IL Carino Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef Mario Cassinelli proudly opens the doors to Il Carino, an Italian fine dining establishment conveniently located at 1710 2nd Ave in the Upper East side, Manhattan. Il Carino provides an Italian fine dining experience in an elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Making it perfect for every occasion a celebration of food and drink. Chef Cassinelli and Giulio envisioned recreating traditional Italian dishes from all of Italy’s provinces and exclusively featuring his own dishes as house specialties. Our belief in old traditional methods of creating our own fresh pastas, bread, homemade sauces and desserts emulate Italy’s gastronomy culture. All dishes are freshly cooked to order, using only the finest ingredients, carefully sourced by Chef Mario Cassinelli himself to ensure freshness and optimum quality.

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Mon - Tue 6:00PM - 10:00PM

What 96 People Are Saying
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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning to have dinner in the restaurant in which we had our first date, 31 years ago.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly local Italian restaurant with solid traditional veal , chicken & pasta dishes. A needed spot on the UES.

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. The specials are excellent, and the service is friendly and attentive.

JC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All pasta dishes were very tasty. The pasta special, squid ink linguine with assorted sea food was exceptional. The squid was mouth watering tender - remarkable.

AG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Il Carino is a small neighborhood gem with freshly made tasty dishes and attentive service. The staff is welcoming and eager to please and specials are offered that are tempting.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Great food. Neighborhood gem. Hope it stays open!

MH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Excellent food, service was attentive but not intrusive. Bananas flambé for dessert. A delight from start to finish.

LI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding. The service is excellent. Ambiance is great.

RB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Return visit. Again, quite good meal with pleasant service. A little pricy for the venue, but it’s been consistently good.

HW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy friendly neighborhood restaurant with delicious food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and service at great prices!

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful place - excellent food, decor and service. Very relaxing, yet high standards for Second Ave.

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The waiter was in our faces all night constantly pushing us to order more food and wine. And the food was mediocre at best

MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place was small food was amazing! I would go again and have my birthday party! I won’t be taking group of people like 12 because the place is to small!

N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming little spot!! Absolutely delicious!!! The staff were amazing!!!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as expected

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal at il Carino!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Neither the food or that service was that spectacular

j
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very small. Ate outside,which was noisy. Only people in the restaurant

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I started off with Minestrone Soup which had among the best broths that I have ever had. Their Calamari appetizer was tender and nicely fried but did not have as much flavor as most others elsewhere. My biggest complaint was with the butter served there. It was served at a very soft texture and I felt that it was left at room temperature too long, which might have accounted for its less than pleasing taste.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite casual Italian restaurant on the Upper East, by far!!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Carino never fails to delight. The food is amazing -- I recommend the specials, whatever they may be, chef Mario always comes up with something wonderful. Julio and all the staff are friendly and attentive without being intrusive, and the atmosphere is lovely. I have been many times, and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended!!

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not find a neighborhood restaurant that offers this kind of food, service and atmosphere combined. We were fortunate to reconnect with Julio who offers the most outstanding service on each visit to the restaurant. The menu has great selections, and they will modify or create a dish for you by request. If you want a nice relaxing, soothing and delicious Dinning experience come to Il Carino.

SW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, warm ambiance. Very good food without being exceptional. Portions too small for prices charged. Attentive and friendly service. No refills on iced tea annoying; $3.95 for each fairly small glass a bit of a rip-off, especially if you have more than one. Many restaurants in this area have the same policy, but it's still unacceptable. Regardless, the ambiance prevails for a pleasant dining experience.

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, neighborhood Italian restaurant; beautiful décor; friendly staff; excellent food; we've been there before and expect to return often!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a small gem of a restaurant in the neighborhood. The food is always fresh and the specials are terrific and varied each time we come. Now that it has been discovered it is hard to get a table without a reservation so book early. The pricing is also excellent. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a really good meal.

SU
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Pretty place. We felt ignored and then rushed. The food was ordinary. Portions were small for the price

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian restaurant on the UES. A rare find where the amazing food is only exceeded by the characters who work here and make your meal a truly wonderful experience. Can’t speak highly enough about IL Carino.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cozy place with wonderful food!

KB
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great neighborhood restaurant.
I had a really nice dinner here and recommend it.
Cozy, tasty, attentive service. So glad this restaurant is in the neighborhood!!

MM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bread poor, plating not attractive, food nothing special. Meal disappointing.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve. Wonderful ambiance and a delicious meal.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Julio and his team always serve up a fabulous meal and wonderful atmosphere

S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, service and ambiance.

W
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Solid neighborhood establishment.

J
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Just not impressive in any way. Bronzino special was drowned in marinara, the black pasta special watery and the sauce bland. And a pork special ok but mediocre. Nothing sparkled (and ... was the bread microwaved??) For the price, very disappointing

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I did check prior to going that it was a birthday celebration but there was no regotiation of this.
Otherwise everything was very good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Will def be back!