Il Palio

4.7
901 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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
What 901 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, but was highly disappointed to find my delicious leftover steak was not sent home with me! Recurved someone else’s leftovers!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual, by far the best in our area.

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the lunch special is absolutely the best value in the area

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DG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Il Palio is the Connectcut equivalent of an upscale Midtown Italian. The octopus salad was outstanding and I asked the waiter if the chef could do an off the menu pasta and wild mushrooms. No problem, and it was excellent. Thank you

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D
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will continue to recommend to others for lunch and dinner.

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DR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Having seen the beautiful decorations for the holiday we thought it would be a great place for a Friday evening to end the week. We have been to Il Palio off and on since it opened years ago and sometimes it is exceptional and other times like this past Friday it was underwhelming.
Noise level was high, which was to be expected on a Friday evening. We split lettuce wedge which unlike most higher end restaurants where it is a huge wedge, well, we each had maybe 3 forks full. It was tasty but not worth $11.00. The meals came and both were room temperature. The waiter did not come to check on us until we were 3/4 finished so i never did get to order a glass of wine with my meal. The desserts were the best part of the meal and those also were "made to order" and luke warm at best. No excuses at this price point to have this disappointing evening.

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DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance are top notch! Highly recommended for date night!

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, exquisite food with wonderful service. It is on the pricey side so,for us, it is more of a special occasion place. Highly recommended.

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OK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creatively prepared and delicious. Our waiter Domenic was terrific. The hostess was lovely and gracious. Looking forward to a return visit.

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first visit was a winner. Delightful setting, great service, super drinks, and delicious food.
Well worth the slightly higher prices.

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J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about El Palio is wonderful. The food is creatively conceived and always delicious. Interesting combinations of vegetables accompany the meat and fish dishes we ate. Desserts or heavenly as well. The decor is beautiful and the ambience warm and welcoming.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined at ll Palio several times and the experience is consistently good.

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DE
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The meatballs were at best Luke warm, but they need some work on them. They are not the best meatballs ever!!! Not even close. Costco has better frozen. My dish the polo scrap it was good, but still needs a little work. The bread pudding!!!! Great. The service Great!!!, the waiter class act. The resturant ... Just simply beautiful ..Great!!! Drinks👍🏻I might not recommend but I’d def would give another chance.

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time coming here and I was glad I did. I proposed to my girlfriend here, and the experience couldn't of been better. The staff was unbelievable and the owner gave us a new favorite restaurant to come back to. The restaurant is visually stunning to look at inside and out, and unlike other reviews it was very easy to get to. The food lived up the the hype and was cooked perfectly. I had the filet mignon, and my finance the Halibut.. We started with the buffalo mozzarella and desserts were apple tart and tartufo. Again, both unbelievable dishes and no complaints about anything. The food was great and priced well, but the owner and the staff made our moment all the more memorable . Can't wait to go back!!

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EV
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and atmosphere were all fabulous. Noise level was very good as you could carry on a normal conversation without shouting! Only two things to comment on negatively; the gnocchi were overcooked. Never, ever overcook pasta especially gnocchi! Also, I wanted raw horseradish for my filet and it had olive oil in it! I get that this is an Italian restaurant and EVOO is a main staple, but don’t put it in horseradish please! Other than that a very good experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, Service and their wide variety of wines available will not disappoint you, period. Will continue to go back and enjoy their FOOD which is really the primary key to fine dinning.

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TR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Prompt service. Great experience. Thank you.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here, the first time was many years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t come back sooner. The atmosphere was exceptional. It’s hard to find a good restaurant that is so cozy and quiet. The food and drink exceeded my expectations. Our server was very helpful in pairing the perfect wine with our meals. I will be back soon!

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CK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional!! I proposed to my girl friend her and the staff was more than welcoming and help full threw out the whole thing. The food was pricey but worth the occasion. The only down side my mashed potatoes tasted like they where from a box. Overall it was a great visit!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Il Palio for our 1 year anniversary dinner. The food was outstanding from appetizers to dessert! The drinks were completely custom and delicious. The pace was good and the ambiance was fitting. We had a great dinner together.

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had been to Il Palio a number of times in the past and it had been excellent. Then on our last visit (before this one), we had not very good service and the food was slow to arrive. This time, the wine glasses on the table were dirty; the service was terrible, with errors (finally flagged someone down to place a drink order, then they brought the wrong drink); the kitchen was EXTREMELY slow (sat down about 7:15, got the entrees a few minutes after 9pm, it might have been faster if we could have gotten someone's attention to place our order, but it was still far too long after it was placed). The food was very good when received. Having finished entrees, I received an email from Open Table while we were waiting for dessert items. The email asked me why we had not come to our reservation at Il Palio that evening, and contained a link to their rules about missed reservations and their system, so I went out to the hostess station to point out that we had arrived and in fact had been there as a group for 2.5 hours. Part of our group had come in roughly 1/2 hour before the reservation time for drinks. On balance, I can think of other places to spend our money and I do not know when we'll be back.

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NM
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place ❤️! The bast food in CT and our very favorite restaurant!

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G
New England
93 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again Il Palio for a memorable anniversary dinner! The salads, chicken scarpiello & veal scallopine were so fresh and perfectly done. Service was excellent as always! We also enjoyed the seasonal decorations-will return soon!

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SG
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met friends at Il Palio and it was fantastic. So many excellent choices on the menu. I had the halibut, it was exceptional.
We agreed we are all coming back! The only trick is it is a bit hard to find!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our Anniversary and we were not disappointed. The staff was attentive and courteous. The food was absolutely outstanding. This was our first time but we'll be back again for sure.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! They went out of their way to make our 15 year anniversary memorable. The food and the staff were amazing! I would highly recommend to everyone!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic dining experience great food attentive service really beautiful restaurant

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary here. I am from New York and I have to say this was by far THE BEST restaurant I have ever been too. The food was the best I have ever tasted. The staff was AMAZING! Everyone was just so wonderful and nice. If there was an option to give 10 stars I would. I HIGHLY recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the appetizer of small plates to the main course, Il Palio is magnificent. I would recommend trying the small plates as they are quite delicious...meatballs, sausage and Rabe, and Provalone cheese plate. Excellent indeed!

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. We especially enjoyed the tiramisu. It was delicate and rich. The only reason service didn't receive five stars is due to how long we waited to get our bill, after we had finished savoring our dessert. Ambiance didn't get five stars, because towards the end of our meal, the music changed from elegant background music that complemented our experience to nightclub type music that detracted from our experience. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and have marked Il Palio as a place to go for special celebrations.

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MN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is just fabulous. Service was very good, the ambiance is special, and they pour a nice glass of wine!

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MS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Our favorite high level restaurant.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great waiting staff and the place is beautiful. We went to dinner for date night for a 7pm reservation. One downfall was the noise level in there. It was so loud I had trouble having a conversation with my wife but the food and wait staff made it well worth it! (There were a few larger tables and a surprise birthday that contributed to the high noise level) All in all I highly recommend it, I got the pumpkin filled ravioli with a prosciutto and a good cheese over it which was fabulous and o there cocktails are great as well!!

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service - great specials and menu items. Food is cooked perfectly.

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LV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my husbands birthday. I loved the warm upstairs room with fireplace. It has a cozy feel. The waiters were pleasant and the variety of food was amazing!!

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch place for dinner. First class all the ways without first class prices. Cost is very reasonable for such a classy place with great food.

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M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Set on the side of a corporate park, but don't let that sway your opinion. This restaurant is one of the nicest looking spaces I've seen in the Shelton area. The food was delicious and the service was top notch, I would recommend this as an awesome date-spot for anyone in the area.

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JC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant over 5 times and always has been excellent. Best restaurant in Shelton

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p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful lunch there. Good portions, friendly staff and the food is always delicious. Great for special occasions too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great service. Food and wine was memorable. We really enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely recommend to all my friends! Looking forward to going back.

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