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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.

5 Corporate Drive
Shelton, CT 06484
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Bridgeport Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 944-0770

Website:
http://www.ilpalioct.com/

Catering:
Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking.

Executive Chef:
Margherita Aloi

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

Monday Night Wine Special

Mondays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Specials

Monday Night Wine Special

Mondays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Details

10% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 6, 2017 - Feb 6, 2018 on Mondays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

Il Palio Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for a Date (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Authentic (15)
Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our third time back. Food never disappoints. Great service. Love the wine list.
We were celebrating three family birthdays and it felt like we picked the right place, very special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, service, nice bar, great service
Plenty of room. Fish was fresh, dessert was delicious. Would not bring small children.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good service and great food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our second visit to Il Palio was every bit as good as the first. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food. Great waiter.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Th scallop risotto special was amazing. Never seen a thicker piece of delicious halibut.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our favorites. Food is creative and always delicious. Atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Noise level is very high. Lots of conversations!! Service attentive and informative.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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❤️

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always a great meal, service and ambiance .
Will definitely return

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Il Palio was AWESOME, as always. The food is exceptional, and the desserts are the best and most unique we've ever had. The staff are attentive and wonderful, every time!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Creative dishes, great ambiance, nice service, good price. Will definitely go back when in the area

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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

always a consistently good experience with good food. Service was a little slow but waiter was nice so offset it.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was delicious, service was gracious and unhurried, noise level was reasonable. Overall, a lovely experience, if not a bit too pricey casual dining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great place and amazing Italian food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We celebrated a family birthday and the service, food exceeded our expectations!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food prepared with attention to unique flavors and visual details. Fantastic service and a well designed atmosphere which results in a relaxing and enjoyable night out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place lovely for special occasions or every day

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service and food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always an excellent experience! The food, the ambience - a little gem in the center of office buildings. Highly recommended!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food was good, menu is limited and service was poor. After hearing so much about this restaurant, my actual dining experience was disappointing. There are so many excellent restaurants in the area, I would be hard pressed to return to this particular restaurant.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The meal was delicious, fresh and flavorful. The wait staff attentive but no overbearing. Would definitely visit there again and bring friends.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

this is always a treat for us when we are in the area. All the specials were great; carrot soup with scallop, a terrific salad and shrimp pasta with fettucine in a shrimp bisque sauce all good. We really enjoyed the Italian chardonnay also before sharing a delicious tartufo

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellant food and service. Very nice dining room.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had the veal scalippine, the veal wasn't bad. However, some of the veal was chewy and tough. The mashed potatoes were weak, very bland. My expectations are high when we come to your restaurant. Actually, we've been coming there for the past 14 years for our anniversary, but we will return

Regards

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Fantastic night with great food and drink at reasonable prices

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I'm sorry to say but because 2 out of 3 dinners were not correct and for the money we spent (not that this is a problem) we will not be rushing back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The place was pretty empty for a Friday night dinner, so I was concerned that things have gone downhill there. That was not the case however. Everything was great....great service, great food and great ambiance. Always a good experience there.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Delicious food and great lunch option for a business luncheon. Very customer service focused serving team.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

once again it was wonderful.
only negative is that there was one waiter for all the tables in our side of the dining room.
and the room was full service was slow.. but we didn't care as we were catching up with friends

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

One of my all time favorite places to dine , never disappoints !

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I enjoy their delious food and friendly waiters but wish the portions were more. It's pricey for small portion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Always a great meal and service.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I went for a "date night". It was amazing! Great service and the food was fantastic!

We will be back and recommend it to friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

My wife and I have been here several times and we are never disappointed. From the service to the food it is a great place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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