Elio's on the UES
i think it succeeds in a similar way as il mulino. the food is american/italian, red sauce etc. all fresh, pretty good. however, overall as with il mulino it does not deserve all the praise it gets. i think it is one of the biggest celebrity joints in nyc.... i have been there 3 times and each time there were multiple celebs. my buddy is a much bigger fan than i am of elios. it is worth a trip, but not worth all the hype..