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Il Casale - Belmont

4.6
1955 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dining Room
Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sunday Brunch
Sundays: 11:00am - 2:00pm

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
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Phone number
(617) 209-4942
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dante Demagristris
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Private party facilities
Please inquire with us about our private party options.
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Private party contact
Saul: (617) 209-4942
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Concord Ave
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Parking details
Street parking available and municipal lot behind building complex adjacent the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus #74 coming from Harvard Square arrives right in Belmont Center.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1955 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It's been a while since we've been to Il Casale. The chef has changed but thankfully the food has not. Everyone's dinner was excellent. The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. We don't get to Il Casale often simply because of the distance from our home. Noise level is a bit high but not overly distracting.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our meals were outstanding and the service was first class. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food is delicious it doesn’t matter what you order.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

we all loved it all....I would like to see another veal item on the menu and a simple salad as well

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Friends flew in from out of town. If there is a more professional and knowledgeable waiter than Angelo, I have yet to meet him. An absolutely wonderful evening.
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at il casale and will be back. The waiter was charming and from Italy. When we asked to split a dish, he brought it on two plates. All the staff were very friendly, and the food was delicious! I would like to come back and sit outside in the warmer weather. It was a busy noisy, but all restaurants around the Boston area seem to be noisy these years.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I had a very good experience! It was a Saturday night and the place was full. It was lively and bustling which was great but the noise level was high making conversation difficult at times. The table was a little long so I was a little further away from my date than I preferred. I would have turned the table the other way had there been room. I was at the Belmont location. The Lexington location has an atmosphere that is a little more subdued and so more conducive to conversation. It depends on your mood. Both places are very good! Great food, great service, I’ll be back to both locations!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our third visit this year. Consistently excellent food and outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Really good food in a place you would never expect to find it

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I do love this restaurant in general, but I was underwhelmed with our most recent visit. The food was good but nothing special. I asked the waiter for a recommendation on wine and he do not do a good job, unfortunately. They also use a team approach to service, which sounds like a good idea, but each different server that came by didn’t know where we were in our meal and it was just not working. They took quite awhile to actually get our order, gave us more dinner utensils after our meals had already been cleared, and didn’t offer us dessert or coffee. Everything was fine overall, but I just expected a better experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

First time to Il Casale and we all agreed we'd like to return. The staff were welcoming and attentive. The food was tasty (dishes ranged from good to great). The atmosphere was lively (on the loud side but not unbearable).

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fantastic!! Never ever had a bad meal.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Love this restaurant. It is extremely noisy and not a great place for an intimate dinner, but love the food and will continue to return. Hint: if you want to talk to your companion, sit at the bar side by side.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great jazz brunch!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great place!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Overall superb!!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

If you're there with friends for a special occasion, definitely try the Ferrari--it's the 4 course meal option and you won't be disappointed. No decisions, they just bring you a sampling of the best. You will, however, be very full. By the end of the second course I was like...wait, there is still an entree?!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Our server, Alex, was exceptional. He handled a tricky situation with honesty and tact. And as always, we loved the food. 5 STARS - ★★★★★

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful food !! Highly recommend ! Just a bit pricey

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very enjoyable spot. Good cocktails and beer list. Wine list is all Italian wines. Not quiet but you can have a conversation and hear each other. Food is good and creative, they offer small plates which is nice.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

My huband been to Il Casale many times, and have always enjoyed the service and the food. But this time it was a little different! We ordered a bottle of wine, and a cheese plate with it before the meal, as well as our meal. After drinking our wine, our meal came. We never received our cheese plate. When we questioned the waiter, he said oh the cheese plate. Let me have them put it together. My husband told him it's ok, we'll just have our meal. After dinner we ordered desert. Our waiter did nothing for the error he had made. We fully expected our desert to be covered, but it wasn't. To be honest, this was the first time this happened at this restaurant. And the food is so good, I would go back. But we were a little disappointed with this visit.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We very much enjoyed Il Casale. The wine was wonderful, the apps delicious, and the pasta
nicely done and tasty. Our waiter was on time with food, had great suggestions, and did not hover. The restaurant has a great vibe. We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Il Casale has good food, if not inspired. I ordered the special, which was a filet mignon with seasoned butter. It came with potato/cheese croquettes and a salad of greens, celery, and shaved cheese. The steak was cooked as I ordered it (medium rare) and was tender and flavorful. The croquettes were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with the nice surprise of melting cheese. The salad was just okay. Not sure why the chef would think lettuce and celery would make a great salad. My SO had veal with mozzarella cheese, which was very good. We split an "apple crostini" for dessert. It was $10, a small serving, and just ok - too few apples and too much crust. The service was fine in that we didn't have to wait too long for our order), but our waiter needs some training in manners. My SO asked for a wine recommendation for his veal and the waiter insisted that he specify whether he wanted a recommendation for a white or a red. He literally refused to give a recommendation without our saying "white" or "red." Most peculiar! My main complaints are that the menu is pretty small and the prices are, in a word, outrageous. Some of the entrees in the mid $30s, and if you want a vegetable, it's another $8. There are so many comparable restaurants in Boston and the burbs that have more creative food at better prices (Il Cappricio, Deux Aves) and waiters that don't bully you when you ask for a wine recommendation. We won't be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A wonderful Italian restaurant in Belmont. We have visited several times and have had a great experience each time. We shared the formaggi which had 4 cheeses (tel, each of which was superb, with great flavors and described to us as the dish was served.
My wife had the special, which was cod with caponata. The fish was moist, fresh and delicious.
I had the tagliatelle alla Bolognese which was authentic and perfectly cooked.
The service is very attentive and courteous.
It is perfect for dates due to its cozy, warm ambience. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Food and service was great

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We've been going to il casale since it opened nine years ago. Some restaurants slip over time, but It's still as excellent as ever. The only improvement would be better soundproofing.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was fantastic! Every dish exceeded expectations!

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Overrated place, food was ok, service was very slow and we ended up leaving early for deserts and drinks elsewhere

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

You won't be disappointed here we went f9r Valentine's day and were very very happy! Definitely give it a try we will for sure again!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice Valentines Day dinner. Not an intimate setting, but pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Delicious pasta and risotto. Friendly service. Great value.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Service and atmosphere were awesome we love going here. We were a little disappointed with the carbonara. The tomatoes were out of season and the flavor took away from the dish. But overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

The atmosphere is very cool — one open room with exposed brick. Good drink menu. Food was delicious — something for everyone. Service was great, very attentive and knowledgble. Would recommend to anyone wanting a date night, dinner with a big group of friends, or celebrations.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely evening. Excellent, attentive knowledgeable and friendly waiter. For was delicious. Really 1st class dining experience!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good but the portions are on the small side. Wait staff are attentive and I was impressed they made me an excellent sangria even though it was not on their drink list. My husband had a steak special that was very tender; I had a Tuna special that was excellent. It is lively and noisy but the food was high quality.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This restaurant really is a gem. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the wine list, her suggestion was spot on. The swordfish was prepared with capers and lemons, the cut was very thin. It was melt in your mouth tender. If possible, I would have stolen my husband's steak - great flavor, perfectly grilled. A great night out.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Requested round table for six. Staff happily obliged. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall great choice. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I had been looking forward to visiting this restaurant for many years. The night started out well with the friendly staff welcoming us. We were able to order and got all the food quickly and correctly. Unfortunately after we ordered we never saw our waitress again until after our meals were cleared. I had wanted another drink, cheese and salt & pepper but she never glanced our way even once. My impression was they were understaffed. Given the wealth of Italian restaurants in the area, I wouldn’t rush back.

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