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Fascino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fascinorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (973) 233-0350
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Ryan DePersio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove Street
  • Public Transit: Lackawanna Train Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.
A word from Fascino
Fascino, the brainchild of celebrity Chef Ryan DePersio and his family, is a study in modern Italian food, coined "Italian without borders." Ryan's unique approach is apparent, showcasing his years with world renowned chefs Jean Georges Vongrichten and David Bouley. Achieving a Zagat food rating of 26, it states, a "consistent" "favorite" for its "elegant", "innovative" interpretations of "traditional" dishes (and his mom's "alluring" desserts). Eleven years and going strong, Fascino has been renovated, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has a newly expanded menu.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "All dishes were fantastic...octopus, pasta, fish and of course the pork chop! Service was great to include the handling of the wines."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Came to celebrate our anniversary. Staff and management very attentative and friendly. Put a candle on our desert and gave us an anniversary card. Food was very tasty"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 7th anniversary with a wonderful dinner at Fascino's. Crab cake on roasted beet and celery root salad was delicious although the "super lump" description was a bit of a misnomer (it's hard to impress my Eastern Shore MD native husband). I had the Ramp crusted halibut on baby carrot and English pea risotto which was perfectly cooked. My husband's filet mignon was also just the right doneness but a bit underseasoned. We shared a yummy warm blueberry bread pudding with a special request side of chocolate sauce for dessert. They surprised us with anniversary wishes decorated on the plate and a thoughtful handwritten note from the owner."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had our 2nd anniversary dinner at Fascino the other night and the food and service were amazing. They even brought us a complimentary dessert with "Happy 2nd Anniversary" written on the plate in chocolate. Love it here!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We have always loved the food which is wonderfully prepared and full of intense flavors. We started with fresh oysters on the shell (Wellfleet) and a foie gras that aromatic and melt in your mouth. For primo, we shared the beef and taleggio home made ravioli, nothing better than home made ravioli with this delectable gravy. My husband had the barramundi and I had the scallops -- both perfectly prepared and with wonderful intense flavor. There are many dishes on the menu that I/we are dying to try. We will return soon."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Fascino's menu has different selections than other restaurants. The dishes we choose had interesting presentations along with delicious flavor."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Presentation of all courses was only surpassed by the wonderful taste of the food. The service impeccable. Make Fascino a destination!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "All around very nice dinning experience! One of the top restaurants in New Jersey!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fascinios was a wonderful experience - from the amazingly fresh oysters to the decadent dessert. The ambiance and decor was romantic and the wait staff was very professional without being obnoxious. I would highly recommend it for a special occasion as the cost was on the high side for a BYOB."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is our second time dining here and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The food was fabulous and the service was impeccable. We will be going back as this has become one of our favorite locations for dining. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Fascino was one of the original "very good" restaurants in Montclair, and the retooled menu sounds amazing. It just isn't that great in reality. Duck foie gras ravioli was tough, a beet salad had an incredibly bitter taste, octopus too chewy. Over labored service, too much explanation, too many references to Chef Ryan ... and I'm not going to instagram the food with custom hashtags. If you've had seriously good food, this does not measure up at all. Sad, truly wanted to be wowed."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My first experience at Fascino recommended by a friend was wonderful. It was my boyfriend birthday and I wanted to take him someplace special. I picked the perfect place. We had a fabulous meal and the service was impeccable! "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant because they usually have the best tasting food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fascino's is as good as (if not better) any high end Italian in NYC. The food is always superb, the ingredients fresh, presentation is fantastic. Incredible desserts and always a very attentive staff to serve your every need! My wife and I have been coming for years and will continue to do so. :)"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The Polenta Frites and Arancini were a bit over-cooked. Ricotta Gnocchi melted in your mouth! Rigatoni with mushrooms was delicious. Sea bass and branzino were scrumptious with unusual yet delicious accompaniments. Desserts were equally good - seasonal spin on typical favorites. Service was extremely good and attentive. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Had dinner there mid-week and the food was excellent. Portions were the right size. You cannot beat a BYOB with great food. Would have liked more meat selections but the Skirt steak was very good and my friend enjoyed the scallops. We split two gnocchi and pappardelle as appetizers. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Walter's suggestions were spot on. Highly recommend the foie grois...incredible. The halibut with ramp butter and spring pea risotto also outstanding. Plus , they have a wine menu available if you forgot that it's a BYOB , that delivers within 5 minutes. Great food , great service , and great ambiance !!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Clearly very innovative and creative - Fascino has an intriguing menu, outstanding food, and solid service. Definitely for foodies out there, with creative uses of octopus and sea bass and pork. It is a bit pricey but everything seems fresh and again it is very edgy . The location on Bloomfield Avenue is easy to find though potentially difficult for parking (we were there on a Tuesday nite so not an issue the occasion was my wife's birthday whcih they had made note of and tastefully celebrated with a great dessert presentation (a plate outlined with her name on the edge and birthday wishes). We will definitely try to come back."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Appetizers were very good. Soft Shell Crab app was Amazing Dinner was very tasteful. Dishes are not huge but enough. Service was great, everybody was very helpful and super nice. Good BYOB spot "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The menu has a nice variety of options from appetizers for the table to a vegetarian tasting menu. The best dishes we tried were the gnocchi and the scallop crudo. Both were light and flavorful. The prices are reasonable and it's a BYOB. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Fine in every way: great service, beautifully renovated space, not noisy and most importantly the food was made with love. It was a special birthday dinner and Fascino delivered, right down to the complimentary plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate script. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Literally every appetizer and entree was spectacular. Incredible flavors coming together and food cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I just love Fascino. The menu changes seasonally and the level of quality and consistency is extremely high. I had a ramp crusted halibut on a bed of heavenly spring pea risotto and my husband had black bass on fresh asparagus and I believe asparagus puree. We shared a deconstructed ceasar salad to start, a super crisp romaine stock each with a lemony vinaigrette and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. Given an endless budget of both cash and calories I would be there once every two weeks:)."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Always great food and always fantastic attentive service!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Way too often a restaurant has a reputation that it does not deserve. This is one of them. When we can cook better tasting food, we find the restaurant a waste of time and money. Limited menu, lack of creativity."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I can"t say enough about the great service. We were late for our reservation and had tickets for an event in the area, and as soon as we walked into the restaurant the owner asked if we were going to an event this evening. She assured us we would get there on time. I have to say, I didn't feel rushed and got to the event on time. And had an amazing meal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I were quite impressed. The food (marscapone polenta fries, ricotta gnocchi, panchetta wrapped bronzini, and buttermilk baked chicken) was delicious! The staff was very attentive. BYOB is always nice. I'm looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very attractive, elegant, and quaint dining room. Service was spot on. Only complaint, food was a bit under-seasoned, but hardly unpleasant."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had low expectations for Fascino- for years I had been wanting to go there, but was always turned off by the nondescript facade. The minute I stepped in the door I wished I had gone sooner- it was wonderful. Everything we had was excellent. Truly one of the best restaurants in NJ. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We have dined here many times since it first opened but this was our first since the remodeling. The menu is still limited. We weren't warned about the intensity of spice on the tuna tartare and the rest of the meal was lackluster. This was an anniversary dinner which fell short of our expectations."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "After hearing about Fascino's numerous times from friends we decided to try it. Our waiter (Tony) was very nice and knowledgeable. We shared the evening special, veal stuffed ravioli as an appetizer and it was delicious.. A delicate ravioli stuffed with chunks of veal and a wonderful light brown sauce and freshly grated cheese. My wife ordered the marsala glazed duck breast entrée. It was cooked perfectly and the marsala sauce was absolutely delicious. I ordered the fennel-dusted scallops with prawns. The scallops were perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. For desert we shared the warm fuji apple crostata that was amazing. We plan on returning again and believe the restaurant is worthy of the accolades and good reviews it has received."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Fascino is, hands down, our favorite restaurant. It never disappoints! The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable, and my wife and I can actually have a conversation without having to raise our voices. As is typical in Montclair, it is BYOB, which keeps the bill affordable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to try Fascino based on great reviews and location. We had reason to celebrate and wanted somewhere a notch above where we may normally choose. The food was excellent and fresh but we both found the choices limited and there was that something special just missing we had hoped for. Love that it is a byob and service is excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "New favorite restaurant. Everything on the menu looked wonderful making it difficult to make a decision. Had oysters, and beef carpaccio for appetizers. Awesome. Then we had the lamb and marinated duck as entrees. Very tasty. The desert sampler is to die for. Service was impeccable. The meal was timed perfectly. Overall an excellent decision to go and would highly recommend this restaurant to others. Go and enjoy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Since our last visit the restaurant remodeled and changed the menu. The rooms are rather unexciting and there is little buzz. The back room is particularly dark and uninviting. There are fewer options for people who prefer light, vegetarian dishes, and little that is vegan. Courses seem heavier, as do desserts. The service was spotty, servers often seen chatting rather than checking water, refilling wine glasses, or checking on satisfaction. But the food was well-prepared and plentiful. We used to go for special evenings. This was a pedestrian one."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I thought just OK. Not great. I had heard it was outstanding, but my wife and I didn't think so. The portions were small, but the service was great. I didn't like that you had to use your credit card to obtain a reservation. Also, finding a place to park was difficult. I think there are better restaurants in the area. I probably won't go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Modern, inventive Italian flare. I wish I could eat more food, wanted to order everthing. great cavetelli with mushrooms and melty cheese, ravioli with short ribs and truffle oil, pancetta wrapped fish, chili spiced pork chop , caramel sauce and zeppolis for dessert. Yum!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We came to Fascino on the recommendation of an Italian friend, as our son's girlfriend is partial to Italian food. We had a wonderful experience. The food was exquisite, to the point where we all ordered dessert even though we were absolutely stuffed. I had the lamb chops, beautifully prepared and cooked to perfection, and the gnocchi were out of this world. We shared appetizers--they were all delectable. The service was fabulous--unobtrusive, gentile, extremely helpful. We loved the leather booths. It was a relaxing, memorable evening and we will definitely return. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went to Fasciano for the first time this weekend and loved it! The food was excellent, with every choice on the menu so good it was hard to choose. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Service was seemless. The fact that it's BYOB was a plus. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Brought my boyfriend for a birthday dinner with friends. The servers were very attentive to us. We brought champagne to dinner which they took to chill right away. When I called ahead to confirm the reservation, they told me they would prepare a birthday plate, but also surprised my boyfriend with a birthday card. The entire evening was absolutely wonderful. Loved the atmosphere here. I would definitely come here again."
    Dined on 3/12/2014