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Manhattan: Tiella

1109 1st Ave , Phone: 212-588-0100

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #3763

When: 2011

Small chef-owned Italian restaurant serving delicious food. Cozy setting, good value.

Directions: On First between 60 and 61st, across the street from Dangerfield's

Tiella, photo by Amy Gilman

This small place is owned by two gentlemen from Italy - one cooks; the other runs the small dining room. The menu is small but very appealing. We opted for the Restaurant Week lunch special. A "tiella" is an Italian pan, which this place uses to make little pizza-like appetizers. I had one topped with smoked mozzarella, eggplant and cherry tomatoes which was very tasty. Following that (which I could not finish!) I had orate which was crusted in potato slices, with a light lemon sauce. The fish was fantastically fresh, the potato crust nice and crispy. My husband started with a light salad of nicely cured salmon with peppery microgreens, and then went with spaghetti with tiny clams. In a nod to the Americans, the pasta had a scattering of freshly grated cheese on top, which we thought worked with the briny clams. The wine list had some unusual wines by the glass, and we really enjoyed the choices the waiter helped us with.

Dessert was really special. The Lemon Delizia cake was an amazingly light cake with lemony filling; and the Pistachio cake crunchy and fragrant with real Sicilian nuts.

At lunchtime they do pizzas, but not at dinner, when you can get the tiellas for a first course. We really enjoyed this place, and will definitely return.

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