02/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Go for the phenomenal service and old-guard dining experience. The food is very good but truly, this is more about the service experience.
We started off with the antipasto from the cart - fresh portabello mushrooms with rosemary, marinated peppers, artichoke hearts, seafood and prosciutto, among other things. Everything was freshly prepared table-side and tasted wonderful.
Our next course was a lobster ravioli special. It was done in a delicate red sauce that complemented the richness of the lobster perfectly. It was one of my favorites of the evening.
For the main course, I chose the Dover sole piccata, also a special (sensing a trend for the evening?). The piccata sauce was superb and the Dover sole was deboned table-side. The sheer dexterity of the waiter as his fingers, armed with utensils, flew over the sole and deftly removed the bones was a sight to see. These guys could win contests, if there were such things.
Dessert was zabaglione with blueberries, also prepared table-side. To be honest, the zabaglione was missing the typical ""body"" that I expect from zabaglione. It tasted good but the consistency was a little runny.
Overall, I cannot say enough about the top-notch service that we received at Il Tinello. Even though there are a ton of good Italian spots in the city, we will be back simply for the service.