We will Il Divo mimics the magical and elusive qualities that made actor Rudolph Valentino a legend.
Carefully decorated, the restaurant offers a balance between quality Italian cuisine and a taste of Hollywood glamour.
From antique furniture, to glistening chandeliers, to original movie posters hung throughout the establishment, guests will feel transported back to the 1920s.
I'm hesitant to leave this review at the risk not being able to make a future reservation if the word gets out!
We went to Il Divo for my husband's birthday and had the best experience. The service was perfect, as well as the pacing of the meal - not too rushed, not too slow. The ambiance was wonderful with thoughtfully selected decor that somehow toes the line of a traditional Italian restaurant with a modern vibe.
The food was divine. We shared everything over two courses. We started with the burrata appetizer and the risotto ossobuco. The burrata was fresh and the smoked eggplant made it stand out from the hundreds of other burratas in the city. The risotto was delightful. Then we had the eggplant Parmesan and the gnocchi cacio e pepe. The eggplant parm hit the spot and the gnocchi was so unique yet simple and delicious.
We finished with a surprise birthday dessert and a round of Happy Birthday in Italian from three of the staff. The creme caramel was perfect - and on the house for his birthday. Extra classy touch.
Can't wait to go back!
The food was excellent--I had the scallops--but menu is very small. We were rather crowded at a tiny table in very small space. Although the maitre D was very friendly, our server was rather abrupt and harried.
Packed for a rainy Tuesday night. We ended up eating at the bar, even though we had a reservation for a table. However, we prefer eating at the bar so it all worked out. Food was good. Friendly staff. Would definitely recommend checking it out. We live in the neighborhood and will definitely go back there again soon.
Fantastic food! Lovely staff.
The food is outstanding unfortunately our second time there and after the main course is served the wait staff disappeared on both visits, which really dragged the evening out.
Third time at Il Divo and it has never failed. Wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
Everything was perfect. We were greeted by a very accommodating manager. The waitress was very efficient. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was good a beautiful little restaurant. A little pricey. It’s NYC.
We want to tried a new place and found this Italian restaurant that was accepting reservations for Saturday night.
It was a pleasant surprise. The ambiance is quite nice, with a decor that resembles the 20’s. The food was really good, classics very well executed.
Overall we loved.
Beautiful place and excellent food. Tables too close for servers. We sat at a wobbly bridge table with a nice table cloth. For the money would not expect that. All said would go back and give it another chance.
Actually, this is a really good restaurant. I took away a star because the two pastas we had were served al dente, but so al dente as to be almost undercooked. There is no excuse for that. Aside from the pasta, they have done a great job on the room, which is homey and comfortable. Service is friendly and accomodating. And the food and dancing are excellent.
IL Divo was divine — except for 2 things, that they can’t control: there was a table next to us with 4 children under the age of 4, who were noisy & ill-behaved. Also, most of the people having dinner didn’t seem to appreciate that this is a nice restaurant — so you should dress accordingly. Lots of tee shirts, jeans, sweat shirts and shorts. Yuck.
Disappointing. We were three people. We had asked for one appetizer order of octopus to share, and three main orders, including one risotto. Instead, we got one order of octopus and one order of risotto for appetizer, and another order of risotto for a main course. I had ordered lamb two ways, and the lamb shoulder was so tough I couldn't eat it.
It's a very pretty restaurant, and we enjoyed it the first time we went there, although my wife insists the food is too rich. We won't go back.
Noisy restaurant with crowded table layout and chaotic service.
Prices are high.
Food is average with a limited menu.
No manager insight to welcome or check on the tables.
Two errors in orders for four people.
Beautiful venue and ambience, elegant cuisine! I will be going back soon for sure.
good food - close quarters - moderately expensive ---------------------------------------------
Superb in ever way. Delighted it’s open again and what a boost to the neighbourhood
Fantastic food, superb service.
Everything was top notch, especially for a Second Avenue restaurant. The service was perfect, even Michelin star restaurants have bus staff trying to remove plates from the table before all guests are finished. Not here. Charming atmosphere, Neo-Camp with class. My dining partner wanted more of everything he ate. My melanzane parmagiana was superb. One reason I couldn’t give 5 stars to the food - the cod I ordered was very fresh but entirely bland. Entirely. So with Madison Avenue prices I expected the cod dish to be delicious. It was full stop boring. But the wait staff and management were so highly professional it was a pleasure anyway. May I repeat, even Michelin star restaurants do not have wait staff as properly trained as Il Divo.
The service was not great. My sister had to pour wine to my mom and i every time we wanted a refill from our bottle. Our server did not check to see if everything was okay. They switched servers in the middle of our meal. And the portions of food was small. Left us hungrier
Truly European experience, lovely furniture, and they use real crystal for cocktails which was very elegant and also appreciated. The pasta was cooked perfect..I mean perfect. The staff was amazing and I think that we had the best mother / daughter lunch I can remember.
We will be back and thank you to the team at Il Divo!
Ambiance is nice. Service was not good.
Our table was for two at 6pm last Friday.
We arrived on time but then felt rushed the entire meal.
We finally had to ask our waiter to please not keep sending people to take our food away when we had obviously not yet finished the course. We wanted to savor our food and and catch up with each other. Otherwise we would have gone to a diner.
Also after I had to waive down staff to mention that I lacked utensils for the pasta course I was served, a staff member put a fork right in my pasta bowl not on the table. I would say that’s is quite crass
Everything wonderful. Chicken was a bit boring but the presentation (and onions) were wonderful.
Eggplant parmigiana was. one of the best ever. Overall - we absolutely our first experience.
The food is good but falls well short of the price tag. The presentation of the food was austere. The risotto osso bucco presentation is visually offensive, but pleasant on the palate.
It is a BEAUTIUFL restaurant - you can have a real conversation - very good food - but expensive. I would definitely go back again because of the ambience and general feeling of the restaurant.
Charming, intimate interior with delicious northern Italian food.
Service was slow in spite of being only 1 of 3 occupied tables. Food was mediocre at best.
30min wait past reservation to be seated
Dinner was absolutely fantastic. I was there on a date/Birthday celebration and management brought us free dessert and champagne which was not expected. Class act and absolutely incredible restaurant! Look forward to dining here in the future.
Too expensive for what it was. Very small and very noisy. Waiter was rude. Food was only ok.
Very cramped, uncomfortable tables. No variety in salad. Not enough pasta selections. Mediocre food.
Il Divo is, hands down, the best restaurant in the neighborhood in many years. We have eaten there about 8 times since they opened, mostly dinner but also for lunch, and they knock it out of the park every time. The food is divine! I love their burrata appetizer, fettuccine bolognese, halibut ravioli, scallops, lamb chops, cod fish, and their pizza is also incredible. Great wine selection. Their general manager, Christian, is a consummate professional, and excellent at his job. He makes sure everything flows smooth throughout the restaurant, visits nearly every table to make sure they are happy, and keeps the peace up front when the restaurant is packed and people are waiting for their table. Every time we go to Il Divo, we can’t wait to go back!
I was looking forward to try this new resturant first of all no chairs by the bar to have a cocktail before dine or waiting for the table, second the Opera music was so loud that I couldn’t hear the conversation all the background music was Opera and it was kind of annoying and couldn’t wait to leave the resturant; the waiter was constantly next to us and wanted to take our unfinished food plate and it made us very uncomfortable. The food was good and tasty but I won’t go back there no ambiance at all just some chairs and table and opera music.
We were looking forward to our reservation at IL Divo for a long time, and we were very sorely disappointed.
The food was sloppily prepared and served. While pouring put wine, the server split quite a bit on the table cloth and bread basket. That’s ok, mistakes happen! However, neither the server nor the manager who came to check on us afterward offered to bring us a new bottle or table setting. Shortly thereafter, a different server came to apologize once again because we had given the wrong type of wine glass and transferred the wine from one glass to another. The whole operation was frenetic and haphazard, and we had a bad taste in our mouth before we even tried the food.
When it arrived, the food was consistently mediocre. Everything was good, and nothing was great. The eggplant was oily and was unevenly cooked. The pasta was oily too, though that is far from my biggest complaint with the meal.
At the end of the meal, our server ran our credit card for the wrong check! The check amount was far less than what ours should have been, so for a split second, we were tempted to say nothing and pay the lower amount. Our conscious kicked in though, and we told our server, that once again, he had made a mistake. Begrudgingly, we paid a very high price for a very disappointedly experience.
Needless to say, the wait staff and kitchen have a lot to figure out before they can hold a candle to sister restaurant, Al Valentino, in Milan.
I live in the neighborhood and we celebrated my girlfriends 30th birthday at Il Divo. The restaurant is very attractive with an equally attractive crowd. Service was still slightly awkward and made worse by the maitre d' asking repeatedly if we wanted to sit at the bar instead of our table? I made the reservation a month in advance and said it was for a 30th birthday. Maybe his ascott/ scarf combo was cutting off circulation.
Anyways it is a great restaurant. Even better people watching. We will be back.
The food was Fantastic, the wine and cocktails were lovely, and Christian, the manager, made a such a nice effort to check in on me and my dining companion to ensure everything was going well and that we enjoyed the meal. It was much appreciated. Looking forward to going back.
Great ambience, knowledgeable and lovely wait staff and beautifully executed menu. Hostess and management are a bit stuffy and what you would expect from the UES stereotype.
Amazing food and service. So glad to have this spot in the neighborhood!
I was looking forward to trying this restaurant, as it is new and in my neighborhood. The food was delicious, the noise level was definitely bearable, and the staff were perfect.
Christian, who I think is the manager was most gracious and helpful. I will go back very soon!