MarkCis
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  • Review Count
    3
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  • First Review
    December 6, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 8, 2015
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  • Average Rating
    3.3
 
 
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Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation. <br />The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu. <br />In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been renovated and transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice spot for a pre-show dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2002
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is a warm, friendly restaurant on Central Park West that worked perfectly for a pre-show dinner. Wine list has good variety and is reasonably priced. Good selection of appetizers. My wife and I had two chicken selections--one off the menu, one was a nightly special. They were both delicious. Service was very attentive...people were warm and pleasant. Just so you know, it's a rather small restaurant and space it kind of tight. Our table was in the outer section along the windows. Nice neighborhood view."
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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This is not like the Italian restaurants you may be used to on Long Island. Verace's menu is designed to incorporate traditional Italian cooking techniques, recipes with modern American twists and fresh, local ingredients. We offer a fantastic selection of meats and cheeses, sliced on our 101 year old Berkel slicer. Start with one of our flatbread pizzas fired in our Woodstone oven or one of our half portions of house made pasta. For your entree, enjoy a full plate of pasta, classics like our Branzino and Shrimp Scampi or Italian American comfort foods like Chicken Parmesan and Veal Marsala. Conclude your dining experience with one of our house made desserts.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Overall OK dining experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/17/2015
 2002
Dined on 1/17/2015
 2002
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Booked a table for two on a Saturday night; a rather small table wedged in among a number of larger ones. Waiter was friendly and on top of things. I asked him to pick an Italian red wine for us from the list and he selected a very nice reasonably priced Chianti. We shared a gnocchi entree and it was just OK (a little bland). There was a piece of plastic in it and when we reported it, we were told that it was from the container that they freeze the gnocchi in prior to cooking. Really? Not made fresh? Osso Buco was very good; polenta accompaniment was runny and bland. Chicken Saltimboca was good, but again, seemed to have been prepared in advance and simply heated up to serve. Overall...nothing was "bad" but nothing was excellent either."
Dined on 1/17/2015
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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Swallow serves New American style small plates. We pair our food with eclectic old style cocktails with a new age twist and wines from all around the globe. A dining experience you do not want to miss out on.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Small plates just aren't for me
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2002
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Very good food...prices a little high for the small plate portions served. Service was OK but some definite lapses in attention. My wife and I ordered four different plates...average $15-$18 each...and we walked out of the restaurant still a lttle hungry. I guess small plates just aren't for me."
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2002
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