Il Casale - Belmont

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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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JimF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All was good

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Karen
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner last Saturday night. The wait staff was superb and the food was outstanding. Instead of looking at a menu and wondering what I would have, I looked and said how am I going to decide? I want to try everything.

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PLee
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambience in the restaurant was pleasant and the service was good. I'd say that our server didn't check on us as much as I'd like and he seemed to be distracted. The pasta was a touch over-cooked and the fried eggplant was more like fried eggplant pieces, than an actual eggplant 'steak'. I had to add salt to my dish. All in all, though, the experience was "good", not "great". I'd go back, but there's better Italian in the area.

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vipRichM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an all around pleasant experience with a good menu, excellent service, and a not too busy ambience (Thursday evening). We like it better than its sister restaurant, Wellington, which is also in Belmont, in that it has a more diverse menu and more reasonably priced meals with many half portions. Certainly a go-to choice.

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MBez
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This restaurant, in an old firehouse, is a good choice for a young person, couple or group, or anyone who wants an excellent dining experience and doesn't recoil from high decibels. The waitstaff is responsive and efficient, personable and knowledgeable, and the food is well prepared and presented. There is no pressure to leave quickly, but conversation is a bit difficult anyway. The menu, while not extensive, is primarily Italian cuisine, though with a flair. We did not sample desserts but found the appetizers, main courses and wine list as we hoped they would be. Overall, though expensive, it's fine dining.

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vipEdna
New England
48 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great night out at Il Casale as the food was excellent and the service was top notch. We ordered five courses and they spaced them perfectly. The only small complaint is the wine by the glass selections are limited. Would highly recommend the restaurant.

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Margaret
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and enjoyed our evening very much!

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Grateful
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service had a big impact on the evening, but it was prime time Friday night. Young support staff, and a Sr waiter that did not supervise successfully. Quality food, and I will give it another go, but not at a peak time.

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HollyA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Il Casale Belmont is unparalleled for excellent pasta and this time our lobster gnocchetti was light, flavorful, and most distinguished, the lovely sauce let the lobster truly shine through. Excellent scallops w saffron risotto and two superb salads, very different - one kale; one green beans w hazelnuts - very fresh and with exactly the right amount of dressing. An excellent recommendation of Greco di Tufo white wine capped it off. The only disappointment: our late reservation - 8:45 on a weeknight - meant the kitchen had closed before we could order dessert!

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vipDrQueue
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I've had in years. Service was enthusiastic and terrific. Ambiance with exposed brick walls was great. Can't wait to go back.

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vipAldarob
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent meal for the four of us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service. The servers and waiter were all very attentive. We went for a birthday dinner with a young kid (we went a bit early around 5:30pm), and had a very pleasant experience. They surprised us with ice cream with a candle because I mentioned that this was for a birthday (ice cream was very good, too). Definitely interested in returning!

JW
vipJamesW
New England
82 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Il Casale Belmont: "Good" food, nicely designed space from converted fire station, excellent service, but not outstanding food for the price. Fruiti Misto, bolognese pasta were very good. Risotto with scallops was just ok, with too much lemon flavor. Tiramasu was overly chocolate, and don't bother with the cappuccino. For a few bucks more, you can have a far superior northern Italian dinner that is altogether in another class at a nearby longtime standout venue in Waltham, whose name also begins with "Il C...". (I won't mention the name.) Be warned that regular-height tables in the front part of the restaurant can be very chilly as people enter and leave the building, despite an exterior vestibule constructed outside the front door.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

I know it was Valentines Day and they were looking to maximize their profits, but it was way too crowded. It looks like they added additional tables. Definitely took away from the ambiance.

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LukeL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipmichaelp
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our go-to places near our home. never disappointed. got there early for our reservations and got a seat at the bar. ended up ordering dinner at the bar and very much enjoyed the night

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PauletteB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was so friendly and knowledgeable. The kale salad, winter cocktail and bolognese were excellent. We also love the bread. Always a wonderful meal.

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AniZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our parents wedding anniversary. Everything was top notch, from the the service, to the atmosphere to the delicious food. We cleaned all our plates.

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katherines
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is fantastic, except for the most important aspect - the main courses. The drinks are exception: service spot-on, but it always seems like the chef is trying too hard -adding too many spices or sauces that kills the basic flavor of your fish or meat. A few of the pastas are fantastic, in particularl the carbonara and bolognese. However, the main courses, in particular the seafood - lobster and scallops were expensive and tasteless. The risotto that accompanied the scallops was not cooked through and the breaded scallops tasted chewy & fishy. I will only go back to sit at the bar and indulge in their cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening - great service - will definitely return.

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vipdinerwithawhiner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fresh pasta I've had in a long time. Lovely, warm atmosphere with great service. Everything on the menu is excellent.

JP
JeanP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Fantastic food.

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csmith0651
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. As was the Manhattan. Yum.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always. The tomato sauce is absolutely amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food, great location

DC
DyanneC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite nearby restaurant - great food and service!

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FoodieMom
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food is mainly excellent. High quality ingredients, beautiful, preparations, talented chef and line cooks. Veal was sadly tough, which lowered my rating to 4 stars, but otherwise 5 stars for food. Unfortunately, the service is pretty terrible. Slow, unfriendly, even downright rude. For a restaurant of this high quality, why don’t you invest in a high level of service? I don’t get it. And this wasn’t a one-off. It’s like this every time I go with a party of more than two people. I LOVE the food and ambiance at this restaurant, but brace myself for being treated badly every time I go.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were well taken care of

JJ
JohnJ
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! The food and service was exceptional! Thank you for making my birthday special!

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vipLeslieR
New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a private chef. I’ve cooked for high profile and high net worth individuals around the world. I often opt to cook for myself rather than dine out because - especially if it is Italian(I am Italian) I’m usually disappointed.
Il Casale is a rare gem. Our dinner was outstanding. Fresh, impeccable ingredients cooked to perfection. Bravo!

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vipaar61
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, our waiter was very attentive, love the vibe.

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Saratogaeddie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Because it was Sunday night, we were able to enjoy a truly leisurely dinner. After cocktails, we ordered 3 appetizers: burrata, crostini di tonno and Il Casale Palle. All three were delicious. The entrees we ordered varied; ravioli, scallops, shrimp, risotto and everyone enjoyed their dinner. Dessert, coffee and tea rounded out an enjoyable dinner celebrating my daughter's birthday. Eric the waiter was excellent and we really enjoyed being able to take our time through dinner.
We have been to Il Casale several times and have never been disappointed.

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Cambridge7
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food itself is very good. Purely in terms of taste, it's a 4/5; fried calamari and pasta with squash were very good. Pasta with mushroom sauce (I can't remember the actual name) was good. Two gnocchi dishes were so-so. Kid's big macaroni with oil and cheese sauce was pretty good. Even though the food didn't always hit the spot for me, you can tell it's quality fresh homemade pasta and sauces. My main gripe is that the website menu wasn't honored. For the fanciest restaurant in the town center of a relatively upscale suburb of Boston, you would think they'd completely honor the more GENEROUS version of their own menu, whether it's on their website or printed down. That tiny fail in customer service bothers me and makes me wonder what other corners they're cutting. To be specific, the online menu on their own website says kids' meals come with free fries and a salad. The server informed us that this was not correct, and the printed menu confirms this. I had to ask if they'd honor their own website and the server hesitated, which is problematic, but did offer free fries but not the free salad. So, I give them a 4 out of 5 overall; good food and they made up for part of their own website fail. But why don't they toss in the salad (pun intended)? It's such a small cost compared to the hint of stinginess it imparts upon a group of 5 customers. Concretely speaking, we have no plans to return to Il Casale. I'm not trying to be bitter or unforgiving, but if you're a pricey three-dollar-sign restaurant, you should try to give every reason for the customer to return, and that is something Il Casale did not do.

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vipKNoMiddleInitialW
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was excellent from the attentive server to the food. The server was very helpful in navigating the menu which resulted in selecting great food choices.

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GaryH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was a Sunday night and the service was slow. The food was great but it came out cold. We neared with it but it was not as good as it could be if it was hot.

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viprcnl19
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and absolutely exquisite food! Our favorite place for special occasions.

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ABon
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Il Casale for our Christmas Eve dinner and celebration of the holidays. Our family has frequented this restaurant before and have always enjoyed the experience. I ordered the prix fixe menu developed specifically for the occasion. Every course was lovely, made with care and yummy! I would definitely recommend Il Casale and we plan to go again in the new year!

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vipLisaT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve spectacular! An annual dinner may now be at Il Casale. We had the best dinner, from burata to fresh green salad, perfectly dressed, to amazing and beautiful main courses. We enjoyed the seafood mains the most (special scallops & lobster & rock shrimp with pasta), with veal coming up third. All were enjoyed, but the seafood was relished. Service was attentive, and the whole experience was lovely. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have ate at the bar the past 3 Christmas Eves and we love this place .. it is always consistently perfect in atmosphere, food quality and service

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Il Casale - Belmont does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Il Casale - Belmont also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 209-4942.

Il Casale - Belmont is rated 4.6 stars by 2277 OpenTable diners.