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.
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
The special was a home made spinach pasta with salmon. It was absolutely delicious! Dining partner had the shrimp risotto dish which is outstanding! Service, as usual, was attentive but not intrusive. Il Violino is a neighborhood essential!
We ate at there before going to Lincoln Center. It was very a pleasant atmosphere and ambience. The service is very professional and courteous. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
We have been going here for over 20 years and totally enjoy the food.
Excellent meal and service. had a window seat which was entertaining, small and cozy, I’d definitely go back!
It’s convenient to cinema, Lincoln Center and subways...and the food is delicious.
The food, staff and ambiance was amazing. My friends and I celebrated my birthday there and we had a perfect dinner.
The dinner was quite pleasant. They gave us a seat by the window looking looking at the extended enclosed section of the restaurant because I wanted the warmest spot. They prepared the chicken marsala the way we liked it. The salmon and shrimp dishes were good choices. Thankfully the biscotti did not have nuts for people who have allergies. As usual the restaurant was noisy the noise was aggravated by the background music which crowded retaurants should eliminate. We still managed to converse.
Always our favorite place. Good food and and staff
Delicious and lovely service
Great service. Pleasant ambiance. Good food in healthy portions. Interesting when you sit in the enclosed porch to enjoy the food and people watch.
Nice spot, convenient to Lincoln Center. Food was better than I expected.
I always feel very welcome when I enter and leave the restaurant. The food and service is always excellent and so is the attention. I go there whenever I'm in the area and they remember me. The service is great for making a show, opera or ballet. Also, sitting in the area by the windows is great for people watching. It is good if you're alone or with family or friends.
Wonderful service and food.
The best thing about this restaurant is its proximity to Lincoln Center. The food is better than I expected, and the service seems straightforward. If it was a bit quieter, that would help also.
Nice place good food only issue was one person in our party can’t eat gluten and asked the waitress about that option. She glazed over. Brought someone else who indicted the penne is the only gluten free pasta and they’d have to charge more for it as a substitute on the chicken parm platter. Trouble was the chicken parm was breaded and not gluten free but they didn’t mention that. So he would up eating a very small portion of penne and they only apologized but offered no discount or compensation for an entire uneaten chicken cutlet. So...make sure the non-English speaking wait staff understands your special needs.
After seeing the reviews we canceled reservations at a different place to come here, and I regret it. The food was ok. They seat everyone on by the windows to make the restaurant look full but it’s empty on the inside. And as a result your bumping into each other making it very uncomfortable. They give you a ton of bread, which tastes like nothing and the olive oil wasn’t even good. I had the gnocchi which was good. My husband had a dish with clams and mussels and it tasted like nothing really, completely under seasoned.
Very Good food at reasonable prices. Never disappointed.
Consistently good food and service. Nice place to have in the neighborhood
Pasta was delicious but Luke warm. Our only complaint.
Great place to eat and have fun with friends. There’s nothing to say except for out standing. I would go here every day if I could. I come a lot and everyday is better
We spent this past weekend in New York and with tickets for My Fair Lady, we looked for a restaurant near Lincoln Center. Everything we heard made this a perfect choice and we were looking forward to an enjoyable pre-theatre meal. Our reservation was made through Open Table and was even confirmed by the restaurant. Nonetheless, when we arrived on Saturday night, there was a sign on the door that the restaurant was closed for vacation. Another gentleman standing outside had the same experience. This shows an attitude toward their customers that is simply unacceptable. We have reported this incident to Open Table who has been responsive and has indicated they would be in touch with the restaurant. I look forward to hearing their response. Make reservations at this restaurant with caution.
Restaurant was closed. Had no warning.
This is ‘our’ place in the city. Nothing else comes close and the staff is as amazing as the food.
Went to Il Violino for dinner before a show at the Lincoln Center. The location was excellent and so was the dinner. This is an adorable little italian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. They have lots of tables that span a long window which is perfect for people watching. Anna, our server, was a delightful young lady from Serbia. She did an excellent job servicing our table and if she wasn't right there, one of her co-workers were. The food was fabulous. We had been looking for Eggplant Parmesan and we lucked out as it was the special that night. We also ordered the lasagna and the Chicken Picatta. The lasagna was the best we had had, anywhere!!! The Chicken was excellent as well. Make sure you order the tiramisu for dessert...again, excellent!!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here and we all agreed that it was the best that we had on our trip. I would highly recommend!!!
This is a perfect Lincoln Center “go-to” place. They make sure to get you out in time for your event without making you feel rushed. Good food and service, too!
Very good food and people watching if sitting by the windows. Thanks for being there for us to enjoy.
Il Violino is a family go-to. The food is consistently delicious, and the pasta is home-made. Aesthetically, it's nothing special, but the service is courteous and friendly. It's a great neighborhood, comfortable place, and we have gone and will go back again and again.
Love this place. Daniel and all the staff are attentive and helpful.
Basically, the food was quite good and, for the neighborhood, relatively modest in price. I was not enamoured of the bread, which was quite ordinary and not very tasty. The main course (seafood risotto) was very tasty, although the portion was on the small side. The desserts were variable: my friend had the Tiramisu, which was very tasty, according to him. My Affogato was rather disappointing, as it was very small and not special at all. Most disappointing was the cappuccino, which was much to milky (more like a latte). Overall, a good place.
Great food and service and cute setting
One of my favorite pre-fixe lunches on the Upper West Side!
Came for brunch - omelet was delicious, iced coffee not so good
Very disappointing. Lincoln Center pre-theater dinner with my wife. Requested the house salad with my meal "lightly dressed." It came with each lettuce leaf dripping with dressing. Sent it back. I got one of the specials for the night, a fettuccini with pieces of salmon and asparagus. This dish had no flavor and the pasta was all stuck together and not mixed with the broth-based sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Should have sent it back too but we needed to get to the theater. Poor contrast with a wonderful pre-theater dinner the night before in the Theatre District.
Excellent all around.... i’ve been coming here for years and NEVER been disappointed....
Had a wonderful Italian meal in this nighborhood gem before seeing a show at Lincoln Center.
Selected restaurant based on Lincoln Center Location and cuisine. Excellent waiter, Marco - and very accommodating staff - we had my parents (90 and 87 years old) join us and we had an easy access table. The portions were generous, and everyone enjoyed their dinner.
Great service and very tasty pasta! We had a play at Lincoln Center - very convenient location!
Great food and service.
Besides a loud and obnoxious diner at the next table, causing us to relocate to another table, we really enjoyed our post-theater meal. Food was excellent, service attentive, wine was enjoyable, good value. We’ll be back!