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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

Il Palio Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Romantic (22)
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Authentic (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Healthy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Couldn’t ask for a better evening last Thursday. The hostess, bartender and server were all delightful. From appetizer to dessert we savored and lingered over a fine meal, never rushed. Will return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Superb dining experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very enjoyable. Good food, good service. I had the New York Strip Steak and it was served in a deep dish pan! I did not like that. I would prefer a dinner plate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was fantastic as usual and service great. Beautifully decorated for the Holidays which created a fantastic setting for a holiday lunch. Can’t wait to head back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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 !

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious food served beautifully! Great service. Did not rush. Delightful place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent meal, great service, festive and elegant atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always a pleasure. Never disappoints! Service, food, ambience all above standard.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great evening, lovely decor and food exceptional! Would highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Never disappointed eating at IlPalio, food delicious and service outstanding. Celebrating my husband retirement next week.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. There were plenty of choices on the menu for everyone

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Healthy, Scenic View, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Had a great business lunch with 4 people. Food was outstanding and service was great. I had ministrone soup to start and salmon with a lemon and mustard sauce and both were delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great place . Warm atmosphere and great food. Great bar and party rooms

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Incredible service, delicious food, attention to special needs. Magnifique!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Il Palio is one of my favorite place. The staff, the owners, the bartenders are top notch. The food is amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Burrata was more of a salad than a cheese dish. Waiter was good but had to wait 25 minutes to get the check lol. Water was always filled and overall good experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Never disappointed!!! Impeccable cuisine and welcoming, friendly staff.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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