Il Tinello: Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, NYC, New York

 Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Il Tinello in NYC, New York

If you are looking for an old school Italian restaurant that serves traditional dishes from northern Italy, Il Tinello Ristorante might be the place for you. Opening about 30 years ago, it is an elegant and pricey restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. I admit that I do not remember that much aboutnthe decor, the lights being very dimmed, making me worry about the photos I would take during the meal. 

 Dining room at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Dining room at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

There, you will find classic dishes and it seems the Chef has no intention to add his own twist. But, hey, Classic Italian is fantastic, so why change it! Menu wise, Italian food lovers will be pleased: there is homemade pasta, seafood or meat, with plenty of vegetarian dishes. There, you will also notice the cart of antipasti, as well as the cart of dessert, that the waiters in white jackets tried to push in the tight space between tables. 

 Cart of antipasti at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Cart of antipasti at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

I was there with a friend and we shared couple of dishes that the staff nicely split in separate plates. To start, they brought a bruschetta, as well as some bread. 

 Bread basket at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Bread basket at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

 Bruschetta at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Bruschetta at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

The first appetizer that came was the tuna tartare. Right away, as they knew we would share dishes, they split them evenly; I thought it was a nice gesture.

 Tuna tartare at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Tuna tartare at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

 Tuna tartare at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Tuna tartare at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

The tartare was ok, missing a bit of acidity. Then was the linguine all'amatriciana, a thick sauce made with tomato, pancetta and onions. This is definitely a delicious comforting dish, but I wish there was more sauce in it. 

 Linguine all'amatriciana at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Linguine all'amatriciana at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Then, I tried the scampi il tinello, or shrimp in a white wine sauce and a touch of pesto. Quite good, the shrimp were of a nice size. 

 Scampi il tinello at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Scampi il tinello at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

But my favorite was the veal Milanese, a breaded veal chop nicely pounded, served with arugula. Perfect dish that had a slight crispness from the delightful breading. I definitely recommend it. 

 Veal Milanese at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Veal Milanese at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

 Veal Milanese at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Veal Milanese at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Last was a decent homemade tiramisu. 

 Tiramisu at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Tiramisu at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

They also brought some Italian cookies with our coffee.

 Italian cookies at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Italian cookies at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

 Espresso at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Espresso at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

I should add that I had wine, but I do not recall the name of it and did not have a photo of the bottle (I took it by the glass)...

 Wine at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

Wine at Il Tinello in NYC, New York

It was a good meal, but I admit that I found much better Italian options in the area, such as Osteria Del Circo, Remi or Il Corso. Would I go back? Maybe...

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