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Posted by ajb on 07/06/2012
Would have never thought there's be good Italian food across from Bed Bath & Beyond and practically underneath the Queensboro Bridge. We've lived in the area for 3 years and just last night stumbled upon this little spot. Thursday at 9pm (on July 5th where everyone was apparently out of town) and the place was packed but we were seated within 10 minutes. Great tartufo pizza, chickpea fritters w/ fig and proscuitto, black and white linguine all fantastic!! Salad just okay, but i mean, its a salad. Authentic Italian with just enough creativity to the menu. Great wine list that fits all palates and budgets. It's a small space so I'd probably only come back here with my wife or another couple rather than a big group, but we will def be back very soon.
Posted by Local eater on 05/26/2012
I have been looking for a pizza of this quality for years. It tastes as amazing as the pizzas I ate with my family in Italy during trips when I was a kid. I've tried small "authentic" pizzas from small Italian restaurants around New York, and this is the first place to get it right. The flavors were bright, crisp, creamy and rich--simply perfect! We will be back, and I'll be bringing my parents too.
Posted by AS on 10/01/2011
Went to the restaurant a few days ago because of the excellent reviews on your website. My friend and I were really disappointed. The service was fine but the food could have been better. The half chicken, which was served on the bone, had very little meat and the meat was somewhat dry. The owner was very friendly and seems to want this new restaurant to succeed. Maybe they will improve the half chicken by making it moist and including more meat.
Posted by Aonymous on 09/03/2011
I love this restaurant! The food is wonderful and not your average Italian menu. The fish and pasta are superb and the small pizzas and desserts are worth a trip from the Upper West side.
Posted by anonymous on 06/20/2011
Food was very (with the exception of the ravioli which was a bit bland) and the wine list was very reasonable. Great for two to six people. Went with six and it was a little crowded for the size of the restaurant, but the service was great. Tried four different appetizers and all were delicious. Would definitely go back with a smaller group.
Posted by anonymous on 03/09/2011
Not a place you'd expect to find in a dull section of the UES, Tiella offers a new and exciting twist on Italian cuisine. The restaurant is small but superbly laid out and decorated. The service was genuine and, most importantly, the food (& the bread!)was stellar. It's hard to master risotto, but Tiella did it. If you're looking for a delicious spin on your run-of-the-mill Italian food, try Tiella - just make sure you call in advance for a reservation.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2011
If you are looking for a great Italian, this is the place. Do not go if your looking for the stereotypical chicken parmigiana or meatballs. This is your homemade family style recipes that will change your mind about what Italian food is all about. I suggest trying one of each course; The pizza is a MUST, calamari is excellent, I have only had the pasta dishes and all were delicious, finally finish with the pistachio cake. The only drawback is the location of the restaurant itself, which is tucked away just past the 59th Street bridge. If you're driving from Queens is perfect, but by subway its a little walk. All in all, take my advice and try this restaurant!