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“UES Italian Gem”
Review of Spigolo - CLOSED

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Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: 81st St
Description: Spigolo is an Italian-inspired restaurant on the Upper East Side of New York City. Opened in January 2005, Spigolo has gained acclaim from both devoted customers and restaurant critics. Influenced by his masterful incorporation of seasonal ingredients, Joseph D'Angelo's menu represents a culinary union of contemporary American cooking and traditional Italian cuisine. Spigolo is known as much for its warm, intimate atmosphere and its welcoming staff devoted to attentive service and genuine hospitality, as it is for its food. Come experience Spigolo for yourself.
Hamden, Connecticut
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“UES Italian Gem”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Start to finish July 4th perfection. Baked littlenecks bursting with flavor. Sea bass entrée one of the best interpretations I have ever tasted. Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp served warm with fresh vanilla ice cream and cappuccino added the exclamation to an outstanding meal. Courses paced well. Overall an excellent dining experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Steve B
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“worth trying”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Ate there twice during business trips. I was very happy with the food the first time but underwhelmed the second time. The fettuccine with wild mushrooms and grilled octopus (antipasti) were very nice. Check out their specials too. Like the option of ordering half portions on the Primi menu. It's better than the other neighborhood restaurants I've tried.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank bamboo96
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Italian Option on UES”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

I ate here twice last weekend (twice based on convenience not because the food was that outstanding) But the food was better than I expected. I had the wild mushroom fettuccine, love that you can order either appetizer size or entree size, it had great flavor and wasn't too creamy. I started with the seasonal chopped salad which was also excellent- ate every bit of it. My friend had the linguine with clams the first night, and the halibut on the special menu the second night- both he really enjoyed. Their bread is also really good. Nice wine selection, and reasonably priced for the neighborhood.

Give it a try.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank diamondlilx
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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178 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“New location issues”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Spigolo moved to its new location just a fvew weeks ago and is still getting the kinks out. The room is very noisy (hard to hear across a 30 in table), but management said that an acoustic engineer was scheduled to help dampen the sounds that reflect from the tin ceiling and the uncovered brick walls. The diners on either side sent their Bronzini back for decapitation - the waitstaff shold ask about that when taking the order. The chef had some trouble with a steak that should have been rare and looked more like a burnt offering - it was chalked up to the newness of the kitchen this time. Friends loved the old place so we'll give it another chance in a few months when they've had time to really settle in.

Visited January 2014
Thank hfaigel
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gem in the neighborhood”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The food here is some of the best italian food in Manhattan period. The chef is very innovative and is constantly changing the menu per season. There is a eggplant meatball dish that is outstanding. Last fall, they did a venison ravioli with bing cherries and a port reduction; probably one of the best past dishes ever. When in NY make the trip. Reservations can be tricky.

Visited August 2013
Thank hillsNy
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