Il Palio
Il Palio

Il Palio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilpalioct.com/
  • Phone: 2039440770
  • 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 Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Il Palio reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)romantic (36)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (21)good for groups (18)great for lunch (10)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    quietlunch
    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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at a beautiful Tuscan palace
    MarkKVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Located in a business park, but looking like a Tuscan palace, il Palio offers a beautiful location for dinner (although difficult to find by GPS because of limited address signage). We each had Caesar salad, followed by entrees of veal, and the fresh pasta daily special. If in the Shelton, CT area, this is a good choice for a nice dinner in a unique venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise 40th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Surprise 40th for my wife at il Palio. Had Freinds from top restaurants in NY and they raved about the food, service and decor. We were never rushed even though we were the last table and were ten people. Great job. See you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Dining Place
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always enjoy our dinners at Il Palio. Mother's Day food and service very good as usual. Wait staff always friendly.Prices reasonable.We did have a slight complaint, we were not seated in the usual dining room but the one to the right as you enter. Too many people crowed into that room make it noisy, other than that we loved our meal and will continue to dine at Il Palio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mothers Day Brunch
    CTFood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Lobster Ravioli was great as was the Chilean Sea Bass. Would definitely rate Il Palio as one of the top restaurants in Northern Fairfield County.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • return trip average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    came here about 2 months ago and it was above average . specials were great and appetizers and main course was great. This last visit was only average. specials and food was good but not special
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third time visit
    JoyJoy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our third time back at Il Palio. Cozy atmosphere and great for special occasions. Great specials and house made desserts. Must try the carpaccio salad!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Steve
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    It doesn't get any better than this. Yum! Bravo! Need I say more?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Anniversary Dinner
    mmmmmmm
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My husband and I arrived more than 30 mins late for our reservation, just minutes before the kitchen closed. The staff were awesome. We weren't rushed at all. Since I mentioned through my OpenTable reservation that it was a special anniversary, we received complimentary glasses of Prosecco and candles in our desserts. There was a lot to choose from on the menu. My husband had the special homemade pasta, with a peach and vegetable sauce, which was excellent. My steak was just the way I liked it (rare, cool in the middle). A great experience. We thought we would have to end up in a diner that night! So glad everyone was accommodating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Luv4foodVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The service was exceptional, the pasta special was decadent, the lasagna in a hot skillet....delish, especially if you save a piece of bread for the sauce at the bottom. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you appreciate delicious Italian food, the best service bar none, in a beautiful, romantic dining room which fairly glows in the evening light, Il Palio is where you want to go.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 365 reviews are from the Il Palio reviews archive.
  • Scott
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our meal was perfect. The entire staff was extremely responsive especially on a busy night. It's great to be greeted by smiling faces at the door as well as with our waiters. A definite return planned
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for a group lunch!
    JKremsVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I'm from out of town, but visit Shelton 1-2 times / year. Il Palio is a standard stop because of the great service, very nice, fairly quiet ambiance, and delicious food. I appreciate that it is upscale without being overpriced or pretentious. You will find something on the menu to love, and I hope you wash it down with some dessert and espresso! Thank you Il Palio!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special occasion place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We dined here with friends on Easter Weekend. Although the regular chef/ower was off on Saturday evening, the food was still outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their meals. (I had two appetizer sized portions for my meal--the linguine with white clam sauce and a shrimp/asparagus stuffed pasta. The linquine had absolutely no sauce whatsoever (another person who ordered it as a meal had "all" the sauce), but the stuffed pasta was outrageously good! The desserts, too, were awesome. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Very good food, nice atmosphere, took my wife there for our anniversary had a fantastic time would definitely go back. My wife had New York steak and I had a salmon dish both were very very good
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
    LuLu
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    EVERYTHING that comes to the table is delicious. And the service is impeccable. After getting used to so-so service at other restaurants, couldn't say enough about the attentiveness here. Water glasses constantly refreshed, waitress checking back to make sure everything is going well and offering useful advice when ordering. Even just the simple cesaer salad that we shared was outstanding. We couldn't put out finger on just what was different about it, but it just seemed to melt in your mouth. My cavatelli with sausage was outstanding, my husband enjoyed the swordfish as well. Only wish we had room for dessert. Maybe next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My time at Il Palio
    TheCrosbyFamily
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This has been the 5 time that I've gone to Il Palio. Every time I go, It always feels excited and tastes delicious. Il Palio is always good value because the food is great quality and the service is outstanding! Il Palio is as good or even better than New York City top restaurants. Mei Mei
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    57Sby
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Saturday night, 7pm reservation. Service very good, attentive without being pesty. Ordered swordfish entree and house salad. Probably the best swordfish entree I've ever had. My friends and I go out to eat often, and will travel for good food. Il Palio has never disappointed. Would and have recommended this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian restaurant in
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    great italian restaurant in the middle of corporate Shelton......food and service were top shelf....had a very nice table by fireplace.....reservations recommended especially on weekends....will return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Birthday Dinner!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I've never dined where the staff was so invested in making sure I was happy happy happy! Thank you Rigobert & manager Joe for another fabulous dinner. The food is amazing, the cocktails hit the spot & Il Palio has moved up to my fav local dining spot. Period!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    Jackie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food is fresh and consistantly delicious. Love, love, love the dipping oil and bread. All courses were perfectly timed and served at the appropriate temperature. Service is great, not over the top annoying waiting to clear you plate or top of your water.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The inside of the restaurant is warm and cozy with fireplaces in both dining rooms. The menu consists of wonderful homemade pastas and sauces, fresh seafood, chicken and steaks. We had the cheese and meat sampling appetizer, and it was a taste of Italy. Delicious parmesean and mozzarella cheeses, proscuitto and mortadella (among others). We had pasta as our main dish the last time we dined there. I had the fettuccine bolognese ( which was a special, but I wish it was always on the menu!) and my husband had the lasagna. Both were outstanding! It does get crowded, so make a reservation. My only complaint is that it can be noisy, but the food more than makes up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONE OF THE BEST !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I love trying new restaurants especially Italian. Having grown up with Italian parents and grandparents I feel I know god true Italian food. This place is the real deal ! Great tasting food with quality ingredients ! The owners and management could not ne more attentive and friendly ! Can't wait to go back !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.