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Il Tesoro

1578 First Ave. (E. 82nd St.) Send to Phone
212-861-9620 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Upscale Italian cuisine on the Upper East Side.

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Il Tesoro Restaurant Review

: This upscale Italian restaurant doesn’t seem like a natural fit for First Avenue and E. 82nd Street. Move it over a few blocks toward Central Park and it would be well-suited to the wealthy section of the neighborhood. But its unlikely location makes it all the more charming. The menu doesn’t always rely on the simplicity inherent in Italian cuisine. Instead, chef A.J. Black shows off his prowess in the kitchen with dishes like short rib gnocchi with a leek reduction, or cheese-and-spinach-stuffed duck. The massive Tuscan steak is done just right (and it’s big enough for a small family) and the pasta dishes are ultimately satisfying (the saffron-laced risotto is a winner). The wine list, naturally, skews toward Italy, featuring a lot of good Super Tuscans and Barolos.
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