IL Carino Restaurant
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We have outside dining available and we are complying with all safety precautions for COVID19.
Chef Mario Cassinelli proudly opens the doors of 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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Gnocchi al Telefono
Homemade potato dumplings in a light pink sauce, green peas and fresh mozzarella on top
Il Carino Salad
Steamed string beans, raw red peppers, cucumbers, steamed potatoes & house dressing
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Mon - Wed 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Over priced for just regular red wine by glass. They don't tell you the price for their specials and over charge you . Make sure to ask about anything that doesn't have price
Had an excellent meal. Very consistently good food.
IL Carino is a magnificent restaurant! The classical Italian atmosphere will make you feel at home. Food was warm, fresh, and greatly seasoned. And the service was kind, generous, and attentive. I will most certainly come back!
Great cuisine, service, and an amazing environment! The food was exquisite, a bomb of flavors. The service was always attentive and the environment was calm and elegant. I will definitely come back!
Specials are expensive. Lovely service. So glad Il Carino has survived.
Won’t be back
Good food good service. Definitely recommend!
My boyfriend and I hadn't been out to eat in a while. We were pleasantly surprised by how amazing our experience was. The food was absolutely delicious. (We loved the homemade gnocchi and can't stop talking about it!) The staff was incredibly kind and generous. We're incredibly grateful and will most certainly be returning in the future!
Il Carino is the perfect place for any occasion. The service is impeccable, the food is outstanding... beyond of outstanding. You are made to feel like part of the family when you dine there. Such a beautiful and special place! I highly recommend the Gnocchi al Telefono. We cannot wait to go back!!
This was our first time to Il Carino, what a great find!
It was lovely ambience combined with excellent food and service. A perfect setting for a spring dinner!
For sure we’ll be back with friends and family. If I have to recommend a restaurant, would definitely be Il Carino!
It's a cozy restaurant that you feel comfortable to be in. I wish they do more on the safety measure though ie temperature check, and sanitary wipes, etc. The food was OK, a bit too saucy for me. The service was great.
This was a horrific dinner. Terrible food and the rude staff. Will be call the owner personally
The food was delicious. They made us feel very welcome. We felt very safe and Covid was not an issue. It's a wonderful restaurant and I'm happy to have been there.
AMAZING!!! one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had. Lovely spot, it is a neighborhood restaurant with authentic Italian food and many great choices, the special burratta, the lobster salad with asparagus, the broiled snapper with lemon sauce, the bananas flambé which is made at your table, is very fun, delicious, really extraordinary.
The wine list has moderate price options and the choices offered by the glass are very, very good and exceptional.
I would describe the quality of dining is old school, clean, respectful and perfect, we thoroughly enjoyed our diner.
To end this review, I would say in few a words, this is the best Italian, best restaurant, best service, best food. We plan to go back very soon
Il Carino great restaurant located in upper east side.
I brought two friends to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We had a spectacular time. Everything about cosmopolitans, espresso martinis and manhattans, through the wonderful bananas flambé, was superb. Il Carino has an exquisite menu and an excellent wine list selection in a very romantic ambiance, every dish is done to perfection. We’ve never had home made black gnocchi sea food so good.
My guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the cooking, the superb wine solaia,the wonderful service.
I want to thank you for everything. I must say this was one of the top dining experience I had.
We will be back and I will tell my friends to go
Decent food, gloomy atmosphere, (very) expensive wines
Deliciouso! My husband went to pick up our dinner. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer which came in the most delicious white wine and garlic sauce. They gave us Italian bread which we happily soaked up every morsel of the sauce. Yummy start! We ordered the Pollo Alla Romano, chicken breast with mushrooms and artichokes in white wine sauce....absolutely delicious! That was Friday...it's Sunday and we're about to order again today. Don't hesitate...it's a wonderful experience, and the folks who work there are very sweet.
Charming is the best way to describe IL Carino. Great attention to customer service and satisfaction. The elegant space defines a wonderful dining experience. The food and wine complimented the entire evening. Well done!
Great old world Italian style restaurant and great service. However very over priced on specials - double the menu average pricing. Was surprising.
My husband, daughter and I all enjoyed this restaurant very much. We started with the special clam appetizer. The clams were cooked perfectly in a most tasty garlic and oil sauce. I had the shrimp in a very tasty marinara (on the menu as spicy but I ordered no spice) and my husband and daughter both had the scampi. They also ordered a side of homemade pasta. It was all delicious. They shared the canolis for dessert. They were different texture than usual canoli but also delicious.
The waiter and bartender were so wonderful and welcoming. Great wine recommendation. Very tender and fresh fried calamari. Food was very delicious in this hidden UES gem.
Il Carino is truly a fantastic restaurant. I was recommended by a cousin to visit them. My first time there but for sure won’t be the last. The food is just amazing! Each dish is made of fresh and marvelous ingredients- with perfect seasoning and presentation. The service was just perfect, great timing on service, attentive but invisible, always gracious. The wine list is carefully curated and their desserts were delicious. Loved it!
We just finished another amazing meal at Il Carino. The Canellini Beans Cellery Soup was quite literally one of the best things we have ever tasted. The restaurant is beautiful and a fantastic oasis of calm on the Upper East Side. The salads were incredibly fresh, interesting and delicious. The Chicken Parmesan was unbelievable and the service was professional, friendly and perfect. Il Carino is one of the very best restaurants in New York every single time.
I & my significant other had a wonderful evening,
The food was amazing.
It was our first time there and the ambiance was amazing.
You felt the energy of others' strong presence there from before.
very much so of old school new york Italian vibe. I live for that.
Next time I am in the city I will be very much attending the spot.
Thank you so much for all the love and all the hospitality!
Cell - 786.234.5909
We were recommended by a friend to try Il Carino Restaurant. I have to say, what a wonderful experience. The food was super delicious and fresh, the service is very professional. We loved the Half Lobster Fra-Diavolo, the Gnocchi was very delicious, we ended with a Tiramisu, which was better than the one that I had in Rome a couple years ago. At the end the chef send us Porto on the house, which was very kind of him. The prices are very reasonable, I really recommend everybody to try this high class little restaurant.
Great food and service!
Wow! One of the beast meals we have ever eaten. We went into Il Carino. To start, we were treated very respectful and a little gracious and we were very well attended too. We ordered the salad with the Burrata special, which was perfect; creamy, fresh and delicious. I ordered chicken parm and a side order of pappardelle with mushrooms WOW!! Super!!, my husband had the lobster Fradiavolo with a homemade black pasta. There wasn’t a single bite left on any of our plates. Everything was delicious. The flambé, which they make in front of you, was great; awesome tiramisu and we were given aperitifs on the house. Everything is reasonable price for what you get, definitely the food is really amazing, you’re not rushed, service is great. For sure, we will go back and hardly recommended for everybody to try this small, lovely, romantic restaurant!!
I had been to this restaurant a couple of times before, and liked it. This time it was awful. I had reserved a table for 2, and we were seated right away, at 6:45pm, outside. Other tables were seated after us, but were served first. It took a very long time just to order a bottle of wine. Then we had to wait even longer to order our meal. We were drinking red wine, but the waiter was pushing the Dover Sole special, and he didn't mention the price. I ordered pasta with sausage and fra diavlo, and my guest was going to order risotto. It was getting very cold, so I said this was a good choice, but the waiter contradicted me and told her she should get the Dover Sole, which she did. Then it took a really long time for our food to arrive. We were already done with the wine, so had to order another to go with our meal. I did most of the pouring, as the waiter disappeared. When we were done, I asked for the check 3 times before it was brought. We were freezing cold. It was all terrible. I don't plan to go back.
Excellent service and delicious food and wine!
The food was the usual very good fare. The service could have been better, considering the amount of tables served. The part I dislike most is when dinner is over and I wait to catch the waiter's eye to get the bill... and wait... and wait.
The whole dinner experience would have been better appreciated if there were some heaters for the outside sitting.
I do intend to go back.
Great spot. Gulio is a gem. Food was delicious. Dessert fantastic. A real find
Service is so very friendly and attentive without being intrusive; Julio is a gem. Food is always great, and I almost always get one of the day's specials -- Mario, the chef, comes up with delicious alternatives daily -- several appetizers, and for entrees one each of pasta, fish, and meat. A great place for a date night or just dinner with friends. Highly recommended!
Great service and great food. Given the times, outdoor dining was the best option for us. Second Ave can be noisy at times.
The staff was fantastic, wine cellar with excellent options, live music greatly appreciated. Food was excellent as was the entire experience. Without doubt my wife and will come back again.
Cute little nice white table clothed Italian spot..with ample outdoor dining..!
Giulio is a gracious and welcoming host and was very nice and accommodating..!
The food was delicious and the bread and butter was excellent also..!
Thank you for a very pleasant dining experience and I look forward to returning soon..!
The food and service is second to none! They have tremendous specials every night, and a superb wine list. It’s simply the best Italian restaurant we have found in the UES - You won’t be disappointed!
Did very well with the outdoor dining setup, enjoyed the food, service was excellent.
Having read many reviews of IL Carino before making our reservation, we were very surprised to arrive and find no other diners. That's often not a great sign. Nonetheless we were seated.
The bread was cold and not really worthy of using up our carbs for, the mozzarella and tomato salad had unripened tomatoes and truly was a rather pathetic display. At that point we felt like getting up and walking out but we persevered hoping the main dish would be improved. While my appetizer( which I was having as an entree) very small portion of eggplant rolatini wasn't bad per-say, my husband's shrimp dish was unappealing and borderline nauseating. We couldn't get the check fast enough. Only one other couple ended up dining during our time there. We will not be back.
Best food and ambiance ever
Quality food and friendly, attentive service made outside dining a pleasure.
This place is absolutely amazing!! The staff and owners are so kind, and the food is unbelievably delicious. Do not miss out on this place, it’s truly a gem.
IL Carino Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
IL Carino Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.