For an authentic Italian experience travel to 1578 First Avenue on New York City’s Upper East Side to find IL Tesoro Restaurant. Transforming the venue to its former Primavera glory as well as the creating new Italian cuisine is Chef/Restaurateur A.J. Black’s specialty.
With successful ventures in Martha’s Vineyard and Florida their New York namesake has already become a neighborhood hot spot. Chef Black's spin on taking old favorites with a modern day twist is making the restaurant a popular Upper East Side addition.
Featuring a rustic yet warm atmosphere guests will enjoy a timeless elegance composed with a contemporary style. Diners will notice the eatery’s attention to detail with red and gold menus, marble columns and old-iron gates housing the wine cellar. Start the service with a glass of wine from their extensive list while ordering appetizers.
For a hot appetizer sample one of the Antipasto Caldo. Popular selections include the Scallops Antica and Lobster Agrodolce. The seared scallops are finished in a blood orange balsamic reduction served over grilled oranges, radicchio and endive while the Sicilian rosemary sweet and sour lobster tail is plated with a tomato salad. A glass or bottle of Cortese di Gavi pairs perfectly with the first course.
Moving through the menu it’s time for the signature entrees. The Duck Braciole is a stuffed duck breast with spinach and Scamorza cheese in a Barolo wine and wild mushroom sauce served over a creamy risotto confit. A second selection is the Braised Short Ribs with fresh gnocchi in a light caramelized leek sauce. A Veneto Palazzo della Torre complements the main course.
Guests who have the good fortune of having Ian Kostrzewsky as their server are in for a real treat as his welcoming demeanor and culinary knowledge creates an enjoyable evening. Put yourself in his capable hands and he will deliver a delicious dining experience.
Save room for Chef Black’s indulgent desserts as the White Chocolate Cream Brulee or the moist Tiramisu provides a decadent ending.
Diners seeking a unique spot to celebrate a birthday or special occasion the restaurant’s downstairs party room comfortable seats thirty-five and can host private parties. Whether it's time for a party, an intimate night or dinner out with friends IL Tesoro is serving guests a good time.