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Il Palio

4.6
805 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Bar open all day
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Phone number
(203) 944-0770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Margherita Aloi
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Catering
Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridgeport Ave.
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Parking details
Plenty of parking.
Additional
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be open 12-6 on Mother's Day. Full Dinner Menu plus Chef's specials will be offered. Make a reservation today!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 805 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was all fresh and fantastic! Apps are served tapas style (fave: warm olives). Salads are super fresh (fave: beet salad), entrees are properly portioned (fave: Fettucine with shrimp), and the desserts were delicious (fave: bread pudding). They have an extensive wine menu, great beer selection, and some nice prosecco choices. And the service was top notch!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I go for business and pleasure often. It is reliably great every time. The salmon is terrific.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a great place

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Are food Was outstanding! Never had a bad meal there Restaurant is beautiful service is great! If you get a chance try it..

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was excellent. Great service. Good ambiance. Manageable noise level for dinner conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent service
The fish special was a mixture of flavors that went together so nicely
Fresh buratta appetizer was also very good
Fresh Halibut with a generous portion was delicious

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have been to this restaurant many times and always enjoy it. It is higher than "moderate" for expense but we know that. It can be loud . We were just there with 6 people and we did have a comfortable round table but it made it hard to hear those across from you. I have been there with 4 people regular dining and if the table is smaller - the conversation is easier. I have also been there for weddings and other larger gatherings in private rooms, etc. Always lovely - always wonderful food and drinks/ wine, etc. Would definitely recommend as long as people are looking for a lovely meal and not worried about the cost.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful food (as always), wonderful waiter and staff. We went for a birthday celebration and the waiter sang Happy Birthday in 3 different languages before desert. Always a great evening at Il Palio!!!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Birthday celebration

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I’ll Palio, a beautiful restaurant warm and cozy. Excellent food, great service. Nice people. Not much more to say! See you again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The food here is exceptional. They have a great wine selection as well. The waitress was first rate. We’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We were traveling through the area and found this restaurant on Open Table. The restaurant was very nice. The decor, layout and ambiance were very desirable. The service was great. All the employees were welcoming and genuinely appreciative of our visit. The food was excellent. They do not have a big menu. It is not your basic Italian menu. I loved the different ways the food was prepared. My husband who is prefers traditional red sauce Italian wasn’t crazy about the options but agreed that the salmon he ordered was great.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Never fails to impress. Fresh, wholesome ingredients skillfully prepared. Our second home!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food, warm inviting atmosphere, friendly waiter. Wonderful hostess.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and value for lunch. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Another great night at il Palio. Consistently excellent service, with that "just slightly over the top" feel that makes you think you are in the nicest restaurants. Enjoyed trying out some of the small plates we hadn't sampled yet, and then a chef's special pasts dish as well the the NY strip. Both were superb (will say the size of the NY strip was amazing... cooked perfectly, with enough meat to easily feed two normal people)

As a nice surprise - had a chance to spend some time talking with the manager/owner(?) when he came over to our table. We shared stories of wine tasting trips, and he went out of his way to tell us about some upcoming events we definitely wanted to try.

The nicest little treat? He comped our dessert and coffee without even mentioning he would. Just was a little "thanks" on our bill with the reduction on it. How can you not love a place that treats you like that?

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

A real treasure to have such a high quality Italian offering in this area. So glad that my wife and I decided to venture out to enjoy a special occasion. The dining area is elegant and easy to enjoy conversation. The appetizer samplers were a good value and tasty, but the charred octopus salad was on another level as it was tender and delicious. However our entrees were simply fantastic. I had the butternut squash ravioli immersed in a sweet frangelica sauce with just the right amount of cheese and savoryness. Truly unique flavors that left me with a lasting buzz of yum. My wife had the chestnut cavatelli with sausage and peppers. Flavorful and intense. Paired with a Barbera d’Asti that got better with each sip. Finally the Panna Cotta with cherries was a revelation of purity with nothing but authentic flavor kissing the palate. This was a thoughtful elegant meal made with love artistry and passion. Bravissimo!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Il Palio has a sophisticated and well designed setting, especially relative to weak offerings in the suburbs of Connecticut once you get away from Greenwich or New Haven. The wine list was extensive and represented all the key wine regions of Italy well, especially the areas like Alto Adige where one finds some of the best wine values.

Our main courses of Hailut and Veal offered quality ingrediets prepared ina very tradional way. We visited at the end of February so its hard to judge whether the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing locally since mid winter is not an ideal time for seasonal ingredients. My pasta appitizer could have used less time in the water but otherwise the visit, from the welcome on,
warm and yummy and we look forward to future visits.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome staff and outstanding dinner. Being Italian, I am quite picky but the food was really good. We all enjoyed the evening and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable about wines and food.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We just moved to Shelton and this restaurant was recommend by a friend. It was charming, great food, excellent service and a great new favorite spot for us in Shelton!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We rarely head up this direction, and this was a wonderful find. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Stand alone attractive building set among corporate offices seems strange at first but once inside the attractive and tasteful decor is really an unusual setting for the area. Drove 30 minutes and worth it for the food was well prepared with quality ingredients. Attentive but not intrusive service. Not an everyday meal option for worth the drive for a special occasion or just a once in a while elegant meal. Both fish dishes were very good and excellent bread always makes for a good starting sign.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Service and food was excellent. Its in a quiet area at night with plenty of well lit parking.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Delicious food and a wonderful ambiance. It’s nice to find such a nice place for dinner in the area. Great for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Been here many times and it has never disappointed. Food was delicious, and service was great. It was a bit noisy but it was a busy Saturday night. Pricey but worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

A late Valentine's stop - to help us get away from the craziness of a busy week. Greeted at the door warmly, put in a nice secluded corner, and then enjoyed impeccable service, excellent food, time together. Tried the small plate selection for the first time this time around - and really enjoyed it. Will come back to try it on its own as a "late night snack".

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

A friends get together for lunch was very nice. Meals were great and we felt "special". Definitely had a "business person" lunch location. But, we had time to sit and chat and did not feel rushed.
It is a "special occasion" spot.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went on Valentine's Day. Got seated promptly. Got our drinks and appetizers quickly too but had to wait quite awhile for the main course. Food was very good when it did arrive. This is not the norm here, so I would chalk it up to being a busy holiday.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Il Polio is usually good, but I think they over booked. waited a half our to be seated after our schedule reservation and then had to left after waiting an hour and a half after ordering our food. This was an unfortunate and bad experience at an otherwise great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our second Valentine's Day dinner here, and once again they did not disappoint. The food was great, had the Mediterranean halibut, and it was very flavorful and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic, and the deserts are heaven!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Worst experience I’ve ever had and have fine dined around the world! Horrible service and the owner couldn’t care less about my feedback. Will never go back. Thanks for ruining our first Valentine’s Day Dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day dinner was perfect! We are always greeted warmly at the door, were seated immediately in a comfortable location, and enjoyed the excellent service and delicious meal that we know and love at Il Palio.
Can’t wait to return!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Glad to see they had normal menu and Valentine menu. Apps were very good. Main course was good but a bit expensive. Service was excellent but kitchen was very slow . like over 2 hours slow. ambience was good but we polished off a whole wine bottle before dinner came.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fabulous Valentine's Day dinner. The restaurant was absolutely packed; however, our table was a corner cozy and staff was amazing. Can't wait to return

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was good but the service was terrible. My filet was over cooked and my husbands pasta portion was small. The room was very loud and we could not even hear each other. Our waiter barely checked in with us and he never offerred us dessert or coffee so after 15 minutes we just asked for the check.

I had been there for lunch about a year ago and it was good but this experience was very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Have been to Il Palio several times for dinner and special occasions. The service has always been very good and dinner has never disappointed. The ambiance is perfect for either a romantic evening or a business dinner. The restaurant is located in a business park so there is always ample parking either on a work day or weekend. I would recommend I have recommended Il Palio to family who have enjoyed their meals and have returned for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was cozy and romantic. The service was good and the food was delicious. Would definitely go back. Loved it

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Il Palio never disappoints. The perfect spot for lunch with friends. Excellent food, service and ambiance. So glad it's close by.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We went to celebrate my mom’s 90th birthday. The lunch special menu was a favorite for our entire party of four. The food was superb and the portions perfect for lunch. The servers were very attentive and accommodating. It was an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

All dishes are made in-house and are amazing, the pasta exceeded my expectations. Great place

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