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Posted by anonymous on 01/26/2009
A great room with energetic ambience, a nice visit to a traditional dining room. The food, however, was of mixed quality. A beet salad was tasty, the spaghettini with clams was good enough except the clams were peculiarly chewy, an expensive fish special was okay, but didn't live up to its price. So go for the atmosphere, but keep your expectations for the food low enough so you won't be disappointed.
Posted by M.R. on 12/18/2008
I was a regular at Elio's when I used to live on UES of manhattan. Food used to be outstanding few years back. Now is a completely different story every time i go there. Service is good and the atmosphere is great, but with no food to enjoy. Las time I was there i had a fish that was so small and spoiled with tasteless sauce. My friends had combinations of pastas that look like if they were left overs from hungry pigs that have spited all over the plates. I don't think i would never want to take my friends there anymore. Too sad they lost the touch!
Posted by James on 08/03/2008
We frequent Elio's several times per year, and have yet to be let down. It is always a pleasant dining experience that includes great service, incredible food, and an atmosphere that is second to none. Keep up the good work!
Posted by ac on 10/05/2007
I headed in with high expectations because I've heard great things about their food... We ordered a plate of calamari as our appetizer and were disappointed by the flavor of the sauce. The calamari was prepared well, nice and light, as was the sauce. It was "delicate" but didn't leave any significant impressions. As my main course, I ordered the Fettuccine Amatriciana. The flavor was very good but the pasta was cooked unevenly. I thought the pasta was handmade but could have heard the waiter incorrectly. It definitely did not have the texture of handmade pasta. My friend's pork was flavored very well as well. It's unfortunate that the service was poor and food...
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2007
This place has airs about itself. The staff has had the fortune to serve some notable clientele however this has made them short & arrogant with other customers. Food is food, money is money, customers are customers, and manners are manners.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/11/2007
Elio's is a great Italian restaurant on the upper east side. Busy, loud atmosphere in side --good service (not great) but the food is really delicious and worth the money. The chicken francecse is the best.
Posted by RT on 02/22/2007
My daughter and I had dinner here recently on a Tuesday night. Reservation for 7:30 - took about 20 minutes to get seated. The place was crowded and lively. The wait was hardly noticeable since it was fun to sit at the bar and survey the room. The food was excellent. My spaghetti puttanesca was perfectly seasoned, making a familiar item seem new. Her pasta special (penne with tomatoes and mozarella) was simple but delicious. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. The hostess/owner was welcoming and gracious. Could not have asked for more.