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Opened in 1994, Nicola Marzovilla's warm and welcoming restaurant has been a favorite for 15 years for those in search of hearty, delicious Italian specialties. Chef Patti Jackson's celebrated menu draws on the regional cuisine of the Marzovillas' homeland, Puglia. Nicola's mother, Dora, prepares hand-rolled fresh pastas daily. The restaurant is famed for its all-Italian wine list (expertly selected by Marzovilla), and the adjoining Enoteca offers lighter food and by-the-glass choices. I Trulli is a popular destination all-year round: diners can sit by the glow of the main room's rustic fireplace in winter, while in the warmer months are treated to the lush splendor of one of Manhattan's finest outdoor garden spaces.
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Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 481-5785

Primary Phone: (212) 481-0172

Fax: (212) 481-5785

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Midtown Manhattan
AKA

I Trulli Ristorante / Enoteca

Trulli Restaurant

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Categories
Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, Sandwich Shops, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Sandwiches, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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ciasy

09/18/2010

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Overall
Good Food, too expensive

I liked the quality of the food. The service was not great, but maybe we weren't lucky.
I think it's too pricey and some dish were not cooked well!

Pro: quality of product used
Cons: Service, Price, Cooking

Pre

10/12/2009

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Overall
GREAT PLACE

Love the food and garden area. It was little cold but with the heating they provided made it's perfect. I would highly recommend this place. service and food is wonderful. :)
5 Stars for me

mrnycdiner

09/07/2009

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Overall
Awful food, poor service

Four of us went to I Truilli last week because we heard it was decent. The service was not attentive at all. Out of the four dishes one was passable the other three were just plain awful. There really is no excuse because this place is not cheap. I would never go back nor would I tell anyone to come here.

BenBerentson

04/28/2009

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Overall
Don't Go For Valentine's Day

I've here twice -- the first time for a regular dinner and the second time for Valentine's Day. My regular dinner of homemade pasta was amazing, but the Valentine's Day dinner and cattle room they herded all of the couples into was atrocious. Terrible service, cold food, all around awful experience. So great place, don't go there for V Day.

HumanVacuum

02/02/2009

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Overall
Disappointing..

After reviewing the menu online and hearing such great things about this restuarant, i was very diappointed to say the least when i ate there last night. We started off with the panzoretti- Terrible! There was barely any cheese, nor did I see or taste tomatoes. It was more like a donut than a calzone. We also had the Inzimino and Pulpo - both very bland and uneventful. For a second course, we ordered two half orders of the Malloreddus and Tonnarelli. The pasta was good. You could definitely taste that it was homemade. The Malloreddus was delicious i must say! For entrees, we had the Zuppi di Pesce and Coda di Rospo. Both very bland. The Zuppi di pesce was so disappointing! Barely tasted like anything! The sauce was very watery. The monkfish was ok. Very simple. Nothing do go ""wow"" over. We didnt even bother attempting the desserts. Overall, I would never go back or recommend the restuarant.

vanyvrgs

01/14/2009

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Overall
Not a good idea

I went there and took my mother. The waiter was great but the food was not that great and was extremely expensive . Don't get me started on the size of te portions -- especially for the apperitizers and drinks, including wine.

bbswenson

08/08/2008

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Overall
I Mistake

Yes it was a crowed Hursday nightr but the table was terrible and the service amtched.

Ran out of 3 of the specials by 8.30 PM - the food was served at different times and was uneven.

The drink glasses were the size of shot glasses.

All and all not a good value

jh3

07/28/2008

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Overall
Wonderful experience

After reading a few of the recent reviews, I was a bit skeptical to keep our reservation for last Friday night(restaurant week) but I am so glad we did. It was trulli a wonderful experience. I didn't know about the back garden until we got there (and I didn't reserve it) but when I asked if we could sit there the hostess said it would be a few minutes wait (and it was less than a 10 minute wait). We had a lovely table in the back. We asked our waiter if he recommended the $35 prix-fixe (I explained that we are locals who dine out often) and he highly encouraged it - rightfully so. We started w/ the mini calzones (very good - but not part of the prix-fixe) and then we each got different appetizers and main courses - all were delicious. The service was excellent. We enjoyed our romantic evening and we were not rushed at all (unlike many other places during the 2 weeks). Granted the total bill came to $200 (incl. tax/tip) - so we didn't necessarily need to dine there when we did, but we still loved it.

Vandercubin

06/26/2008

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Overall
Worst Restaurant Avoid, Avoid, Avoid!!!!

Whatever you think Italian food should be, it will not be found here. I Trulli has become a restaurant that has outlived its time in New York. The review posted by JSirbs is accurate and fare. The food was simply bad from start to finish. If you are looking for a quality Italian meal, you will be disappointed. I think it is fair to say that I Trulli is nothing more than an OVERPRICED DINER disquised as an Italian restaurant. Do not waste your time or money like I did. Big mistake that I hope others will not follow.

StarKristen

05/29/2008

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Overall
""Truly,"" not that good

Pros: okay service. Cons: Food one or two notches better than a good pizza shop. Service just okay. Noisy. Cramped tables. Expensive for what you get. Conclusion: ""Truly,"" forget it!

JSirbs

05/12/2008

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Overall
Bad Experience

I'm very sad to say this but I went to I Trulli for my college graduation dinner and I did not leave pleased. I tried the restaurant out before and dined with just two people and it was lovely. When I showed up with my party of 10 a) we did not get the garden as I had requested over a month beforehand b) we had the absolutely worst service I have ever experience in NYC...and that's saying a lot. The waiter completely forgot to even write down people's meals, we sat at the table for over an hour before anyone took our order, and the staff was incredibly rude. If you do decide to go to this restaurant I recommend that you only order the pasta. The meat is horrendous--either cold or overcooked. My friend thought she was ordering a T-bone steak but it turned out to be pork chops. I won't ever be returning to I Trulli. There are plenty of other restaurants in nyc that are Truly better.

tastydf

04/29/2008

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Overall
Best Pasta

Great dinner. I was fortunate enough to experience a fabulous dinner last night. I was a bit hesitant to go out on a rainy night and then was so glad i did. Everyone was friendly and the food was great. The room was so warm and inviting, it included a beautiful fireplace. I love eating homemade pasta and this was definetly one of the best, i have had in a longtime. The wine list had a page of wine reccomendations which we chose from and that rounded the meal off perfectly. I can't wait to go back.

theex

03/04/2008

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Overall
Great neighborhood spot

This is our favorite place in the neighborhood. The garden is amazing in the summer and cozy in the winter. great food, great service and great ambience. We'd eat here every night if we could.

EFR

02/01/2008

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Overall
TERRIBLE

TERRIBLE SERVICE AND ATTITUDE. I TRULLI USED TO BE GOOD MANY YEARS AGO WHEN THE OWNER WAS INVOLVED. STOP GOING A FEW YEARS AGO AND TRIED AGAIN RECENTLY. STILL TERRIBLE ATTITUDE AND OVER PRICED. NEEDS PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND SERVICE. I FEEL BAD FOR SECONDARY WAITERS TRYINGTO MAKE A LIVING BUT GREETING AND DOOR PEOPLE REALLY NEED HELP. IF THEY DON'T WANT TO BE THERE THEN QUIT! I TRULLI E UN TRULLO.

heartoflife

12/01/2007

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Overall
Expensive but great atmosphere

We showed up on a Friday night at 7:30 without a reservation. We tried to get into Enoteca for a more affordable meal, but it was full, so we were sent over to I Trulli. The restaurant was also busy, but we were seated promptly at a table in front of the fireoven (which was actually a heavily trafficked area). Although nothing truly caught our eye, we finally ordered and were served high-quality food with surprisingly generous portions. Not huge, but sizeable for an upscale restaurant like this. The home made pasta was delicious, and the buffalo mozzarella was so flavorful almost meaty. The wine was expensive so we skipped it, but from the reviews, it sounds like it might have been worth trying their selection. Waiter was a bit aloof but the rest of the staff was very attentive. Definitely recommend especially if you're willing to splurge.

11222

11/30/2007

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Overall
Pretty Good

This place has a very nice ambiance, we sat right by the fire, which was great. The server was friendly. One annoying point was that it took about 45 minutes in between courses. I was in no rush and it wasn't a big deal, but that's just a long time to wait. Dinner ended up taking almost 3 hours! The food was very good. The med. sea bass was delicious. The fresh mozz and tomato in the pastry puff app. was also fantastic. The crab ravioli was ok, a little undercooked for my taste. Drinks were strong and were refilled quickly. We weren't too happy when my friend had a vodka drink on the table and the waiter came by and filled it with water, without asking if it was water or a drink! Also a bit pricey, but to be expected. Overall pretty good.

chefhope

10/25/2007

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Overall
Was good over summer, but changed somehow

Let?s face it, we are all ?critics? when it comes to cuisine. I could talk about the cheesy-ninety-eighties, country-club cuisine that the Chef at I Trulli delivers like Lamb and Veal Chops smothered in gelatinous, demi-glace from a can paired with improperly blanched vegetables. But this is not what brought me back to I Trulli after a long, interrupted departure a couple a months ago. I heard that somehow it was different- under new management, better service? something to those sorts. I admit it. I was looking for value and a simple plate of pasta. I was amazed at the difference. The servers looked sharp, the music was perfect, the lighting was romantic, and the knowledge/discipline of the staff had changed. It was a different I Trulli. Afterward, I went back several times with the same results. Magic! UNTIL, last night! The lights were too bright, the music was selected by the ?sommelier? I was told (including pop-culture music that my 20 daughter listens too), the servers (I came late) were walking around without ties as they left early for the shift, and the managers on the floor were horribly poised and dressed. (Over the summer we had a hip, spiky haired guy with sharp-witted, intelligence and a distinguished, older Italian gentlemen whose gracious service was a refreshing welcome.) Tonight, there was no one whatsoever. On our visit, the ?Sommelier?, was more interested in talking to her fellow coworkers, including the too-young assistant, than she was with us. We asked for her, not her assistant. Maybe she has her hands full in such a slow restaurant? Long story short: Our biggest let-down was our after-dinner drinks. We sat at the end of the bar while listening to every damn staff member complain about his and her job and how the restaurant had changed- well, we agree, CitySearch. Everyone always bitches about the food and the Chef on CitySearch. This just goes to show you the value of a good manager. Such a shame!

rbollman

09/12/2007

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Overall
Fantastic Experience

I don't usually do these, but recently I went to I trulli for dinner and had such a nice time that I wanted to share it. I was most struck by the friendliness of the staff. I was greeted at the door and at the table with genuine enthusiasim. Our server was funny and knowledgeable, he consistendly checked on us and was helpful both with our questions about the menu and for suggestions of places to go after dinner. The food was great as well, fresh pasta like I've never had any where else and a great molten chocolate cake dessert. Basically I can't wait to go back so I can try everythign else on the menu.

paulmcdonald83

09/10/2007

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Overall
TERRIBLE SERVICE - GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND SAVE YOURSELF A HEADACHE

Bottom Line: I had a terrible dining experience. I took my girlfriend out to dinner for her birthday here, and it's safe to say I will NEVER be dining here again. I requested a table in the garden, and first we were brought to a table that had a spotlight right on it. The two tables to either side of this one were dimly lit, but the hostess did not even think to seat at either one of these tables. Appalled at the scene, I asked that we be seated at one of the tables right next to this one, and we sat down. After we ordered a bottle of wine, the waiter came by to take our order, but he forgot to mention the specials for the evening. I had to ask him what they were, and when he started rattling them off in broken English, he barely knew what items were available. I also had to refill the wine glasses myself the entire evening. When we had finished our meal and were about to order dessert, I excused myself and walked over to the hostess. I mentioned that it was my girlfriend's birthday and that I would like to have a birthday candle lit on her dessert. I had called in advance to make sure that they do this, and I was assured that they do. I told the hostess where we were sitting, and she told me that it would be taken care of. Sure enough, when our desserts came out, there was no birthday candle. We ate our desserts and I explained to my girlfriend what had happened. Still furious, I went back to the hostess to explain what had happened. I spoke with a different hostess, and she apologized and offered to bring another dessert out. I denied the offer because at that point, what difference would it have made -- the moment had passed. I expressed my disappointment again and walked back to my seat. A few minutes later, the hostess who had made the mistake came to our table and apologized. I said I was sorry too - sorry for ever coming here in the first place!

If you're thinking about dining at i Trulli, save yourself a headache and go somewhere else.

antlooch

09/05/2007

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Overall
Terrible

I took my wife out for dinner to I trulli tonight and left very disappointed. It's such a shame that such a nice place serves such awful food. We ordered the grilled octopus appetizer which was so rubbery that you couldn't even cut it. Not only that but it smelled disgusting. I ordered the cavatelli with broccoli rabe which was dry and pasty. the portion was also very small and unsatisfying. My wife ordered the linguini with seafood and that was also a huge flop. the pasta was thrown in a bowl with no sauce, totally dry and flavorless. the seafood consisted of five mussels (three were empty) two small clams and a few measly pieces of overcooked shrimp. I could not believe my eyes! It was as if a ten year old kid was cooking in the kitchen. Clueless! I sent my wife's dish back because is was so unacceptable we would have been idiots to not speak up. The wines were also very expensive. I trulli is a gamble. I have been there before and had a great dinner but tonight was atrocious. Don't risk wasting your money here. they need to get there act together. there are too many other consistently good Italian places in the city so why bother. I won't go back.

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