- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times
For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!
The entire evening was delightful. The food, service, ambiance and energy were all outstanding.
Food was delicious and service impeccable. The room is beautiful but noisy!
Love the food.....even when it was a hole in the wall on east 85 st the food was terrific.
The noise level was really good because we came late for lunch.....usually it’s kind of noisy for me. My favorite appetizer is the fried baby artichokes and it would be if they would give us 4 instead of 3...." it’s very pricey and usually a split for me
It’s always an excellent experience at Paola! Stupendo!
food was good, service a bit perfunctory, and table are VERY close to one another, so not a place to have an intimate conversation.
Everything was wonderful the food the waiter the only negative thing I have to say is the hostess was not accommodating with the table that we wanted she put us in a very strange table that I was not happy about it and I own and it was a special birthday so I was a little disappointed she wasn’t willing to switch the tables and I ate at 6 o’clock so the restaurant was very very quiet that was the only negative thing I would say otherwise it was wonderfuli
Excellent service! Pasta to die for! Can't wait to go back!!!
Everything we ordered was fantastic!!
The brunch menu was nice but portions were smaller than I would have liked. Also my bloody mary was very strong!
Nice place, good service but rather tasteless food at expensive prices.
Service was slow to arrive at first. So much so that we decided not to order appetizer and stuck to main course. That said, food was good. Solid atmosphere. Good place though not a first-rate venue.
We were greeted warmly by the staff and seated in a quiet corner, as requested. The waiter's wine recommendation was outstanding. The food was exceptional, especially the osso bucco and pasta. A refined and pleasurable dining experience.
Going back to Paola is always a great idea. Is it a cliche to say I feel at home? Well, I really do. Can’t wait to go back again soon. Food was delicious and cooked in the authentic healthy recipes that distinguish real italian restaurants from restaurants that will turn a simply sauce into something heavy, because it sells more. The pappardelle with wild boar were to die for. The anatra a wonderful surprise. The vitello tonnato always my favorite.
The food at Paola’s never disappoints!
This was not our 1st visit to Paola's, but it will be our last. We had a dinner reservation for 7:15PM and was not seated until 8:00PM. In addition, the food was subpar. My wife ordered the linguine with white clam sauce and the dish lacked flavor. I ordered the salmon medium rare and it was overdone. All things considered, this was a very disappointing meal.
Too noisy and too expensive ($34 for four shrimp and corn pieces) and even though service is fine there is no absorption of noise and when the restaurant is full you cannot have a conversation
They forgot one friends lunch.
It began badly when they claimed not to have my open table reservation. Same thing was happening to the couple behind us. I found the staff unfriendly and even rude. Food as always was good but not sure I’ll return.
Food is always reliable. Very good Italian fare. Service is spotty, depends on which waiter you get. Our waiter was unfriendly and seemed to rush us at every turn; he has always been like this. No idea why the restaurant tolerates waiters who are not up to giving good service. Overall, Goff place to dine in Carnegie Hill.
This is one of my "go to" places for Italian food. It continues to be a wonderful restaurant and a neighborhood gem. Start off with the warm mozzarella with tomato and roasted peppers, yummy. After that, check out the cavatelli with broccoli de rapa and sweet sausage. Sublime. Just go there. You'll like it.
Fantastic restaurant! Delicious food, professional service, great ambiance. Highly recommended
I've eaten there for lunch several times and loved it. Dinner was a disappointment. Poor service, loud and uncomfortable table.
The food is amazing !!
Waiters are nice and professional but short staffed. Linguini with clam sauce tasted like a sampling of water from the East River. Bolognese pretty good, as well as cocktails. Ended up getting a slice of pizza afterwards from pizza park, which I highly recommend.
As always, Paola's food was delicious and the service was excellent.
love Paola's - try to eat here whenever we come and visit the city of New York
Although a local joint, Paola's offers some of the best and most authentic Northern Italian food in the city. Have eaten there often and seldom was any dish other that excellent. Having been raised in Italy and being a gourmet Italian home cook, I am very hard to please and have little patience with with chefs who try unsuccessfully to show their "skills" by ruining traditional dishes. One of my favorites: Trofie al pesto. They are prepared just like my mother would have, had she been Genovese and a good cook.
We go early for lunch before a class on a fairly regular basis. While Paola's states they open at 11:00 am, we are seated promptly and than have to wait for a long time before a server takes our order. There are only one or two tables occupied so it is not as though the servers are overburdened. The server did not ask if we wanted refills for coffee and snapped at one of the guests, saying "just give me a minute". While the food is good and it is quiet and geographically desirable the vibes are not exactly "you are valued customers".
Consistently good food paired with friendly service
fabulous, always fabulous!
Paola's consistently delivers fabulous food in a lovely setting with great service! My favorite place on the upper east side!
Everyone very nice, food very good.
The branzino was quite good. The Cesar salad was ok. good service. Still a little too noisy for me.
My wife did not like the vegetable soup - uninspiring.
Hadn’t been to Paola‘s for 25 years but if anything it was more fabulous than ever. Paola, you may remember evenings at Paul and Arnhild Buckhurst’s in the 1980s, an introduction to your wonderful world.
Excellent as always! Paola's has been a staple of the Upper Eastside for decades. Never disappointing.
Paola's ALWAYS serves excellent food and offers wonderful, friendly service! It is a fantastic neighborhood spot. Homemade pastas, fish, veal - all delicious!
My favorite Upper East Side restaurant, and some of the best Italian food anywhere!
Mediocre overall, service was poor and food was ok