a bit dark and a little tight - perfect for a date or small group but not ideal for large groups. Food and service were great - would definitely recommend a friend to try it out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit of Italy in Manhattan
    paprikajVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved the intimacy and the personal service and the authentic cuisine. This is an unusual find particularly in the area where most of the restaurants do not make the same effort with attention to detail. We always bring friends And recommend it. It is not a place for large groups which makes it perfect for one or two couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marymargaretta1
    marymargareta1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    best dinner we had in New York City in ages the pizza was fantastic and the lobster pasta I dream about. the wait staff were gracious and so cheerful we cannot wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • decent
    mesameone
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    appetizers and pasta stood out. bronzino was disappointing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a simple restaurant...
    JonP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very small, staff is very attentive and accommodating. Food is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • molto bueno
    HarvVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Tiella, where they prepare excellent southern Italian dishes in a small but charming space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redhead
    Redhead
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love the food and the service is amazing. Never disappointed, always a good meal. Great pour of wine! The owner Mario is the nicest person and does everything to make you happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    topspotVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    best restaurant in the neighborhood. Food is always superb and the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Dinner
    melbow
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The menu offered a variety of appealing choices.WE enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    dinner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Looking for someplace different close to the office. Really enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but perfect
    EatagogoVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food here is authentic Italian heaven. The best pizza I have had in the US. Tiny, cramped but has a great atmosphere. I ate alone on this occasion and felt very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Memi
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Food and service were outstanding. Follia cocktail was perfect. Service was first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but ...
    ccc1978
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    When you consider how many good Italian restaurants there are in NYC, Tiella may not be worth the trip (it is a bit out of the way, 1st Ave/61st St). The service was good, not great, as was the food. My pasta dish (Kamut) had tasty sauce, which was nice and hot when they brought it out, but the pasta was cool (nothing worse that pre-cooked pasta). My husband's pasta sauce (Pappardelle with short rib ragout) was mediocre - I've tasted much better. It is a cute little restaurant which, with a few improvements, could be a solid go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tiella-one of top 5 in NYC
    JohnC
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This small gem serves food making it worthy of being rated one of the top 5 for Italian in NYC. What great food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great in Every Way
    Redhead
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband and I love going to this tiny wonderful place. Great food, service and Ambience. We really like the owner Mario, he stays on top of every thing. I totally like that they will customize your dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 129 reviews are from the Tiella reviews archive.
  • Excellent and unusual Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food at Tiella has always been excellent. The staff are attentive. They feature dishes that are not found on many Italian menus in New York--gallette made with chick peas, for example. I think that the owners are from Bologna, or maybe Modena--somewhere in the area of great and rich Italian, but not too far north for pasta. Despite the fact that is small, the noise level has never been too high to enjoy the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We all enjoyed our meal at Tiella. I would definitely recommend it. I was a little surprised at my appetizer that was special for the evening - a caprezzi salad. I thought it was to bechopped tomatos and cheese that was marinated. It was just sliced cheese and tomatoes with some olive oil on top. My pasta entree also had a lot of seafood but it was too finely chopped for my taste although it was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Things change
    MadeleineVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The menu has grown since our last visit, but the cooking seems to have suffered. It remains an off the beaten track, affordable Italien, and some of the dishes are excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked away
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Between storefronts, Tiell is a smallish, well run Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy neighborhood surprise
    EyevalueVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The reviews brought me and my friend to Tiella and it didn't disappoint. It's starts with their great tasting bread, something I usually discount when I evaluate a restaurant. I ordered the Halibut special in parchment with string beans, capers, etc. It was light and substantial at the same time. My friend ordered the Bronzini. She loved it. I had the kale salad and it was a great combination of fresh greens, cheese and a wonderful salad dressing. My friend had the salad with goat cheese and loved every bite. My cappuccino was perfect. It's pricey but I didn't feel that I overspent. I couldn't go there frequently but I don't have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy the food and accommodating but not overly solicitous service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Place Big Presence
    KayP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Had a great experience when I went here with a group of 6 ladies on a Wednesday night for dinner. I had made the reservation ahead of time, which I would recommend for groups. It's a small place but they did a great job accommodating our group. Everything was ready to go even before our reservation time and the place was otherwise full. I had been here before and this time tried different dishes and still contend that this is the best Italian food in the neighborhood! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny but charming
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Tiella is slighly off our beaten path but it is a charming, tiny place to enjoy wonderful pasta. Our service was attentive but not oppressive. We enjoy our evening and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neopolitan cuisine
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were recommended to Tiella as excellent Neopolitan cuisine. The individual pizza had cold ricotta on it which did not seem appropriate. The pasta dish was average. Somewhat disappointed, but the service and attitude of the waiters and owner made up for the average food. Would try again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was incredible! Very fresh prepared gourmet not overpowered by sauces! Stuffed calamari was delicious! Pizza appetizers incredible. Service very attentive and friendly. Very small restaurant so "intimate" setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Potential...
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    First off… Food was delicious and very well prepared… Low ratings have to do with a staff of three in the front of the house that seemed very distracted within some sort of quarrel… The space being so small that despite their efforts to mute their issues it was a vibe that permeated our experience… WIne orders were slow to come out and all visits to the table were cloaked in futile attempts to cover up an overall angry tone. At these prices we should not have felt as if we had stumbled into a private dispute. WOuld be willing to try again as the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I still can't believe it took me an entire year to discover this place since I moved to the neighborhood. Visitors requested Italian food and I was determined to treat them to something fresh and authentic with a great ambiance. We received just that. The waiter was very attentive, and kept our wine chilled and flowing. After declaring that we were splitting certain plates between us, the chef took the initiative to separately plate our respective portions. Menu highlights include the grilled octopus and the tiramisu. It was a very special time. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in the Neighborhood
    KayP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    FINALLY -- an Italian restaurant in the area that goes above spaghetti and meatballs to serve up a truly fit-for-foodies menu. Even the most basic dish -- the tielle (mini-pizzas) they are named for -- are simply amazing. The wine list is not huge but it is interesting, and if you order a glass, they bring the bottle out to the table and let you taste it before you have to commit. The small, but neatly organized, clean and charming space (and, side note, very elegant restroom) and excellent, welcoming service mean I will be back every chance I get. I even took my two young kids here on a Sunday @5:00 -- the place was not full and they were extremely attentive to my children (though note space is too limited for big strollers).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall not great
    fraggyVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    no real ambience. no bar. was facing the kitchen door at the back. calamari was really good. Lamb too salty and a MASSIVE portion. Wife's cod was pretty tasteless. Nice staff though. drinks were good. might have been better if we were up at the front of the restaurant but the last few tables suck for the party facing the kichen
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  • No reservations made
    foodienyc
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Got there 15 min. past my reservation time only to find out that my reservations was taken off or never made it in the first place. Not sure who to blame here, but decided to walk away after a table that was practically in the kitchen. Host couldn't care less. Wonder how the service would be, given this type of attitude!
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  • I don't get the great reviews...?
    Gary11577VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Super reviews on Trip Advisor and a 26 rating by Zagats convinced us to give this place a try. We were seated immediately, though waited for bread, despite asking. A good wine list and interesting menu, reasonably priced. We were seated 1/3 the way deep into the restaurant, but every time the door opened there was an uncomfortable cold draft. Very hard surfaces caused terrible noise and echoes making conversation for three difficult. We shared eggplant parmagiana for the table which was excellent. Salads were very tasty, but fairly ordinary. All of our entrees were disappointing. The cod special was soaked in tomato sauce making it hard to taste the delicate fish. The risotto was meh. The pappardelle pasta was bland. Overall: eh.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always looking for a new neighborho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Always looking for a new neighborhood restaurnant to try and this was a find. The food was great as was the service. We will be going back to try more dishes.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent
    Nannygoat
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We ate dinner here because we were staying in a hotel nearby and needed to eat dinner early before we headed to Lincoln Center for a concert. Got a reservation the day of - no problem. The food was excellent (and we had just returned from Italy, so our Italian food palates were finely tuned). It is a tiny restaurant and for those of us looking out onto First Ave at the Bed Bath Beyond building, the view was not great (next time I would ask for a seat farther back so I couldn't see out) Only complaint was the hostess/waitress. She was very unfriendly and downright unpleasant actually. And as our table was in front near the entrance, she was basically standing there watching us the whole time - that said, the servers were lovely people.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Five Best
    JohnC
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Tiella is one of the five best Italian restaurants in New York. It would be superb if it were in Italy. And I do not know who the other four would be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    Mel13
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food and service is always amazing. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all downhill now...
    4disappointeddogsVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Used to love this restaurant as it was unique and delicious and now it's declined to mediocre. Food was bland as it used to be outstanding. I think their Zagat rating has gone to their heads as they don't have to try hard anymore. Their sister restaurant (Gran Gusto) in Boston also started off stellar and has declined rapidly. Such a shame as really used to enjoy going to both restaurants.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good find.
    henrysmom
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    There are not a lot of choices for fine dining in this neighborhood, and happy to find Tiella. My second time there in 5 months, both times booked only 24 hrs in advance, not sure how they have open reservations at that point, as the food is great and it's got a cozy ambiance. A great alternative to Felice up the street, which doesn't take reservations and is usually full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sempre
    HarvVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Always very good food and friendly service. A pleasure to dine at Tiella
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    This is a small Italian place with truly excellent food, and servers who are enthusiastic, genuine, and helpful. The decor isn't terribly compelling, but the food is. We're about to move to Manhattan, and we see this as one of our future go-to places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.