Il Tesoro is one of those hidden gems in NYC. The first time we went it was due to a Groupon that we had purchased we have been back twice since then. The ambiance is old world Italian in candlelight. The service is warm and welcoming every time we have been. I love Italian food already but this food is amazingly delicious! Even Jon loves it and he is not always the biggest fan of Italian.


Our favorite starter is the fritto misto. The calamari, scallop and shrimp are lightly battered, golden and delicious. My best-loved entree so far was the linguine frutti da mare. I love the sauce, the seafood and the pasta is cooked al dente just the way I like it. This is a dish I will be back for!


As for Jon, he orders the same dish each and every time we go to Il Tesoro. He absolutely loves the brasato di short ribs. I have to admit I tried this dish the first time we dined there and I love it to. The short ribs are tender and the gnocchi is cooked to perfection. I can see why he always orders it!


Of course we save room for dessert which is always the creme brulee. Always good but I have never met a creme brulee I did not love. I am sure the other desserts are good too! If you are in NYC this restaurant is on my MUST VISIT list especially is you love Italian like I do!! Where do you like to spend your date nights?

Il Tesoro
Address: 1578 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY 10028
Phone:(212) 861-9620