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.
Montclair, NJ 07042
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.
Lackawanna Train Station
Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Fascino Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
My husband and I had been wanting to try Fascino for a long time and finally went for my birthday saturday night. The food was amazing, service impeccable, ambiance great...cozy but hip, and the price was so reasonable as it's a BYOB. We can't wait to return!!
This was my first visit to Fascino, although my 3 dinner companions had all been there before. It was a delightful surprise. It was quiet enough to talk but full of vibrance and a place one feels cared for by its staff. We had a wonderful booth at the front and the food was quite delicious. I had the bronzino over couscous which was quite tasty and interesting in its presentation. I would recommend this restaurant highly for its caring wait staff and its delicately prepared food.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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