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1109 1st Ave., at 61st St, New York City, NY 10065
(212) 754-5454
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Ranked #1,969 of 11,618 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 60 th and 61 st Streets
Transit: F to 63rd Street N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street
Description: Tiella serves modern Southern Italian cuisine. Its inventive and sophisticated menu is inspired by and elevates the home-cooked meals and peasant culinary traditions owners Giuseppe Castellano and Mario Coppola were raised with in Naples, Italy. Indeed, Tiella takes its name from the Neopolitan word for a cast-iron pan that is used for baking, grilling or frying meats, fish and breads. Our signature tiellas are pizza-like appetizers baked in our wood-fired oven. Our philosophy is that the greatest meals require the finest ingredients. We import mozzarella di bufala, stracciatella and other fine cheeses, as well as risotto and prosciutto from Italy. Many other ingredients are sourced from local producers and farmers. To ensure that we serve the very best bread and pasta, we make our own. The extensive wine list is comprised of Italian makers and complements the menu.
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86% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Tielia is a intimate Italian restaurant tucked away on busy 1st. avenue. NYC has its fair share of Italian restaurants from over the top trendy big names to the local corner family trattoria. This place has outstanding food, very real Italian cuisine not the typical Americanized version! The Rigatoni with Sausage & Brussel Sprouts was fabulous. The place is small... More

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Tiella is one of my favorites day by day restaurants which I've been many times and always the food, service and the staff were really good. The place is well located, with just a few tables, always packed, but the food is delicious.

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New preston CT
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68 reviews 68 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Unless they write their own reviews I cannot comprehend how this terrible restaurant could get such high ratings. It is a small narrow restaurant with brick walls. The noise factor alone deters one from having an enjoyable dinner. This is coupled with very mediocre food and service. My device is to avoid coming here even to try the restaurant.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

My family and i came here between Christmas and new year after having read a rewiew on someones blog. We were travelling from the UK so only had a blackberry to do our research. All i can say is that we were so happy we stumbled upon this review. The place was fabulous. The restaurant is very small but the... More

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Dallas, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The food was fresh with a very unique menu. The pasta's were incredibly homemade and fresh. Calamari was tender and delicious. Top the meal off with some great Italian wine! The service was top notch!!! Atmosphere was quaint, a great date place! Another small gem tucked away in Midtown!!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant while vacationing in NYC. What a wonderful surprise. The menu offers extremely well-executed, scrumptious Italian food. Fresh ingredients and some surprising flavor combinations seem to be the chef's speciality. We shared a number of the starters including the chick pea fritters, baby octopus and sea scallops. The memorable main dishes were a lobster and crab... More

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Porto, Portugal
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

The food is very good and fresh! The list is not very varied but it is "rich"! The service is friendly, fast and affordable. The wine list is reasonable. Price very good (~30$ per person, without wine and dissert). Wine is expensive for the actual quality (~ $ 32 per bottle). Location "ok". Environment "fine".

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New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Three of us dined at Tiella. All of the half-dozen dishes we ordered were excellent, including chickpea fritters, branzino, and two risottos. The presentation was attractive and simple, which matched the subtle flavorings of the dishes. The two waiters were gracious and knowledgeable about the food and ingredients and about the winelist. The restaurant is small and elegantly informal. All... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Heard about Tiella (with a whopping 26 food rating from Zagats!) and decided to give it a try. Wow, great choice. Small and intimate with an exposed brick wall, at first glance, it may look like any other neighborhood restaurant but it's anything but. Nice wine list that is well priced for the most part and a well-stocked bar. Cocktails... More

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Champaign, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We loved our meal at Tiella -- Started off with a small pizza STRACCIATELLA E TARTUFO -- you MUST try this! Not listed on the menu as a pizza, so we almost missed it -- it's listed as La Tiella which means "small oven pan", i.e., pizza pan! Man, was this delicious! I was blown away with the Papparadelle with... More

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