- 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 dishes at Paola are consistently exquisite, the service hits the sweet spot accommodating but never intrusive and the stylish deco ambience takes you back in time. Bravo!
You have to love Paola's: the welcoming atmosphere, the warm service, and above all the excellent food and wine: the kitchen always turns out dishes with deep flavor, and the staff knows just the best glasses or bottles to complement them. They do a mean Negroni, too, I might add ...
It does not strive for glacial perfection; little slips can occur. But this belongs among those restaurants where such things do not matter: it makes you feel good from start to finish. People keep coming back - with good reason.
Some of best pasta in Upper Manhattan!
Always great quality. Excellent service.
Grown up restaurant! NOT shabby or marginal like other Italian restaurants.
Food and cocktails very good
Great atmosphere and service! We eat here on every trip to NYC.
Delightful experience - great food, service, ambiance. I love this neighborhood restaurant.
You should not accept reservation at 10 if you are going to give a bad service because you are in a hurry
My personal favorite Italian restaurant in NYC.
Excellent Service coupled with excellent food. Quiet Restaurant perfect for a Business Lunch. Very comfortable atmosphere. The Pork and escarole I had for lunch with perfectly seasoned and presented. One of the better dishes I've had in NY City for lunch. I will return to Paola
Wonderful food and atmosphere. Service a bit erratic but as it was Christmas Eve it was busy.
The food is great but the service is a little standoffish. Our entrees came out a half hour after we had finished the appetizers and came out only after we asked what the problem was — the table next to us came after we did and were finished before we got our entrees. For such a good restaurant, that’s unusual and unwanted.
Fantastic as always. I wish I lived closer so I could come here more often. Everything is always delicious. Can't wait to go back.
Wonderful evening, food was absolutely delicious, every course.
Love the place, people and food
This is the place for a really delicious lunch on upper Madison Avenue near the Guggenheim and Jewish Museum. Highilights: perfect minestrone, artichokes, salad, lemon tart.... Excellent espresso.
Definitely very good but used to be better. Some dishes better than others. Very good pasta.
Waited for 20 min just to put my order while place was almost empy
Paola's in all it's manifestations has always been an amazing restaurant. Plenty of delicious options for a vegetarian like me. Our meal was wonderful, the service fantastic, and I will continue to be a customer as long as they are open.
This was our first time here and we had a great experience... the food, service and staff were excellent... we look forward to our next visit..,
High quality food and service. Very vibrant
Perfect place for an after Museum lunch with an old friend!!
always excellent. best restaurant in area. casual dress, attentive staff, wonderful kitchen. one feels at home here.
Paola’s is always excellent. The interior is lovely. The service is excellent. The food is delicious. All around, I really love it
Cannot have a bad meal! We have followed from further east to her home on Madison!
Excellent as slways
Visiting from out of town we wanted a nice local restaurant with excellent food and service. We felt at home in Paola’s and we’re treated like we were well known customers. The food and wine list are excellent and it’s a good value for your money.
My favorite restaurant in all of NYC! Always delicious........wonderful staff.
Cannot wait to return.
Excellent food, excellent service
The wines by the glass are very good.
The Roman artichoke was delicious and do was the veal chop.
Service was rushed and a bit disorganized..not the usual good job.
authentic Italian recipes from different regions, great service, friendly atmosphere.
Fabulous food and service. No loud music but the noise level from conversation is high when the restaurant is crowded. Love this place.
Very good choice I had duck breast which compared favorably with others I had other places. My friends all enjoyed their choices too.
One of my all time favorites. Never disappoints and this wasn’t any different!
Great can’t wait to return
I live in east village and travel uptown any
chance I can go dine there
Italian food like in Italy. All the pastas are homemade and truly sublime.
Always happy at this restaurant Services always very good in the food is delicious
Paola's is my very favorite restaurant on the upper east side. The food is always amazing, as is the service and ambiance. Paola's is a gift!
We might have found it. A restaurant we actually want to return to. We have one by Lincoln Center ( Cafe Fiorello) but here near the Guggenheim we have been on a hunt. Paola's might just be it. The Inside is much more serene (and I want to say majestic) than the outside causes you to anticipate. Once inside we were graciously shown to our table, the menu looked fabulous. We tried a Caesar Salad as we ALWAYS do and it was good, really good. We split the scallops which couldn't have been better with a perfect sweet sear. We didn't try dessert because I am on a cake tasting binge and brought in a slice from Lady M( not in love with it) and while we unwrapped it clean plates and forks arrived.
The crowd was what I would describe as local and looking like they knew what they were doing. Finally, a place to return to!!