- 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!
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Calamari in Padella
seared squid topped with aromatic breadcrumbs, extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, served in a cast iron pan
Ravioli Con Ricotta
cheese filled ravioli with tomato sauce
Still one of the best restaurants on the UES. Food is consistently great and the service is always attentive, but not intrusive.
Always a hit. Consistently good. Love the carciofi, the pasta, branzino - the best in the city!
The food was outstanding as well as the service. It’s a high energy ambiance that is a bit noisy. Love the restaurants and will be back.
The waiter studiously ignored us. It made the total experience unpleasant.
Food is always delicious—if only it didn’t get so noisy—the restaurant—not the food!
Paula’s Restaurant is bustling on a Saturday night with lots of dinner parties. They offer bread which isn’t fresh unfortunately, but their food is. The pasta and bolognese sauce was delicious. They have attentive and fast service, but seemed to rush us in and out to accommodate other guests. I’d recommend it for the food, but the experience was sub par.
The food and service are unbeatable. I have always been pleased after dining there many times.
this is one of my favorite restaurants. i can not wait for them to open up in long island this weekend.
Paola’s offers superb Italian cuisine and impeccable service. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and the room is spacious and filled with light.
We look forward to returning to Paola’s soon.
The place is loud,the food is unexceptional,the bathroom is almost 3rd world. There is no cell reception in the dining room so you have to stand by the front door to f you need to receive a call. It was so loud I couldn’t hear my dinner partner and the wait staff seemed surly
Decent upscale Italian. A bit pricey for lunch very tasty pasta with duck ragout.
It’s no wonder that Paola’s is always full. This establishment runs like a fine tuned machine. Service is above board.
The food is always fresh and delicious and the waiter are very friendly
Staff handled the hyperactivity of Valentine’s Day dinner time with skill and courtesy. Our waiter Adrian was helpful and courteous, but was careful to remain in the background to allow us to enjoy our fabulous food. Will certainly return.
E sempre bello tornare da voi
Food was delicious service was impeccable.
Ok been there before and food much better the first time
I’m from Miami, and come to nyc often. Paola is the restaurant I always choose for lunch. The fried baby artichokes (a la Judea) are the main reason. I always feel like I’m in Rome at Piperno!
We will return often. No question! It was wonderful in every way.
Wait staff appropriate at tentative. Wine by the glass selection excellent. Was not rushed with meal. Third time here
Perfectly fine if not outstanding pasta dishes (nothing wrong with them; but not special); great service; nice location and ambiance.
It was my birthday dinner and could not have been happier with my 3 courses!
Consistently excellent! Skilled staff and delicious food.
Paola’s is a great restaurant! The good and ambience is great
As always Paola’s was outstanding in terms of food, table service, etc. I’ve downgraded my rating for the following reason: I have lunch there 3-6 times a year, always request a window table and always get it. This time - despite two window tables being empty - we were told that larger parties had reserved both of them. By the time we finished eating one table still was empty and the other held a party of two. It’s a small point but it’s annoying.
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Had a great lunch there and will definitely return
I’ve eaten here before I was very disappointed with the waiter way felt really ignored us, the quality of the food was average, the busboy was the best all evening, it was is not a really good experience and dinner enjoy my dinner
Had brunch at the bar. Love this place except for one thing. It’s hard to eat at the bar because the barstools are too low. Other than that, great food and atmosphere.
Always live our meals and the ambience
Good food, attentive service, great drinks prepared by bartender Beata. A terrific experience.
I am writing to express my extreme disappointment regarding our reservation for 4 at 7:30pm yesterday January 26th. My family and I arrived on time for our 7:30pm reservation. We were told that our table would be ready in 5 minutes. After waiting in the cramped area near the door that kept opening and we kept getting bumped into by waitstaff, we asked how our table was doing. We were then told that the people paid their check but were still drinking their coffee. After waiting for 25 minutes we left.
I had just begun coming back to Paola's after having had rude service several years earlier. Unfortunately I will not be back again and will let my friends know that if they want a disappointing experience then make a reservation at Paola's.
There didn't seem to be anyone in charge. Awful Awful. Thankfully Vicolina is opening soon!!
Food was wonderful as always.
Paola’s it’s classic Roman Italian restaurant, food it’s really good. They have carbonara, matriciana, best Cacio e pepe in town. And it’s the only place I can have tipical puntarella salad, it’s delicious. Ambiance is great, service excellent. A good selection of wine by the glass. We go and keep going never disappointed, even that we don’t live in the neighborhood, worth to go there.
Always a reliable choice. The food is great, healthy and. Creative. You can hear, and the service is attentive.
The food is superb. One of the best restaurants not only on the UES but in all of NYC.
This neighborhood restaurant has very good food, attentive staff and a good vibe. The bartender, Beata, also makes a fabulous Vesper Martini using both Monkey in Paradise gin and Tanqueray vodka. It's reasonably priced and a great value. Most importantly, with very good food, it's a great place to dine.
Our favorite. Armando and Kosette the best. Great food, relax ambiance in the neighbour.