Montebello Ristorante Italiano
120 E 56th St, New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 421-3517
Fax: (212) 421-3517
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Delivery, Mediterranean, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental
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02/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went into NYC overnight to see Jersey Boys (GREAT show!). Checked this website for a good local Italian Restaurant. Having one parent from Northern Italy and one from Southern Italy, I am used to REALLY good Italian food! This often makes it difficult to dine out. I read the reviews, checked out the menu, and thought we'd give it a try.
WOW! It's not often that your experience exceeds your expectations! The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Our water glasses were never empty! It was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was busy but they were able to accommodate our request to add two to the reservation at the last minute! The appetizers were amazing! The Buffalo Mozzarella was AUTHENTIC Buffalo Mozzarella! The eggplant parm was SOOO FRESH! Three of us had the veal chop with the prosciutto and mozzarella. YUMMMMM! They were cooked to perfection and incredibly delicious! The risotto with shrimp and asparagus was really delicious! The salads were fresh and beautifully presented.
The owner was really on top of things! He walked by each table every ten minutes or so to make sure everything was up to his standards. Quite impressive! As we were leaving, he asked us how everything was. You could tell he was genuine. I LOVE when a restaurant exceeds your expectations! I would DEFINITELY recommend this restaurant!
02/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I normally don?t leave reviews but I felt like I just had to for this restaurant. I have grown up in the restaurant business (my family has a Northern Italian restaurant in NYC for over 25 years) so I understand the importance of reviews and how you have to take them with a grain of salt. There are just some people that you can?t make happy; there are people who get so angry at the smallest things that no matter what you do to try and correct it they will leave a nasty review and you have others that give their honest opinion. I am going for just giving my honest opinion?.
We were a party of six and were sat at a nice large table toward the back of the restaurant. I ALWAYS take a look at the wine list, I am curious about prices and selection. It was very nice a priced very competitive. It was a great selection of wines from all over the world. I ended up ordering a glass of the house Chianti and I thought it was great. Appetizers were a Hot and Cold Antipasto. I had the Pera salad afterwards (arugula, sliced pear and pecorino cheese). For the main course I ordered the pasta special which was penne with ground sweet and hot sausage in a light tomato sauce with a scoop of Ricotta cheese on top. My mouth watered just from the description so I knew I had to get it. It was out of this world! The combination of the two sausages with the Ricotta cheese was heavenly. My boyfriend had Linguini Fruitte di Mare and it was just breath taking. The ingredients that were used and how it was made so simple, you forget how good simple and traditional Italian food can be. So many places spice things up with all these crazy ingredients and focus so much on show that they forget what going out to a restaurant is really about, THE FOOD! Dessert was tiramisu for me and cannoli for my bf. Both were simple and tasty.
This is a restaurant that takes what they do very seriously and you can see that they love what they do. I highly recommend this place, you will not be disappointed.
11/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Montebello is lovely. I'm scared to know what the bill was but I figure my ignorance is a good thing. I have a strong suspicion it was one of the more expensive dinners I've been on. I had the Agnello . It was succulent and wonderful. Dessert was fabulous too. Probably one of the best meals I've had ever. In short, my impression was: a truly a fantastic place.This place is great for: romantic dinner, place to impress anyone, business dinner.
04/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My manager took our team here for dinner last month. The staff was gracious and the service wonderful. We started with anti pasto for the table to share. I ordered the chicken special. Food was delicious too! A bit disappointed with the tiramisu though.
02/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I came here last Friday for restaurant week with five of my friends. This was probably my favorite out of all the places we were able to experience. I thought the wait staff was very attentive and polite. We of course had the prefix menu and they offered a much larger selection than most restaurants. It was nice to see. We felt that they wanted us to have an opportunity to taste more than just a plain pasta or chicken. The food was amazing. I had the eggplant appetizer and veal scaloppini which was phenomenal. You can tell they don't skimp on quality. Although it was very busy, not once did I feel rushed or ignored. They set a really fine example of how a restaurant should operate and treat their customers during restaurant week. I've already made reservations for next weekend!
09/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and I had a fabulous time. What caught our attention to this restaurant was the video this site has posted. I thought it was so cute and it would really seem like a great place to visit and it truly was. We had some great wine and excellent food. I felt the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. The waiters were very nice and made some great recommendations. Working in the city I tend to eat out a lot and this is by far one of my favorite restaurants.
03/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
What a great restaurant! We were recommended to this restaurant recently and were not dissapointed! The food is absolutely amazing. My husband had an excellent lamb dish in ragu sauce and I had the most delicious monkfish. Try the tiramisu, it is the best I have ever had. The decor is cozy and great for any occaison. The service is excellent and very attentive. If you like wine, they have an unbeatable list. The food was so good we still talk about it and plan to go back very soon!
02/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Went there during restaurant week for lunch with a business collegue. It's a good business lunch scene; alot of high powered suit types. They checked our coats and we were seated promptly. We ordered gnocchi and Buttuta di Pollo (Paillard of chicken with diced tomato and basil). We were happy with our choices as the food was very good. But I quite disappointed with the service. It took over 10 minutes for us to even get menus. Then I had to ask them for the pre-fix menu. I got a look from the waiter like it was a hassle. The whole time it was hard to flag down a waiter when we needed something; it was never the same person. Service was sloppy. A fly was buzzing around the restaurant in the dead of winter. The place is good but not great.