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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (26)
Romantic (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Business Meals (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Casual (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Have been there before and it was great. This time not so much very disappointed. For the price food and service should of been top notch and far from it. Would not rush back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoy the ambiance of this restaurant, with a lovely location, great service and food. Enjoyed celebrating our friends marriage with a special dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Boise)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Not over the top by any means but they had my hopes up Food is just ok

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

went for a lunch date with a friend ordered a salad with fish on it the fish was very dry and salty sent it back ended up with an arugula salad that was very small not impressed and would never go back

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Place was great. Had the chicken scarp which was terrific. Headed back for the second time this week!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food and comfortable environment. The service was impeccable. We live so close and feel lucky to have this notable restaurant nearby. Our appetizers, drinks, and food were all worth every penny. Delizioso!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

First, I want to start off with the positives. The restaurant is beautiful and clean. The food was very good. The service was HORRIBLE.

We didn’t know who our waiter was at any point, was always flagging down someone from drinks to dinner to check.

I would not go back to this restaurant anytime soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I have been to Il Palio several times, for both lunch and dinner, and have always been pleased. The service at this dinner was superb and enhanced the experience. The food was top notch and well-presented. The restaurant has a very nice wine list by the glass. I definitely recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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·Dined on January 13, 2018

What a wonderful surprise to find a top caliber restaurant in Shelton.The service was great the food was terrific and they went ought of their way to make my daughter's bon voyage to college dinner special with a desert especially for her. Can't wait to go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 6, 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 2, 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 24, 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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