Il Palio

4.7
982 reviews
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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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MM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding time with friends celebrating 2 birthdays.

A beautifully designed building of modern Italian architecture. The apps and entres were plentiful and outstanding. Good selection of specials to the menu. The halibut was outstanding. The deserts were excellent. The service was attentive.

Only comment from group was the filet was not as good as other entres. Over cooked and not tender.

Overall - Thumbs Up. One of the nicest restaurants in the area!!!

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PJ
New England
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, the food was absolutely delicious. Although I was looking for a specific entree that was not on the menu, Liz and the kitchen staff were unbelievably accommodating in recreating the dish and it was phenomenal. Thank you so much for another great dining experience.

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with the prix fixe $12.95
lunch menu. Great service too!

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PM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service seemed a bit rushed but explainable for a busy Saturday night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat upstairs from the bar, warm yet not overbiight atmosphere. Crispy asparagus appetizer was excellent. Entrees - a risotto dish and filet mignon - were cooked to perfection. Service was effective and not overbearing. Worth the visit and will be back.

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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable and delicious! Best lunch in town!

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a chef-driven restaurant which is what makes it such fine dining. There are always some new dishes, changing with the season and ingredients. Every dish is well considered and prepared.
The dining rooms are lovely and festive. The staff is attentive. Go for a delicious dinner!

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, nice atmosphere and great service. Enjoyed it very much

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally recommend to friends and coworkers. Have been there several times, and have never been disappointed.

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SS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place to dine and the food is always delicious.

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DD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We had dined here several times before and were always impressed with all aspects of food, service and ambiance. Unfortunately, this last visit missed the mark on all three counts. My wife had a fish dish and the fish tasted "fishy" for lack of a better description. My son had a filet mignon and it had a broad ribbon of fat and I had a spaghetti dish that was non-descript. Our waiter was, for the most part, non-existent and inattentive. The noise level in the east dining room was deafening (mostly due to a party of six in the middle of the room who perhaps thought they were in a private setting). So, over all, things didn't go so well. We are not removing II Palio from a list, just moving it down a notches on the list of go-to venues.

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Z
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambience, great service. Definitely we will be back.

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MK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was there 15 years ago and place had not changed

Italian italian

Essentially, the real deal.... as authentic as it gets, down to a Sicilian waiter!

Amazing wine list and a real tight menu with only a few rock star offerings

A wonderful place and destination to return to once again

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S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Service was excellent as was the food. Will definitely go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious. Service (Justin ) exceptional!

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating our anniversary but it was not acknowledged by restaurant staff

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time. Really enjoyed the evening. Nice place not rushed.

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BR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing, relaxing, pleasing evening...good food, good, wine, good conversation may seem trite but this was this and so much more! I’ll be back!

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy the food and service at IlPalio and take all our important lunch dates there.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent. Advice from waitress on what to order was excellent. Food & value was excellent. An extremely pleasurable dinning experience.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first class restaurant in a beautiful building on elegant grounds. The menu is thoughtful, and the food is well prepared. The service was very good. One of the few times we have left a restaurant thinking we would have been willing to pay more for the meal we just had.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Scallop appetizer was one of the best I've ever had
Chicken meal was excellent
Calamari & ny strip steak were average
Restaurant is slightly overpriced

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was a little on the slow side but food was excellent.

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SC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Our server, Liz, was wonderful. We will return.

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r
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely table by the fireplace, birthday dinner celebration for 3 of 4 in party.
Everything was lovely, however one of us ordered filet mignon and order it medium-rare. It came rare.
They quickly took away and while waiting brought a complimentary prosciutto platter!
The filet however was just not up to par, meat was tough and chewy and had gristle. After much deliberation my friend agreed to tell waiter about it.
They very nicely said they would remove her meal from the bill. Very unexpected but they did the right thing.
Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed their meals and the evening.
Would not let this experience keep us away!

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C
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town from the Philly area, we decided to give I’ll Palio a try. Great restaurant. Wonderful, tasteful decor, delicious, we’ll prepared food and friendly, helpful staff made this a terrific choice. We attended a birthday party the following day with local family and couldn’t wait to tell them to check Il Palio out for a fine dining experience.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely venue. Good value. A little slow in the beginning. A little noisy. Overall excellent dining experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drink for my Dad’s birthday!! We will be back.

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KK
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal....great ambiance and service in a cozy setting on a cold winter night. The filet and gnocchi special were both amazing.

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b
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat out quite a bit, probably 80 times a year for the past 20 years or so. This includes stints lilving in London, Shanghai and Singapore. When at home in Connecticut I look to places in Fairfield and Westport as well as NYC. I had a friend from Asia staying in Shelton for a business trip and started researching restos in the area which is how we ended up at Il Palio.

We had a weekday dinner and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and service. My wife had the the roasted Salmon, a generous portion and perfectly done rare. I tried a bite, excellent. Our guest had some simple spaghettini with Bolognese sauce having flown in from Hong Kong the previous evening. I had the tuna tartare starter, served on a bed of avocado, seasoned and dressed. OMG! Followed by Pollo Scarpariello which was super tasty. Dessert followed. Oh yeah, Barbera by the glass is always a winnner for me. Pricing, when you account for the quality of the food and service, was very reasonable. Seeing how it was a Tuesday night and the kitchen and staff put on a quality meal, this restaurant gets my recommendation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good but my husband ordered a salad and I ordered a cappuccino and we never got it.

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PE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Went to Il Palio before Center stage production. Service was fantastic! We had Lasagna and also the Halibut. Delicious and both prepared to perfection. We highly recommend it! Top notch!!

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CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Il Palio is the best. The staff is very attentive and Cliff will do anything to make you feel at home. Margherita's food is absolutely delicious. This will always be my favorite place to go to!

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C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Margherita and her staff do an amazing job offering fresh, delicious options. For a special occasion or just a nice night out, Il Palio is the best in the area. Service is exceptional!

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give more than 5 stars for food quality, I would. Excellent as always!

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, but I found the food to be mediocre and the prices to be high.

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B
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch today! Nunzio maitre D authentic Italiano! Justin our server was very wine saavy pairing my wine with each course. Chef northern Italian cuisine very unique for this area! First time here won't be the last! Ciao

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, very nice atmosphere. We regularly eat here when we are looking for something special

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KH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food is always outstanding but we had a horrible waiter. A blonde kid, don’t remember his name. It was Valentines day so understandably busy. However, it took him forever to come over. We had menus but no wine list. Get the wine and he comes over and without a word, takes away our menus....we hadn’t ordered. We get him to bring the menus back and he asks if we want appetizers. I order mine and he walks away before my boyfriend orders his. Get him back again and he apologizes. We ask for bread. He turns to the busboy and speaks in Spanish and asks him to get us bread. The busboy looked at him not understanding what he said. He didn’t speak Spanish.... get our appetizers but he’s no where to be found to order our entrees.
The people next to us were also having issues with him.
Highly recommend for food and atmosphere but run if a young blond waiter comes to your table.

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