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Upper East Side, Yorkville, Upper Manhattan
Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Family Style, Italian, European, Continental

Takes Reservations: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Pasta and a Patio in the Back.

I wanted to try out this restaurant ever since I walked by it on 2nd Avenue and saw the cool Vespa outside. I always wanted to ride one, so I tried the restaurant. It has a really pleasant outdoor patio in the back. You can’t do summer in the city without eating outside. I had a Penette pasta that hit the spot. I love eggplant. I must say though that I need to hit the gym hard to work it off.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Homemade Pasta

The pastas are all homemade and flavorful (go for the orecchiette bolognese!); it's an awesome place to have a quit dinner for two but even a larger party is ok...very warm and cozy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Perfect for Any Crowd

I've been hear with parents, friends' parents, friends and everyone loves this place. I like that the menu changes each season - like for example, every season there is a scallop dish, but in the winter its a cream scallop dish, while in the warmer months, the dish is lighter. Salads are big enough that you can split with a friend. I'd highly recommend any scallop dish though on the menu.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just a terrific place...

I was looking for a place to have my 40th B-day dinner party, and my girlfriend came across Vespa in her research. After a couple of emails with Giacomo, one of the owners, we went there for dinner to sample the food and atmosphere. Giacomo took good care of us, bringing us a sampling of food and wine, and everything was really good. So we decided to do the shindig there for about 50 people in the back patio. We worked out a menu with Giacomo and Marlo (the other owner) and everything seemed fine, but I have to say I
remained a little apprehensive, because you never really know how these things work out... Everything turned out perfectly. I really couldn't have been more pleased. The food and the service were great, and the back patio looked magnificent. Giacomo and Marlo were terrific hosts, and did all kinds of mentschy things, serving a picky friend her favorite (off the menu) wine, cooking a vegan friend a special meal and just making sure everyone had a wonderful time. My friends and family are still talking about what a wonderful evening it was.

I've lived in NYC for almost 20 years now and have been to hundreds of restaurants in the city. In terms of the quality of food, service and atmosphere, not to mention that neighborhood atmosphere where the owners are on hand to make sure everything is perfect, nothing compares to Vespa. We will going back for many years to come...



Provided by Citysearch - 

love this place - great ambiance, extensive menu, friendly service. fab outside courtyard is wonderful in the warm weather. love this neighborhood gem!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful outdoor patio, Great wine list!

My husband and I went to Vespa for the first time Sunday evening. The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. I have a food allergy that unfortunately makes it hard for me to eat Italian food but Vespa cooked everything perfectly. When a problem did occur the female manager Angela handled the situation appropriately and professionally. My husband and I strongly disagree with another reviewer who claimed that the female manager was rude and not professional. We were treated great by her and all the staff. We would recommend Vespa to anyone and we look forward to going back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Loveee this Place

I can not tell you how much I love going to Vespa when I am in town visiting my sister. Whenever she knows I am coming in she calls and makes a reservation. We love to come in around 6:30 to beat the crowd that wants to sit in the Garden. As always we start off our night with either a Vespa Royale or Raspberry Mojito (can't go wrong with either)...The menu changes so we like to try new things so we always talk to the owner and he reccomends some great dishes.. The staff is always helpful and polite when we want something and have a question. As long as my sister lives up here we will always come to visit Vespa when I come into town (probably will come here even if she moves)....



Provided by Citysearch - 
avoid the female manager

I have to say that I love Vespa, but this past experience put a bad taste in my mouth. My husband and I went to have dinner few days ago and our dinner was ruined by the rude female manager. We were looking to try something new this time around and asked our waiter to clarify some selections, when he couldn't he was nice enough to grab the manager like we asked. There were two managers and the female one came to our table and had a real attitude. My husband couldn't believe the way she was talking to us. Plus our questions were not fully answered. On the way out I told the other manager our experience and I hope that he spread the word about her behavior. If we plan to eat there again I will make sure I don't see that awful manger before I walk in.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing food ... mmmm

Came here for drinks and apps with friends. Got to sit in the garden, which is awesome. Apps were so good we went ahead and ordered dinner. We all had something different, each of which was delicious. I'm still thinking about my cavatelli today!
Our waiter was great, too. Very nice and on top of things. The only bad part of the night was the manager/owner, who was not friendly and was trying to get us out of there as quickly as possible. I ignored him entirely because I'm a paying customer, too.
An added bonus is the HOT male hostess. Trust me, you'll know him when you see him.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What a Great Night...

I love coming to Vespa on a beautiful summer night....The garden is always busy but the service is excellent....The new menu is to die for....Love the squash blossoms and the skirt steak.....The gelato selections they have are unique and is great after and full meal in the garden....Top everything off with a vespa Royale and Vespa makes my night....



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food - Awesome Garden

Great outdoor dining space..It's much bigger than we expected and was quite busy. The Appetizers were really nice, the Yellow Watermelon & Shrimp were cool on a warm night. The Pastas are a definite plus and they serve them in half orders. The Cocktail list and winelist were well done. We were happy to find them on a summer night.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible Customer Service

I went to Vespa with a small group of friends and we requested to sit in the garden. To our horror, they refused to seat us. The front of the restaurant was completely empty so we said we would just sit up front if there was no room. Again they refused to seat us. Little did they know we were a group of successful educated customers that all lived in the neighborhood. It seems this place is the stereotypical Upper East Side establishment that we thought didn't exist anymore, especially in 2008 - in NEW YORK! I've told all my friends, stay far away from this place, at least until they change management.



Provided by Citysearch - 
UES Gem!

I've been going here for 2 years now with my girlfriends and most recently boyfriend. It's a perfect date restaurant with very romantic outdoor seating. The food is phenominal and the wine list is amazing!

Don't miss trying this place!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Fun and Funky! We've been going for almost 5 years (me and the girls..and the occasional date :-( ) Good Food, and Great Service. It's definitlely nice to be recognized when we go (hopefully not because we are too loud..LOL!) Looking forward to trying their new spot...and for when the weather gets warmer!



Provided by Citysearch - 
the wine list is the best thing here

I have read some of the other reviews and all I can wonder is who is paying these people to write them? The food here was mediocre. The ambience is cheesy and some of it looks as if it was stolen from a corporate chain restaurant. Like an Italian Chillis maybe? The music is not appropriate for dining unless you're drugged out. Our waiter was good but didn't seem to know much about the extensive and impressive wine list.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Romantic, Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere

Everything is terrific about this place. If you're looking for somewhere new to try this should not be missed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice Surprise

Great little space for a date. The pastas were right on and unique(hard thing to find these days) and the staff was accomodating enough to split a few things for us so we could try more than we anticipated. We opted to not stay for dessert once the waiter told us about their new space one block down(Vespa Bar?). The manager was great about calling and getting us a table on a busy Saturday night. A quick bite turned into a long pleasant evening.



Provided by Citysearch - 
no way

What a mess. I went to dinner with a friend who lives in the neighborhood. Our waiter was nice but seemed bored. We waited more than 20 minutes for appetizers but we didn't mind much because we had a great table by the window and were chatting. I sent back my fish and I guess that caused alot of problems for this less than busy place. The waiter told me it would be another 20 minutes for my meal so i just grinned and said ok. When it took 30 minutes i asked for a manager. Thats when the fun really began. I was expecting someone to ease my mind and make sure our dinner was taken care of. Wrong. I won't waste too much time here. The manager basically insulted us, gave us attitude even tried some sort of strange flirtation and then tried to kiss our behinds on the way out. He was rude and immature. I think he was french or canadian. No service person should behave that way. I would never waste my money here again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Absolutely Terrible

I have heard mixed reviews on Vespa and figured I would give it a try...every place is worth a shot. I dined at Vespa last night with some friends. I have nothing good to say about this restaurant. We had to wait a 1/2 hour to be seated. I ordered Pennette (pasta, eggplant, mozzarella, and sauce). They screwed my meal up 5 times. By the time they got it right I found the sauce to be extremely spicy and it tasted as if it had come out of a can. My friend ordered tuna and asked for it to be rare. It came out well done. The staff was extremely rude and I found our waiter's sarcastic personality to be nothing but obnoxious. The atmosphere is definitely ?slightly off? and the tables are on top of one another. The walls are covered with weird collages that one could make. The funny part is the restaurant is selling these so called works of art for $250 a pop. With all of the wonderful restaurants to dine at in NYC don?t bother going to Vespa?I can guarantee you will not be satisfied.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great place

i had dinner at vespa last friday, it was early around 7:00 pm and there was already the line at the door....
i didnt have reservation but very soon i got my beautiful table in the private garden with my girlfriend!
the atmosfere was very elegant and professional since when i walked inside the door until the end of my lovely dinner.
the food was very good and fresh, expecially my wonderful tuna, our waiter was very funny and accomodate.
we had a really great time, the garden was full and the music very sexy.....Sexy like the beautiful guy that was working there......probably the manager???? we were both very impress.....yummy!!!!!!!!
anyway, great food, great place, amazing garden.
we will be back!!!!!!!!!