After serving Italian food to uptowners for 41 years, Angelo Vivolo’s Vivolo has closed its doors at 140 East 74th St. near Lexington Avenue. A sign posted outside the restaurant announces the closure but does not provide any details for why it’s closing. The phone number is no longer in service, and Eater NY has reached out for more information.
Update: Angelo Vivolo issued a statement to Eater NY, saying he hopes to stay in the restaurant industry by consulting or finding a location for new restaurant. “Unfortunately to be profitable is difficult with present conditions,” he writes. “It is very difficult for a neighborhood restaurant of 40 years plus like mine to survive.”
Vivolo opened in 1977 in a townhouse on the Upper East Side, serving old-school northern Italian food in an early 20th century uptown setting with mahogany walls, fireplaces, and white tablecloths. It was the kind of place with longtime neighborhood regulars, open for lunch and dinner with a menu that changed seasonally and was heavy on pasta dishes and meaty entrees like a pork shank and grilled veal chop.
Vivolo’s sister restaurant, the more casual Cucina Vivolo located next door at 138 East 74th St. is also listed as permanently closed on Google, and a second Midtown East location of Cucina Vivolo at 222 East 58th St., between Second and Third avenues has also been closed for a few years. The Vivolo Restaurant Group also owned the LES Italian trattoria Bruschetteria, which shuttered in 2013.