Dined here before going to the Metropolitan Opera a few blocks away. To be honest, we would have loved to dined at the Met itself, but prices and dress code were game breakers for us.
Anyway, Il Violino is a very cozy spot - seems that tables in the window are in high demand, but honestly, we don't really care for views of the U.S. Postal Service across the street and people walking past looking at your meal. We 'lucked out' and sat in one of these tables. It was fine.
Food was well done and reasonably priced for the neighborhood. We started off with the Caprice, which was a combo of mozzarella and tomato slices with a wonderful pesto sauce. We both had the Caesar salad which was very good, and included small capers - a nice twist on the classic salad. I settled for the tried and true spaghetti in pomodoro sauce - not in Scarpetta's league, but quite tasty nonetheless. A special fresh pappardelle with salmon was quite nice, but heavy on the pasta and light on the fish.
Service very pleasant and efficient.
Wine pours generous and inexpensive.
Would come again when in the area.
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