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1109 1st Ave, at 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8723 (60 th and 61 st Streets)
(212) 754-5454
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

DO NOT GO HERE! Terrible experience. Staff is the WORST. Called ahead of time to make sure they would be open and have a table available. They said yes please come by. Showed up and turned us away saying they were having a slow night. Didn't offer for us to come back or apologize. Very rude and not the way... More 

Thank Oscar A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

In NYC there are thousands of restaurants and we appreciate when someone alerts us to a special choice. Tiella's, located on First Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets is such a rare gem! The executive chef, Peppe, is a master at delicate cooking and exquisite presentations. Look at the two photos included below. We started with their small MARGHERITA, made... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Tiella is a small restaurant that seems to have a better sound engineering than most, one can sit down and talk without screaming. This is getting to be rare in NY, and highly welcome. As usual in many better Italian restaurants in NY, the food is quite tasty but not really authentic. The spaghetti a la carbonara (one of my... More 

1 Thank Procaccia
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

There are not a lot of seats but this is a hidden gem. We love to visit and partake of the limited but excellent menu. Highly recommend it.

Thank stewater
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

First dinner on our trip to see the kids. Everything was very tasty--we all had pasta. And desserts were wonderful. A great evening.

Thank hsmoliar
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I love this place it is intimate and everything is made right there from the bread to the dessert. They remember their customers and their food allergies or preferences which makes it a real joy to go there as it feels like home.

1 Thank dreamreve
Somers, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Smallish place. Very good to great pasta with generous, superior sauces. Modest, not expensive wine by glass or bottle. Thoughtful, accomodating and welcoming service. Five of us ordered five different entrees and all well received.Can be a bit noisy and cramped, but well worth it.

Thank farrell288
Lachen, Schweiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

if you want some real good italian food, this is a place to go. Small, authentic, very friendly staff, very clean (I have never seen the manager cleaning vinegar-bottles with boiling water before...) and just the right choice of plates, backgroundmusic and attention of waiters. Definitely a 'must visit again'...

1 Thank One-DonNico
Metuchen, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

My partner and I have been periodic regulars at Tiella, a tiny little spot on 1st Avenue in the 60s. Despite it's small size (and cramped quarters) Tiella turns out some wonderful, creative and solidly satisfying Italian comfort food. Their speciality--tiellas--which are really individual pizzas are very creative and make a great appetizer shared between two. Main dishes are all... More 

Thank FredRo1948
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

A very tasteful and discreet facade conceals one of New York's best Italian restaurants. Naples style. I went there with Tony Esposito, one of Italy's most famous musicians, and he's from Naples, which makes the best pizza in the world. Tony said, of Tiella: "Best pizza in New York." The interior is small, but the experience is infinite.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1109 1st Ave, at 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8723
    (60 th and 61 st Streets)
  • Public Transportation: F to 63rd Street N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 754-5454
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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