Il Casale - Belmont

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$31 to $50
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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
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New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

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.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

RS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

t
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was wonderful, as usual. Service was good until we were finished with our meal, when our waiter disappeared. The bus staff was very attentive with clearing plates and pouring water throughout the meal, and our waiter was fine, until we were finished with the meal and could have been offered dessert, or anything, but nope. Vanished. Seemed surprised when we wanted our check. Pet peeve of mine when the servers disappear after the food has been served. Just leaves a bad tone to the rest of an otherwise pleasant experience.

GL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely patio despite the busy street. Great service even at the peak hours. The waiter was knowledgable without being condescending. Great, imaginative food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, wine was great. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Decor was nice. Expensive but worth it. Absolutely no complaints.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food service and value for money.

AH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been to Casale many times and the food is usually outstanding. Tonight must have been an off night the calamari was extremely salty and the chicken parmigiana dish was ok, the chicken was perfectly prepared and delicious but the arugula salad was also extremely salty. Inedible! It was just that salty. Good food prepared well doesn’t need extra salt once it has been cooked.

Next visit should there be one we will ask that the food be prepared without additional salt.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always from the time I was and employee there to now being a guest. Loved seeing some of my old coworkers and Damien, it was a great experience as always. I’ll always come back, and recommend my friends to experience an evening of excellence.

p
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Come here for many special occasions.

a
New England
96 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food in Belmont Center. Food is always good.

P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I’ve been to I’ll Casale many times and loved it. This time, the food was not the best. My wine was delicious and ambiance was perfect. Our waiter was also very good. I am disappointed that the food was so bad, hope it was just a one-time thing.

DA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Total disappointment. I've been to Il Casale several times over the years. I should have stopped last year. The pre-dinner Negroni I had was tasty as was the burrata, however, the bruschetta was soggy and the mains (all specials - one lamb, one swordfish, and one gnocchi 3 ways) were bland, unimaginative despite their descriptions, and amateurishly plated. Spent way too much money for a mediocre meal.

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with my daughter and the service and food were top notch as always, they really understand hospitality

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

It was all good. Just had to wait a while for our drinks as they were last

JG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night with friends. Got the four-course all in for four. What a great decision. All the food was excellent, a good pour of my opening cocktail and a great wine list (Italian heavy, but what did you expect). Service was great, very friendly yet highly professional. You don't always get both. Some noises groups put the noise meter higher than moderate but below noisy. The price isn't a deal, but we got a great a night for our money. Superb alternative to the crowded, cramped, hurried North End on a Sox nite.

AO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It seemed as if they might have been understaffed that night. I've been here many times, but the server was not very available. We waited and waited for someone to take our order and when he did come by he was clearly in a hurry to get our orders. I had the roast chicken that came with a weird-tasting green sauce that ruined the dish for me. My companion had the salmon with the same weird sauce. We both agreed it was weird and unpleasant tasting. I'll come back but will stick with the tried and true pasta dishes.

JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance, good food. But, the food was a little too fancy for chicken and summer squash.

SS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for wife

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice experience, the food was great and nice ambience

N
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was slow. Waiter seemed to have forgotten us. However, food was delicious.

M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Noise level was OK at first, then got loud. Food was different - strange combinations of seasonings and topping on the entree. Liked some, not others. Service was OK but waiter made us feel kind of rushed. Wine was good. Would not go back.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angelo was amazing, I truly suggest you ask for him every time

SG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff are very attentive and friendly. They also were great in making sure we had space for our baby who we brought in a carseat, and gave my grandmother a delicious complimentary sorbet since it was her birthday. Food was delicious. Great place overall!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We waited a very long time for our order to be taken, for our food to arrive, and the evening dragged by slowly.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slower than usual but that wasn’t a major concern. Great food.

LA
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had the pea salad and meatballs both very good. My elbow pasta was about a minute undercooked. Excellent service. Decor is getting old. Artificial flowers are unnecessary

SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We were very disappointed. The service was good but the food was incredibly mediocre. We do not plan to go back.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite local place

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Il Casale. The food is always excellent and our fish was nicely prepared. The sides and salads are delicious and creative. Our waitperson, Bryan, was so helpful with our wine selection and discussing the menu. He added so much to our evening. Recommend a favorite - the fagiolini salad. The Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Montenidoli was outstanding. It's always a pleasure to dine here.

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