Il Casale - Belmont

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes at il Casale Belmont! Enjoy century old family recipes handed down by Chef Dante's Nonna. These family secrets create a 4 course Christmas Eve tradition. In addition to the $75 prix fixe Feast, we will be serving our regular menu. C

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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New England
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - great service!!

f
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I did not like the table. They were high chairs, and near the kitchen. I had never been to an Italian restaurant where you get chicken parmigiana, and no side of pasta! I did not know who may waiter or waitress was???

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing meal! Attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff made a lovely meal out an amazing experience that will never be forgotten. I live in the North End and very rarely venture out of the city. Il Casale was an amazing experience and the food was of an amazing, unparalleled caliber. The homemade pasta, often claimed but rarely accurate, was amazing. Il Casale actually makes all pasta on premise and it shows. I have so often been upset by Noth End restaurants, I won’t mention any, serving boxed pasta and claiming it is homemade. Il Casale actually takes the craft of pasta very serious. Eat here first...then eat in the North End...

p
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had there, or anywhere for that matter, in a long time!!! Everything was sensational!

C
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant. Great service great food and lovely ambience. I highly recommend it.

CH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant!

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

As I said in the last review this restaurant used to have excellent food until they changed the menu and - presumably - got a new chef. The food is ambitious but totally underseasoned and somewhat overcooked.

RM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were disappointed that the special and several other dishes on the menu were unavailable, even though we had an early evening reservation. As a result, my wife ordered the replacement special, not on the menu, which was a veal chop. Our mistake? We never asked the server how much they were charging for it, and he never told us. Surprise, when the bill came, it was $49. Combine that with $15 charge for a glass of average white wine, and we left the restaurant feeling gouged.

The food and service here are good, the noise level is high, and the prices are becoming unrealistic. We’ll go again, but cautiously.

g
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband''s chicken parm appeared to be still frozen on the inside and was not edible. The meatball app was fantastic. My ravioli was great. Service was nothing special, but okay. The room is cozy, but our table was too close to the next one and we could overhear their entire conversation.

EN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The appetizers and desserts were very expensive for what you got. The atmosphere was crowded, (tables too close together) and the service felt a little rushed. My scallop dinner was amazing but again expensive. No sides or salad or veggies included. I would say if you want to spend a lot of money then go, otherwise save it for a special occasion.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Go to place for cocktails and good food.

LA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both loved our meals, veal scalopini and scallops with saffron risotto! My wife said the burrata appetizer was the best she has ever had. Our waiter was as professional and lovely as they get. We will surely return soon and pass the word along. Thank you for a wonderful evening and dinner.

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I’ll start by stating that I have dined at the Belmont location 12-15 times over the years and 25 -30 times at the Lexington location so I’m not writing this review without lengthy experience. We booked a table for four for a birthday celebration. Seating, waiter introduction and cocktails all went smoothly. From there it was all down hill. After hearing the daily specials one in the party ordered the swordfish special and I ordered the pasta special. Orders in all set. Oh wait. He returned to inform us that the swordfish was unavailable. Mind you this was a 6:45 reservation with a relatively light crowd and one of the specials was unavailable. Ok, switch to the pasta special. We ordered salads and the calamari app to split. Salads came out promptly but app did not. After we finished our salads the waiter made his way back and I asked about the calamari. He had clearly forgotten. When the calamari arrived it was a complete disappointment. Not crispy and unflavorful. Next up the entrees. No wait. Only three entrees. Apparently when informed that the swordfish was unavailable they forgot to put in the replacement order. The floor manager came back and advised the rest of us to start as it would be 10 minutes for the 4th entree. Really? So I started on my pasta special which was a squid ink spaghetti with bay scallops and shrimp. The scallops were overcooked to the texture of rubber gromits and the shrimp didn’t fair much better. Overall the dish was overly salty and disappointing. After eating maybe a 1/4 of the dish I was done. The waiter was pleasant and was trying but nothing was going well. After the third request for water we finally were able to get refills. He obviously knew the experience was not going well and offered an after dinner port on the house. Although we didn’t request a comp I noticed later that he did comp the 4th entree. Overall I have to say I’d be hard pressed to try this location again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to celebrate my mother’s birthday! Thank you for such a wonderful night!

K
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 11 (combined 2 reservations) when we learned that extra family members were coming. The hostess was reluctant to put our tables together but our server graciously did it making us all feel welcome.

BP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Food delicious, wonderful menu. Be prepared to wait a while for food. But servers are experienced and knowledgeable.

K
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such a lovely evening! Service was excellent. We were a party of 4 and we ordered the Ferrari and so enjoyed it! Highly recommend!

RJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff - Friendly and very helpful with menu options and recommendations.

Food was tremendous albeit a bit pricey on specials of the day.

l
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Casale never disappoints! Been going there every year for a birthday celebration and it's consistently been a fun evening with delicious food.

JF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always - food was amazing!

j
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us dined at Il Casale on a Saturday night. Our friend loved the location and vibe. The meal (all 4) were well prepared. Good ingredients and nice combination of flavors. One of the specials was the chicken marsala. It was delicious. The entire staff was efficient and welcoming. Your host is excellent.
We definitely will dine here again.

X
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We made our reservation last minute on OpenTable when there were only high top tables left in bar, which was fine. Although the bar area was almost empty, we were shown to a table right next to the opening to the kitchen, service area and bathrooms. When asked if there was another option, we were seated across from the front door so every time anyone came in or out, frigid air swept in over my legs. They closed a curtain to keep out cold air when asked. When we left, the bar tables still had not filled up which was annoying— we could have come and gone and they still could have given regulars/ people who had reserved early a good table. Kale salad not great. Pasta good, chicken Marsala good. Service was excellent.

M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated next to high top table in the back of the restaurant. A large party there was shouting at each other. Difficult for our table of 5 to have a conversation

NH
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Have eaten here several times. Will happily eat there again!

h
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always bring visiting friends, Il Casale never fails to impress

F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was perfect for an evening with the ladies, food was yummy and we were not rushed.

w
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the burratta, the aroncini, the Tagliatelle Bolognese, and the lamb. The food is delectable, the atmosphere vibrant but refined in a rustic Tuscan elegance sort of way. This is my new go to restaurant in Boston. Fantastic!!

a
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Stick to the classic Italian dishes and you will not be disappointed. When il casalle strays from Italian, they often flail.

G
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We bought a friend for dinner, it was great. Great entree and apps, great service. The noise level was a little high... But the atmosphere was fun.

L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were there for Braciole Monday.
I loved the wax and green bean salad with fennel and citrus. The pork Braciole was flavorless. I wouldn’t order it again.
My spouse ordered the shrimp in a parsley pesto which he had there before and liked but not as much this time!
The bolognese with Papardelle was as always very good! The waiter helped us w wine choice and I tried one red I didn’t like (Barbera) and took his rec on another ? Montepulciano and liked it very much!
Service was excellent!

AK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

There are staff just filling water, and food runners, and drink runners, and wait staff... and it seems none of them are communicating with each other. Of the eight different items we ordered, one was no longer available, and three times the wrong things showed up at our table. I had to hold my menu in my lap while I ate the appetizer because no one had taken our main food order yet. These are things I normally wouldn't care about but for what you pay here, the service needs to be better. The food also needs to be better. The food was fine. Not $35 a plate good. I got ravioli that had pieces of asparagus in the sauce and it was all woody ends. My partner got spaghetti bolognese that was just very average and cost $30. All up, four drinks, a shared appetizer, and two mains was $160 before tip. To me, it just wasn't worth it.

JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was served before wine. Friendly staff and good menu. Burrata were heavenly.

RS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. The swordfish was very tasty, but the portion was pretty small. Beef bolognese was good, but we have had better. The waiter was quite good and attentive.

FS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredibly good. Killer arancini, pasta w wild mushrooms, sea bream w fennel, chocolate mousse cake and blood orange sorbetto. Heaven.
Try the Valpolicella!

SB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My third visit to Il Casale was a big disappointment. The food was simply not very good. My pasta was overcooked and fairly bland. My daughter's eggplant parm was overcooked and oversalted. My wife's salmon was charred. She returned it, but it took forever and by the time they brought it back to the table, every one else was done and she took it to go. It's too bad, because i thought the food was excellent the first two visits to the restaurant.

g
New England
51 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing as usual as was the service. I wish they could do something about the noise level in this restaurant. I like coming here but would love it more without the noise. Worse this time was new chairs or a new floor surface that caused an ungodly screech every time someone moved their chair. I heard they’re ordering new chairs so I hope that will fix the problem. The food in this restaurant is so good— I wish they would address the noise problem. 💜

KL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food choices matched only by the exceptional taste. The recommendations from our server were true treats. The aroma of traditional Italian food wraps you while you wait for your meal. Simply enjoyable.

k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service - the waiter was truly great. The food was very good.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside so the noise level was perfect for my bad ears. GREAT food, service, menu and ambiance. I have been coming here for years and will return — even though it is an hour from where I live.

J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Casale is a dining experience that never disappoints. The warm atmosphere, attentive service and remarkable food one can expect to be wined and dined. The Il Casale Palle small plate of two “nonna’s” meatballs, two arancini, two maiale meatballs are an amazingly tasty start to any meal. I can't resist their fresh pasta so I ordered an appetizer portion of the Tagliatelle Bolognese. The long simmered flavorful sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the fresh Tagliatelle. The evening meat special was Rack of Lamb which was cooked perfectly to order and came with roasted vegetables and grilled peaches. Another great meal prepared by a very talented kitchen staff. And our server was both attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable and the support staff were very quick to remove empty plates and refill water glasses. That being said, whenever my wife and I are looking for a great dining experience we look no further than Il Casale.