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.
Insalata "IL Violino"
Arugula, baby spinach, walnuts, strawberry & gorgonzola
Minestrone, Pasta e Fagioli or Soup of the Day
Pasta e Fagioli
classic Italian bean soup
Fantastic service and high quality Italian food
The best Italian restaurant on the UWS, maybe in all of Manhattan! I had their John Dory for lunch and it was the most delicious fish I’ve eaten in years! Polite and unobtrusive service, lovey ambience, and great for people-watching. I’m in love with this one!
I love Violino! The staff is friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious!
Staff was great. Carmen at the bar was terrific, and Daniela was an outstanding waitress.
We were seated promptly.
The food was excellent.
We went there right before our movie, and, we made it.
Definitely will be returning.
Great food as always! Service was a little slow but it was busy. The braised lamb was extraordinary.
Service is very slow. Food is good. So mixed bag.
Service was great. Restaurant has inside tables with windows looking out to avenue and side street. I felt as if I were in Europe.
They had too many tables to serve and not enough people to handle all of the customers. We left before they took our order.
Since one of my favorite Italian restaurants has closed, I have been looking for a restaurant that had excellent linguini with clams in a white wine sauce. Their version, along with added prawns, was excellent to my taste. The appetizer Caprese (fresh tomatoes with mozerella cheese) was also very good.
As always dining at Il Violino is a great experience. I've never been disappointed there.
A great way to ease back into restaurant dining, good food and service, people-watching if you're outside. A great neighborhood venue.
Food is pret. Reminded me of an episode of Kitchen Nightmares where everything is microwaved. Pretty outdoor space for Covid dining and no wait are the pluses
This is my husbands favourite Italian in the city. I’d made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and specifically requested outdoor seating. We got there on our exact reservation time to find we had to wait 40mis for our table. They tried to offer us a table inside or one that was in the middle of the sidewalk by the front door where the foot traffic was insane. The host didn’t apologise but just thanked us for our patience. Good will for putting a downer on our night would have been nice but no. We ate and drank and we’re almost the last ones to leave given our table was given to us so late. The food is great I’ll give them that, but what happened to service and hospitality? Yes people are dining out more so you’ve got business again, doesn’t mean you can mistreat people now.
Daughter and grandson were visiting and this is their favorite dinner place in town. The food was excellent and the ambiance at a window table is great.
Great prixe fix brunch deal which includes a cocktail.
Always a pleasure. Great, friendly restaurant with excellent food.
Had not been here in awhile. The food and wines by the glass were as always more than fine. The service was just adequate at best.
Wonderful outdoor setup. We went for brunch and the food was mediocre. The flourless chocolate cake on the other hand was REALLY good.
One of our favorite local spots, consistent in service and delicious meals.
Very delicious and the service was terrific!!
We had a lovely experience at Il Violino. The menu is broad, the food was tasty, the service was friendly, and there were even opera singers for entertainment. The outside setup is comfortable and feels safe. So glad we came!
nice lunch special--salad, john dory fish, great service. Solid place.
Good Experience, waitress was wonderful!
It was excellent. I want to go back!
Fabulous lunch had by all.
We are definitely going back.
Excellent food and service. One of the tastiest options near Lincoln Center.
This restaurant has been around for decades. I noticed throughout the pandemic that they were doing very good business with their outdoor seating. I finally went with a party of 4, sat indoors. Excellent Italian food, everybody liked it. And price is low for a decent Manhattan restaurant. And wine prices are very low, with most bottles priced under $50--again, quite unusual for Manhattan.
Best outdoor dining setting I've seen, only noise from the street of course. Seems like a permanent structure. Staff lowered music vol when requested. Good food as I have come to expect, generous portions, not rushed. A little slow service of main course and staff apologized.
Wonderful lunch, good value with the prix fixe. nice outdoor dining space, plenty of space between customers. staff was attentive
The "Cottage" outdoors was charming. Noise level from street and other diners a little distracting. Server was fast but a bit brusque and not terribly friendly. My veal piccata was delish and the mashed potatoes were divine. it was altogether a pleasant dining experience. A little pricey.
I took a friend and we were both happy with our meal selection. It was a warm day so dining outdoors was pleasant except with the trucks passing by.
Nice service, good food. I'll be back.
A non-memorable meal for all three of us. It's hard to eat on the street in the cold, so there is that, but the soup was thin and watery, and the pasta with vodka sauce tasted more like cheese. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt what we'd hoped for.
Next time we are in the neighborhood, we'll try some other place.
We had a wonderful family dinner! Food was very good and service attentive.
One of our favorite places on UWS and in city. Not a bad item on the menu. Nearly every table has a sidewalk view.
Pastas at Violino are generally among the best in the city. Tonight upheld that standard. Also, their by-the-glass wine selections are very good, all quality Italian. Hard to go wrong here.
We sat outside in the lovely area totally outside the restaurant. I wanted eggplant parm, saw that it was not on the menu but requested it from waitress. She said of course, no problem. It was delicious. Then we shared a tiny cheesecake it was also delish ! This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant it was so nice to be back again after more than a year !
We ate outdoors and were very comfortable in spite of the cool evening. Our server and service both just excellent, as were our dinners. My husband had fish; I had chicken, mine with marsala sauce/mushrooms and tasty, recommended.
Very good food and very nice waiters! Slightly pricey but it’s New York!
Very good Italian food and good service.
Spaghetti and meatballs is delicious.
Il Violino is rated 4.5 stars by 1456 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.