Carciofi alla Giudia by Chef Paola Bottero from Paola's Restaurant Madison Avenue New York City
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We had the chance to Interview Chef Paola Bottero of Paola’s in Manhattan’s quintessential Carnegie Hill neighborhood. At Paola’s, Chef Bottero’s menu is all about Italian Cuisine that is beloved by locals because it is homemade, true, and sincere. Here’s a little info on Chef Paola Bottero, Paola’s restaurant, and her philosophy on life.

Chef Paola Bottero of Paola's Restaurant Madison Avenue New York City NY

Chef Paola Bottero is the chef and owner of this quintessential New York City restaurant

FE: Tell us a little bit about Paola’s

Paola Bottero:  Paola’s Restaurant bridges 2 worlds mixing traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary, farm fresh ingredients and inventive takes on classic dishes.  Nightly regulars from the neighborhood mix with museum go’ers and city visitors to create a vibrant room where friends, celebrities, and captains of industry mix;  all there to enjoy an ample menu enhanced with extensive daily specials.  Imported Italian ingredients, bounty from American farms, and traditional Italian recipes find each other and delight customers, many of whom return nightly.  I walk the floor with Stefano (my son) greeting our extended “family” and making sure everything is just right – as it’s been for 30 years.

Paola's Restaurant of Chef Paola Bottero in Madison Avenue New York City NY

Paola’s Restaurant at Madison Avenue in New York City

FE: What is your restaurant philosophy? What is the one thing your entire team works towards?

Paola Bottero: At Paola’s we reach for the traditional mix of Italian Hospitality;  a warm and genuine welcome, an excellent meal, and a combination of the expected and the inventive.

FE:  What is your most popular dish?

Paola Bottero: We have many popular dishes that different customers claim is our “signature”, however our Carciofi alla Giudia, which are twice crisped baby artichokes in the style of the Roman Jews, are perhaps our most original and rare dish. It is very hard to find both the correct artichoke prepared in the traditional 2 day method, and people come often seeking “the Roman Roses” as they look when they are prepared.

Carciofi alla Giudia by Chef Paola Bottero from Paola's Restaurant Madison Avenue New York City

The Carciofi alla Giudia is the most popular dish at Paola’s Restaurant

FE: When I go to your bar, what is the one cocktail I must absolutely try?

Paola Bottero: Paola’s has a gracious and welcoming bar where friends love to come meet up and enjoy drinks, a glass of wine and have aperitivi.  Our bartender loves to serve a Negroni, with it’s appetite enhancing taste, and warm glow that matches the decor and the delight of the customer.

FE: What makes you stand out above the rest?

Paola Bottero: Uncompromising standards of primary ingredient quality and hand made, artisanal techniques.

Table Setting at Paola's Restuarant of Chef Paola Bottero in Madison Avenue New York City NY

Table for Two at Paola’s Restaurant

FE: Are there any deals that I should take advantage of when I come by?

Paola Bottero: We serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and are open almost every day of the year.  The biggest value is that our guests receive the quality they pay for, consistently, and to their delight.  We have outdoor dining in warm weather and also deliver and do catering for private parties.

If you’d like to have a taste of Chef Paola Bottero’s cuisine at home, check out her delightful Puntarelle Salad or her Cavalo Nero Salad. Both are easy to make and incredibly tasty.

Paola’s Restaurant is located at 1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 794-1890

Hours of Operation: Lunch, dinner, brunch: 11 am – 10 pm

Dress Code: Neighborhood elegant or business

Price Range: Appetizers $12-20, entrees $24-46

Payment Options: All credit cards and house accounts

Nearby Landmarks: Museum Mile, Cooper Hewitt, The Jewish Museum, The Guggenheim, Central Park, The Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, 92nd Street Y, Hunter College High School, Meredith Palmer Gallery, the Russian Consulate.

Awards Received

  • Barilla Master Chef Award
  • Accademia Italiana della Cucina
  • OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award – several years
  • Trip Advisor Award of Excellence
  • Italian American Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Award
  • Gruppo Restauratori Italiano
  • James Beard Honoree

Have you been there? Leave a review and check to see if there are Paola’s coupons for your next visit.

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Chef Ken

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A chef by profession, a foodie at heart. He's been passionate about food and cooking since he was young. He is the online Community Manager of FriendsEAT.
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