It was a wonderful experience,
It was a wonderful experience, can't wait to go again.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We've eaten her many times.
We've eaten her many times. It's now officially our "special occasion" restaurant.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always tp notch
We have eaten here a number of times and they continue to impress. From the home made pastas, to the ever changing menu and outstanding specials. Restauaant is going thrus some renovations, so 1 of the 2 dining rooms was not available, so a little more crowded and noisy thant what we were used to, but the food and the service more than compensated.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back!
We had an outstanding experience at Il Palio. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door and were warmly greeted, our seating preferences were honored, our waitress was attentive but not hovering. We were a group of 4, two of us had the swordfish special which was delicious, the other two had fish dishes that were excellent as well. Although it was a busy Saturday night we never felt rushed and we were able to linger over coffee. We are looking forward to a return visit soon!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pleased to say that we had
Pleased to say that we had a wonderful time. The manager seated us with special care. That is my wife and two twin infants. The manager was very considerate and made us feel very welcome. We were concerned about creating a scene - with the infants of course. But, we were reassured not to worry.
The food was good and the ambience was nice too. However, we would return mainly for the kind service.
Cheers to all the staff.
Warm regards from Montreal, Canada.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bravo! Stellar dining experience!
Had the pleasure of dining at Il Palio recently to celebrate my Dad's 65th birthday. Everything from the food (each course we had was better than the next), to the decor,to the ambiance, to the service was top notch. Particular kudos to the maitre'd, Adrian, and our waiter, Claudio who went above and beyond to ensure my dad's birthday was special; they even arranged for a surprise dessert with a candle without my prompting. The husband/wife chef/owners were also incredibly friendly and welcoming and even invited my parents back into the kitchen. All in all a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend Il Palio and looking forward to dining there again.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service,
Excellent food and service, ask for Adrian he does an awesome job at ensuring outstanding service.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a quick trip to Italy
Dining here is like a trip to Italy. While there are familiar dishes, the chef enhances the dish with fresh ingredients and perfect preparation. This can be seen in the exquisite presentation and in the flavorful combinations such as the olive confit served atop the swordfish,. We did not check the wine list because we had only a glass of prosecco.
The dining rooms are large but welcoming with the wood ceilings and frescoed walls. There are several large tables. When they are filled, the noise level is quite festive. The service was friendly and attentive.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was out of town on business on both sides of our 28th wedding anniversary weekend. Chose Il Palio based on great menu and atmosphere. Neither disappointed and the Maitre de, when he heard it was our anniversary offered complimentary after dinner drinks. I know it was a small thing, but the peole there are consistently great and the food is worth the 40 minute drive from our house.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a perfect place for
This was a perfect place for Mothers day. Excellent all around.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great experience
This is one of our favorite 'local' restaurants to go to. In reality it is a 15-20 minute drive for us as we are a couple of towns over, but it is worth the drive. Everything about this place is top notch, from the decor, to the mouth watering menu, to the notable wine list (I love the price grouping approach), to the attentive service. If it were closer, we would go even more. As the wife and I have kids, we choose our nights out very carefully. I have never been disappointed going here for our night out. Oh, and the bar looks very cool too. We are thinking of coming to the bar one night and just ordering pizzas (which are fantastic) and wine. Makes me hungry just thinking of it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent meal; will now put
Excellent meal; will now put on the 'goto' list when needing a nice restaurant with good service and food!!!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a beautiful place
This is a beautiful place to dine with courteous, conscientious service which is never intrusive. Appetizers are fresh and creative. My tagliatela with asparagus and shrimp in a light cream sauce was divine and the veal in any style is always a good choice. The apple art which we shared for dessert is in the style a galantine with delicious caramelized apple slices in a circle with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on the side. I love this restaurant. It's always festive and romantic.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice night out with friends
We had a delicious meal.
The staff was al little "strange", hard to describe why I say that.
Maybe a little shady.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food again!
My wife calls Il Palio "Connecticut's Own Little Italy". But it is much better--much classier--than that. The food is always great, and this time we loved the veal scallopine, ricotta cavatelli, and the homemade tartuffo for dessert. We were made to feel most welcome. Il Palio is our go-to restaurant for all our special occasions! (Too bad it isn't closer to home, to be our neighborhood gem too.)
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Service Ruined by Din
Good variety of dishes in every category. Broad, well laid out wine list. Excellent service. The problem is the noise level--impossible to hear the person next to you, let alone across the table.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
sat by fireplace everything excellent, except the table behid us had 4 women that belonged at the bar ... extremely loud with their jokes, distracting and did not be long in the that area.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time - will be favorite place
We had dinner with friends and both couples were first time visitors. Everything was outstanding - food, service and wine.
This will our new Special Place.
A little hard to find with GPS because they are in a Corporate Park but, once we found it, the entire experience was excellent
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Waiter was attentive to the needs of our group of 5, we wanted to talk and not be rushed. Service was execellent and everyone enjoyed their meal. We all ageed that it was a restaurant we would go back to again, even though we do not live in the area.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shelton's best restaurant
You just can't go wrong with Il Palio. Delicious food. Wonderful, attentive waitstaff. Beautiful decor. Have now been there for business lunches and dinner with friends. What a wonderful dining experience! I'll be back again...
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We haven't been to IL Palio
We haven't been to IL Palio in a very long time and our memory of it was positive; happily on our recent return we still found it to be good. The manager, Adrian was engaging and fun and the sever Amanda was attentive without being intrusive or having a feeling of being rushed, it was just plain old great service from a friendly staff.
We enjoyed it so much that our 7 PM reservation lasted until closing at close to midnight...........we'll go back!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you can find it; it's worth it.
A friend and I had a lovely meal with good service. The noise level was too high for us; we wanted to catch up after not seeing each other for months.
Without GPS, you may not find it. be. So, add an extra half-hour for getting lost; having to stop people to get directions [4 times just a few yards from the place]; and needing to telephone them to get unlost.
Nevertheless, the meal was lovely.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have lived in the area for some time and was curious about this restaurant. The place is very nice clean and friendly, the service was great and the food was excelent. We all enjoyed our wine, appetizer and main course. The food is fresh and well prepared.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another perfect evening
We've eaten here many, many times. We can't even imagine being disappointed. The nectarine summer salad was particularly enjoyable on a hot summer night!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I dine out a lot and this was one of the most memorable dining experiences in a long time. The restaurant is beautiful and the Pesto and Sausage Ragu is outstanding but where this establishment really shines is in there customer service. The manager (Adrian) came to the table at least 3 times to be sure that everything was as we expected. Our waitress (Liz) was outstanding and made you feel like you were a guest in someones home. As I mentioned, we eat out a lot and the one thing you can pick up on is when everyone works as a team and the end result is a well oiled machine. Adrian, you should be proud of the whole team. We will be back. Thank you for such a nice experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Returned to Il Palio
The last time we dined at the restaurant we said we would never go back. The fillet served had grissel in the meat and was very though. Since my granddaughter gets to pick the restaurant for her birthday, she chose Il Palio. Glad we gave it another try as the food was great and so was the service.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've never had anything but a great experience at Il Palio. Wonderful food, great service and a very nice bar as well!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for 2
My husband and I celebrated my Birthday here. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wine suggestion was great . The food presentation was outstanding . Delicious from start to finish. Very good Cappuccino and the Fresh berry cobbler outstanding ! We will be back .
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the best filet mignon ever! It was tender, cooked to perfection and delicious!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this restaurant because the service and food is consistently outstanding.There are few places to eat today where you get treated as though you're special. if you're looking for a quick bite to eat this is not the place to go. This is where you go to spend the evening with a special person and enjoy each other and a really nice dining experience. It's not inexpensive but worth it.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Want to return to try everything on the menu. We will be back, guaranteed.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Maitre-d very attentive. Filet
Maitre-d very attentive. Filet was excellent; service and presentatiion were very good - commendable. Other friends I've spoken to have similar good things to say.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back after 10 years
We lived in Stratford when Il Palio opened and dined there frequently for a few years later until we moved away.
We moved away about 10 years ago and came back to CT for a stop on our way both too and from Boston.
We made a reservation at Il Palio and had dinner. We were not disappointed and in fact, were so happy that the restaurant seemed to be thriving. The food was delicious as usual, the wait staff very attentive and the restaurant did not look worn or dated.
It brought back wonderful memories and was a very special dining experience. In particular, the Bufalo Mozzarella was unbelievable!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegance in the neigborhood.
A restaurant that earns your return. The food and the service is outstanding. They make you feel like they care you are there. It is worth the money. Other neighborhood restaurant prices are high and much less worth it. It s the best restaurant in Fairfield county.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding service, great
Outstanding service, great food and wine list. The bread pudding was great.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply a great place for a
Simply a great place for a relaxing quite dinner. Food quality was excellent and the chef gladly made minor substitutions to the menu. The service was outstanding; the server was attentive yet not bothersome. While we had a table in a corner, which was somewhat secluded, there were no "intimate" seating arrangements. I did request a "quite table for two," which is exactly what we received. We stayed for hours and the staff did not pressure us to finish or the leave the establishment. Overall, an outstanding dinning experience.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
thr matre'd was scordial and helpful and the waiter was attentive
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual elegance. For such
Casual elegance. For such chic dining, the atmosphere is surprisingly comfortable. Hostess, manager and waitstaff are politely gracious without seeming contrived. Appetizers and meals look as good as they taste.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service. Always a good time at Il Palio!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner!
Hands down, no exceptions, Il Palio is our favorite special occasion spot for wonderful food and service. Adrian makes us feel like family. His attention to detail and knowledge of food and wine makes us feel pampered. We have eaten here many times -- and will return again and again -- for the special way he makes us feel. As busy as he is, he always makes time to stop by and visit, answer questions personally and make us smile. Thank you for another delightful evening.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Fiancé and I had a fantastic
My Fiancé and I had a fantastic dinner here. The restaurant itself is very elegant. We found the wait staff to be pleasant and the food was simply outstanding. We will definitely return, most likely to celebrate a special occasion.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were served by Adrian who
We were served by Adrian who made the experience so special me and my husband had a wonderful time !
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to this restaurant
I have been to this restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh and there is always something new and different in their specials. The last occasion we were a party of four. None of us had the same entree, and we were all very pleased. The wait staff is well trained, courteous and knowledgeable. It made for a delightful evening.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Detail Attentive Delicious
First time visiting restaurant. Small group of 5 for a birthday dinner. The manager Adrian was very attentive to us talking about the mural on the wall. He noticed, came over enjoyed talking about both the mural on the wall and about the building's other dining rooms. While the food is on the pricier side, the flavor and simplicity does uphold the price. The menu is an interesting blend of classic rustic dishes with a fine dining edge. The dining room was quiet, but was not a fan of the opera-like music softly playing. Our server, Claudio, was attentive but not overbearing. The wait-staff was very attentive. Overall, We will definitely be back. A hidden gem in Shelton. And for those using GPS, I had no problems using "maps" on my iPhone.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of Town
Great place to take somebody who is visiting from out of town to experience good food and service at a great restaurant. Always recommend place to family and business associates. Will keep coming back!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good business location
I use Il Palio for business meetings. The ambience is great, the food good, the wait staff well trained.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT anniversary dinner
My boyfriend and I fined at Il Palio for our anniversary and it was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had. The service was fantastic, the mood was lovely and the food amazing. Out waitress was very attentive and even brought us a free dessert even though we declined because 'everyone needs a dessert'. I ordered the chicken dish and it was to die for. Would absolutely go again!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Supurb Shelton restaurant
Everything about this restaurant is a hit. The chef's skills are apparent, as the food is absolutely wonderful. The staff is well trained, warm, but not intrusive. The atmosphere is just lovely, and is a gem for those looking for a quiet, romantic venue. Try this restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A special restaurant
Looking for a restaurant to spend a special occasion? This restaurant is elegant and the food is excellent. Special attention to the service. The food presentation is eye catching and also delicious. The best halibut entree I've ever had. It is served with butternut squash mashed potatoes. The halibut was cooked to perfection. Try this restaurant and enjoy everything it has to offer. Bon Appetite!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A trip to Italy
Il Palio is a trip to Italy without the airfare, euro prices, and indifferent waiters. You walk into a lively bar flanked on each side by large dining rooms that easily accommodate groups as well as entre nous couples. Both rooms are large with high ceilings, soft lighting, flattering and interesting fresco walls. If you want a quiet corner, this is not the place; however, it's a warm, comfy place.
The food is classic Italian with a creative twist. The flavors and preparation are superb. At our recent dinner, I had the linguini Vongole with a light pesto. The combination was a taste sensation. My food warrior had the flounder Francese. The portions are ample but not overlboard. The service is excellent. Say ciao and go.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM