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About Il Violino
Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been renovated and transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
New York, NY 10023
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
West 68th Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Violino Ratings and Reviews
We chose the restaurant for its proximity to Lincoln Center , which we were attending following our dinner,as well as its excellent reviews . We were not let down. The prix fix pre-theatre includes soup, salad,entree and coffee or tea. We enjoyed every part of the meal. The service was excellent and since we were at the restaurant at 5:30 pm, the noise level was moderate.As we enjoyed our meal, we noticed many regular customers entering the restaurant for dinner. It was obvious that this is a well respected eating establish in the neighborhood .
Excellent overall -- a long-time favorite. Only negatives: waitress got one appetizer order (of four) wrong; on a bitterly cold night, there was initial reluctance to close the outer door, resulting in a frigid blast whenever anyone opened the inner door and entered or left.
We booked a table for two and were seated immediately on arrival at a window spot as requested. The restaurant was smaller then expected, and a bit tight, but the service and the meal were excellent. Prices were slightly higher than what was shown online. Very convenient to Lincoln Center. A 6:15pm seating left us plenty of time to make an 8:00pm curtain at the Met.
Very much recommended.
My friend and I were catching up after not seeing each other for many months. The service recognized we were going to be there for a while and adjusted their attention accordingly. Notably this was a busy Friday night and I am sure they could have turned our table two or three times in the 2+ hours we were there. It is a rare find to have a restaurant be appropriately attentive and patient.
Very good preparations of familiar Italian dishes. Spinach salad (enough for two) had generous amount of goat cheese along with walnuts. Broccoli rabe cooked well, sausage was flavorful, pasta cooked just right. Broiled salmon was moist and mustard sauce gave flavor, but did not overpower.
Horrible service and management. The manager yelled at me in front of all the diners when I asked him what was in my food. Not sure what it was but it definitely was not food. Instead of apologizing and diffusing the situation he yelled at me and said I was looking for problems. Will never return.
We enjoyed the NYC feel of this restaurant and the food was very good. We sat in the enclosed outdoor area which was a bit cold and tight - next time I would wait for a seat in the inner part of the restaurant. The service was very good and the atmosphere was fun.
On a very cold night, we happily dined at Il Violino. Having dined here many times before, it is our favorite for good food and being close to Lincoln Center. As always, it did not disappoint. The scallops and veal marsala were done perfectly. The view of the bundled-up passing people and covered-up pet dogs is always a fun entertainment.
Il Violino was the perfect choice for our family pre-theater dinner near Lincoln Center. The restaurant is small, but 6 of us fit nicely without being cramped and could actually talk. The 10 ad 12 year old were happy to have pasta from their traditional Italian menu.My mussels were delicious. No pretensions. Service and food were both very good.
The food was pretty good, but both the waiter and the maitre d repeatedly rushed us, claiming there were people with a reservation waiting to be seated . When we made our reservation, we were not told there was a time limit on how long we could stay! We ignored them and kept sitting, and could see no one was waiting. Their behavior was tacky and unpleasant.
This restaurant was relaxing, the staff was very friendly and the food was amazing! It is one of those places that is cozy, just the right amount of noise and comfort food to make you relaxed and happy. It set the tone for the rest of the night. Thank you!
Went there with my daughter and she loved it.
A tightly packed bistro. The service was very attentive albeit a bit hurried. Possibly this is due to the relatively tight space and need for turnover. The food was very good and the price fixed dinner ($39) was a good value. Prices are reasonable for a NYC restaurant and proximity to Lincoln Center make it a good choice before the theater.
The food here is well above average. It's a tight space, which brings down the atmosphere ratings, and the "outdoor" enclosure is drafty. The restaurant is close to Lincoln Center, and the service is responsive, so it is a good pre-theater choice. They will move you along if you need to get to the theater. We've been there twice now, with the same waiter, and enjoyed the meal and the service.
Decent midtown restaurant with good service, varied menu, tasty food and nice ambiance. Caesar Salad and Endive Salad were very good. Entrees - salmon and braised lamb - were tasty. Sides of mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli rabe, and mixed vegetables were fresh and cooked as they should be. Attention from waitress and other staff was just right. Nice place for a dinner.
Could not get reservations at any other restaurant before a performance at Lincoln Center. This restaurant is no better or worse than any other in the area. They are all pretty mediocre. Food was bland but service was pleasant.
Wouldn't visit other than out of necessity but has better value than others near Lincoln Center.
Il Violino was excellent! We were lucky to get a window seat which was fantastic and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was charming and cozy. The restaurant is fairly small but not at all cramped. My friends and I had the Sautée di cozze and the Antipasto mist all'italiana followed by Linguine ai frutti di mare and Cobb salad. I would recommend the Sautée di cozze, the mussel appetizer, to anyone who enjoys seafood. We finished with cappuccinos and the tiramisu. All very delicious and I recommend to anyone that is in the area.
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