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About Fascino

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). Fourteen years and going strong, Fascino has been renovated, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has a newly expanded menu.

331 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday Afternoons - Private Events

Cross Street:
Grove Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 233-0350

Website:
http://www.fascinorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.

Public Transit:
Lackawanna Train Station

Executive Chef:
Ryan DePersio

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

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 10:00PM - 10:30PM

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Fascino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (19)
Special Occasion (16)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful service and every dish, from appetizers to desserts, was excellent. No complaints whatsoever.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nyc quality- delicious food, excellent service. Will be back again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great. Except food took over an hour to come on our table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

What a wonderful experience! Fascino offers a quiet, romantic setting with unhurried, impeccable service. The menu is a delightful blend of dishes that are inventive without being pretentious. So many up scale restaurants now seem to be using unusual and rare ingredients and sacrificing the dish itself...it can get lost in the myriad of textures and exotic flavors. Not so here; each dish was perfectly seasoned and a part of the whole meal. The Beef Carpaccio and the homemade pastas were delicious. The pork chop was so moist and smoky. And the Molten Chocolate Cake was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Amazing Food! Service was wonderful and it felt NYC without NYC prices!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We enjoyed this restaurant so much. Everything we tried was absolutely delicious, and we found it refreshing that the chef did not rely on salt for flavor. Each dish was excellently crafted and we all found our meals far exceeded our expectations. The four of us are anxious to return and try more dishes. It was a great birthday dinner, and I couldn't be more pleased.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and service. The manager circled the tables often making sure everything was ok and an A+ for BYOB.

The only one minus we didn't expect and appreciate was the lack of flexibility with the tasting menu. In my party of five, us, three women, wanted to order from the regular menu, and the two guys wanted to try the tasting menu. We were told by our waiter that we all needed to order from the tasting menu or the regular menu; so it was one or the other, which was disappointing. Regardless the food was delicious; we all decided for the tasting menu since the guys could always eat more. Definitely worth every penny! But would have liked to have a choice on what I wanted to experiment with, as opposed to being one option or the other.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great place to have a romantic or get together with friends dinner. Service and ambience is great, food is fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our favorite local restaurant. First class service, unbelievable food. The ambiance is cozy and romantic, the only reason I took a star away from it was the music: classic rock’s greatest sing-along hits. Not loud, but it still begged for your attention, which seemed out of place. Sometimes incongruity can elevate all the elements of a work of art, but not in this case. Still, an absolutely unbelievable meal!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fascino is BYOB, so you can create your own wine pairings.

We made up our own tasting menu. It started with seared foie gras of the day, on brioche toast with a drizzle of honey that melted in our mouths. I would say "like butter", but that would be gross. Like chocolate truffles, perhaps.

Next up was a sculptured Caesar salad - a wedge of baby romaine, with tender prosciutto (no strings attached!), covered in a powdery snowfall of finely grated ricotta salata and a hint of roasted garlic.

Next was a plate of agnolotti in a buttery basil pesto, stuffed and covered with a variety of wild mushrooms. My wife's mild mushroom allergy meant most of that dish was mine, although she loved the pasta.

I finished with a plate of ricotta gnocchi, with a sausage bolognese, fresh basil and grated pecorino. Best gnocchi I've ever had.

My wife had bronzino, perfectly done with crispy skin, resting on a bed of crab fondue, couscous, raisins, olives, baby squashes, and meyer lemon cream.

They make everything in-house - pasta, desserts (including gelato), sauces, bread. So we each had a single scoop of gelato. Hers was caramel, mine was hazelnut with bittersweet dark chocolate sauce. Both were among the best gelatos we had ever tasted.

We've avoided this place for years, because of Montclair's notorious parking. Uber saved the day. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious food in a beautiful setting keeps us coming back time after time. Very friendly staff and management.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Eclectic and upscale menu. Our group particularly enjoyed the oysters, Foie gras appetizers and the Bronzino and Scallop Entrees. Walter provided great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Went to Fascino to celebrate my wife's birthday---as recommended by a friend. The food is very good ( my wife had fish and I had chicken). Generous portions. The service was excellent. Mike was our waiter and he was very attentive and accommodating. Everyone is very friendly. The restaurant is a BYOB, which is a plus. The prices are reasonable. Parking is the only issue. I would recommend, in fact we are going back in mid-February.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Dined here with another couple this week, during the week. They were having some sort of special dinner/ music program, on one side of the restaurant, which we did not know about. I assume this required special reservations, since this was no open to anyone dining there that night.

This event did not interfere with our dining, with the possible exception of slowing the service a bit.

There were no specials this evening, because of the event going on, which was disappointing, but the menu presented plenty of options. We shared polenta fries as an appetizer. They came with a sauce that had little flavor, but the polenta was shaped into thick fries and fried to a gentle crisp. Good texture, but not a lot of taste.

We also shared their ricotta gnocchi. It is among the best I have had, as it is very light and served with a light tomato and sausage sauce.

Two zucchini and apple salads were served. Interesting, and very fresh, but I felt it could have used more apple. The thin ribbons of zucchini did not have enough flavor.

Entrees ranged from Moroccan lamb shank, hanger steak, bronzino and scallops. My lamb shank was tender and flavorful. The hanger steak was tender and cooked just as requested. Large enough that my husband took home enough for lunch the next day. The 4th diner said her bronzino was excellent.

Only two desserts were ordered, a bread pudding and the molten chocolate cake. Both were delicious.

Service was attentive, and we were slow to order. But they never rushed us. We did have to wait quite a while for the appetizers, and everything came out together - the fries, salads and gnocchi. I think they missed the boat here and were trying to catch up. Afterwards, our entrees came out in a timely fashion, as did dessert and coffee.

Very pleasant evening, good food and no complaints. We thought the prices were on a par with other Montclair restaurants. BYO makes it additionally attractive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

the room itself - both dining areas done very well. lighting, color tones, music .menu overall multiple choices. pasta dishes; branzino; hanger steak and apple crosata very good. it addition the fact that high end and byob. service excellent on all fronts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was date night for us! The service was wonderful!
The food...incredible! 5 stars for the octopus, ricotta gnocchi, Arctic char and pork chop! Absolutely delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing experience. Servers have somehow mastered making sure that you have absolutely everything you need without ever strongly sensing their presence or feeling like they are intruding. Courses timed perfectly, nothing ever felt rushed. Great romantic ambiance and delicious food. Can’t wait to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Number one Montclair restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food, great service, easily the best bring your own restaraunt in NJ

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was delicious but pricey. I wouldn't pay $50 for vegetarian meal. Service was good without being annoying. Not too many lower carb options. Ambiance was nice and quiet as it was not too busy on Tuesday winter night./

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great Experience !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food, great service.....will be returning soon

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I cannot praise Fascino enough for the wonderful service, hospitality and not to mention absolutely authentic and amazing Italian meal. We were celebrating my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and we had a large group on a busy Saturday evening. From the minute we contacted the restaurant until the very end, they were gracious, flexible and made planning the dinner very easy. They made us feel like family just like you would at a restaurant in Italy. The wait staff was extremely organized and friendly. They even gave my parents a card at the end of the night, which was very kind and thoughtful.

My husband grew up in Florence and we also recently got married in Tuscany so we have eaten our fair share of food in Italy and know what we are talking about when we say we say the food is amazing – no need to travel all the way to Italy! I managed to try most all the dishes we ordered and I can say they were all top notch made with the best ingredients. And if you have a group dinner and opt for the cake, definitely choose the carrot cake with cannoli filling – it was Cynthia’s recommendation and it was spot on! Just delicious.

Thank you to the DePersio family for making my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary so very special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our server, Michael, was polite, attentive and hospitable. He patiently explained the menu, allowed us to take our time, and we never had to call him over for anything. The restaurant is almost invisible from the street, but hats what makes it a hidden gem. The food was unique, flavorful and good quality. Great for a romantic date night.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love Fascino. Always a great evening. Did the tasting menu again. Soooo good! Pastas are fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It’s the second time I’ve been here and just love the place. It was our two year anniversary and the staff had enough class to write a card in envelope wishing us a happy anniversary, and that combined with the fact our waitress remembered us... can’t say enough.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing! Great service and food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I will never dine at Fascino again

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food and service.
Another wonderful dining experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was very good with a selection of different dishes. The polenta fries, gnocchi and octopus were all delicious. Service was great, professional, friendly, attentive and informative. Highly recommend the zeppolis for dessert. Portions were a little small for the price, and Montclair parking is always a little difficult to find.

Overall would definitely recommend and will go back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This place is a gem. The street view is completely deceiving and could almost be missed. However, once you enter, it feels as if you’ve been transported. Although it’s a large establishment, the various nooks and large booths gives it a more intimate feel. The service was phenomenal and the food was fantastic. Will definitely visit again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always the best place in town

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Creatively prepared food with great attention to taste and presentation. Expert service and wonderful ambience for both quiet conversation and festive sharing. It's family owned roots are evident in the warmth and inviting tone that permeates your dining experience. A true gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food, service and overall atmosphere of fasciano was fantastic! Would 100% recommend to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food appropriately priced w great swrvice and nice ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Outstanding food and very professional service. Warm and inviting atmosphere. We will definitely be returning, and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Best in Montclair. Food always top notch. Service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The owners are accommodating and genuinely interested in your overall dining experience. We found the menu choices limited but enjoyed what we ordered. The black ink squid was very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Glad we chose this before a show. Food was fresh and delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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