Alloro

★★★★★
The Upper East Side is chock full of Italian eateries, some good, some bad and few are destinations. Upper East Siders tend to favor the "local" joints that cater to the "local" tastes. Most of these eateries are forgettable. But there are notable exceptions, such as Alloro. Alloro sits on a quiet, tree-lined street of the Upper East Side, just one block from where the chef-owners live with their children. When you come to Alloro, you'll be greeted by an adventurous décor and innovative culinary fare created by Salvatore, who puts a creative spin on Italian classics. With each season comes a new menu and specials from one of Italy's 20 regions. Sit back and let them take you on an exciting culinary journey you'll always remember. Alloro offers traditional family-style cuisine with a modern flair. The menu does feature very traditional ingredients (white means, broccoli rabe, gorgonzola), but takes them in new and interesting directions, like the flatbread and artichoke, goat cheese and toasted almond salad with bacon ice cream. Try any dish that features white beans, sardines or chestnuts. The gorgonzola ice cream is a surprise, and not for the faint of heart. There is a small bar area and a few tables in the front of the restaurant, a good place to pop in for a glass of Italian wine and a plate of cheese, as well as larger but still cozy dining room in the back. Call ahead for group of four or more, as the back room is sometimes booked for private events, such as the Italian Language and Supper Club (Collina Italiana). A Noteworthy Meal pairs Italian opera arias and ensembles with the food. Every other Wednesday night, opera singers from the Noteworthies group will sing around the theme "pleasure" depicting the similarity among food, wine and opera.
  • 307 E 77th St

    New York, NY 10075

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  • 212-535-2866

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DINNER Mon-Thu: 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11:30pm Sun: 5:00pm-10:00pm

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So heres the thing! we tried alloro for restaurant week... $35 dinner...i got the eggplant parmesan ummmm...and then the shrimp w/ fettuchini was good...now as for the tiramisu (deconstructed) wow!
My husband loved his lamb chops!
really good food for mature palate. Attentive service... I can say enuf good things about this unpretentious place...i think if they updated their outdoor look...could do wonders for their business...

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★★★★★

So heres the thing! we tried alloro for restaurant week... $35 dinner...i got the eggplant parmesan ummmm...and then the shrimp w/ fettuchini was good...now as for the tiramisu (deconstructed) wow!
My husband loved his lamb chops!
really good food for mature palate. Attentive service... I can say enuf good things about this unpretentious place...i think if they updated their outdoor look...could do wonders for their business...

Pros: AMAZING FOOD

Cons: NONE

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This is my week to try the newest Italian places in town and by the time I got here thought I'd be tired of Italian food in general. However I was pleasantly surprised by a number of things. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food was delicious and the waiters could not have been nicer. They have an average wine list but overall would come back here next time I am on the Upper East Side. I am only sure that in time this place will only get better but for now I give it my thumbs up!

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★★★★☆

This is my week to try the newest Italian places in town and by the time I got here thought I'd be tired of Italian food in general. However I was pleasantly surprised by a number of things. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food was delicious and the waiters could not have been nicer. They have an average wine list but overall would come back here next time I am on the Upper East Side. I am only sure that in time this place will only get better but for now I give it my thumbs up!

Pros: Delicous food - Good Service - Fair Prices

Cons: Not many can only get better but that's a good thing!

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I came all the way from downtown Brooklyn to eat at Alloro, and it was worth the trek ten times over. The front-of-house staff are warm and welcoming, and the service is impeccable - the head chef even brings out the food himself on occasion, and sent free dessert and lemoncellos to our table. The Watermelon Ice with White Chocolate Mousse tasted more like watermelon than an actual watermelon.

Other highlights: thinner-than-paper fresh prosciutto and sopressata, coupled with taleggio and pecorino cheeses were a succulent appetizer; homemade arugula pesto had a slightly bitter and delicious flavor on the fusilli topped with pecorino cheese foam like a cloud that floated down from heaven; and the white veal ragu on fettucine dish (for only $16!!) tasted even better than it looked, and believe me, it was GORGEOUS.

Plus, despite certain reviews dissing the quirky green-and-black decor, I find it truly original. The chairs are so cool-looking - soccer-field-green with gold buttons up the side, and really comfortable! The place feels brand new, and is cleaner than a museum. It was an oasis from the chaos of the city, to which I plan to return as soon as possible, before everyone else finds out about it.

2
★★★★★

I came all the way from downtown Brooklyn to eat at Alloro, and it was worth the trek ten times over. The front-of-house staff are warm and welcoming, and the service is impeccable - the head chef even brings out the food himself on occasion, and sent free dessert and lemoncellos to our table. The Watermelon Ice with White Chocolate Mousse tasted more like watermelon than an actual watermelon.

Other highlights: thinner-than-paper fresh prosciutto and sopressata, coupled with taleggio and pecorino cheeses were a succulent appetizer; homemade arugula pesto had a slightly bitter and delicious flavor on the fusilli topped with pecorino cheese foam like a cloud that floated down from heaven; and the white veal ragu on fettucine dish (for only $16!!) tasted even better than it looked, and believe me, it was GORGEOUS.

Plus, despite certain reviews dissing the quirky green-and-black decor, I find it truly original. The chairs are so cool-looking - soccer-field-green with gold buttons up the side, and really comfortable! The place feels brand new, and is cleaner than a museum. It was an oasis from the chaos of the city, to which I plan to return as soon as possible, before everyone else finds out about it.

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ok, I just read the average review for this restaurant, so let me start by qualifying myself before I begin. I'm Italian-- and a food snob. I've been to Italy many times, and to France, and had some of the best meals in the world. I dont usually go out for Italian (because very few do it right), but after reading a press release on Alloro (Italians in the kitchen), we gave it a try.

Wine-- excellent.
Appetizers were great-- we had cheese and dried meats. (bravo, for putting a great selection on the menu).
Entree- best duck I've ever had in my life. Hands down. It was succulent, delicious. Unbelievable.
Pasta-- homemade in a rabbit ragu. Needed some salt or cheese, but otherwise very good.

Dessert was on the house (after we declined it) and it was a berry, custard, foam concoction (I'm not doing it justice), and it was out of this world!

The service was prompt, (the server a strikingly beautiful Italian man-- so that is always good). They were gracious, helpful, absolutely, positively did not try to oversell.

The chef came out at the end and I was honored to meet him. The sign of a good chef is one that cares about his customers and how they feel about the food.

The reviewer here who complained about the geriatric crowd (which by the way is offensive) is right in that there are older couples here, but my husband and I felt comfortable regardless. Because we were treated like guests of a home...

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★★★★★

ok, I just read the average review for this restaurant, so let me start by qualifying myself before I begin. I'm Italian-- and a food snob. I've been to Italy many times, and to France, and had some of the best meals in the world. I dont usually go out for Italian (because very few do it right), but after reading a press release on Alloro (Italians in the kitchen), we gave it a try.

Wine-- excellent.
Appetizers were great-- we had cheese and dried meats. (bravo, for putting a great selection on the menu).
Entree- best duck I've ever had in my life. Hands down. It was succulent, delicious. Unbelievable.
Pasta-- homemade in a rabbit ragu. Needed some salt or cheese, but otherwise very good.

Dessert was on the house (after we declined it) and it was a berry, custard, foam concoction (I'm not doing it justice), and it was out of this world!

The service was prompt, (the server a strikingly beautiful Italian man-- so that is always good). They were gracious, helpful, absolutely, positively did not try to oversell.

The chef came out at the end and I was honored to meet him. The sign of a good chef is one that cares about his customers and how they feel about the food.

The reviewer here who complained about the geriatric crowd (which by the way is offensive) is right in that there are older couples here, but my husband and I felt comfortable regardless. Because we were treated like guests of a home...

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Great Italian food. Creative and satisfying. Warm inviting setting with a very nice decor and effective lighting. Creative desserts including Blueberry Bavarian Cream with wild berries and lemon liqueur foam are to die for. I don't live near by at all yet it was a great experience, it was totally worth it!

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★★★★★

Great Italian food. Creative and satisfying. Warm inviting setting with a very nice decor and effective lighting. Creative desserts including Blueberry Bavarian Cream with wild berries and lemon liqueur foam are to die for. I don't live near by at all yet it was a great experience, it was totally worth it!

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I took my husband here based on the buzz of Scarpetta. We had not been to that restaurant (Strike 1, I know) but on the recommendations of that eatery from friends we decided to try this place out.

When we got to the restaurant we both were unsure about eating there due to its unusual storefront/decor. The interior while in pictures looks cute in a shabby chic kind of manner on the internet, (Strike 2, picking a restaurant on photos of decor), it looks garish and cheap in person. Still we trudged on and decided to give the food ago.

Our server gave us a semi frozen bottle of Pelligrino and didn't offer to exchange it until it became quite clear that it was not going to melt. The wine I ordered was atrocious for the price, and I was shocked due to the price as well as the variety of the wine. After it opened a bit it was drinkable, and I know I maybe should have said something but I didn't think another bottle would fix the problem.

Now for the food. Apparently the chef has designed the menu with the thought in mind that for 2 you should order 2 appetizers, 2 mains, and one pasta in order to be full. Now I am not one to scoff at small portions as that is the riga ma roll for fine dining, but this was certainly a bit ludicrous. The food however was tasty if maybe not worth the price.

Strike 3 for this place was the fact that the chef kept coming out and serving food as well as just sizing up the dining room. This made me really uncomfortable as I do not enjoy being analyzed as I ate.

Furthermore, they seemed to be a bit put off by my husband and I's ages. We are a young couple, which I would think would be vital to a restaurant's success. This establishment, however, seems to enjoy catering to the geriatric set, and this is by no means an exaggeration. They were literally fawning all over every elderly woman in the restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

I took my husband here based on the buzz of Scarpetta. We had not been to that restaurant (Strike 1, I know) but on the recommendations of that eatery from friends we decided to try this place out.

When we got to the restaurant we both were unsure about eating there due to its unusual storefront/decor. The interior while in pictures looks cute in a shabby chic kind of manner on the internet, (Strike 2, picking a restaurant on photos of decor), it looks garish and cheap in person. Still we trudged on and decided to give the food ago.

Our server gave us a semi frozen bottle of Pelligrino and didn't offer to exchange it until it became quite clear that it was not going to melt. The wine I ordered was atrocious for the price, and I was shocked due to the price as well as the variety of the wine. After it opened a bit it was drinkable, and I know I maybe should have said something but I didn't think another bottle would fix the problem.

Now for the food. Apparently the chef has designed the menu with the thought in mind that for 2 you should order 2 appetizers, 2 mains, and one pasta in order to be full. Now I am not one to scoff at small portions as that is the riga ma roll for fine dining, but this was certainly a bit ludicrous. The food however was tasty if maybe not worth the price.

Strike 3 for this place was the fact that the chef kept coming out and serving food as well as just sizing up the dining room. This made me really uncomfortable as I do not enjoy being analyzed as I ate.

Furthermore, they seemed to be a bit put off by my husband and I's ages. We are a young couple, which I would think would be vital to a restaurant's success. This establishment, however, seems to enjoy catering to the geriatric set, and this is by no means an exaggeration. They were literally fawning all over every elderly woman in the restaurant.

Pros: Tasty Food

Cons: Inflated Prices, Nosy Chefs, Horrendous Wine List

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This small Italian eatery on the Upper East Side is bedecked in a smart but minimalist fashion, which puts more emphasis on the above-average fare and friendly service. The menu successfully walks that fine line between simple and elevated…

 

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