Il Tinello Plans New Location In Former Grifone Space

After 37 years of successful operation, Il Tinello is developing a brand new expansion.
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One of Midtown West’s favorite Italian restaurants is opening a brand new location on the East side.

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Il Tinello is a classic, old school Italian restaurant that has been in operation at 16 West 56th Street for over 37 years. The restaurant was established by owner Mario Fabris in 1985, and blends 37 years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking, providing a rich experience in a traditional, upscale Italian setting. The restaurant offers fresh, home made pastas, regional ingredients, and a diverse wine list boasting vintages from across the many regions of Italy.

Today, Mario Fabris has since retired, and the restaurant is now operated by owners Johhny Goci and Ben Celaj, who took over in 2011. Together, the two have preserved the spirit of the restaurant and maintain the same sense of tradition that has been inspiring Il Tinello since 1985. The restaurant’s name translates to “little dining room”, and the space is well known for offering guests an intimate and personal experience, seasonally adjusting its menu to bring in fresh, new ingredients.

Now, Goci and Celaj are developing plans to bring Il Tinello and its 37 years of tradition to a brand new location in Midtown East. The new Il Tinello will be opening up at 244 East 46th Street, moving into the space that was previously occupied by Grifone. Grifone was a long-standing Italian restaurant that was also established in 1985, but sadly closed last year in response to the global pandemic. The location offers enough space to seat about 60-70 guests as well as a small bar.

At the moment, the team is in the process of acquiring a full liquor license for the new space, and are proposing operating hours of 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM every day, seven days a week. At the moment, there are no plans to establish any outdoor or sidewalk dining. While the team is still a few months away from debuting their new location, you can check out the original Il Tinello at 16 West 56th street to get a taste of what’s to come.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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