Il Palio
Il Palio

Il Palio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilpalioct.com/
  • Phone: (203) 944-0770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 2:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Margherita Aloi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Private Party Facilities: Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners attend to every detail, anticipating our guests needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chef can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.
  • Private Party Contact: Adrian Gjonbalaj, Manager 2039440770
  • Entertainment: Karoake every Thursday evening. Happy hour 1/2 price drinks.
    Live Jazz every Friday evening. Happy hour 1/2 price drinks.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bridgeport Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking.
A word from Il Palio
Il Palio was named after the race held each summer in Siena, Italy. Created with a passion, the restaurant has been exquisitely designed and beautifully finished with materials from all over the world. No stone was left unturned and time was not a factor in finding exactly what was required to make the "vision" a reality. The atmosphere created is one of quiet comfort in surroundings reminiscent of an Italian villa. The friendly and courteous staff, the outstanding food, and the efficient service all contribute to the ambiance felt by those who visit the restaurant. Il Palio's fine Tuscan cuisine is a pleasing combination of the highest-quality ingredients and the caring preparation by chefs who take pride in the dishes they present. Like the race in Siena, Il Palio is creating lasting impressions.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Il Palio reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)romantic (23)fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (19)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Amare Il Palio!
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Il Palio is a gorgeous restaurant, with an amazing menu (food and beverages) + simply wonderful staff / team there! I highly recommend this restaurant and suggest asking for Claudio who has been with Il Palio for 8 of their 14 years. Thank you for a spectacular dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing local spot
    Hunter
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    In a place I would never expect to find such a nice restaurant. The food was flawless and worth what I would call a reasonably high price, definitely worth every penny. My only complaints would be that the entrees took only what I can assume is an unusually long time to come out. (We were apologized too by several staff) However, it was so good, I couldn't be upset about it. Also the waiter who took our order misspoke when giving us the specials (as well as to another table) and referred to the swordfish as sole, then when asked about it corrected the customer (both us and another table, implying we had misheard...). Not a big deal, but somewhat laughable that he did it twice (at least) to two different tables. The maitre d' was very friendly and welcoming and was sure to check up on us, as well as all the other guests. The place was very nice aesthetically as well, though I kept staring at the odd "Guess jeans" t-shirt on someone painted on the wall... Only complaint about the space would be that the seating didn't feel very private and the tables were arranged in such a way that you almost felt like you were sitting next to the other guests in a way if they were at an adjacent table and had to listen to every word they said (doesn't lend itself to being romantic or anything). All that said, it was fantastic, and I will recommend it to anyone asking for a restaurant destination and returning again as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Not Great!
    Superb
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We recently celebrated a birthday and found the restaurant to be very welcoming. It is pretty inside and it was very busy.The service was good although I sensed our waiter was eager for us to order.We were there for a leisurely dinner.The food was disappointing . I had the capallaci and it was to salty to eat.I did not send it back since it would have meant we weren't all eating together.Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meals ,good not great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    LoveGreatDinning
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    First time coming to Il Palio. The atmosphere was exceptional and the service was fantastic. Food was delichous and was continuously spoken to by the head dinning room manager to ensure satisfaction . By far my top experience in recent dinning! A definite recommendation !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very satisfied diner .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant with a great ambience and terrific service. The matre' d was fabulous .The menu was great and our waiter was most attentive. No complaints however the menu did seem a bit limited .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restaurant is a head and a half better than most Italian restaurants! The portions are generous without over-stuffing you, with delectable and subtle treats to be found in all courses of the meal. The service is impeccable and without pretense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Restaurant
    Fussy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant takes great pride in itself. I asked for very specific seating in my reservation and when my party got to there, the maitre d' gave us a choice of tables to out liking. The staff was courteous, attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellently prepared and a treat to eat both aesthetically and taste wise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TERRYVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE WHILE SINCE WE HAVE BEEN TO IL PALIO. IT WAS EVEN BETTER THIS TIME THEN EVER BEFORE, FROM START TO FINSH WAS WONDERFUL. THANK YOU
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was ok but nothing great
    Stubuch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I both thought the food quality was ok but not memorable. We had been to Il Palio a number of times in the past (not in the last 2 years) and it was much better then. Service was also very slow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly Recommend!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food, service, happy vibe- perfect every single time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Suss
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Unique combinations of food on the menu, wonderful service, top notch experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Il Palio
    SJETG
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Il Palio is a great find! It has an excellent restaurant on the main level and the downstairs "Siena Lounge" offers a great place to relax with same excellent food, super atmosphere and more. Just stopped by and discovered a great smooth jazz duo that provided outstanding music and played at a level where you can enjoy your meal, have a few drinks and be able to carry on a conversation. Hats off to Il Palio and I hope they can continue offer this type of musical setting and to let their customers know when they showcase great musical acts.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    live2eat
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food is wonderful but fabulous service makes the entire experience even better! Thank you to dining room manager, Adrian and to our server, Kevin, for making our "girls" night out a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food, as always, was excellent, however, I had requested a table in a quiet corner and the room I was in was very noisy and it was very hard to have a conversation. One of my guests commented on the excellent, however, did comment on how noisy the room was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had another wonderful experience at Il Palio - the service and food are always "spot on" - great choices for appitizers, main courses - plus specials - and if you have room for dessert - they are great too. My only complaint is that the room is noisy - I wish they could add some "sound system" to absorb" some of the noise - but if you are looking for great service and a wonderful meal, check out Il Palio - you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come For The Food...
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    return for the service! Or is it the other way around? Il Palio is an addictive combination of delicious cuisine and warm, friendly, and spot on excellent service! Thank you again Cliff, Adrian, Elizabeth & Margherita in the kitchen for another perfect dinner out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to Tuscany
    DoctorMarkVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It doesn't get better than Il Patio, from the moment you enter the unique villa architecture to the romantic spacious interior where you are warmly greeted by their staff. The food is northern Italian and absolutely magnifico! The chef prepares superb culinary delights which are very unique and different from your traditional Italian dishes. Staff is warm and hospitable and the restaurant is great for romantic evenings. Prices are moderate and wines very reasonable. We were so delighted and pleased we found this gem in Connecticut while staying in the area.Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    lorciofanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been coming for a number of years but Il Palio has never been better. Margarita continues to surprise us everytime we go with creative specials along with the delicious staples on the menu. No matter what you chose,you cannot go wrong. The cavatelle and sausage is also great and the salad special is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We eat at Il Palio on average about once a month. It never disappoints. It is somewhat expensive for the area but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite
    kpct
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Il Palio is by far our favorite restaurant ! Fantastic menu - changes with the seasons.... service definitely 5 stars !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice meals in upscale location
    boatbuddy2007
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    living just down the street I seldom go to this restaurant but enjoy the experience every time. The price fits the food but is not for those on a budget
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Brought good friends here to our favorite restaurant which was a big hit with them! We were well taken care of by Adrian & Kevin. The food, cocktails, ambience is just perfect. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Palio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service and the food was excellent. We enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special evening in store
    Halibutplus
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    You are welcomed by the host. I believe his name is Adrian. He makes you feel like family. Then continues trough the meal to be sure you are happy. They also have halibut on the menus. A rareity in Connecticut.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining...
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    in a comfortable, "unstuffy " atmosphere! Great food, yummy cocktails, & a staff that truly seems to enjoy what they are doing makes every visit here pure pleasure! Kudos to Kevin, Adrian & every single friendly face at Il Palio that truly makes us feel welcome & special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Seth
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you want a great dinner with spectacular food and service this is the place to go. Dining here is an experience not an event.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Sat for 10 minutes before I received any service; Prix fixe lunch excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 389 reviews are from the Il Palio reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Italian
    BobG
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was our third visit and the food, service and staff were all outstanding as on our prior visits. Worth every minute of the hour drive. The staff is friendly and make you feel welcome. Service was very prompt and attentive without going too far. From the breads to the salads and the pasta - all were the best and freshest quality. My seafood pasta was cooked to perfection with generous amount of seafood, fresh made pasta and a delicate balance of flavor beyond the sophistication of most restaurants. Coffee and deserts were very good as we'll. Best Italian restaurant we know of in CT (or anywhere for that matter). Highly recommended for foodies and special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    quietlunchVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am used to great restaurants in Manhattan and this little gem blow my mind away!!! Everything was phenomenal!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service!!!!
    HR100813
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a party of 5. We all enjoyed drinks at the bar and the very personable friendly bartender. The manager Adrian is extremely professional! The best! He greats every guest personally and checks on the guests a few times during the very nice dining experience. Excellent very professional servers and bus staff. The food is very good to excellent. This restaurant is probably not known by many but it is an outstanding place for dinner. the dining rooms, private rooms decor and atmosphere are very artistic, maybe romantic. great place for couples.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    JeanneAlicia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Located at the edge of a corporate office park this is truly a hidden gem! We were traveling through on vacation and chose Il Palio because of other online ratings. All courses we selected were pleasant to look at and great to taste. The waiter Kevin was very attentive as was the dining room manager Adrian, checking on us, but not too often to be annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over The Top Service
    Brian
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I had out of town guests for a business meeting and requested a quiet table. The Management could not have been more accommodating and the table service was outstanding (food was excellent also).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable return visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Il Palio is always on our to do list of restaurants when we visit in this part of Connecticut. Always a satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete Package
    patandscott
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This fantastic restaurant was recommended by the hotel where we were staying. From the minute we entered, the restaurant staff made us feel welcomed and appreciated. The decor was muted and pleasant. Our waiter described the night's specials in detail, and answered any questions we had. We both had a glass of wine, and ordered the buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto appetizer. The prosciutto was fresh cut at a station that was set up in the middle of the dining room. For our entrées my wife ordered the halibut, and I, the veal scaloppini. Both were fantastic. The wait staff was attentive, but not intrusive. The manager came by to inquire about our meal and experience. E finished with cappuccinos and small cheese cakes. A memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Denise
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have been to Il Palio twice, both for work events (group dinners) and both times the service was excellent. The food is also very delicious and the presentation is divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jimmy
    Jimmy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Top restaurant within 15 miles - not to be passed by for excellent food and service. Fine dining and great atmosphere - perfect for the special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Happy Experience
    juju
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went for Father's day dinner. Everyone loved their food. I was the only one that felt my meal was just ok. The Restaurant is very nice and the service was outstanding. I would give it other try since every one else loved their meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    NY Strip & swordfish amongst the best anywhere! Not cheap but portions are very generous. Service cannot be beat. Probably my favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new place
    dntalwayseatoutbutwhenIdo
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything was fantastic, from the ambiance to the staff and the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    Grace
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent fish and pasta, excellent service. Can handle large parties.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.