Il Palio

4.8
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1078 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
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TR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my very fav restaurant. It is a true dining experience. I feel transported to a friendly restaurant in Italy. In a league of its own.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful dinner celebrating our Anniversary. Visiting CT and used recommendations to choose this restaurant. Food and service were wonderful. We were served quickly but not rushed. We would definitely visit again!!

KR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I shared a fabulous evening with 2 friends of ours... Both couples having been to Il Palio on a number of occasions earlier... but tonight was really another level. The staff was very helpful and well prepared for us... the food choices were not typical which we all enjoyed.

JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best... not a restaurant close to this place in all Shelton!!!

P
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent thank you

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food here is just delicious! We enjoyed the prix fixe lunch.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a better than expected experience. The cuisine has never disappointed in any way, from choice to presentation to quality of ingredients. The service is always a cut above.

The only minor negative was a somewhat bland mixed drink. The description held promise, but I was somewhat underwhelmed.

No matter - the experience is exceptional.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent throughout!

S
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant, from the entry till we left we were treated royally. The food was delicious, the server was friendly and accommodating. will go again very soon. thanks for a delightful evening.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every day dining made special, from the moment we enter. It’s like having a delicious meal amongst family and friends. A local gem!

5
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tuscan villa in an unlikely office complex but beautiful setting. Authentic Italian using fresh seasonal ingredients. The service was spot on, very accommodating. This restaurant could stand up against NYC restaurants or any upscale restaurants anywhere but with reasonable prices. Very special place.

b
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Il Palio continues to impress at all levels. We love the seasonal rotation on the menu. Margherita is AMAZING with her pairings on food. Presentation is always spot on, and the wait staff (Dominick and Claudio) make the whole meal relaxing, enjoyable and amazing. We will always be back!!

C
New York Area
392 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I was really expecting it to be better than it was! First of, the restaurant is beautiful but I felt the food was just good and that's really a shame considering the potential. Appetizers were good but 5 out of the 7 people in our party said their entrees were bland and tasteless. Service was very good but couldn't make up for the bland food.

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting from out of state and what a wonderful choice. Ambience, food, waiter Jose and rest of staff were superb.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent, but extremely expensive

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal and beautiful atmosphere! It is a little pricey, but worth it.

DA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A charming restaurant, attractive decor, creative and delicious food, and gracious, attentive service. A favorite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday very good service and the food is spectacular

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure. Cliff and Margherita have a fantastic restaurant that doesn't disappoint.

SD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only place I eat lasagna outside of my own kitchen.... homemade and phenomenal !!!!

CR
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Such a lovely place to have dinner! Our friends from Arizona had spent the day in traffic, so the atmosphere at Il Palio was quite soothing and the food was delicious! One of my favorites!

j
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorites. No comparison in the area. We come often and always an excellent meal.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch on the patio was terrific and the service was outstanding! Looking gyro dinner there very soon. Two thumbs up👍👍

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was greeting by Cliff, who immediately made me feel as welcome as an old friend. I'd have to say, it was amazing how kind and thoughtful Cliff is. I confided some personal news, and he lit up with approval. When meeting someone like Cliff is the beginning of an evening, one immediately senses, this is going to be a special event. It was.

Thanks, Cliff. Look forward to seeing you and your staff soon.
With much appreciation,
Robynne Moran

S
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a wonderful lunch and our server/bus person was wonderful however once we received our dessert we didn’t see him again and after a long while had to ask the bus person to find him for our check.
Food was great as usual!

p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

A great dinner as usual, parking is easy, the staff is friendly. We enjoyed ourselves.

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Il Palio is a Shelton gem. Always a great meal. First class in all regards.

MB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Il Palio was excellent! We sat outside on the patio and it was lovely. The food was awesome, especially dessert! I always say they have the best dessert menu I've ever seen. Always a great evening!

CG
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I met a group of friends there for lunch. It was superb. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. The salmon was delicious! We definitely will be back.

JP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always... great new salads at lunch.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first time at this restaurant and we will definitely come back. Our waiter, Dominic, was amazing and the food was incredible in both quality and quantity!

GL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal, beautiful presentation, impeccable service at a beautiful venue! Definitely our new favorite.

SL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding lunch!

GT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was as usual excellent. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Thanks for everything.

W
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s been years since my last visit to Il Palio. It was worth the wait. A visit to I; Palio is a total experience. We were greeted enthusiastically by the host. Since we arrived early, we asked to be seated in the bar area for a pre-dinner drink. The bartender came over to our table to say hi and take our drink order. Happy to find one of my favorite Pinot Noirs on the wine list. We requested outdoor seating for dinner, and were given a great table. Our waiter Juan was attentive and friendly, as were all the servers. Crispy artichoke hearts appetizer was light and tasty. My entree was Filet Mignon, hers was Swordfish. Both were absolutely delicious. This restaurant is just a few miles from the house, we’ll be coming here again and again. Highly recommended.

SL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend & I had an amazing lunch. The service was terrific & the food was beautifully presented & delicious. We both had the risotto wit seafood special. Delicious!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed my eve at this restaurant. A drink at the bar upon arriving was welcoming . The female bartender was warm and friendly. The table for 4 was cozy . Service attentive and did not rush us. Food fresh and delicious

B
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wanted to try somewhere new and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was nicely decorated with a intimate romantic setting. The Patio was open however we opted to dine inside. The food was amazing, we started with 3 small plates (appetizers) to share. My wife was able to order 1/2 order entrees choosing two different meals allowing her to have variety with her meal. I highly reccomend this establishment for a night out.

CP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

Never in our lives have we ever eaten in a place that was SO NOISY. The acoustics are TERRIBLE which made it difficult to talk to the people that you are dining with at your table. It was fully packed and had to put others outside on their patio. It was a very humid day and we had reservations so we decided to]
stay inside. All four of us went home with upset stomachs because of the bad experience. Everyone was
screaming to hear one another. Very bad experience. We eat out at least three times a week and NEVER did we every have this experience at any other restaurant.
The food was good and served very nicely, but that was ruined by the noise. You couldn't even give your order to the waiter or ask for something without yelling so he could hear us.
It was my husband's birthday and a friend's that day, and nothing was even mentioned (like congratulations). I had to put my own candles on his dessert and we sang Happy Birthday to acknowledge their birthdays. Why even write if it is a special occasion when we made the reservations? Nothing was honored by it. Very, very disappointed in the atmosphere. They do have other rooms where they could have split up the guests, but they only put them in the hot sun outside on the porch. They need to fix their acoustics by putting up drapes or absorption tiles on the ceiling or walls.

BS
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Il Palio at the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. We requested a table outdoors and were promptly seated and served water and a complimentary barley in marinara sauce with buttered wafer crisps that we devoured in seconds. I had the arugula salad with thinly sliced octopus - delightful! Then both Molly and I had the same entrée: the grilled halibut which was just Heavenly. We will be making Il Palio a main go to restaurant whenever we're in the southern Shelton area.

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