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Fascino, Montclair, NJ

Fascino

4.6
4.6
2090 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Fascino, the brainchild of celebrity Chef Ryan DePersio and his family, is a study in modern Italian food, coined "Italian without borders." Ryan's unique approach is apparent, showcasing his years with world renowned chefs Jean Georges Vongrichten and David Bouley. Achieving a Zagat food rating of 26, it states, a "consistent" "favorite" for its "elegant", "innovative" interpretations of "traditional" dishes (and his mom's "alluring" desserts). 16 years and going strong, Fascino was renovated in 2010, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has an expanded menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 233-0350

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan DePersio

  • Private party facilities

    Party Rooms Available for 20-100 people. Photos and Party Menus available on our website - www.fascinorestaurant.com

  • Private party contact

    Chris Pavone: (973) 233-0350

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Cross street

    Grove Street

  • Parking details

    Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Lackawanna Train Station

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. KG

    KenG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service excellent. Food was very good fresh and well prepared
  2. n

    nyguestlynda

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Having been to Fascino several times we returned with friends for dinner. It was so disappointing. The appetizers were tasteless. arancini was so hard you could hardly cut them and lacked any flavor. The meatball , although tender, was not seasoned at all. The main course of fish, was fine, but the eggplant Parmigiana, again, lacked taste. It was almost like the chef failed to even use salt..Ryan was not in the kitchen last night so perhaps that had something to do with it. The last two disappointments were the delivery of ice….I had asked for a bucket of ice which was delivered in a plastic container like you would use when getting take out! and as soon as we sat down at 7Pm, were told the Foccacia was not available so therefore no bread. Who runs out of an appetizer by 7 ?
  3. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A welcoming restaurant with excellent food and staff!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Staff and owners made you feel like you were part of the family
  5. EC

    EricaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Only comment would be the linguini with clam sauce was bland. Felt like I was just eating plan spaghetti. The rest of the food was dynamite, including the tiramisu and zeppoli desserts !
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love the “ pop up” the food is delicious! Highly recommend!!
  7. J

    Joycebentl

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rosie’s Rustica for the month of January is great! Food is warm, comforting and delicious! The rice ball appetizer, lasagna entree and linguini and clams were delectable as were the biscotti and zeppoli desserts. George, our server, is an exceptional asset to Fascino’s staff. He should be commended for going above and beyond with us! See you soon, Fascino!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Service was good the establishment was nicely decorated well placed not over crowded,but the food wasn’t as good the creativity of the chef was a bit absurd lasagna is supposed to be layered not whatever that was, rolled burnt pasta while mushy on the bottom side,separated from the sauce and ricotta, pure laziness is what I can call it, if you have dead tastebuds and love over season food try the calamari, seemed like bar food at best. I am sure the chef can do better than that
  9. K

    Kenny

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fascino currently has a spin on their menu. Comfort authentic Italian food. Food was delicious! Wagyu beef meatballs and Arancini are a must! Pasta was definitely made in-house. Quiet atmosphere, even with a full house of people.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As someone who has been spoiled with traditional Italian cooking from family, I usually avoid Italian restaurants like the plague. After all who can live up to grandmas meatballs? This place. This may have been the best Italian food I have had out. We went while they had their pop up Rosie’s Rustico and it was a very neat concept. Highly recommend!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service outstanding! It was a perfect girl’s night out and we were thrilled to enjoy Rosie’s best!
  12. RA

    RobertA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Consistently good
  13. K

    Katherina

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  14. CR

    CamileR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined there many times. The food and service is great.
  15. h

    hsnassoc

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Do not get the buzz and acclaims for this place. We, after a so-so prior meal here, decided to give it another try with their new pop-up Grandma recipe menu. Very disappointing! Clams oreganata were awful, heavily topped with pesto crumbs that overpowered the clams. We scrapped it off in order to enjoy the clams. The grilled romaine wedge was barely grilled and rather bland. My skirt steak was ok but my wife’s eggplant parmigiana had mediocre sauce, almost tasted like from a jar. Neither of our mains were served hot. Italian Grandmas I know would be shocked by this meal. Food quality is fresh just poorly prepared and price point is too high for the dishes we had. Won’t be giving this a third try. Many better dining options in Montclair.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food!
  17. DP

    DianaP

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. We were there for the popup and left super satisfied.
  18. MV

    MayannaV

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waiter was the best. He remember us from a previous visit and gave us exceptional service. So happy we were able to attend the pop up this month.
  19. DZ

    DonZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience - food and service top notch
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! In addition, the staff was sweet, courteous, and attentive.
  21. B

    Brianccc

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the month of January Fascino is Rosie's Rustico, at tribute to Chef Ryan's maternal grandmother. They are serving traditional Italian fare and it is spectacular! We came with friends who were equally impressed with the new menu items. We started with the grilled Romaine Wedge and Isolate Di Mare (seafood salad to die for). For entrees we enjoyed the Lasagna Rotolo, Branzino Livornese, Pei Mussels and the Shrimp Piccata. Dessert was the morellos cherry compote and limoncello gelato. Everything was delicious. The fact that the entire Depersio family was on hand to make ensure the evening went smoothly was a very nice touch. While we very much enjoy Fascino’s usual fare, this evening was a real treat. We are already planning to return next week to try some of the other traditional dishes.
  22. I

    Ivette

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a wonderful experience! The food is delicious, the staff is very friendly, and we love the cozy & comfortable booths. Our server Javier was great! We look forward to dining there again! =)
  23. MK

    MarcK

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable experience. Will be back soon!!!!!!!!
  24. JC

    JCR6

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Booths at tables were ripped / cracked (old and in desperate need of repair / replacement). Signature polenta fries were not available for 6p reservation (“just sold out”). Long waits between courses. Pork chop was ordered medium but came out raw and waiter “forgot” to remove from check. We are frequent guests and have even hosted parties at Fascino, but this last visit was extremely disappointing.
  25. AM

    AstonM

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This was our favorite place for many years. Because of some issues we decided not to go anymore some months back. This visit was because of a gift card we received and confirmed our decision. Service was friendly and the ambiance is quiet good. The quality of the food is not where it used to be before covid. The bread and olive oil they used to serve is a $9 !! appetizer now. The grilled calamari was not tasty and not tender. The $19 sea bass crudo appetizer delicious but the portion microscopic. Our main dishes were ok but nothing special. Rib eye special sounded great but luckily I asked about the price which was $65. Overall the food quality and portions do not live up to the prices here anymore.
  26. KA

    KerryA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend!
  27. CK

    ChrisK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Delicious food, perfectly prepared, great place for a special evening.
  28. L

    Lovelydining

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this restaurant. Excellent service, elegant interior, superb food, and the BYOB makes it more affordable.
  29. EG

    EdGonz

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service was spectacular!
  30. K

    Kenny

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always fantastic. The Burger is amazing. Focaccia was fantastic.
  31. RS

    RaymondS

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious!! very creative menu.. always enjoy the fish/shellfish options...and love the pasta choices...plus an added bonus they are available in 1/2 portion sizes as well! Very relaxing ambiance with a friendly staff! always a local FAVE!
  32. S

    Samueliam

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fascino never disappoints! Truly excellent food & friendly atmosphere
  33. s

    susan

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful place delicious food attentive staff BYOB
  34. F

    Foodieguy

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Mary and Michael were super...Sorry to lean that Pasqualina is relocating to Fla.. Food was great.
  35. PG

    PattyG

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious- so fresh and flavorful! Not a bad thing!
  36. u

    user7889

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Vegetarian options were not upto the mark. They had run out of several vegetarian items on the menu
  37. LR

    LindaR

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night celebrating with friends for a birthday ! Food is delicious and lovely wait staff and service. We have been back several times and it always impresses us.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was excellent and enjoyable. We will definitely go back!
  39. TA

    TomA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration.
  40. SC

    SuttonC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambience and service. I will definitely be back!

FAQs

Fascino is rated 4.6 stars by 2090 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Fascino

331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grove Street

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Lackawanna Train Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan DePersio

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 233-0350

  • Private party facilities

    Party Rooms Available for 20-100 people. Photos and Party Menus available on our website - www.fascinorestaurant.com

  • Private party contact

    Chris Pavone: (973) 233-0350

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