Fascino

4.5
1951 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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Mellisa
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner there last night and we can't recommend this place enough. We didn't know before hand that it was BYOB but our waiter provided us with the wine list and ordered our wine and had it delivered quickly. The food was amazing and our waiter Javier was friendly and attentive.

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jackiea
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Fascino . Food is exceptionally good! We will definitely come back again.

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DianeG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

On behalf of plant based eaters I would suggest having at least one menu item to offer guests. It doesn’t need to be printed on the menu but something more creative than pasta with red sauce, which is what I was offered as the only option. The pasta was tasty but obviously not the same level of food as the rest of your menu. The wedge salad was fine but when you take off the meat and cheese (which were presented to me on the side) it was a wedge of lettuce. I realize I’m in the minority but I promise you we are growing in numbers.
Thank you.

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Flipper
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there everything was excellent.

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laurah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine every time. Wonderful food and service.

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SamS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall meals were satisfactory and some of the dishes were excellent but we had first black particles in our water and second a very long visible dirt or dust on one of wine glasswares. I have to say fine details were not there yet and no one even came to apologized about this issue either. It was little disappointing as we really enjoyed every dishes we had and they even gave my daughter a B-day card along with our delicious desert with a candle light we ordered. I would still go back to see if they are more customer service oriented and any other issues exist.
northern NJ SS

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vipNick
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was very underwhelming and service was not that great.

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Jake
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not normally one to write reviews, but I felt compelled after my experience here. Everything at Fascino was wonderful! The service was great (just disappointed I didn’t get our server’s name for the review), and the food was incredible. In particular, the braised lamb is one of the best entrees I have had in a very long time. Everyone should come to Fascino at least once.

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MC919
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascino never disappoints. It is our go-to for exceptional food and service. The frisée salad special was delicious! Polenta fries are always a hit and the pork was the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service incredibly slow. Food for 5pm reservation didn’t show up until 6:15. Bread (that had to be ordered) never arrived but showed up on the bill for $9
Food was good but not great like it used to be

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vipFrancis
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living in the neighborhood for many years, we finally tried Fascino and it was excellent. We hadn't tried it because we had a favorite "go to" Italian restaurant which was much less expensive but that place unfortunately went under during Covid. You won't be disappointed.

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ElaineC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We were there many years ago and had a wonderful meal. Not so last night. Some food items were great and some just OK. And I hate getting charged for bread! Menu was too esoteric for our liking.

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AndreaMartinez
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food as always is phenomenal!

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vipMR18
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiters could be more attentive with wine and water

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with top quality food. Service was always there if needed and let you enjoy your dinner without interruptions. Gnocchi and rigatoni was outstanding and was very fresh. Ambience was perfect and did not feel like we were being rushed. Great first experience there.

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vipTedS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seeking a special restaurant in Montclair at which we and some friends whom we hadn't seen in more than two years could reunite for good food and quiet conversation-friendly surroundings. Coming from New York, we selected Fascino from an Internet search without knowing anything about it, and I am happy to report that it was the perfect place for us and well exceeded our hopes. The food and service were outstanding and on a par with our favorite NY Italian restaurants, as were the privacy and ambience (including noise level) for our table of seven. We highly recommend this excellent restaurant.

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MikeL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. It Seemed like we always had 2 or 3 people attentively waiting on us. The waitress Meg was phenomenal and gave great advice on the menu choices. And the pumpkin truffle dessert was out of this world ! We're definitely coming back there again ! And If we could give it 6 stars out of 5 we would !!!

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RomeoJ
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascino was a great place to eat. The menu was amazing and our server was excellent and very knowledgable. Great experience and dinner was extremely tasty. The dessert items were to die for.

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vipfoodiesinNJ
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to Fascino for many years and they NEVER fail to deliver the best, most innovative meals around. Just the anticipation of what surprises the menu might include when one makes a reservation is part of the joy of going there. There are certainly some great chefs in and around Northern NJ, but Chef Ryan is truly at the head of the class. EXCELLENT!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great ideas for the entrees, but execution lacking. Octopus had a gamey smell- possibly boiled without being grilled. Pasta with lemon-pecorino needed more of the latter. Scallops were very nice. Desserts were redeeming of the meal. Nice atmosphere.

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MarkB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef was on his game last night for sure! And our server, Michael, was, as usual, amazing!

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JoannaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

3 of us had dinner at Fascino and it was our first time. We tried a lot of dishes. From appetizers, octopus, focaccia and hiramasa crudo were excellent but polenta fries were dry and tasteless. Tagliatelle with lamb ragu was good but there was too much sauce and it seemed too watery. We ordered halibut and cioppino special for our main courses. Halibut was overcooked and too dry and cioppino was not seasoned properly and a bit tasteless. Overall, food was ok but we will likely not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is such a gem. Impeccable service. Delicious food and a beautiful ambience!

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JoeR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Chef Ryan came out and greeted us. He inquired about our appetizers. Our server was a real pro and dinner was top notch. Our favorite in Montclair.

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chaseats
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All entrees were wonderful. One of our party raved about the pistachio bread pudding dessert as one of the best he's ever had. BYOB only.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience!!
Javier our waiter is simple fantastic!

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JannetteP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This is my 3rd time going to Fascino. This time the food tasted old and it was cold. The service was not welcoming. Will not go again.

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vipanthonya
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have not been here in many many years, food just as delicious now as it was then!

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DavidH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here and everything was excellent. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. Can't wait to eat here again.

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vippandagirl
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice dinner. Not exceptional. Limited choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, great food, one of the best spots for pasta

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Bettehan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wish they’d serve bread with a meal and a couple of green salads to choose from.

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vipDukeJr
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made a last minute reservation, enjoyed the oysters and pasta appetizers and our thee main dishes, a chicken, fish and beef were all delicious. The Apple dessert was spectacular and the service staff were exceptional. Truly made the night an enjoyable experience.

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Joannev
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to dinner with 2 of my best girlfriends. Everything was perfect. Loved it and would go back again.
ThAnk you to your staff.
Joanne

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vipInsuranceman
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding

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vipAmeliaA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary. Food was amazing. Service was good however, they forgot to enter an appetizer and when my husband ordered a double espresso; he received a single.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was just not good. Poor quality for the price that was paid.

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Judy
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would suggest Fascino for all the occasions listed above. The food is delicious and the menu options are different than your run of the mill restaurant. Attention to detail and use of local ingredients make this restaurant stand out above most places. The service is equally excellent. There were 4 of us and we shared 4 appetizers - 1/2 portion of duck rigatoni, octopus, hiramasa and a gorgeous badger flame beet salad. For entrees we had halibut, pork flat iron, duck breast and hangar steak. Everyone loved all the choices. Then I for dessert we shared flourless chocolate torte and apple crostata. The restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation but not too quiet.

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JackieO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was professional and welcoming. Our waitress was great - helpful, very pleasant and personable. The food was very good. Melon appetizer was excellent. Desserts were delicious.

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AlB0
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their tag line is "Italian Without Borders" and that definitely comes through in the creativity shown in putting together these dishes. Do not go there expecting Italian food as you know it. If you lean towards being adventurous with food, this is the place for you. Ambiance was enjoyable and the service was professional and attentive without being intrusive. Enjoy!

FAQs

Fascino is rated 4.5 stars by 1951 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.