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Posted by anonymous on 10/05/2012
We went to Restivo last week. We asked to sit outside, where they immediately forgot about us, even though the place was half-empty. When we finally got our food, the appetizer was fine, the risotto special was average at best, and the pork special was so tough, I could barely cut it, even with a steak knife. I took 3 or 4 bites and gave up. The waiter didn't notice because he was busy chatting up one of the other customers and playing on his iPhone. When I e-mailed the restaurant to tell them all this, they didn't bother responding. We used to be regulars here.
Posted by BridgetJonesNI on 11/23/2010
This is a quaint little restaurant with green walls, fairy lights, mirrors and candles – perfect for a romantic meal or a nice place to have dinner with a small group of friends. The service was great – the staff couldn’t do enough for us – and quick too. The bread, olives and olive oil they gave us were a nice start to the meal and the carafe of wine for $24 was pretty good value for a restaurant in the area. As for the food, we had the gnocchi Verdi with tomato sauce and the chicken primavera with cheese ravioli. The gnocchi was really good and it went perfectly with the fresh basil and the richness of the tomato sauce. The chicken primavera was piled high with perfectly cooked vegetables and although the chicken was a little tougher than I usually like it was very tasty. The cheese ravioli turned out to be cheese fried in breadcrumbs rather than cheese in pasta, which is what I was expecting, but then that could just be me. It was pretty tasty regardless. All in all it was a good meal for a reasonable price (for Manhattan anyway) and we would go back again.
Posted by Excellent Value on 05/30/2010
I have been going for 12 years. The food has always been consistent and the prices very reasonable. A real value .
Posted by Outoftown Fam on 12/05/2009
Going on the recommendation of our hotel, we were all very impressed with this place! The food was exceptional and the service was great too!! Two entrees that were the best at our table were the steak and Fettucine w/ Chicken.
Posted by MKB on 08/29/2009
Went in on a lark and were pleasantly surprised. The decor is rather tired, and they haven't quite evicted the smell of spilled booze and cigarettes from the room's previous incarnation. The dim Christmas lights did little to enhance our confidence about the meal we were about to partake in. In spite of this inauspicious beginning, my girlfriend and I were entreated to a well-executed, affordable dinner and above all delicious dinner that put Restivo into our regular rotation of neighborhood haunts. Wine list is nice if small, and appetizer offerings were comprehensive. The little lady loved her penne ala vodka, and I was certainly taken with my sole almandine - perfect almond crusting with a smooth buttery sauce made for a thoroughly pleasant meal. The fact that we were able to enjoy this and a glass of wine for under 50 bucks made it that much better. Don't be put off by the decor - Restive is a great neighborhood Italian place that serves great food at a really reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Posted by Nicole P. on 04/28/2009
My boyfriend and I stumbled across Restivo back in November and were immediately entranced by the entire experience, and after a second visit it quickly became our favorite restaurant! Restivo has a cozy, European feel to it – the walls are painted a beautiful deep teal and the arcs are decorated with branches and blue lights. The service is always wonderful; throughout the meals, my water glass is continuously filled and the food received quickly. The Italian food is delicious; everything I’ve ever had I’ve absolutely loved, from the warm bread and olive oil to a decadent dessert to complete the meal. It’s truly a restaurant where you should be in the mood to enjoy the food and the experience. If you’re in a rush, this is not the place to go! There can be a wait sometimes, so if you’re just going for an entrée, this might not be the best restaurant. Restivo is a wonderful place for couples to dine; I felt like we were not being bothered too much as often is the case elsewhere and that I instead could be engrossed in conversation and savor the delicious food. The waiters are adept at reading when you need something, which makes for exactly the service you want. Overall, it’s my absolutely favorite restaurant; small, comfortable, and romantic, with delicious food and a wonderful staff. No annoying trendies, not crowded, and not expensive! P.S. I cannot recommend the apple pie with caramel sauce and cinnamon ice cream enough – it’s a small serving, but tastes like Heaven and is nothing like what you’d expect!
Posted by geo lis on 01/18/2009
Quaint, friendly, close to the Irish Rep, nice place to meet, nice bar, will definitely come back, take a corner seat and watch the world stroll by....