Benny Bello of Il Tinello East

By Harry Brads

This season, discover the joy of the traditional “evening-out” meal full of warmth, passion, and resounding character at Il Tinello East. This superb new restaurant is welcoming an astonishing number of visitors to Manhattan. From United Nations diplomats to tourists to those in the know, this restaurant serves delightful meals and exquisite daily service.

The city’s ever-changing landscape may evolve on the restaurant scene with trends that come and go, but one thing is sure, a phenomenally traditional meal, such as found at Il Tinello East, will never go out of style.

The treasures found at Il Tinello East blend years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking and provide a rich experience through a presentation that is purely matched by a delicious menu. The quality Italian ingredients, spectacular wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and impeccable service showcase the restaurant’s heritage and pride in serving customers a memorable meal.

“We passionately care about tradition. “We know that people care about food quality as much as they do about ambiance and service,” states owner Benny Bello. “It humbles us to be able to operate a beloved restaurant that values and honors the quality of a good old-fashioned New York meal. There is simply nothing like it.”

Bello’s menu boasts a lunch and dinner service that is notably divine in presentation and taste factors that create a magical experience. Fresh homemade pasta, regional ingredients, and diverse wine list are desirable. Portions are as large as skyscrapers, and tastes are as rich as the Wall Street stock markets. 

Such highlights at this quintessential restaurant include antipasti of Grilled Portobello with mixed green salad, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing; Capesante with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, brandy, saffron, herb sauce; and Crispy Calamari with tomato sauce.

He also recommends the house favorite Caesar Salad for two prepared tableside and served classic style: the Siciliana with mesclun, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and cucumbers.

“Everything you taste here represents the magic of New York City. This is our neighborhood food, and we know our customers love and appreciate it as much as we do every single day,” noted Bello.

The restaurateur carefully selected a menu to please everyone. His selection of freshly made in-house Pasta is woven into dishes such as Tagliolini with sea scallops, shrimp, cultured mussels, little neck clams, garlic, and fresh herbs; Penne with Portobello Mushrooms fresh chopped tomato, garlic, olive oil; and Rigatoni with roasted eggplant, fresh tomato, basil, diced buffalo mozzarella. Entrees are just as superb Scarcapariello with lemon, white wine, and garlic; Veal Parmigiano with Parmigiano and tomato sauce; and the Campagnola for two with beef, chicken, sausages, peppers, potatoes, white wine, rosemary, and garlic topping the list of favorites. 

Leave room for the famed desserts, including Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, and Banana Flambe table size. Cocktails are also part of this joyous experience with the 2nd Avenue Spritz with Litchi Liqueur, Prosecco, and St-Germaine Elderflower Liqueur; the New Fashion with Cincoro Reposado Tequila, Ramazzotti Amaro, fresh orange; and Side of 46th Street with Hennessy Cognac, Grand Marnier Liqueur, lemon juice.  

Sophisticated décor in the tony location helps showcase a vibrant place to eat. But the room is never intimidating and always comfortable, as Il Tinello East delivers an experience perfect for celebrating your passion for food. All is done with classic white glove tableside servings that create elegance and embrace the desire for a wonderful old-fashioned dining experience.  

For more information on Il Tinello East,
visit iltinellony.com/east