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Fascino, Montclair, NJ

Fascino

4.6
4.6
1989 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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Booked 19 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Modern Italian cuisine with seasonal accompaniments inspired by chef/owner Ryan Depersio

ANTIPASTI

  • Half Dozen East Coast Oysters$18.00

    Watermelon-ginger mignonette, lemon wedge

    • Romaine Wedge$12.00

      Prosciutto di parma, roasted garlic dressing, ricotta salata

      • Chopped Kale Insalata$12.00

        Beemster gouda, bulgur wheat, candied hazelnuts & hazelnut vinaigrette

        • Mascarpone Polenta Fries$9.00

          Gorgonzola fonduta

          • Crispy Crab Stuffed Zucchini Flowers$15.00

            yellow tomato-cashew romesco

            • Spicy Braised PEI Mussels$12.00

              pomodoro, calabrian chili & fresh herbs

              • Charred Octopus$16.00

                Lemon scented chickpea puree, shaved celery, calabrian chili aoili, red olive powder

                PASTA

                Made Fresh Daily

                • Ricotta Gnocchi$15.00

                  Sweet sausage bolognese, basil & pecorino romano

                  • Papa Mac's Cavatelli$15.00

                    Roasted cauliflower & broccoli rabe pesto

                    • Burrata Triangoli$15.00

                      Cherry tomato sauce & garden herbs

                      • Asparagus & Mascarpone Agnolotti$15.00

                        Oregano-brown butter sauce

                        • Squid Ink Pappardelle$16.00

                          Octopus & crab ragu, chili oil, brown butter-citrus crumbs

                          PIATTO

                          • Buttermilk Baked Chicken$25.00

                            Broccolini, olie oil mashed potatoes, caper salsa verde

                            • Thyme Roasted Hangar Steak$28.00

                              Garlic roasted broccoli rabe, creamy fontina poletna, chive oil

                              • "RD" Burger$17.00

                                Chef's blend beef patty, caramelized onions, smoked bacon, truffle cheese, brioche bun, house made pickles, parmigiano fries

                                • Black Sea Bass$28.00

                                  Orange braised carrots, farrotto, brown butter-broccoli emulsion

                                  • Olive Crusted Salmon$25.00

                                    Wilted baby spinach, summer artichoke stufato

                                    DOLCE

                                    Inspired by pastry chef/owner Cynthia Depersio

                                    • Flourless Chocolate Cake$9.00

                                      Vanilla gelato & bourbon caramel

                                      • Strawberry Bread Pudding$9.00

                                        Mascarpone whipped cream

                                        • Ricotta Zeppole$10.00

                                          Nutella dipping sauce, blueberry jam

                                          • Gelato Scoop$3.00

                                            Choice of house made gelato

                                            • Sorbet Scoop$3.00

                                              Choice of house made sorbet

                                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                              What 1,989 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.6
                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.6Food
                                              • 4.6Service
                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                              • 4.2Value

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                                              1. M

                                                Michael

                                                New York Area

                                                4 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                Place is nice. Food is small portions, small menu and high prices. Did was average at best. We spent $140.00 on two dinners and two appetizers and we split dessert. Would not go back.

                                              2. AF

                                                AceF

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                It was mother's day and I had heard Fascino was a fine restaurant. I was disappointed. The food was fair to good and I felt that the choice of entrees was very limited. In addition, something as simple as bread on the table was non-existent. We needed to buy the Focaccia. The waiter was very good, however, but the table we got was mediocre. The restaurant needs to expand its menu and be a little more generous. That creates good will and a return visit--which we will not do.

                                              3. DM

                                                DianeM

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I had the most amazing Mother's Day dinner at Fascino with my husband and son. The food was excellent. We had the tuna crudo, burrata, oysters, focaccia, Gnocchi, Pork, and Bronzino. All were excellent quality, beautifully presented, and simply delicious. For dessert, we had the flourless chocolate torte with crunchies and the zeppole's with hazelnut dipping sauce and mixed berry compote. Both desserts are an absolute must. Very highly recommend.

                                              4. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                Mother’s Day.

                                              5. MR

                                                MikeR

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Expect to spend $100+ per couple at this BYOB. Food was prepared well and tasted great.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We shared charred octopus Appetizer. My husband had the squid ink pappradelle and I had the branzino over lemon Risotto. All dishes were delicious. We also shared apple crostata dessert...excellent

                                              7. SA

                                                SAMNYC

                                                New York Area

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                Great service. Decent food. Rustic and a bit loud. Pricey.

                                              8. m

                                                mariac

                                                Montreal

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                Good food, grateful for the ‘Wine Guy list because we didn’t know it was a byob.

                                              9. P

                                                Phil

                                                New York Area

                                                30 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                30 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Fascino is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu and food is innovative. The atmosphere is cozy and is a go to restaurant in Montclair.

                                              10. C

                                                Corvaa

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing! Definitely will be returning again soon.

                                              11. R

                                                Rinster

                                                Philadelphia

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Not good for covid social distancing. Smaller place that was filled to capacity. Other than that, beautiful venue and food.

                                              12. s

                                                silkcity

                                                New York Area

                                                127 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                127 reviews

                                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Excellent service food was amazing..never disappointed..

                                              13. AM

                                                AstonM

                                                New York Area

                                                17 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                This was our favorite place for many years with excellent food and top notch service. Like everywhere prices have gone up significant. Food was quiet good but not exceptional anymore. Pork was great but hardly any vegetables. Hanger steak ordered medium came out quiet rare and quality was average. The bread that they used to serve is now a $9 appetizer which really threw me off at this price level. Service responsible for our table was not very attentive this time but I noticed that others were. Still a nice place to visit but not exceptional anymore.

                                              14. A

                                                Anthony

                                                New York Area

                                                20 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                20 reviews

                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                As always everything was amazing!! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Chef Ryan really knows how to run a perfect restaurant!!

                                              15. AD

                                                AnneD

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We enjoyed the shaved fennel salad, cornmeal fried calamari and polenta fries. I had the branzino for my entrée. I only complaint was that there was only one piece. It was delicious.

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Easter dinner. Food was quite good: branzino with lemon risotto. Not keen on the sun dried tomato with pesto, on the fish, but easy to push to the side. Coffee was lukewarm, but the server was happy to bring a new one, which was piping hot. Service was excellent We always enjoy dining at Fascino.

                                              17. NC

                                                NicoleC

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food as always. Pleasant and attentive service, intimate atmosphere and reliably delicious food.

                                              18. M

                                                Marks

                                                New York Area

                                                42 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                42 reviews

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                First time there with the new abbreviated menu. I prefer the old menu as the new menu selections are limited but I will continue to go there because the cooking is superior.

                                              19. b

                                                broox9

                                                Las Vegas

                                                6 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                It’s worth checking out. The service was a little slow but I’m guessing it’s because dishes were being prepared from scratch. The food was well prepared and good quality but the entrées were not quite as “seasoned” as my wife and myself tend to like. I’m not a heavy salt and pepper person but we both put some on our dishes. I had the ricotta gnocchi and she had the chicken and broccoli rabe (the broccoli rabe was pretty good if you like that sort of thing). Our waiter was very nice and t despite the speed, the service was good (and again, maybe it was our dishes). The oysters were very good, they have this red onion + vinegar (I think) mixture that went really well with the cocktail and Tabasco and we both loved those.

                                              20. S

                                                Speakerbot

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                Service was very lacking. Food was OK. Wouldn’t return

                                              21. EW

                                                ErinW

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                Two couples had much fun. The food was very good and the service was delightful.

                                              22. R

                                                Rita

                                                Savannah

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Great service and food. Very comfortable atmosphere. I wish I had known it was BYO however they were very accommodating in helping us acquiring wine from an outside vendor.

                                              23. CL

                                                CarolL

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Food and service were excellent! The menu is much more limited and the prices are higher now, but we realize this is due to supply and labor shortages due to Covid.

                                              24. LB

                                                LukasB

                                                New York Area

                                                43 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                43 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Great food, well prepared, fish, pork, and especially the desserts all wonderful. Great meal

                                              25. J

                                                Jeffrey

                                                New York Area

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Took my girlfriend there for her birthday. Outstanding in every way.

                                              26. NJ

                                                NJDiner

                                                New York Area

                                                12 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Wonderful evening and menu! Our party ordered a diverse array - from oysters on the half shell (cucumber migonette sauce was lovely, grilled octopus (tender delicious!). squid ink parpardelle, gnocchi with sausage bolognese (tender pillows!), bronzino with lemon risotto (lemon risotto was light, fresh, not acidic). Service was friendly, attentive and not overbearing. Unfortunately missed dessert as we were going to a concert at the Wellmont theater - will be going back and won't miss it nest time!

                                              27. B

                                                Brianccc

                                                New York Area

                                                60 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                60 reviews

                                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                SUNDAY Bruch is back at Fascino with a great menu that builds on fan favorites. This week, in addition to a wonderful menu of both large and small plates, there was live music which complemented the atmosphere and the food. The menu has something for everyone from french toast bites and waffles to eggs benedict, steak and eggs or pasta. The Bar Cara pizza was a real treat and large enough to share. They take reservations which makes it the number one place in Montclair for Sunday brunch no waiting outside for an hour to be seated! The staff is wonderful and the vibe is relaxed and friendly. Bring a bottle of sparkling wine and friends it is sure to become the place to be on Sunday.

                                              28. T

                                                Toyota

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Dinner at Fascino was delicious and the service was very nice. I'd recommend.

                                              29. D

                                                Dml607

                                                New York Area

                                                8 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This was my first time here, and I was so impressed with the service and the food. Lovely restaurant, waiters were so sweet and helpful and friendly. We will be back!

                                              30. B

                                                Brianccc

                                                New York Area

                                                61 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                61 reviews

                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always a wonderful meal. Great service and atmosphere. Love half priced oysters. Going back for Sunday brunch. Fascino is Montclair’s number one restaurant. Thank you DePersio family.

                                              31. K

                                                Kelly

                                                New York Area

                                                24 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                24 reviews

                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was sublime but the oysters were off the hook! Wagyu beef tartare a close second and the meals were delicious. Service was impeccable. One of my favorite places and glad to be back!

                                              32. C

                                                Courtney

                                                New York Area

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food. Great service.

                                              33. AV

                                                AnaV

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great service, great food, and overall a great experience. Will definitely return!!

                                              34. AS

                                                AnaS

                                                New York Area

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                We have been coming to Fascino for years for a reason. However, on our last visit everyone in our party noticed that the portions got smaller, while the prices have notably increased.

                                              35. S

                                                Susan

                                                New York Area

                                                21 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                21 reviews

                                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Impeccable service and delicious food. The quiet atmosphere was perfect for a friends gathering to celebrate our reunion!

                                              36. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Seriously the best pasta I've had since visiting Italy. Great place and nice people. Highly recommend!

                                              37. k

                                                kevinj

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Awesome!!!!! My wife and I loved the food and the ambiance definitely recommending

                                              38. LM

                                                LinMom

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Great place. Waiter could not have been more efficient or nice. Food was excellent and the portions perfect. Go! Now!

                                              39. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was delicious, the service was excellent and it was a friendly, intimate vibe.

                                              40. JC

                                                JeffreyC

                                                New York Area

                                                20 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                20 reviews

                                                Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Loved the steak and foie. Best restaurant in NJ. Wished you guys wrote congrats on my gf’s dessert. Communication gap! But loved it as always Mr and Mrs D!!!

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                                              Booked 19 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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