- 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!
Our favorite. Armando and Kosette the best. Great food, relax ambiance in the neighbour.
The food and the service are always good
One of the best Italian restaurants that I have had the pleasure to enjoy
A bit noisy due to density but that is quite tolerable with the excellent and friendly service. The food is excellent. HOWEVER, the pricing of the wine list borders somewhere between insulting and demeaning. 'Tis offensively greedy. Looking at popularity, I understand about 'what the traffic will bear' and 'tis a business. But not for me.
Ristorante di qualità con prodotti genuini cucinati da mani sapienti. Ottima esperienza!
We celebrated New Year’s with friends. The wait staff was extremely attentive and welcoming. The atmosphere is traditional Italian. The doors was excellent. Is especially enjoyed the veal scallopini. It was very tender bit just a bit crisp around the edges. Seasoned well.desserts were delicious. A bit pricey but in keeping with the environment. I would eat there again for sure.
New Years was a pure delight food was amazing
What a wonderful afternoon catching up with out of town friends - the food and service were just perfect - we ate at a European pace and could not have enjoyed ourselves more!
Adrian is ALWAYS the best!!!
Lovely neighborhood Italian. Dress up in the evenings
It is always wonderful to go to Paola's. We have been going for 30 years.
Wonderful , special nite out! Neighborhood Gem!
First time at this rest. Staff were friendly. Food was good. There were 5 of us and everyone had something different. My salmon with asparagus ( sauce on side ) was very good. everyone else had pasta dishes they enjoyed. Decor is very nice. Modern but still homey. We will go again.
Good food and service but very noisy during dinner which was at 6:30.
Relatives visiting from abroad
Perfect in every way.
The noise level, combined with poor (though amiable) service diminished my enjoyment considerably. The food was good, but that's not the only criterion for a good restaurant experience I doubt if I will return.
We had a 730PM reservation for 4 people. They seated another table for 4 who came in after us at 750PM. and who were highly aggressive in their behavior. We were finally seated at 755PM after we said we were leaving. The experience was horrible. We will never go back.
The ambiance is lively at this upper east side gem. Wonderful service at the bar where we sat and were able to sample great wines and terrific food including the warm mozzarella and perfectly fried artichokes. Very well priced for the city.
The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is very inviting. The only minor concern is the price which was $90 for a lunch
Food and service at Paola's is consistently good. Price point is in line with the neighborhood. Atmosphere is conducive to having a normal conversation - no need to shout but not so dead that everyone hears your every breath. Highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant with a classy / casual feel and great food.
Excellent! We love Paola’s!
We really enjoyed our first experience at Paola. Very accomodating host, hostess and coat check. Friendly, lively vibe. The tortillini soup was great and the buccatini was delicious. Nice wine list too. We would love to return.
Just moved in to UES. Will eat here a lot.
Exceptionally consistent and an alway great menu. A neighborhood gem.
Best Italian ues
Met an old friend for dinner.....we had a lot to talk about..........were seated at a table for two in the dining room --in the row in the center of the room with the bar in the back of it. Tables are very close together and
the place was packed on Thursday night. It was difficult to hear each other............but gradually as the evening went on the tables on each side of us were empty........and we could communicate. The tables are really too close together........but the food was very good.
We only go to Paola's a couple times a year because they overbook, resulting in waits to be seated. This time it was 25 minutes. The food is good enough, but for the high prices I want to be whisked to my table the minute I walk in the door. And if you want to have a quiet conversation, go to Erminia - Paola's is like a wind tunnel.
Wonderful, cozy and very friendly place.
Service is excellent.
We had dinner at Paola’s before going to The Guggenheim for Alvin Ailey’s Works & Process. We shared a calamari to start. For main courses I had the Duck breast and my friend had the Cornish hen. They were all very good. The only complaint was that the Dessert we ordered was too sweet. The bottle of Nebbiolo we had to drink was delicious and reasonably priced.
Very pushy manager/waiter. Asking us 2 minutes after we sat down for our order. He kept coming back every 2 minutes. Then he got the meatball appetizer order to us at the end of our meal. Also pushed a very expensive wine on us. He should back off. We are neighborhood frequent diners.
Everything was fantastic from the decor to the service to the food. I highly recommend this for a business dinner or a date night.
I love Paola's I celebrated my birthday there with a group. We go for almost all special family meals.
It's a special neighborhood trat!
Food delicious BUT meal rushed and restaurant staff pushed us out. Much pressure to vacate table. Dined with old friends and after 1.5 hours practically pushed out! 400 dollar bill for 4 people we should be able to dine and not be pressured to leave restaurant. We didn't overstay and it was obvious they wanted to serve us and push us out to seat next group and keep money coming in. Will never ever go again!!
Paolo's is an old style Italian restaurant with good service, excellent food in a very nice setting.
Much too expensive for a neighborhood restaurant!
Post wedding dinner
The only problem with this place is deciding what to choose. The entire menu is wonderful.