Italianissimo

4.8
478 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
During this time we will not be open for dine-in service, but we will be offering take-out service. Please contact the restaurant for details.

The instant you walk into Italianissimo Ristorante, you are overcome with a feeling of romance. When you arrive, your hosts for the evening sits you at a table adorned with gorgeous fresh flowers that evoke a certain elegance and charm. The maitre d' presents to you the nightly specials that Chef Luigi Campoverde (who is no stranger to the Upper East Side, with stints at Il Nido, Il Monello and Portofino Grill) is about to prepare in the kitchen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 478 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MichaelS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Small narrow, brick walls, hole in the wall place with very good food and service.

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vipJandB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Italianissimo is a favorite of ours. Excellent food and outstanding, welcoming personal service, particularly by Edgar, the manager/owner?.

It is small, intimate, charming and inviting.

The specials are always changing and are always especially good.

Try it. You will love it!

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bijer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great, reliable neighborhood gem. Great food and great service. They go out if their way to accommodate.

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PhilF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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BobG1223
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Excellent food as always.
Usually excellent service not up to speed. Appeared to be short-staffed, which we made allowances for, but still very non-attentive to our table. Hope it's a one time occurrence because we love everything else.

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ChrisL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic UES local spot. Great service. Attentive Staff. Highly recommend!

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BobG1223
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu & food. Friendly, efficient service.
Shall definitely go back.

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LongtimeNYCresident
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patronize this delicious, small neighborhood Italian restaurant, where the service is terrific, the atmosphere charming, and the food is terrific! Great date night.

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vipdayna
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best food and service

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vipRachael
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family & I enjoyed the food and ambience. Servers and manager are very nice — excellent customer service! Thank you for making my birthday dinner celebration special.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is consistently great!

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vipNYCdiner
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always on point — excellent and varied Italian dishes, caring service and charming outdoor space; cozy indoor space.
Neighborhood gem

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jhminnyc
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've eaten here twice now with friends and the meals have been quite delicious from the starters through the desserts. Pasta dishes have been al dente, very well seasoned and flavorful. I thought even the butter provided with the bread basket was exceptional. We all thought the value for dollar was reasonable as well. In conclusion, our waiter was both charming, attentive and kind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fran was amazing! Highly recommend

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vipSharonH
New York Area
413 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love coming here! Always good food and always great service! We hadn’t been in a while and it was like coming home to family!

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Linda
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. We had pasta and it was freshly made and very fresh. Service was also outstanding. Outdoor dining was bar comfortable. A neighborhood gem. Highly recommend it.

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vipGarywasthere
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fantastic. I would go back in an instant. Great find.

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carriet
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious. Hadn't been in a while and went with friends. The service was great and the food plentiful and not super expensive. I'll be back!

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vipDaniel
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I eat quite often at this restaurant. Its solid, no-fuss, inventive italian cooking. In addition to the standard italian menu (including paglia e fieno, a pasta I rarely see on a menu outside of Italy) many of the nightly specials offered are simply home-runs. I recently had dover sole with a parmesan crust, lightly sautéed in white wine and lemon. It was sheer perfection; the fish was not oily or greasy, the fish was flaky and the sauce had the right balance of piquant citrus mellowed by the wine. This restaurant is well worth the visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The nicest most accommodating service. The owner cares and oversees everything. The food is excellent every time we have gone here.

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vipBetera
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service, delicious food, sweet outdoor dining—lots of privacy. Thanks!

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vipRosa
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excelente lugar buena

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vipDebo
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. Food presentation was very good. My friend ordered the fettuccini carbonara and loved it. I ordered a veal dish (Veal medallions over spinach in a sage sauce.). The sauce had a sweetness which was not what I expected or have experienced before at other restaurants. I have eaten here several times over the years and I was a tad disappointed with my selection. Overall, it was good and I would return but probably not order that dish again.

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Christina
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down our favorite Italian restaurant in the city. Been going here for 10 years. Amazing every time.

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Burt
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been eating at this cozy restaurant on and off for well over 10 years and have always been more than satisfied. Interestingly, I found that this past dinner several nights ago was an even greater improvement than previous visits. Their Tricolore Salad was almost double the portion it was in the past and although it tasted very similar to past salads, it was improved! And the same for my main dish Pollo Romano; it was prepared similar to past visits yet the portion was slightly larger and even tastier! The ambience is always sedate and cozy with wonderful service. And for such a small restaurant their menu is quite extensive. This restaurant has never disappointed, and has only gotten better!

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PeterM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was spot on. A classic New York Italian restaurant

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BetteBoop
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food==I have tried CHICKEN, VEAL. FISH AND PASTA DISHES--ALL SUPERB
cOURTEOUS STAFF

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor dining. Outstanding food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first date night in a very long time, and we weren't disappointed. The food was very flavorful and fresh, I especially loved the Bruschetta.

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vipSusie
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Even in March in New York City, it was nice enough to dine outdoors and they put the heat lamp on so we were very comfortable. The server was very precise and both of us enjoyed our meals. I had salmon and my friend had pasta and we were both pleased! We were happy that we chose a good restaurant with excellent cuisine and outstanding service!

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vipKobs
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!!!!!!! And love the food! A real jewel of a find. Soooo happy it survived ❤️

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PhoebeN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food! would absolutely return. thank you italianissimo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and very COVID-safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the best experience here! Heaters were incredibly warm (actually had to take my hat off because I was hot), servers were super attentive, and the chef is the owner so when I asked about changing one component of the meal they said they were super happy to accommodate! Cannot say enough good things about this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed dinner snd the heaters really kept us warm

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Oskar
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tasty food, offering pleasant service, and an outdoor dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular food - and covid-safe, heated outdoor seating!

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vipDaniel
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

excellent food, excellent pricing for NYC, attentive waiters. One of my favorites places to eat. Space heaters over each table are hung low from the roof of the outdoor structure so staying warm is not an issue.

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vipJJNYC
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great outdoor set up, varied menu for both food and wine. Great neighborhood spot. Have dined here before and highly recommend it. Food and service are excellent.

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vipNYCdiner
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and varied food options, attentive service,
good outdoor structure open on one side but with heaters above tables

FAQs

Italianissimo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Italianissimo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 628-8603.

Italianissimo is rated 4.8 stars by 478 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.