Il Riccio

4.3
549 reviews
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Italian
A favorite neighborhood restaurant for those in the know. Not only is the food good but the people-watching is terrific. Our warm friendly staff welcomes locals like Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plus assorted Upper East Side beauties. Specializing in the fabulous flavors of the Amalfi coast, selections include delicious risottos, osso bucco, specialty pasta, as well as more exotic fare like roasted lamb garnished with balsamic vinegar and rosemary. Delectable home made desserts along with an extensive wine list. Soft hand-painted ochre colored walls, sensually sweet background music and attentive service provide a memorable dining experience at this distinctively chic restaurant. We have a private dining room for parties of up to 24. Details at the restaurant.
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M
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorite restaurants for a quiet Italian meal with wonderful service. Menu has changed a bit, and I miss their no longer offering beef carpaccio. However, the ambiance and service remain excellent, and the main courses are varied and tasty.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Il Riccio for a pasta lover that understands authentic Italian food. We were not disappointed. Intimate, friendly atmosphere w/o feeling crowded. We had the goat cheese salad with best goat cheese i had - buttery with a hint of garlic. The pasta w meat sauce was delicious w/o being heavy and the chicken scarpariello traditional and tasty [you know when you eat beyond your means]; even the steamed spinach was flavorful. They also matched us very well with wine. All in all a delightful experience and we'll be there again

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely, friendly, neighborhood restaurant with good Italian food. The specialities change nightly. There is always something you would want to try. It is a great place to have a private, small party for up to 30 people.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall it was a lovely experience all the way around.
From the ease at which we made the reservation on Open Table to the warm reception when we got to the restaurant.
The food, staff and service all exceeded our expectations.
I would recommend the restaurant for any occasion

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Bland tasteless marinara sauce on the pasta special. Nothing great about any of the other food. In an empty restaurant why is it a policy to seat people at a tiny table for 2 when there are tables for 4 that remained empty all night? Clearly there were no reservations for the other tables. Why are they all held for regulars who might walk in?? That is not how a restaurant encourages people from the neighborhood to return.
There is much better Italian food in the area. Will not return.

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Minor complaint: thought Chardonnay by the glass not as good as usual.

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GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small enough restaurant that makes you feel welcome and serves authentic Italian to boot!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Too many tables close together. Difficult to stand up and go to restroom. Food came out warm to cold.

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VM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited this restaurant with wife n son and we found it pretty good. We are Italian n therefore we can say that the food really tasted genuine Italian. And also wine we selected (falangina front Salerno area) was good
In few words, it really worthwhile! We recommend thi restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always friendly, professional, great food.

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place and have been dining here for years. Under new ownership, and it hasn't skipped a beat. Might even have improved a bit. A complimentary starter was much appreciated. The fresh mozzarella was outstanding as was the veal with lemon and the shrimp risotto special.

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OT
New York Area
418 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The buffalo mozzarella dish was delicious and reasonably priced, the pasta dishes here are all delicious and home made as was the tiramisu.

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SU
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

veal paillard was salty and too thin
not really tender
the salad we shared good but not great
his penne with mozzarella was fair
free biscotti after ok

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OT
New York Area
418 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

At $23 the three course lunch is a real bargain. The grilled vegetables were good but not exceptional, and the rigatoni tasty. My husband enjoyed the chicken dish aauteed in parmesan cheese. We shared the sorbet, which was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, professional and delicious

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NE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good service. Very worth while!!

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TR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was very average, appetizer was obviously pre-cooked & heated in microwave because it arrived in about 2 minutes after order. Service was inattentive & hurried. Very disappointed.... Will not return.

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JB
Manchester
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place, average food

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was so unexpected. Was staying in unfamiliar part of town. The hostess was gone but gave recommendations. None of them looked good to us or were full. We were able to reserve a table an hour before for four people. We wondered if this was due to a not so good resteraunt. We found a fabulous amalfi Italian menu, wonderful staff, place to be able to hear your friends, and wonderful food.
This place is a gem. Recommending it to my select friends, as I don’t want to overcrowd it. Ha.
Enjoy the food and quality of this resteraunt.

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W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good and good value, with friendly service. Their specials are what I order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pasta. Expert service.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good Food was excellent and so was the service. You think you’re in Italy !

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Riccio can always be counted on to provide a delicious meal (the linguine with clams is divine!) in a lovely setting that is serene and very comfortable. The service is impeccable.

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OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, chicken was a bit tough but the mushrooms on top helped compensate.
The bruschetta is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
418 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant surprise; never been there. Lovely little restaurant with a garden in the back. Fresh, lovely grilled vegetables; very tasty linguini. Will be back to try fish dish.

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Not the same place as before when previous owners were there

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Owner at door was not very welcoming but waiter was very good. Food pleasant. Good place to meet a friend to chat. Not too loud, able to talk, a nice neighborhood restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The open door, the easy casual atmosphere are very appealing on a pleasant summer evening

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Love this restaurant, perfect neighborhood place BUT food really needs to be better!

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great food and service. A little concerned that the wine list has shrunk and had limited choices. Given the heat and humidity, it would have been nicer if the doors were closed and the AC was on...

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RR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just delicious pasta and ambience!
Beautiful quiet table along the walls...delicious wines as well.

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o
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated iur daughters birthday, and it was just perfect. Intimate setting, just like being on the Amalfi Coast. Food was delicious and hospitality impeccable!

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a
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Il Riccio is always a good choice on a mid week evening!

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

I booked a meal at this resturant because it was close to a concert at Central Park.
Pro's:
Very good food
Attentive waiting staff
Good information about allergies
Con's:
Stepped entrance with a dangerous ramp
They made it clear that I was an inconvenience as a mobility device user
Owner tried to suggest I had the wrong resturant for my reservation

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u
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely lunch with a friend whom I had not seen for many years; the location was good for both of us. We sat in the back garden-style area, which was charming on a summer day; the service was excellent and the food just as good. I would certainly go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday! Delicious dinner.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was awful and we saw a mouse

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w
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Reliably good as always. The veal with artichokes was terrific.
The Biscotti are the best in town: Crispy and crunchy.

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would recommend booking ahead. Fantastic service and very efficient. Food was brilliant and quick to come out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All six of us had a good meal!

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