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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
Saturday Afternoons & Sundays - 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

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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (5)
Authentic (3)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were seated in a quiet booth which was perfect for conversation. Our waiter Michael was fabulous as always.
Dinner was lovely - we tried all sorts of things and loved experimenting. The braised ribs were delicious but no sides. The halibut was exquisite and came with vegetables. The salmon special appetizer was better than the polenta fries.
We love eating here and love to use Open Table to reserve.
A perfect place for a special occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a fantastic meal! And you can't help but order dessert even after eating a great dinner!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and excellent service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I always have the best dining experiences. The chef is very talented and the food quality is superior. I look forward to my next visit back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Date night with the wife. The food was good excellent. The staff where very attentive.

BEWARE there is an extremely cozy (frighten tiny) table. Not the kind of table I would expect from a reservation holder. If I where a walk in guest, I would call it accommodating. It felt like I was going to knock food off the table.

Aside from the great food, excellent service and mediocre sized table, the restaurant is BYOB and accommodating. Overall an excellent value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Perfect from start to finish. Michael was great, I couldn't ask for a better way to enjoy the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal, great service, and accommodating to our gluten free guest!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went to Fascino for our 15 Anniversary. I requested a special private table on my Open Table reservation, which they accommodated. The host and owner wished us a Happy Anniversary when we arrived. Our waiter was outstanding. Professional, knowledgeable, attentive and engaging. The food quality was truly excellent. Flat iron steak was perfectly prepared and homemade gnocchi with sweet sausage ragu was mouth watering. Dessert was chocolate and coffee mousse special that was a perfect ending to the meal. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The restaurant was fabulous! The food was delicious and the dessert was to die for, we will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fascino never disappoints. The staff are warm and welcoming. The food - from appetizers to dessert - is superb. We have been coming here for years and this is one restaurant that has maintained high standards. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Good dining experience for a birthday with the 5 course prix fixe! Atmosphere is cozy and romantic for dinner, service was comfortable and attentive. On the whole we were happy with this and glad we decided to try them.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Killer dinner as always. Walter our waiter was the epitome of professionalism. Great desserts Cynthia! You made Janet's Birthday dinner memorable and special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Could not have been happier. Have been going to Fascino since 2005, and food only seems to get better. Save room for dessert if you can, as it’s amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Montclair by far. They never disappoint with the quality of food, service, and ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Exquisite meals with a wonderful environment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great romantic setting. Excellent food

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Montclair, NJ! Bring your favorite bottle of wine and choose the chef selection dinner which is a 4 - course meal - a dining experience with delicious food. Service is impeccable and compliments the experience. Highly, highly recommend Fascino to everybody!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent experience xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx cxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxx xx xxx xx

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I have wanted to visit the restaurant for a while. It did not disappoint. The service wAs very professional. The food was fantastic with interesting twists on traditional dishes. The pappardelle with rabbit ragu was delicious. The desserts were wonderful as well. Don't be turned off by the credit card reservation hold. The restaurant is well laid out so the noise level is relatively good. Had a very expensive meal the night before at a NY restaurant and this was 30% of the cost and 1000% better. Bravo.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This place is, has been, and probably always will be, our favorite restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner; excellent food perfectly cooked with imaginative dishes. The grilled octopus salad appetizer was a stand out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My fiance and I visited Fascino for a date. Although the service and ambiance were fantastic, the food didn't quite hit the mark for us. It was certainly good, but nothing special for the price. We had heard amazing things about the polenta fries and just had to try, but were very disappointed. The sauce was fantastic, the fries themselves were kind of bland and needed some seasoning. My fiance had the duck which he ended up taking home because he didn't quite like it and I had the special, which was okay. We did appreciate the BYOB, however. We still had a good time regardless, but next time we'd opt to go somewhere else.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It was amazing, there were some loud people, but the experience was amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

My family of five went to Fascino for my wife's birthday dinner. The service was excellent. Our waiter, Walter, was knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. There were many unique appetizers to choose from and we tried four of them. We had our favorites, truffle artichoke and zucchini flower stuffed with crabmeat, but they were all good. Everyone liked their entre choice as well. We all tasted and really liked the ricotta gnocchi. It was a quite night and we were the loudest table there, but the atmosphere was pleasant. All in all, we really enjoyed it and would go back in the next couple of months to try some more of the creative dishes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was great but unfortunately the service was terrible. 1hr 10min to get starters, had to talk to the manager to get things moving. They did comp us coffee and dessert which was a nice gesture, but was just a little too late by then. We've eaten here multiple times, but after this most recent experience we won't be returning, such a shame as the food is quite excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our 2nd visit to Fascino and once again they did not disappoint. Great appetizers, main course and dessert!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Too small portions for ridiculous pricing. Went for holiday with my parents and brother, the food was not satisfying and mediocre. Not worth it at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This was an 'event' night at Fascino featuring a five course tasting menu with dishes from Bar Cara, Fascino's more casual sister restaurant, that closed four years ago to the regret of many. Chef Ryan DePersio was out to comment on each course, a nice touch. My comments:

COURSE 1
Thin Sliced Mortadella, Whipped Ricotta, House Made Foccaccia, Drizzled With Honey -perfectly executed and delicious. A.
COURSE 2
Local Clams Oreganata, Charred Lemon - the tiny clams were a bit overwhelmed by the breading. B-.
COURSE 3
Papa Mac's Cavatelli, Arugula, Sweet Sausage Broth, Asiago Cheese - Again, great ingredients cooked perfectly. Maybe a tad less sparkling than the first course. A-.
COURSE 4
Brick Roasted Chicken, Barlotto, Mushroom Marsala - moist, tender chicken. Nicely cooked barley risotto. Mushrooms had great flavor. Had there not been salt slicks on a few spots of the chicken skin, the main would have been flawless. B+.
COURSE 5
Pizelle Cheesecake Panini, Summer Berries - a light, flavorful and texturally interesting finish. A-.

Service wonderful as always. GM Chris Pavone does a fine job making you feel like extended family. This continues to be our favorite Montclair restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We went for the tasting menu. There was a large attendance. Diners clearly have a connection with the chef, and each dish brought out was presented exquisitely. We are very glad we discovered this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Lived up to all expectations. Outstanding service, creative food (from a somewhat limited menu), comfortable understated ambiance. All the dishes were excellent - stuffed zucchini blossoms and papardelle with duck starters and shrimp scampi style and 14-oz pork chop . Nice added touch - small bowl of house-made gelato to commemorate our anniversary

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Organic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Grilled octopus was very good ! If they have alcohol in the restaurant, it would be great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

we've been to Fascino many times over the years and this place has maintained it's high standards. We were late evening diners (in fact, the last to leave) but never felt rushed. Service was impeccable. The cuisine was superb, scallops perfectly prepared. The fact that its still a BYOB is an added benefit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A great dinner as always. We brought some friends who had never been. Tried the gnocchi for the first time and were blown away.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Outstanding meals, service, and ambience. We had two Pasta dishes and the pasta seemed homemade and had very generous amounts of lobster and duck in them respectively. They were delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This place is wonderful! The food is interesting and very flavorful and large portions. It's a byob so that's a huge plus The staff are attentive and extremely friendly. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The food was delicious, the presentation was beautiful, the ambiance sublime. Absolutely would recommend for any occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Good and service were excellent. Allowed guest to modify sauce and preparation which was appreciated . We have bee here several times and we're never disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service, lovely ambiance as always! My favorite restaurant inMontclair!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

There was 6 of us
The table was great
The food was delicious
It did take a while for us to get our main course but other than
That the experience was very enjoyable

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great meal. Great service. Great staff. Truly on one of the best restaurants on NJ!

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