Fabio Cucina Italiana

4.6
392 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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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
2 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
100 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
19 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
40 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
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
17 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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R
Memphis
30 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING , The Shrimp Limone over the BEST Rissotto was “to die for” A little Gem on 52nd Street

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Italian food around. Everything fresh and tasty.

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very friendly!

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AG
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Loved the pastas and the grilled artichokes appetizer!

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personally met Executive Chef Chicco Aaante and he is the most delightful person and the food was delicious.

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LC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was delightful, the maître d made us wait for multiple patrons that came after us to be seated first, his given reason being that we had recently made our reservation online. The waiter never said that the wine being open, was not the one we had ordered. Overall a pleasant place we would go back, now that we would know how to navigate it's eccentricities. By the way, good live music, always a plus!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My two boys and I wanted Italian for dinner. Hand down it was one of the best food experiences me and my 2 boys ever had...amazing perfect food! Very impressed and I am quite the critic. The chef came out and made us feel at home. Again I highly recommend.

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HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Walking up to the restaurant and seeing all the tacky blue Christmas lights literally made us second guess going in but we did... the ambiance was so outdated and tacky that I couldn’t enjoy the overpriced food and overpriced wine. The whole experience was a little too much and trying to hard for a random Thursday night dinner. Sorry :(

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant atmosphere , romantic and relaxing music , delicious cuisine from appetizer to dessert . Love the freshness of burrata and lobster bisque , blue crab ravioli and lobster risotto to die for , close your palate with amazing sweets and fresh fruits platter . Kiko is amazing Chef and felt all the care and personal service of all wait staff and owner. Highly recommended place for New Yorkers and tourist .

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f
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Pleasure to dine on good food, and be able to have conversation without straining to hear

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor quality food, terrible service, shockingly overpriced. Will never go back unless it’s to pick up my refund.

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LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, graceful service in a true Italian manner. It was also a treat to discover a waiter with whom I could speak Italian.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The group that I was with enjoyed the food overall. The service was great and the location had a very nice modern ambiance. No one in the group said their food was outstanding, but I would definitely recommend the place.

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