I wish the rating system on TA gave "Good" between "Average" and "Very Good." I've eaten at Tello's several times, which probably says something in itself, probably that it's convenient and reliable, more than "very good." It's a little more than average, though I'd stop short of calling it very good. But for the purpose of this review I guess I have no choice but to give them the benefit of the doubt. A good place to take visitors from out of town, for instance. They'll feel like they're really doing NY.
The restaurant prides itself on offering "hefty portions ... light on price." That's kind of accurate. Just as a journalist shouldn't reveal his sources, a chef shouldn't reveal his sauces. Here they are revealed as a little uneven; some are very good, while others are, well, average. On a recent visit, the veal with mozzarella and eggplant was tasty, not exactly as good as Mom used to make, but pretty good. The marinara sauce on the calamari and other dishes, it just lacks something. Shrimp scampi, adequate. You get the idea. The portions are large, too large for us to force down dessert, so I can't comment on that. The prices for entrees are reasonable, but they really get you on drinks. $66 for 7 drinks alone, plus tax. Final total more than $50 a person, not bad, average, I guess, but not very good. The place is colorful, sort of what a Little Italy joint might have looked like a long time ago.
So all in all, it's OK, you won't go wrong, but ... They have a Cuban restaurant and a French one right in the same block. Haven't tried them, maybe I'll have better luck.
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