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Il Palio, Shelton, CT
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Il Palio

4.8
4.8
1532 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE - ilpalioct.com
Il Palio was named after the race held each summer in Siena, Italy. Created with a passion, the restaurant has been exquisitely designed and beautifully finished with materials from all over the world. No stone was left unturned and time was not a factor in finding exactly what was required to make the "vision" a reality. The atmosphere created is one of quiet comfort in surroundings reminiscent of an Italian villa. The friendly and courteous staff, the outstanding food, and the efficient service all contribute to the ambiance felt by those who visit the restaurant. Il Palio's fine Tuscan cuisine is a pleasing combination of the highest-quality ingredients and the caring preparation by chefs who take pride in the dishes they present. Like the race in Siena, Il Palio is creating lasting impressions.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Saturday Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 944-0770

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Margherita Aloi

  • Catering

    Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners attend to every detail, anticipating our guests needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chef can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.

  • Private party contact

    Krisztina Gallagher, Event Coordinator : (203) 944-0770 ext. 225

  • Neighborhood

    Shelton

  • Cross street

    Bridgeport Ave.

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,532 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DC

    DebbieC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent! Calamari for an appetizer with fresh zucchini was delicious. Caesar salad, great flavor. Dinner lasagna, best ever and a nice portion size. I had the pasta special which was unbelievable. We highly recommend this restaurant!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Love this place
  3. RD

    RaymondD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & Great service what Else is there to say !
  4. K

    Kevo

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent meal. Great food and service
  5. RC

    RobinC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Always an enjoyable dinner. Kevin our waiter was friendly and a true professional!
  6. EC

    ElCA

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The staff is always attentive to their guest. The food is delicious, presentation is elegant with the correct proportion of food. We eat here every week and have never been disappointed.
  7. LS

    LoriS

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Last minute New Year’s Eve dinner. I’ll Palio always offers a nice ambiance, been coming on and off for years, as we are local. It is a bit over priced, especially the wine list - the wines offered don’t stand up to the prices. They also charged $2 for ice per cocktail, which the waiter (reluctantly) removed. That was the first time we’ve had that happen there (or anywhere in the US). Food overall was good, though a few ingredients were missing from finished dishes.
  8. L

    Lee48

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Drinks, salad, appetizers were great. Our main courses were mediocre. Still, the ambiance is exceptional, especially during the holidays. Not the first time we’ve been disappointed with our main plates.
  9. M

    Minkie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful, innovative menu and delicious food. Il Palio never disappoints. It was a perfect birthday celebration.
  10. SZ

    StephanieZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. Pleasant friendly servers.
  11. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was referred by a friend who connected us with the owner - so special evening. Could not have been better. Service was friendly and attentive. Setting was fantastic - high top in the bar area. Food was delicious with generous portions. Only the people were better than the food!
  12. C

    Closeenuff

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go for a late lunch and you will think you're in Europe. The restaurant has lovely decor and on sunny days, a wonderful glow. The food meets the atmosphere. While I had an appetizer for my lunch, my husband had a delicious pasta dish. Pasta is a major star here: handmade and just silky. The antipasto appetizer of sliced meats was fresh and tasty; far removed from a deli. Stay for the tartufo!
  13. DK

    DeborahK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious, and it was lovely and Christmassy.
  14. H

    Hunterje

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere
  15. KM

    KenM

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great all around evening. Thanks very much.
  16. F

    Foody5

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my birthday. Everyone liked their meals. I’ll be going back soon.
  17. J

    Jasper

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet dinner for two enjoying the fabulous food and engaging company of Jose and Claudio! Everything was perfect for a dinner on the eve of the thanksgiving chaos! Thank you!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Skip the cocktails and stick with wine or beer. Unfortunate attempt at an old fashioned sapped my enthusiasm for this highly recommended spot.
  19. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food and creative dishes always amazing. However our server forgot our salad and brought our entrees sooner than we expected. The chef offered us two desserts as we have been long time customers. Love Margherita Aloi and her style of cooking. Interior is gorgeous and decorated beautifully for the holidays. Must try. You will want to return for sure
  20. MC

    MicheleC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal, service, and ambience were amazing. Definitely a treat. They are more expensive than other restaurants but the quality, service, and food are top notch
  21. JA

    JAZJR

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Grilled Octopus salad was fantastic for starters followed up with Halibut which was superb! Cant wait to head bsck.
  22. N

    Nancianna22

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This is one of our go places for an excellent meal. This time the service was a bit slow. It took an hour for our main course to come out. It may have just been an off night for them. I had the halibut & my husband had the deboned chicken, both very good. The spinach salad we shared & was surprised it wasn’t split in the kitchen. We shared salads before & they split them in the kitchen. We will definitely return!
  23. JP

    JamesP

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The swordfish special was overcooked and grossly overpriced. Beware of specials!!
  24. GL

    GeneL

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    We were very impressed as we drove up to a beautiful place but were sorely disappointed in the food. The waiter had a spanish accent that was difficult to understand and the service was peremptory. Living proof You ant eat atmosphere
  25. f

    feministfoodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have been to Il Palio four times, and each time everything we ordered was excellent. Last night was no exception. We sat out on the deck (they have propane heaters this time of year), which is lovely, and much quieter than the dining room you walk through to get to it. The service is attentive (although a wee bit less so when you're the only folks seated on the deck) and warm, not slow and snooty like some fancy restaurants can be. The prices are a bit steep, but you can't beat the quality—nice place for special occasions.
  26. L

    Longtimefan

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and service. We went at 6pm on Saturday. By 730pm, it was so noisy, it was bothersome. Some method of acoustical dampening would be ideal
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    When we arrived we told our waiter that we wanted a particular dessert - cheesecake He did not check on the availability and other people ordered it and they ran out We were disappointed
  28. SD

    SarahD

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, excellent new menu
  29. b

    boatbuddy2007

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both the pasta and filet were excellent. Flatbread was especially tasty. We found the portions to be ample and the cost was in line with the quality offered. There was a large party next to us but by the time their food arrived, the noise level settled down. We go there for dinner 3-4 times a year but wonder why not more often. Guess we deserve to be treated special so why wait for a special occasion.
  30. DC

    DebbieC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration 46th anniversary- we eat here on a regular basis and are never disappointed
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the portions were satisfying; we didn’t leave hungry. Service was phenomenal. Highly recommend.
  32. JV

    JohnV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We arrived on time with my 90 year old mom and had to wait for a table for 20 minutes. When we were seated we were right outside the kitchen entrance and the kitchen combined with the restaurant was very loud A few small things that I thought may help make for a better experience: The high top table that we sat at adjacent to the hostess stand was sticky The place mats at the dinner table were cheap and 2 of the three were dirty and frayed Our waiter and the hostess were very nice
  33. B

    Bolero

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, food was exceptional. Very accommodating and a beautiful venue.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  35. SD

    SueD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We were seated in the main dinning room, and no one (other then the water person) came to our table or even acknowledged us for over 20 mins. finally, after my husband got up and spoke to the hostess about it, did a waitress come over. She did apologize for the long wait and explained something about the tables being split in the dinning room and somehow no one had our table?? Is that our fault? Pretty lame excuse, but she did send over an app on the house for our inconvenience and comped our drinks. other then that our dinners were delicious as always and everything else was fine. We have never had that happen to us before at Il Palio, usually always a great time!
  36. C

    Cdeight

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Poor service would be a compliment. Our waiter was only concerned with his large party. Never came back after taking our initial dinner order. Seated at 6:45, finally asked for our check close to 8:20. Multiple chances to make things right. Atrocious. To the manager who never came back to see if anyone actually came to wait on us. Poor! Asked him for a desert menu and some coffee. Still waiting. In the end instead of an apology the original waiter insulted my wife “not my favorite” when he found out we were forgoing a tip. Busy is no excuse for NO customer service.
  37. AS

    AlanS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to Il Palio since the pandemic began. They haven't lost a step. As good as we remembered, from the food to the service. Always favorites on the menu and always some special specials for the gourmet. A little loud, but that actually adds to the experience because you can tell your fellow diners are having a good time too. Not a place we would frequent for a casual meal, but for a special occasion (our 57th wedding anniversary this time), it can't be beat.
  38. F

    Foodie17

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Been here many times. Last couple times very noisy. 5:00pm reservations. Wife’s food excellent. I ordered fish. Delivered by waiter. First bite , it was dry. Waiter never returned to table I ate about half hoping center of halibut would be better it was not. Told water attendant to find waiter. Waiter says, “I see you ate half of it “ Very rude. I was ready to say something but wife was waving her head. So, we just paid , left a generous tip. Waiter did take my meal off the bill. I just wanted a good meal.
  39. BR

    BeckyR

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional! We had a Ceasar salad and soup. It was hands down the best Ceasar I've had, and the soup was so fresh tasting! When we ordered, we didn't remember the special which included Halibut, so we specifically said we wanted Halibut. The waiter then said, "So you want the pappardelle?" And we again said the one with the Halibut. When the entrees arrived, we had a Pappardelle dish that had Italian sausage and no Halibut. The good thing is, it was delicious! However, we were disappointed not to get the dish we asked for. The 2nd entree was the filet mignon. It was spectacular! We shared it. I was taken aback by the bus boy commenting with a laugh that I ate it all. It felt like he was shaming me. My husband ate a third of the steak and I, 2-thirds.
  40. PN

    PeggyN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite when I come to CT. The food, service, and ambience is always perfect. Wonderful menu selections and specials!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Il Palio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 944-0770.

Il Palio is rated 4.8 stars by 1532 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Il Palio

5 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bridgeport Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Shelton

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Saturday Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Margherita Aloi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 944-0770

  • Catering

    Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners attend to every detail, anticipating our guests needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chef can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.

  • Private party contact

    Krisztina Gallagher, Event Coordinator : (203) 944-0770 ext. 225

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