Il Casale- Belmont

Il Casale- Belmont

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.ilcasalebelmont.com/
  • Phone: 6172094942
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Friday and Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bar Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm Sunday & Monday: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm Sfizi menu available at the bar after 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire with us about our private party options.
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Kanter 6174974219

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Concord Ave
  • Public Transit: Bus #84 coming from Harvard Square arrives right in Belmont Center.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available on street and in the lot behind Macy's.
A word from Il Casale- Belmont
Il Casale is located in the heart of Belmont at 50 Leonard Street. Acclaimed Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Damian and Filippo, the team behind the celebrated Restaurant Dante in Cambridge, have joined forces once again to bring rustic, authentic Italian cuisine to their hometown. The cucina Italiana, which is housed in Belmont’s historic firehouse, offers a beautiful brick patio, white marble bar, and barnwood tables for a unique and enjoyable dining experience. Il Casale is open Monday through Sunday. For reservations and more information please call 617-209-4942 or log on to www.ilcasalebelmont.com. “I loved a lot of restaurants this year, wantonly and casually, and then I moved on. il Casale was one I loved seriously; it’s a keeper. Chef Dante de Magistris and his family hit this one out of the park.” - Devra First, Boston Globe
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Il Casale- Belmont reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (111)fit for foodies (97)special occasion (63)romantic (47)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (33)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (27)notable wine list (26)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Delicioso
    theartofeatingVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The service was friendly and professional and the food was outstanding. My date and I share everything, the cheese plate, the polenta (delicioso!!), and the fish entree. I would go here again and again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal.
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We come to Il Casale whenever we can get a reservation. It's always a great meal, the service is unbelievable and you are never rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An off Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were a bit disappointed by our visit on Friday evening. Our reservation was on the late side(8:45pm). Our table was ready, but for some reason, our waiter was not on top of our table, nor was the bus staff. We waited over 5 minutes for our water to be fill. Our waiter was nice and a seasoned waiter, but for some reason was not on top of our table. We had two teenagers with us, but this was no excuse. We had to track him down to order refills on our beverages, items needed at our table, etc.. Just not a top night performance by this server. He was engaged in a party of 10 seated next to us and another table of 4, but this was no excuse for what happened to us. We will go back as it's a wonderful place and a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As I get older, I find myself more aware of noise levels and the difficulty they pose when conversing with one's dining companions. This is an issue at Il Casale. Very good food, nice wine list, friendly and attentive service, but hard to hear everyone in our party of five. A carpet on the concrete floor would help a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hhwdsfarnsworthVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have not been here for a few years and our experience was just as pleasant as previously. Excellent food, very attentive and informed wait staff, and a nice room (converted firehouse). It tends to pretty noisy which can make conversation across the table harder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Wedding Anniversary
    GiantDiners
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I reserved a table here for my 2nd Wedding anniversary. I went here a year ago for my birthday and enjoyed the food tremendously. This time I tried something new and went for the catch of the day and had "Amberjack", which I had seen on sport fishing shows, but had never eaten one. It was cooked so well and was fresh for that kind of fish. I have been a fisherman since I was 3 so I know the difference between an old fish and a fresh fish. Funny enough even my wife liked it and she doesn't eat, but two other fish that I know of. Her pasta dinner was good as well. The been and wine selection was very good. We received a complementary prosecco since I mentioned our anniversary on the reservation. That was a nice bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    schutzie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The waitstaff recognized i wanted to be served, even when the rest of my family had not yet arrived. They were friendly, attentive and prompt. the food was terrific and every morsel was gobbled down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tastes like Italy
    foodluverVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been here twice and both times were pretty stellar. It's located in Belmont center, which is cute and cozy. Inside the decor is a mixture of rustic wooden tables and dramatic green curtains hung on the walls. It is often busy, so go early. The real reason to go to this place is the food. It truly tastes like Italy (I have been to Italy twice.) The food is simple, fresh and done right. I actually would probably be willing to pay more, considering the quality of the food. Drinks are good to. The service is friendly, but not to obtrusivve. It is a wonderful, casually elegant place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great take in Belmont
    seekingsuburbanspots
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Super menu of Italian specialties, lots of choices for vegetarians as well (this surprised me). I had the Sicilian roast chicken and my date had the chicken parmigiana -- all perfectly done. Also, we tried the arancini appetizer: superb! Great wine selection. Overall: a bit on the pricey side, but nicely prepared plates, and appropriate for a special occasion. Decor is amazing (converted firehouse). I felt like I was in Italy for a little while!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stunning as usual
    MickVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Belmont Townies and newbies cannot believe that a restaurant as good as Il Casale has landed in our midst. Our Sunday night dinner, less crowded than usual, featured our favorite waiter, sophisticated but not at all off-putting, older guy, friendly, funny, attentive, who remembered us; a younger person, and others. great, great food; ample portions, even the smaller size; wonderful beer and wine lists, just a fun place with great food and service. Menu changes often, though old favorites remain, but try something new. You'll probably like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was ok, food was overpriced and not very good. I had the rack of lamb, very salty and hardly any meat, mostly fat! My friend had the veal which she said was good but also very salty. Even the salad wasn't very good. Very disappointed with the entire meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A touch of excellence
    sayThatAGAINVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    How great to go to a local restaurant and find imaginative fare and decor! Always very good to excellent; and they know how to pour a drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A WONDERFUL TOUCH OF ITALY
    CwjeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant was perfect in every way! The food fabulous and authentically Italian!!!! The service was extraordinary! Our server, Fabrizio, was marvelous in explaining the dishes and in his care of us. The ambiance clean, refreshing and lovely. The acoustics were great for such a large room. We recommend this delightful restaurant which is true to the Italian cuisine. 5 STARS for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - not so good service
    DebraFrances
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    i found the wait staff to be friendly, but not attentive enough. Perhaps they were too busy. The restaurant was crowded. I could have easily ordered a second glass of wine if they had asked prior to me completing my dinner. I also think the dinner came out too quickly after the appetizers and salad. The noise level was too high. It was more than energetic. It was difficult to hear everyone at the table. Salad was excellent and they split it which was nice. Everyone's meal was good although the pasta dishes were a bit on the small side. I plan on trying it again to see if we get better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely until it went south
    ADMWFM
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a 6 pm reservation for myself, my mother & my 2 sisters. My wedding was 1 week away, and I figured Il Casale would be perfect for a celebratory dinner after my last dress fitting. I called day of to let the restaurant know it was a very special dinner for us. Food was great - we ordered a bottle of wine, salads, 4 entrees, coffees, and 4 desserts. As we sat happily sipping our coffees, an unfamiliar waiter came and asked if we needed anything else. At the SAME moment a male manager approached from the other side and essentially said we had been there long enough. We were appalled. It had been less than 3 hours and we spent $300 there moments earlier. I was also humiliated, having booked the place - horrible end to a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan made possible
    Diana
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In-laws in town who love meat. We vacationed with them in Italy a couple of years ago so wanted to share the experience at Il Casale. We weren't disappointed. In-laws loved the rack of lamb. We, recently converted from vegetarian to vegan, were deliciously drenched in pasta with tomato sauce and basil and chicory with raisins. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place, but aloof staff
    Tuck95
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Stopped in for a late dinner last week. The food was good, but the hostess and wait staff seemed somewhat bothered by our presence. Very uninspired service. Food was great, so it's a shame.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip
    ArlingtonFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our first experience at this lovely restaurant- attentive waiter with true italian accent, lovey menu, romantic atmosphere, only complaint was noise level due to high ceilings and brick facade which somehow adds to the charm except that you might find yourself shouting to be heard. We will definitely go back. Not for anyone who has a hearing loss though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • top notch
    oingoboingo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We enjoy dining out and have visited all the great restaurants in the larger Boston area. Il Casale stands up well against the big guns in Boston and Cambridge. The salumeria was the best I've had in a very long time, the wine was great, the gnocci were lovely, the veal and lamb were very good, and the service was really outstanding. We will undoubtedly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PARTY50
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    50th birthday party for sister, everyone was very accommodating, was able to arrive early to decorate table. Food was delicious, wait staff was awesome. Great place to have a party!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 'il Casale, belmont- review
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The decor was great the food the wait service. Everything top. Fun and delicious. Extra care for the authenticity or the food and waiter communicated half in Italian which not necessary but added to the great experience. All staff support each other. Water glass was never empty. Can't say enough. One minor thing it was so busy that no one ask if we wanted coffee or ' anything' else at the end and couldn't get anyone's attention. But not a issue. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must !!!
    sailor78
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We try to visit IL Casale a few times each summer since we live in Key West during the winter. I also appreciate your gluten free menu. Every meal has been great. Keep doing what you do best. Thank you,Jim McElroy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for a terrific dinner
    CarlT
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our group arrived on a busy Sunday evening. We had prompt service and plenty of information about the restaurant itself and the cuisine from our server. All dishes were excellent and the ability to order half servings made it easy to share different dishes among us. This was a rare place where the side dishes were as good as the main dishes. The polenta with the truffle oil took top honors among the sides. Desserts were also up to the standards of the rest of the meal. Definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Time
    Watertown
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Group of 5 couples celebrating back to school together. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. The support staff was very helpful but did not look like they were having fun. The food was well prepared and hot. Overall very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some high notes, otherwise boring
    NickV
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Prosciutto & Melone appetizer was made great by the addition of burrata. Otherwise, the food here didn't live up to the expectations set by friends who'd been here. The pasta didn't harmonize well with the sauce, and was inconsistently cooked (some mushy, some al dente).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good meal
    FoodSnark
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been to Il Casale a few times and each time our meal is excellent. Plus, there's an Italian gentleman who's served us the last two times and he is a true gem. Makes great recommendations but generally stays away except when needed --- sort of in the old style of waiting tables. The only thing I don't like (and it's so minor) is all the weird fake plants. I feel the architecture of this place is so interesting that the plants are just visual noise. Anyway ... that's just me being super picky. I really like Il Casale a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorites
    vivaitalia1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Yet again, Il Casale was a delight. The food and service never fail in their quality. I always look forward to the gnocchi which I rate highest in the Boston area -- it is real Italian gnocchi, smooth and delicate, not the hard dry lumps that are usually offered as gnocchi in the US. My daughter and I ate outside -- it was so much quieter than in the restaurant proper. There, the noise level is the only drawback eating here. But everything else -- food, service, wine -- are always top-notch. I no longer live in town but manage to eat at Il Casale every time I get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent as always. Angelo, our waiter is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful first visit
    Leah
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our first time here and it was wonderful. Our waiter was attentive and kind. We were only in for drinks and sat at a small table by the bar. I also appreciated when we were waiting to cash out a manager grabbed our check and cashed us out. (That's one thing I hate is being held up at a resturant when your trying to get out.) would defiantly recommend for dinner and wine or even just apps and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas all around
    TheComputerMedicVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had the meatballs (strangely, beef and pork as separate dishes), gnocchi, burrata, polenta, arancini, and calamari. The polenta with truffle oil was creamy and the real highlight. We would come back for that and try some other dishes. However, the meatballs were good but not special or unique or impressive, just "meatballs." The arancini were good but uninspired. The calamari was like that found at any bar, again nothing special. We will try again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal.
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We go to Il Casale often and are never disappointed. The food is excellent and the service is fantastic. The only drawback is, because of it's popularity, sometimes it's hard to get a reservation. Recommend very highly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, slow service
    CambridgeMom
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We arrived for our 6:30 reservation and ordered cocktails right away. Then we placed our order about 15 minutes later. We shared 3 small plates, ordered salads, and shared a large pasta (primi) dish. The small plates came out right away. The mozzarella and the tuna crudo were delicious. The arancini balls were a little on the dry side. Then we waited for 30 minutes for our salads to come out, and another 15-20 minutes after that for our pasta. I'm really not sure why the salads and the pasta took so long to get out as they were not complicated dishes. We were there on a random Tuesday night and did not expect the service to be so slow. The food is good, but be prepared for a 3 hour meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    rosie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We shared small dishes - the calamari was all breading and tasteless, the arancini was good, not great, the bean/kale side dish was over salted, the greens were ok, the pasta with shrimp and lemon bread crumb was the best part of the meal - quite delicious. The service was painfully slow - they came back 3 times to ask if we wanted more bread. Hungry, we said yes and filled up on a lot of bread. A disappointing experience in general.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful consistent restaurant
    mainelyfood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was probably my 5th visit. Always lovely choices, everything is well prepared, the ambiance is warm and the prices aren't bad. Nice wines, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food close to home
    EAKAZANVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The great food is the reason to come, having Fabrizio as your waiter makes the evening all the better! Find a parking space right in front...almost better than the dessert. A hot spot that transcends all age groups and occasions from birthdays and weeding anniversaries to just a night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much improved
    Sheenabea
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I first came to Il Casale 2 weeks after they first opened ever. I loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious, however, they were still working out the service kinks. We went for my husband's birthday for the first time since then and they did not disappoint! Food was excellent and service was fantastic! I will say, the restaurant is very loud. I think it may just be the way the place is, but, it was very hard to have a conversation while we ate because we could barely hear each other. Our reservation was at 6:30pm. but they sat us as soon as we arrived at 6:05pm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOOD AND SERVICE
    MelbaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    everything about this place yells quality! great food, service spot on cant say anything bad about it at all
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Il Casale
    meme
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Lovely dinner. Best part (for me) of Il Casale is that they have options for smaller portions. This is great for someone with a smaller appetite, or those who want to try several small dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patticake
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had the snapper special and it was excellent, with a beautiful risotto. My husband had the veal scalloping and found it oily. But we enjoyed seeing how a firehouse was turned into a very. Successful restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner at Il Casale
    foodandservice2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been celebrating our anniversary at Il Casale in Belmont, MA ever since it has opened there a few years ago. We went again this year, and had a wonderful experience yet again. We love to eat al fresco, and the restaurant has a wonderful outdoor area. It reminds us of dining in Italy, to be quite honest. There were three of us, since our son had joined us, and we ordered a myriad of different foods, a fine bottle of wine, and a great desert to top it all off. The food was absolutely delicious, and the portions perfect. The service was beyond wonderful, which added so much to our special day. Needless to say we are going back again for our next anniversary as well as in between. We all highly recommend Il Casale in Belmont, MA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.