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31 reviews
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$30 and under
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LILO circa 2009 is an Italian pizza bistro located in Tappan's historic district opened by brothers, Richard & Robert Pellegrino. Executive Chef J.M. Guallpa prepares a menu that combines impeccable flavors from the Amalfi Coast with moderately priced bistro fare. The bar serves a range of house cocktails, wines by the glass or bottle, and several varieties of homemade pastries from the north of Italy. LILO is also available to host your special events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Pizzeria, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday : 11:30am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(845) 398-1024
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
J.M. Guallpa
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Private party facilities
You are welcome to take over the entire restaurant to host your private event, or at the available off site event space in Blauvelt, NY which seats up to 140 guests. The space includes a fully equipped kitchen and bar. To make arrangements, please call or e-mail LILO as far in advance of your event date as possible.

For large groups that do not wish to buy out the restaurant for their events, please call our reservations line and we will be delighted to discuss seating possibilities.
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Private party contact
Manushka Montemuino: (845) 398-1024
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We make your event planning fun. A catering manager is ready to help make menu selections and choose between a variety of food assortments, determine the appropriate quantities needed, and schedule a delivery or pick up time that works best for everyone. LILO will strive to make this right from your first phone call and ensure the order is ready when you need it.
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Cross street
Oak Tree Road
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Parking details
Parking lot capacity : 1,000 cars
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Public transit
Red & Tan Lines, Metro North, Tor Bus Lines
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Jazz every saturday night
Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 31 People Are Saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Great menu - lots of unique Sicilian dishes. Lovely service. BYIOB!

4.0Dined on June 9, 2017

LILO just went to BYOB. Good to know. Now I can enjoy their homemade food with brought in wines.

4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

This is a pleasant, unpretentious restaurant/pizzeria which was a great setting for a family meal.
The food was well prepared high quality typical "red sauce" Italian and the service was excellent. We will definitely return.

3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was great however the food took forever. Once we got it we loved it!! Waiters were very nice and apologetic.

4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Food always good. Great local place to be able to enjoy.

5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Love Lilo's. Food is great service is great and it's just a nice casual place to grab s great meal and a glass of wine. Always go with my daughter. It's her favorite place.

4.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Great food, real authentic Italian. Enjoy it every time we go.

4.0Dined on June 3, 2016

Food is homemade and delicious. Recommend the meatballs. Waitress was very friendly and accomadating. Family run. Becoming a monthly favorite.

5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

My own fault but haven't been there as regularly as I used to. Last minute quiet dinner for Mother's Day. Seated in the front window where it was quiet. Waiter AND the busboy outdid themselves (as did the chef!). Specials were terrific and portions were generous. A plus, they are now on Open Table. Since the dining room is small, it's a good tool to see if seating is readily available.

5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

An excellent choice for a large party to enjoy an early Sunday dinner. The food an the service definitely rank in the best of Rockland County.

4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

The outside decor looks like a conventional, ordinary pizzeria in a suburban neighborhood ... But inside, the place is very tastefully done, and gives you a very warm and cozy feel. Food is excellent, and because the place is rather small, service is very good and waitstaff is attentive. Main entrees hover in the $20+ range, so unless you're there for pizzeria-style food only, dinner can get pricey. Lilo -- perhaps consider a "small" and "large" portion price for your main entrees. (I never tasted the main entrees ... so I don't know re quality. But the pizzas are outstanding, and the ingredients are super fresh.)

4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

This place refers to itself as a Pizza AND Bistro, and we enjoyed the "Bistro" part. Even though this place seems to do a tremendous amount of takeout business, don't be fooled because they don't let the "Bistro" take a backseat to the "Pizza" part of this place. The dining area is past the takeout counter and is a world all its own, very elegant, warm and well-decorated, with a staff that takes a lot of pride in the place. It's almost like a whole separate restaurant, albeit a small one The staff is very friendly and attentive, and the menu is extensive with so many delicious choices, not to mention the extensive wine and beer list. I didn't have wine or beer though, but instead their signature Sangria, which you see in a large dispenser when you come in and is hard to resist. Also hard to resist is the dessert display they bring out at the end of your meal. Try the chocolate mousse - it's enough for two to share. The dining area is small and it will be difficult to have a conversation that you don't want others to hear, but we enjoyed the place nevertheless. I would like to go back, and hope they keep that nice balance between the takeout part and dining room part.

3.0Dined on February 12, 2015

We were looking for a local restaurant to take our Aunt out to dinner and keep the cost reasonable. We thought a pizza kind of restaurant would cover all interests. Two of us ordered pizza and it probably was the worst dough we have ever eaten. The Pomodoro pizza came with uncooked chunks of cheese on it which was completely un appealing and truly tasteless. I will say that our other guests who had pasta dishes were happier with their food but I personally would see no need to return. In today's restaurant world, there's so many places with fabulous and creative pizza I'd rather go. Please note though, that our spunky little server was very good and helped to make our evening reasonable. Kudos to her.

5.0Dined on February 8, 2015

A great find for Rockland and nortern Bergen county!
Thoroughly enjoyed dinner...chef was great!

4.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Lilo was an unexpected surprise. You walk thru the pizza area to a small quaint dining area. Service & Food were great. The waitress was very accommodating. Would recommend to friends and want to go back to try the pizza and the famous meatballs.

3.0Dined on November 15, 2014

came here with a large party of 18. really couldn't accomodate us but they tried. the place has a front section similar to regular pizza parlor and a back area for proper restaurant. the proper restaurant isn't that big so not idea for large parties.

secondly the portions on salad for double size/family size look like its an individual size portion but charge $22 for a cobb salad....way too expensive for the portion size...

the pizza was as expected if you want to order pizza.

4.0Dined on November 1, 2014

LILO is tucked away in what looks like an abandoned strip mall just over the border into NY on Route 303 in Tappan. If you drive too fast you will miss it so hopefully this review will cause some of you to step on the brake and stop in for a bite. I loved my meal, I thought the veal was pounded and cooked to perfection and I needed more bread to sponge up the sauce. My dining companion loved her pasta dish with the delicious flavors of chicken, veggies, and light cream. But, what I loved most about this experience was the service. The folks that own/run LILO are wonderful. Good service is hard to find in this area - but not at LILO.

3.0Dined on September 19, 2014

The food was good, not excellent. Ambiance so-so. Service very good. The booth seats were uncomfortable.

5.0Dined on August 1, 2014

Dont be fooled by the parking lot or the surrounding vacant stores..what lies inside the doors is worth checking into. You'll feel like you're transported back to an old neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn. The aroma of garlic, tomatoes and fresh baking pizza will capture you in an instant. The menu is extensive with standard items and some old time good Italian comfort food. Daily specials round out the show. Don't skip dessert! The staff are the nicest people who remember your name and go out of their way to make you feel at home.

5.0Dined on June 28, 2014

Once you pass through the doors of this nice establishment, you are transported to a restaurant reminiscent of old-world charm. The dark wood paneling, soft lighting and extensive menus printed in an old-school font gives Lilo a homey feeling that you are going to be cared for and enjoy the dining experience. The service is attentive while not intrusive. We took advantage of the reasonable specials menu to order a steak-and-shrimp scampi dish which was as wonderful a meal as we have enjoyed at more higher-end restaurants. Prior to this, we ordered the pinzimonio appetizer which was prepared with light breading and without soggy vegetables. The home-made tiramisu and other desserts were mouth-watering and delicious! If you're in Tappan, go!

5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

We have been here twice now and the food and service has been outstanding. We ordered specials both times. My wife had an innovative chicken dish that was so good we ordered one to go so we could have it the next day.

Great bang for the buck.

4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

This strip mall restaurant was once a well kept secret. No longer. In my case, I subscribe to their email menu that arrives weekly. A pizzeria up front, the table service at the rear offers a variety of seafood, pasta, chicken etc. dishes, fresh salads, gelatos etc. for dessert. Price is reasonable. Portions are very good and the wait staff delightful.

4.0Dined on April 2, 2014

After making my lunch reservation to this local pizza & bistro place I didn't expect much however, as soon as I entered the restaurant, that all began to change. I expected to see a typical pizzeria type atmosphere. Instead, I entered a cozy bistro with a warm inviting decor. We tried the sausage/broccoli flatbread appetizer which was delicious! I ordered the mussels for my entree and was given a choice of three different sauces. I had the white wine sauce. The mussels tasted fresh and the sauce was very good. For dessert I had the chocolate mousse. It was light, airy, and very smooth and creamy.
I can't wait to tell my friends about this place and come back when the weather gets warm to sit and dine outside.

5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

enjoyed the shrimp risotto & filet of sole stuffed with shrimp

bottle of red

and panacotta

our waitress was a doll !

4.0Dined on February 4, 2014

Owners try to get the word out and publish weekly emails with menu specials for the week. The food is creative and freshly prepared. The servers are terrific, charming, attractive and attentive. Small shop so make sure you make reservations, especially on Saturdays. They do a brisk pizza to go business (with delivery available) as well. Try it.

1.0Dined on September 20, 2013

Rude Staff, and horible service. Avoid.

1.0Dined on September 17, 2013

Don't eat here. They are rude. We were refused seating because they wanted to sit 4 grown men at a table for 2 with 4 chairs at lunchtime when they were empty. We were told if we sat at the larger table we would have to move if a party of six came in. We were about to sit ans spend $100+ on food and appetizers. They even charge for refills of carbonated water. You can dress up the place but in the end they are still a pizzeria that doesn't care about service or customers. They want to franchise. Maybe they should fix their customer service before bringing this horrible experience into other markets.

5.0Dined on July 20, 2013

Lilo is a great local restaurant with an intimate, casual feel. It has an outstanding menu with the usual Italian dishes plus an extensive selection of items with unusual combinations of ingredients that you might not expect, including many healthful and non-meat options, and a nice selection of wines by the glass. Service is always great, very attentive, and prices are reasonable. I have brought friends here on several occasions and they are always eager to return to try something else on the menu. Definitely recommended!

4.0Dined on June 29, 2013

Delicious food from a large choice menu. Very friendly, attentive service. Quiet, small restaurant setting. Will definitely return.

3.0Dined on March 21, 2013

Tucked in a worn out shopping mall in a busy part of Northvale, this charming Italian restaurant and pizzaria is doing a lot of things right. They have created a welcoming atmosphere that allows the diner to completely forget where you are. Could actually be a little joint at the train station in Sorrento. The menu is vast for such a small restaurant and pizza only comprises one small portion of it. The food was well-prepared and presented. The portions were a bit daunting for us. 1st-timers are also given "a couple-uh-slices" to take home. As a result, we took home 3 doggie-bags ! I had a $20 Open Table check to redeem and they had some story that their "machine" wasn't able to process it. Lame. They probably lost this local bc of that

2.0Dined on September 13, 2012

The best pizza around. They do try and make life easy and enjoyable. Very warm welcome