Visiting New York is a truly unforgettable experience, and there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this vibrant city. From iconic landmarks and world-class museums to endless dining and shopping options, New York has something for everyone. And if you’re looking to indulge in some fine Italian fare during your visit, the newly opened Il Monello is the place to go.
Located at 337 East 49th Street in Manhattan, Il Monello is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike – mostly locals who knew and loved the original Il Monello that closed due to losing their lease several years ago. The new restaurant meets the high expectations of those that have been craving signature dishes.
The menu at Il Monello is filled with classic Italian dishes, including a wide range of antipasti, pasta, and seafood and meat options. The pasta dishes, in particular, are a must-try, with options like the linguini vongole, cacio e pepe, and fettuccine al ragù all making an appearance. The U.S.D.A. Prime Dry Aged steaks are also a highlight, with a variety of cuts to choose from. And for those looking for something sweet, the signature desserts are sure to satisfy.
A Slice of New York Food History
Originally opened in 1974 by Adi Gionvannetti, the NYC staple served Manhattan’s well-heeled and savvy diners with delicious northern Italian cuisine for over three decades, receiving a 3-Star rating from The New York Times. When Giovannetti retired in 2001, the restaurant was entrusted to Steve Haxhiaj, who had worked under Gionvannetti from busboy to waiter and then manager in the decade of his tenure. The restaurant unfortunately closed in 2008 due to losing the lease.
Fourteen years later, Haxhiaj, now a veteran restauranteur and executive chef, Jaime Chabla, has reimagined the well-missed institution. Il Monello brings back some of the acclaimed dishes from the original Il Monello and has added some new dishes from the duo’s experience at Tuscany Steakhouse.
Chef Jaime Chabla is seasoned with over twenty years of experience working in various kitchens across the industry. Jaime originally moved to the United States from Ecuador in 1992, in search for new opportunities. His passion for the restaurant business began with his first job working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. He is now the executive chef at Tuscany Steakhouse where he runs back of house and Haxhiaj runs the front. He works closely with Steve to curate thoughtful menus, where every dish is created from scratch.
In addition to the tasty food, Il Monello also has a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated in a classic Italian style, with a distinct modern European vibe, and a welcoming staff. White tablecloths and cozy seating are upscale, yet not stuffy or pretentious. It’s the perfect balance of excellent service, ambiance, and gastronomy.
Whatever Italian meal you’re in the mood for, Il Monello rates high on local and visitor’s lists alike. Known for its delicious Italian dishes and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.