Il Palio

4.7
857 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • 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
What 857 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended for a nice meal.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Every time I get to enjoy a meal by my favorite chef is a very special occasion! I love this place

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Lunch special is excellent food at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary, staff was very kind and celebrated with us with many well wishes and complimentary drinks upon our arrival. Server was very attentive and helped with great suggestions. Wonderful experience, we will be back.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Went for a date night dinner and enjoyed our food. Drinks were very good and so was our service.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The fish special was fresh and delicious, a well as, the homemade pasta dishes. Service was very good. No complaints overall. Best Italian restaurant in the area. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We had a great time. The food was delicious and the staff were attentive. Great 20th anniversary dinner!💜

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Amazing food, great service. The dining room was very nice and the server was knowledgable. Would def reccomend to anyone. Cannot wait to visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Went to Il Palio as a date night with my wife. We live in the area and passed this restaurant many times but never visited. The atmosphere was very upscale with appropriate mood lighting and quiet enough were we could enjoy a pleasant conversation.
The service was attentitive without being overbearing and the waiter was very knowledgable with every aspect of the menu. He also suggested a wine that was excelent and did not break the bank.
The food was superb and was the kind of dinner where you wanted to savor every bite. I had a grilled filet with a red wine reduction over garlic mashed potatos and broccoli rabe that was outstanding. We finished with desert and an after dinner drink topping off a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food - Service & Ambiance all were outstanding! A very nice wine selection & knowledgeable staff

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

What a great "ladies lunch" we had! It was leisurely and delicious!
AND it was a bargain! The portions were perfect for lunch and our
waiter was great!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Connecticut. Must try!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Fantastic food Great ambiance. We ate on the patio but have eaten inside. Also beautiful. Great wine list. We all had an outstanding meal.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Il Palio always pleases with good food and good service. They are also very accommodating to special requests on and off menu. We had early reservations on a busy Saturday night but never felt rushed. The upscale atmosphere is tarnished a bit by the noise level which is reflective of it's popularity but we will definitely return soon.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Love love love Il Palio! Delicious food & drinks, friendly staff. Price fixed lunch is s great deal!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We’ve been dining here for last 6 years; always an amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It was my husband’s birthday. We sat out on the patio. We have been to Il Palio many times over the years. It never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent Service!!.. Claudio was on point with the menu and his recommendations. Very good authentic Italian cuisine served in a gorgeous restaurant. If your in the mood for Italian food, I would highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Had a fantastic chicken saltimbocca with sausage, roasted potatoes and string beans. Topped off with a cappuccino and tiramisu!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Ambience and congenial staff were very impressive. Clean crisp atmosphere created an appetizing atmosphere along with well groomed wait staff and good service. Food was very good and not your typical Commercial Italian food. I was also surprised that we were able to take home the left over wine. Great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Ever since we discovered Il Palio a few years ago, we have used it regularly as an ideal meeting place for lunch between Stamford and Litchfield, given its convenient location just off Route 8 in Shelton, and its remarkable prix-fixe lunch. You won't find a better lunch deal in the entire state, not just in terms of price, but given the excellent quality of the food, as well as the included third course -- a scoop of refreshing gelato or sorbetto to finish the meal. Each time we dine there, we are impressed with how consistently good the experience is. The restaurant is attractive and spacious, with a great room downstairs for private parties and a new patio for outdoor dining. If you are looking for fine Italian cuisine in a comfortable and sophisticated setting, this is the place.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Sounds a little silly but my silverware kept falling into my plate. I would cut my chicken and place my knife on the plate/bowl and it kept slipping into my meal. As for the meal and service it was excellent and I will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent. This is our top restaurant. Everything was perfect. What more can I say.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food and great service.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Overpriced

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

After hearing many positive things about Il Palio we finally were able to go mid-week for dinner. Maybe I just expected too much, but overall I found it good to very good. But not great. The restaurant is beautiful. Reminded me a little of being at a winery near Florence. It was busy but not packed. No issues hearing any of our group of six. Our waiter was Claudio and he was one of the best parts of the evening. Both of his wine recommendations were spot on when I described what I was looking for. Two of us ordered the beet salad. It was presented nicely with a nice variety of beets. The ones who ordered the Caesar salad where underwhelmed. The Veal Scallopini had a delicious sauce, but the veal did not seem to have been sauteed well and an almost raw flour flavor took away from the dish. The lasagna was passed around the table and everyone agreed it was one of the best they had ever had. A few desserts were ordered and shared. All good to very good. Only the Coffee Creme Brulee stood out as exceptional. Pricing was pretty typical for a very nice restaurant, but for the location I would have expected either better value or better portions.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Service was wonderful. Food was great. really enjoyed the restaurant and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent as usual

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Loved the place and the food! Atmosphere was great! Food and drinks were awesome too. Portions a bit larger than expected but food was really good! Great for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Il Palio continues to be the best atmosphere and the best food. A great place for special occasions, business meals or everyday fair. We highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Il Palio is outstanding in every way! We are always welcomed back warmly and treated like valued guests. Anything you order is prepared perfectly and served well by its friendly & efficient staff. Once it gets a little warmer, we cannot wait to try the outdoor seating area, a long anticipated new feature!
Til next time!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We had a great meal in a wonderful atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had beet salad to start. It was very good! My husband had halibut and I had veal. Both were delicious! Dessert was lemon tiramisu. Also very good! It was a great meal!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Everyone in our group thought the food was very good and we all had a good tine.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Il Palio is a top restaurant in Connecticut.... a must for all! Super food, Super Service and great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food, service & wine list. Split the pappardelle for an app. All meals were plentiful and very good. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. Wine list had many offerings at reasonable prices. My wife had a large piece of Salmon that was excellent. Overall a 5 star experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our waitress Liz was extremely attentive and professional. The food was delicious!!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The outstanding food was offset by the incredibly slow service. Our waiter did not tell us about the daily specials, which we heard him explain to other tables. Also, complimentary after dinner drinks were offered to a neighboring table, but not to us. We were also seated near an external door on the lower level on a cold and wet night, so whenever the door was opened (which happened frequently) the tables in the immediate area felt a wet and cold breeze. The restaurant should have known better than to sit guests in that area.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This was our first visit in some time. The food and service were outstanding. Great place for special occasions.

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