Fabio Cucina Italiana

4.7
405 reviews
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With a career spanning across two continents and twenty seven years, Chef Chicco Asante has created an Italian culinary haven known as Fabio's Restaurant located at 214 East 52nd St. Chef Chicco Asante will make sure you have the ultimate dining experience.

Throughout his formative years in Rome, Italy and in NY, he has perfected signature dishes such as FETTUCINE alla Fabio, made with porcini mushrooms and a delicate sauce that enhances the woody taste of the mushroom without overpowering the palate, and RISOTTO Crema di scampi, made with the freshest fish and lightest of creams.

Chef Chicco personally selects his produce and vegetables directly from the market daily, as he wants to insure top quality and freshness of all his ingredients. The same applies to the pasta dishes - all are homemade and great attention is paid to preparation and detail. He will also go out of his way to prepare dishes upon request.
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GR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place with friendly and knowledgeable servers happy to accommodate customizations of dishes. Food quality is excellent and the place is cool and elegant inside without pretension. Excellent pasta and seafood. It’s become a regular place for us when we are in NYC.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dinner. The quality of service, food and atmosphere was superb. From appetizer to main course to dessert the meal was outstanding. My wife and I had a great conversation with the chef. The experience had a small neighbor feel with authentic Italian flare. I highly recommend eating here.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, but was not happy when our table was moved about 10 minutes after being seated to accommodate another group.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Food. Warm service and atmosphere. You can tell the chef and employees really care about giving people the best experience possible.

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W
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NY City!!! Went there for the first time last night with a party of 4 and we all fought as to who had the best meal!! Appetizers were terrific (even the salad) and the Pasta courses unbelievably wonderful...ambiance was lovely and service superb! What more could one ask for? Accept meeting the Chef - oh yes he even came over twice to chat with us!!

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TK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely superb Italian food with the most charming and gracious service.

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TB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4 of us had dinner for the first time @ Fabios last weekend.
The ambiance was very nice and had the additional charm of a guitarist and singer.
The music was just right including the volume!
Service was excellent with the staff being very helpful down to the smallest details.
Our meals were very tasty, especially the pasta dishes.
All in all, a lovely evening!

Only downside was the dearth of diners-we hope they will not be closing anytime soon.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! I dine out frequently, and Fabio Cucina Italiana was a real treat. From the terrific waiter we had, to every course, our dinner was so enjoyable. The chef is a real talent and the food was so fresh, beautifully prepared and presented - just delicious. Starting with the fresh bread and tapenade, to an outstanding buratta appetizer and the sea scallops for an entree, couldn't have asked for better. My guests also raved about their dishes... and we all loved the wine. Great quality and a generous pour. Looking forward to going back soon!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner highlighted by the warm and attentive service.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend to friends or family. Hoe to be back next time we’re in nyc.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great meal!

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and atention were perfect I would go again soon

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went early on a Monday night and were the first ones in for dinner. We sat at a cozy table in the corner which was lovely. Everything was very nice but the food was truly outstanding! My husband and I split a pasta dish that looked like little purses, they were stuffed with cheese and pear. They were delicious. We also had a pasta with broccoli rabe, sausage and garlic which was also delicious. We will definitely go back.

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect Italian dinner for my wife and I to have an anniversary dinner. It's fairly small inside - which is what we wanted. The food was absolutely incredible. The Veal, Meatballs, Sauces... so good! My favorite part of the experience was the chef mixing the pasta at our table and taking a moment to thank us for being there. That extra touch goes a long way in my book and we could tell he was genuinely thankful for us being at his table. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a true dinner table experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem! From the moment we stopped at the front door to being seated, served and enjoying our meals. We were debating whether to go in or not but meeting the owner at the door and him explaining his business sold us on dining. Great food!! Each of us enjoyed what we ordered which ranged from Fish to Vegetarian. A very flexible staff and the perfect setting for romantic or just friends or family getting together. Highly recommended!!

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N
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu has changed from open table site and prices have gone up but food is excellent. We had the pasta primavera and red snapper special. The portions are very big.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor. Met a good friend at the restaurant and enjoyed comfortable seating, very hospitable and excellent food! Lobster ravioli was delightful and the pasta definitely tasted fresh! Kudos to the owner! I will definitely return to this restaurant when I am back in NYC!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service food was over priced for the taste

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were about 15-20 minutes early & was seated right away.The service was great from the maître d’ to the wait staff. Food was very good & nice size portions. The creme brûlée was delicious & the largest I’ve ever had! My daughter wanted to go back the next night. We didn’t but we will definitely come here again.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and food. Ownership will personally greet you.

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n
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very friendly and happy atmosphere at this restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and seated promptly. We had a nice comfortable table. The waiter and staff were excellent. We enjoyed the food. My husband loved his ribeye steak which was cooked to perfection with vegetables. We will return and recommend Fabio to others.

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LS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Chef Chicco is amazing and hospitable. Will be back!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly atmosphere and very accommodating. Excellent food to match the service. Highly recommend it to others

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LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. the owner and chef actually greet the guest and checked on my table several times to make sure everything was ok. I’ve been to many restaurants in NYC and hardly ever you see this attention to detail. The food was even better!! Need I say more! Highly recommend this restaurant and I definitely will return!
Thank you to the Fabio Cucina team!

Louis

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in the city.... and I am a picky Italian. Not only is the food amazing, the wait staff is wonderful, the chef is available and talks to the patrons. You feel like welcomed family. You will not be disappointed. Fabulous fabulous fabulous.

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TM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service

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NN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Excellent service. Chef gave us a free dessert. Everything was so nice. Highly recommend.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant. The food is brilliant and the staff is lovely. The room is pretty and the tables are well-spaced. The chef is brilliant! Fabio Cucina is our favorite in our new neighborhood. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience at Fabio’s. Great personal service, delicious entree and dessert. Ambiance makes this place one the the best restaurants we’ve ever been to. Prices are reasonable; busy yet quiet enough to enjoy a friendly conversation.
We were treated like we were their favorite customers!

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A
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wedding anniversary

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did a great job serving a family of four from out of town celebrating their daughter’s birthday.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time visiting Fabio Cucina and could not be more pleased with the overall experience. We had a visit from the head chef at the table who made me a dish that was not on the menu that he insisted I tried. My girlfriend and I will be regular customers here for a long time

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JJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attractively quiet, rather intimate, neighborhood find. Reasonably priced and friendly. Could do with a bit of a spruce up in general maintenance but overall a winner for classic and delicious Italian fare without the pretense so often sold.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Pasta cooked al dente. Risotto with Mushrooms outstanding not to mention the decadent desserts. Espresso strong and smooth as it should be. Met Chef Asante also a partner after the meal. Very personal and compassionate about his profession. Highly recommend it.

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and attention!! Multiple servers tended to us including water refills, prompt appetizer, salad and entree service as well as wine refills that were anticipated before needing to ask. The head chef even made an appearance at our table since my husband devoured his nicely charred steak on the outside and perfectly rare to medium cooked on the inside. It was truly a great dining experience for all of us! Highly recommend!

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LC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wonderful restaurant, which we just discovered has much to offer. It is intimate, welcoming, graceful and provides a true Italian dining experience.

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BZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone who wants a very special dining experience

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot for lunch or dinner with excellent food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere!

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Relaxing and cozy atmosphere. Nice decor. Loved it.

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MC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Fabio’s!!! We had a wonderful family dinner with friends celebrating a birthday. The owner was kind and let our children make their own gelato from the kitchen. This is an extremely friendly place!!!

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