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Il Palio, Shelton, CT

Il Palio

4.8
4.8
1706 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE - ilpalioct.com
Il Palio was named after the race held each summer in Siena, Italy. Created with a passion, the restaurant has been exquisitely designed and beautifully finished with materials from all over the world. No stone was left unturned and time was not a factor in finding exactly what was required to make the "vision" a reality. The atmosphere created is one of quiet comfort in surroundings reminiscent of an Italian villa. The friendly and courteous staff, the outstanding food, and the efficient service all contribute to the ambiance felt by those who visit the restaurant. Il Palio's fine Tuscan cuisine is a pleasing combination of the highest-quality ingredients and the caring preparation by chefs who take pride in the dishes they present. Like the race in Siena, Il Palio is creating lasting impressions.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Saturday Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 944-0770
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Margherita Aloi
  • Catering
    Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Private party facilities
    Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners attend to every detail, anticipating our guests needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chef can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.
  • Private party contact
    Krisztina Gallagher, Event Coordinator : (203) 944-0770 ext. 225
  • Neighborhood
    Shelton
  • Cross street
    Bridgeport Ave.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,706 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fairfield

    Italian

1,706 Reviews
  1. Edward

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s pretty good. Fairly expensive. Service is professional. Not mind-blowing but overall pretty good.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous food and service. One of our favorite restaurants

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  3. AnnaZ

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious great service love it for the new menu items

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  5. DannyM

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While it looked expensive the pricing was moderate for an outstanding meal. Overall a great dinning experience.

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  6. Oreo

    New York City

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Liz was fantastic , knowledgeable and helpful

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  7. TerrellE

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probaly one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to, service, food, drink, everything outstanding.

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  8. JosephC

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit. Beautiful restaurant and great ambiance. Found the portions to be a little bit small. But very tasty. Also way too long between our salads and entrées to come out. Also a long wait for dessert and the check. And nobody ever checked back with us if we need any more water or anything. But they did have a very large party as well.

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  9. MattF

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ll Palio is a nice Northern Italian style restaurant with a wonderful menu and attentive servers. The dining room can get a bit loud but not offensively so. Prices are a bit high, but you certainly get what you pay for here: fresh food and a beautiful night.

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  10. Rachel

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Palio is easily one our favorite restaurants for special occasions. My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day there last night and we both loved the experience as usual! My husband got the steak special and I got the salmon entree which was especially delicious last night (I get it every time). I also tried the special margarita which was so tasty! Our waiter, Jose, was very attentive and friendly - he is our favorite. Overall, great experience as always!

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  11. TonyM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a “go to” place for us and never disappoints!

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  12. Daddio

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely delicious. Staff were attentive and we never felt rushed. Sat downstairs, the atmosphere was top notch. Only downside was paying steakhouse prices for Italian food. Will probably only go 3-4x a year in this economy. Order the breaded porkchop!!

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  13. CATT

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined on Valentines evening as I had always recalled in the past how romantic 💘 it was - the snow from the evening before made the outside look absolutely beautiful 😍- the salmon - veal and tartufo were all perfect - was surprised there were no flowers/roses or petals on the tables - didn’t make it feel like valentines and they kept promoting a gluten free desert - overall a lovely evening and great food

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  14. DebbieC

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delighted - lots of great choices and we are never disappointed. Staff is excellent, from walking in the front door to the entire dining room team!

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  15. Jasper

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner @ IlPalio. Super service and outstanding food.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place for dinner. This is an unexpected gem for the area.

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  17. Finsup

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. We look forward to returning.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this restaurant is the best in the area. Far better than any in Fairfield or Westport. I have only two items to point out. There is no sound absorption material in the dining room. All hard walls and floors. It’s too loud to talk at times. Easily fixed with some wall hangings. Second is that a restaurant of this caliber should print out menus daily and not use laminated menus. It cheapens the look and makes the menus look diner-ish. That’s it. Go there and go often!!

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  19. Borgalorpe

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come to II Palio once every 6 months. The food is always excellent. Never had a bad meal. The specials are incredible. Highly recommend II Palio.

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  20. DebbieC

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was excellent. IlPalio never disappoints. Appetizers delicious, flat bread special,fantstic, ceasar salad, beautifully plated and entrees and dessert completed the evening. Great selection of wines to compliment your dinner choice.

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  21. SALTY

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been dining here for many years, the food is always delicious & the atmosphere is so cozy. Will forever be our go to spot.

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  22. JamesP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Palio never disappoints, amazing food and amazing service

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  23. Donnie

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been a big fan of Il Palio’s for many years. Excellent venue for all occasions. Chef Aloi & her team always provides terrific food and a great atmosphere!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came out to Il Palio for the first time to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. The entire experience was amazing. The food, service and ambiance made the evening extra special. I had The Filet Mignon was like butter and cooked to perfection. My girlfriend had the butternut squash special. We shared the gluten free Almond cake dessert and each had a cappuccino to end our night. I would highly recommend coming for the experience or if you are looking for a venue to host a special event!

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  25. Mel11

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The only thing preventing a 5 star rating was the noise . Everything at Il Palio is perfect! Truly! The noise level in the room to the right ( as you come in) always seems so much louder as the other room to the left . I had an amazing New Year’s eve experience at Il Palio , and although it was full, the dining room to the left was not noisy. I wonder what caused that?

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful venue, nice varied menu, fantastic, attentive service. Waited for our drinks, but food came out incredibly fast, too fast. Everything was beautifully plated and delicious. I had to send the steak back as it was not cooked to temperature. Order 2 pieces of cake. They were $14/slice. Though delicious, a bit expensive.

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  27. GailM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful meal at IP & on New Years Eve! Never rushed, very attentive and Chef M is always on point! Beautiful experience as always.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good and the service was excellent I highly recommend and will be going back soon.

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  29. Hunterje

    New York City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful restaurant with great food , ambience and service

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced for what it is. We’ve eaten there several times and they’ve been progressively worse each time, with last night being our final visit. Our food took so long while we saw several parties who arrived later finish before we even had our entrees. At $50 each entree, they were luke warm and not great. The salads were just okay. The cappuccinos were cold. The desserts were the best part. Our waiter was flippant. Plus it’s far from anything. Just don’t waste your time or money.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific option for an upscale dining experience.

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  32. TerriB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding!! The food was Devine and we loved the variety of “specials” available for the evening too.

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  33. TomF

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    outstanding and authentic Italian cuisine. We love to go there.

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  34. AliciaL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    It was ridiculously loud. Literally had to yell to talk to each other. Food came out cold. It was very busy/crowded. We have been there several times and always had a great time, but this was the worst experience by far. I had put in the reservation that we wanted to sit downstairs as it is beautiful down there, but when we arrived, we were told no because it was for events only...however last year at this time we sat down there. For the money spent on dinner and drinks, I don't think we will be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual. Our meals were outstanding as well as the service. Beautiful atmosphere. Had a wonderful dinner. We go out to dine often and this is a favorite. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  36. FoodL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and Ambience was excellent. The outside of the building was very well decorated. Food (steak and salmon) were all prepared as asked.

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  37. Pingguy

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Does not disappoint. The holiday season made things busy but they stayed attentive throughout. Great for business meetings.

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  38. IvanaS

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been enjoying il Palio for years, but this t8me some of the newer menu options and specials were really surprising. The octopus appetizer was unreal, and the torte de la nonna was out of this world. Can’t wait to go back, especially as it’s nice to enjoy such a delicious meal in a,ong the warm fire and holiday decorations

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, ambience and service. Never disappoints

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  40. AlanS

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch. Noisy because everybody was there!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Il Palio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 944-0770.

Il Palio is rated 4.8 stars by 1706 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Il Palio

5 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bridgeport Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Shelton
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Saturday Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Margherita Aloi
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 944-0770
  • Catering
    Off-Premise Catering: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Private party facilities
    Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners attend to every detail, anticipating our guests needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chef can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.
  • Private party contact
    Krisztina Gallagher, Event Coordinator : (203) 944-0770 ext. 225
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