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Posted by pd on 09/04/2009
Awesome awesome food...I highly recommend the veal stuffed with prosciutto. The servers were extremely friendly and even gave us some free desert and after dinner drinks. Reminded me of the 4 months I spent in Florence.
Posted by UpperEastSider on 06/14/2009
Nice outdoor space, tables a bit small and tightly packed. Food was pretty good. We had the rigatoni, the branzino, and the risotto, all of which were pretty good by all accounts. The starter eggplant was nicely done, the salads quite unremarkable. Desserts mixed -my wife's tiramisu was pretty good -the right mix of mascarpone and cake and not too heavy but the right consistency and fresh. My coconut sorbet was pretty poor-came in a half coconut shell all melted. Service was pretty subpar -waiter brought me two different plates when I asked for mango and coconut sorbet (instead of warning me that each flavour was its own portion and it was not scoops), poured wine as if he was pouring water, filling half of a huge goblet thereby finishing the bottle quickly while two in the party had nearly a quarter bottle in their goblets untouched. Coffee was watery and lukewarm. One dessert came without the vanilla ice cream which was promised in the dessert listing . All in all, good food and kind of sub-standard service. Ok for a casual meal if you are in the neighbourhood but definitely not a huge miss if you never go there.
Posted by Raph & Annie on 05/17/2009
This is a great place to really taste New York restaurant. You do not feel like a tourist when you're there, you feel like you are a part of the city. Food & service was amazing, We'll make sure to come back on our next trip in town.
Posted by David on 05/16/2009
Strangely mixed. Capellini primavera were superb -- the angel-hair pasta's texture came through, the sauce breathed flavor, vegetables al dente. Carciofi appetizer was odd, with an overpowering balsamic vinegar sauce. Very medicore salad, undistinguished sea bass. Wine list was missing several items; the waiter compensated by offering a higher-end bottle at a lower price. Overall: restaurant has some very strong points but is uneven. Still, they are willing to fight hard for business and go out of their way. A good experience.
Posted by Erin on 04/16/2009
My daughter and I searched several blocks of the upper east side for a place to enjoy a relaxing late afternoon/early evening meal. We were looking for something other than the typical fare, and were delighted to have found Vicino Firenze. Our waiter could not have been more friendly or attentive; service was quick without being rushed; the food was delicious from appetizer through dessert (the tiramisu is the best that I have ever had), and the atmosphere is elegant and charming - yet comfortable, warm and relaxed. We highly recommend and will return the next time that we are in the city.
Posted by April on 04/03/2009
there are so many little italian restaurants on the upper east side that it's hard to decide which one to go to. most of them have left me wanting more, however. more ambiance, more flavor, more service, more italy. vicino firenze was quaint, the service was impeccable, and the food was both simple and intricate. fresh herbs dress every plate that comes out, and the waiters are attentive without seeming hasty. i can't wait to go back!
Posted by bobbi on 12/05/2008
My husband and I were wandering 2nd Ave looking for an Italian Restaurant for lunch. We decided on Vicino Firenze. We were so pleasantly surprised. Great food , atmosphere and service. The Pollo Scarpariello is excellent as well as the Tortelloni Bella Christina. We would recommend both. We are not into dessert , so cannot rate that ,but the complimentary limoncello topped off the meal for us. We will be back !