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Centolire

1167 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10028
nr. 86th St.
212-734-7711

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

57% would go back.

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Spare yourself the ignominy

By mdnewyork on 4/10/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I was in the restaurant in March 2012 and was astounded by how bad the service was and how short-sighted the manager on duty was. Long story short, my husband and I took several friends out for a celebratory brunch. One of the servers poured water for a guest and somehow knocked over another guests glass of sparkling wine. Her solution for remedying the situation was to offer us another glass of sparkling wine (we had purchased a bottle). The wine got all over a guests suit jacket and another guest's sweater. When I got the bill we were charged for everything. There was no adjustment for the dry cleaning, the inconvenience, the embarrassment, nothing. When I asked for the manager he bartered up to being able to take $5 off of our bill because, he told me, in his neighborhood in Queens, dry-cleaning a men's suit cost $5. Seriously.

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38 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

Great food, from appetizer to dessert

By Polina11 on 4/6/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Amazing food and not expensive. You can feel the chef's dedication. Nice ambiamce too. We'll be back!

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44 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Nice location, all the rest .... very bad

By jmfernan on 7/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Great location on the Upper East Side. We went there after a visit to the Guggenheim. We had a table upstairs. We knew the prices were expensive but, we hoped, according to the quality of the food. We prepared if not for a great lunch at least for a nice one. Regretfully this was not the case. The service was lousy. Definitely she didnt seem to like her job. The food .... well, first of all, its a very bad thing when you ask for a couple of menu items and they are not available. After waiting a lot of time finally we were served. The food was completely uninspiring. I know very well the Italian cuisine. My grandparents were Italians and Ive been in that beautiful country numberless times. Believe me, any common trattoria on any Italian place would be ashamed of food like that. La fettina di manzo could have been any other thing. No distinctive flavor. To add insult to a painful experience they pretended to add to my bill a twenty per cent gratuity in spite I hadnt instruct them to add the gratutiy. .And to make it more annoying they calculated the percentage not over the price but over the price plus taxes. Something very important: we didnt notice anyone who could be identified as a regular customer. Now I understand why. Jose Maria

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55 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

Nice Upper East Italian

By rajbhatia76 on 5/13/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Good Wine...excellent Mozzarella...acceptable Spaghetti...nice ambiance...We will go back

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41 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

Recommended

By BudSlicker on 8/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food was authentic and good. The server was professional, everything went right. The decor was not my style, but looked suitably Italian.

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84 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

never again

By vadimr on 6/23/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

the decor was fine but the food embarassingly bad. i had a monkfish which was literally inedible. the substitute veal was almost as bad, the pasta average at best and the dessert about the same. never again

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248 out of 490 people found this review helpful.

Elegant Upper East Sider

By elennas on 2/9/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

A warm rustic feel with upscale italian cuisine, a helpful waitstaff and a nice wine list. Recommend.

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354 out of 712 people found this review helpful.

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