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 transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
I love the lamb shank entree.
The food was delicious. service was very good as well. we sat on the outside part of the restaurant which basically is a set of tables for two on each side of a wall with a tiny space for walking in between. Restaurant has charm but way too tight.
We love this neighborhood restaurant for us.. we are always greeted with Avery nice welcome - service is attentive and most pleasant - and we always enjoy the food ... so we are often there and never disappointed !
Loved the fettuccini and shrimp main course. Very convenient for any performance at Lincoln center.
Food was good. Service was not very attentive but it was pre theater so maybe a little more hectic than usual.
Exellent service. Very good veal dish. Varied menu and good wine list.
Cute place. Clearly a popular neighborhood spot. Packed before Lincoln Center shows. Came for my reservation but table wasn’t ready. After ten minutes we sat at the bar and got great service there. Food was nothing special, and around 33% more than similar dishes at comparable restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with this place, but there’s nothing compelling to draw me back there either.
Great pre fixe brunch. Service is good and they dnt rush you to leave.
Delicious classic Italian food in a cozy little space. Mussels were especially delicious and the pasta was incredibly fresh. Neighborhood gem.
Service was poor
Okay Italian food, fresh and swiftly served, in a spot near Lincoln Center. Don't expect a gourmet experience. (Think: lotsa tomato paste.) However you should easily make your curtain time: they really move the food. It's crowded. Best to reserve in advance.
The service and the food are always good here, and the location near Lincoln Center is really convenient if you are attending a performance.
Lots of good choices, wonderful homemade oasta dishes and very gracious service. Also very convenient for attendance at Lincoln Center
Guests were seated at table. When I arrived early I was seated at another table. After twenty five minutes server apologized and realized we had been seated at separate tables. Not good customer service
Overall a very good local neighborhood restaurant.... service very good and everyone in our party enjoyed there meals without and complainants..... had a reservation at 5 arrived a couple minutes early and table was waiting.... will be back.
Excellent service and food. A bit pricey, though. Otherwise, wonderful. Thank you.
Reliable and cozy.
Always feel welcomed and remembered at this cute, comfortable restaurant. The food and service are always excellent. Never a disappointment.
The food is good and the service attentive. Close to Lincoln Ctr.
Food was outstanding, every dish freshly made. Service was great too!
Amazing Night at ll Violino!!!
Four of us enjoyed a pre-theater meal at this restaurant. Our dinners were fine. My husband and I shared the veal piccata with vegetables and the nightly special spaghetti carbonara. It was hot, tasty and very well prepared. Our friends had the lasagna, meatballs and a Caesar salad with shrimp. For dessert there was gelato, sorbet and coffee. The food was nicely served.
Food was excellent. Waiter was very friendly and made good suggestions. It was our second time there and were very pleased with our meals. Convenient for getting to concerts at MERKIN Hall or Lincoln Center.
Always a bit crowded and noisy but good food and excellent service and value.
Busy local restaurant with good food and a good value. Only negative is that it’s crowded and the tables are small, but the service is exceptional.
We are developing a tradition whereby no trip to New York City would be complete without dinner at Il Violino. The food, service and ambiance are all excellent!
One of my favorite places to eat before going to Lincoln Center
The food is always excellent.
We were seated right away at a window table as had been requested when reservation was made. Our server Georgiana was very attentive and efficient. Our meals were delicious. I ordered the seafood soup and cleaned my plate. My husband ordered spaghetti and did the same. A very convenient place to dine before heading over to Lincoln Center. I highly recommend Il Violino!
We look forward to going to Il Violino every year when wecome back to New York. We love the atmosphere, service and food. The pre fixe menu is always a good value.
Very consistent in food quality. Nice tasty menu. Drink wine rather than cocktails. Gets crowded when Lincoln Center has performances so book early if you have tickets. We went on Monday night and it was so much more enjoyable without the rush.
Stumbled on this spot before an opera in 2029. We were running late and every other restaurant was fully booked. They squeezed us in at a “communal table” so we could eat before the opera. I was so impressed I looked them up before my next opera and wasn’t disappointed. From the “saving us from rushing and starving” to “plenty of time to relax and enjoy the experience” Il Violino has not disappointed. Would recommend to any one going to a show at Lincoln center
I have been going to this restaurant for many years......food and service never disappoints.
This visit was the same.......I had brought 2 friends....and my only negative comments.....its time for a paint job, a little sprucing up.
Our first time at Il Violino in many years. Our pastas were quite tasty and the service also good. Prices were reasonable. We will return.
A favorite for over 10 years. Always delicious food and great service.
Il Violino is great! Service and food delightful.
Very nice price fix meal before the opera. Waitress was knowledgeable Only glitch was special dessert was missing the ice cream (which none of us really needed)
Amazing service. Our waitress was super friendly and they pulled out a special dessert for a birthday. That was super sweet
We always enjoy the food and ambience at Il Violino. Our family and friends have been eating and drinking here for years. It’s always a pleasant comfortable experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. Location is also very good.
Great service, delicious food. Perfect for a quiet dinner.
A friendly, welcoming place to eat good food near Lincoln Center. Definitely worth a return visit!