Sweet sausage bolognese, basil & pecorino romano
Mascarpone Polenta Fries
Lemon scented chickpea puree, shaved celery, calabrian chili aoili, red olive powder
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.
First time there everything was excellent.
Great place to dine every time. Wonderful food and service.
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
Food was very underwhelming and service was not that great.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Excellent service and the food as always is phenomenal!
Waiters could be more attentive with wine and water
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.
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.
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 !!!
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.
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!!!
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.
The chef was on his game last night for sure! And our server, Michael, was, as usual, amazing!
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.
This restaurant is such a gem. Impeccable service. Delicious food and a beautiful ambience!
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.
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.
Always a wonderful experience!!
Javier our waiter is simple fantastic!
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.
We have not been here in many many years, food just as delicious now as it was then!
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.
Very nice dinner. Not exceptional. Limited choices.
Great night, great food, one of the best spots for pasta
Wish they’d serve bread with a meal and a couple of green salads to choose from.
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.
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.
The food is outstanding
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.
Food was just not good. Poor quality for the price that was paid.
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.
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.
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!
The duck was as good as it gets. We started with the polenta fries, which, in our opinion, are Must whenever we go. They might not sound so good, but try them and you'll understand. The service is always stellar. It's just a great restaurant and the fact that it's BYO makes it every better, since we all brought Huge wines!
Service was very good. Unfortunately several items were not available to be offered do to large party. Serving sizes a little small and no side dishes offered to accompany entree.
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.