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About Il Palio
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.
Shelton, CT 06484
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Plenty of parking.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Palio Ratings and Reviews
We have been to Il Palio many times - the food is always yummy and is consistent. Our service was not up to par this time. Our waiter was too busy to tell us the "specials" so a young man with much less experience read them to us - they didn't seem exceptionally appealing. Claudio, our waiter - seemed happy to see us at first - the rest of the night he seemed distracted - I mentioned that we were celebrating my husband's birthday - it was never mentioned or acknowledged by the waiter. When we were given our check, the waiter dropped it at our table, had no eye contact and was looking over my husband's head - looking elsewhere. The food was good but service was not personal and it was disappointing.
Chef Margherita never ceases to please with her inventive and creative dishes. The chestnut cavateli, the great wines the warm caponata and the roaring fireplace made this holiday luncheon so enjoyable and cozy. The homemade lentil minestrone with spinach was unprecedented. The pizza crust was perfectly crisp and so tasty. Service attentive and good. Love her and her food. Brava Chef Margherita !
Made a reservation for a holiday lunch. Was lucky to get a table in front of the fireplace! Food was delicious and a good variety for all to choose form as one of my group we deem a picky eater . .We chose the price fixed menu and were not disappointed. Service was fine . It was quite busy due to a lot of Christmas gatherings. We were not rushed though and everything came out without delay.
One of our diners found a foreign object in their lasagna. The manager removed that dish from the final bill, however, I think he could have offered a round of drinks or thrown in desert but he did not. Not looking for anything for free but it would have gone a long way to entice us back. Sorry No!!
The restaurant was busy but the service was attentive and friendly. We both had fish dinners. The portions were adequate and the flavor was excellent. The ambience was ideal for a romantic, memorable meal. We will go back even though it is a 35 minute drive.
Came here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. While the restaurant was very busy that night - we were seated right away. After we sat down - a waiter who had served us on a previous visit (not the waiter for today) came by to let us know that he knew that on our prior visit things had been a bit rushed - and so offered to give us complementary desserts on our visit this time. We were surprised and pleased at this - and mentioned we were here for our 25th. He congratulated us, and came back a few minutes later with two glasses of champagne as a special treat.
The rest of the evening was delightful - the food excellent as always, and the service extremely good. A nice end to our special day.
Though the noise level is high at lunch, it’s still a great place for a business meal. The staff was friendly and courteous, the service was outstanding with a really engaging waiter. He went out of his way to accommodate our choice of wine, dessert etc. I recommend them highly.
We are long time diners at Il Palio and when every the season changes we always go there to see what Margherita has done with the menu. As always, NEVER DISAPPOINTED -- the fall Carrot soup was outstanding and the butternut squash ravioli with prosciutto so thin you could see through it -- amazing. Elizabeth, our sever was terrific, spacing the courses out so we had a chance to relax and enjoy the wine. -- We will be back!
We are flying to CT for classes every 6-8 weeks and found this GEM ! On Thursday night I ate the best Salmon Anyone could ask for ! We decided to return Friday night and were not disappointed (we were floored)! Absolutely the best Scallops with pasta ! Desert was delicious. We are so happy with this place. We feel at home there❤️
My husband and I LOVE the food and service at Il Palio. I wanted every “Special” the Waiter described. The only thing that was frustrating was the noise level. Our reservation was at 7pm and we couldn’t have a conversation without leaning in to the table. We did not feel rushed and will definitely return. I think lunches we’ve had are more quiet.
The reservation process was easy and painless on the internet. The transition from the bar to the table was based on our timing, not the exact reservation time, and transferring the bill was no problem. The food was delicious. All in all a great dining experience
Truly one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted politely, promptly seated and served a glass of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary. Service (our server Elizabeth) was excellent and the food was superb. We had a puréed cauliflower soup with a diver scallop, followed by halibut over escarole and gelato for dessert. Portion sizes were perfect. The support staff was readily available, but did not hover, filling water glasses quickly and quietly. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, even just a Monday.
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