From Our Editors
Classic Old-Country traditions thrive at Tello's Ristorante, which embraces the cooking as well as the charm of a homespun Italian trattoria. The chefs glaze al dente pastas with sauces featuring everything from classic tomato and basil to a hint of saffron. Eggplant parmigiana, breaded veal cutlets, and grilled salmon with capers, olives, and lemon help complete the menu of familiar comfort foods. Additionally, Tello's Ristorante features a curated wine list that includes bottles from Italy, France, and the malbec-spewing geysers of Argentina.
- The restaurant takes its name from Alonso Tello—its head chef.
- Tello's Ristorante opened in 1999, although the decor draws inspiration from a slightly older era.
- Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, a vintage soda machine, black-and-white photographs, and a jukebox playing Sinatra's greatest hits surround diners as they eat.
- Antipasti platters can include healthy portions of imported Italian meats.
- The restaurant's signature entree is the braised braciole, which arrives stuffed with prosciutto, parmesan, garlic, and bread crumbs and accompanied by a side of gnocchi.