Fascino

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1693 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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JB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Went to Fascino's with another couple. Dinner was delicious. I wish, however, there were more salads to select from as an appetizer.
It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very noisy. Our waitress was good, not great. Perhaps she had too many tables to tend to.
It is a BYOB, even though the website does not tell you that. Parking that night in Montclair was just awful, which put a damper on the evening right from the beginning.
But, the meal was worth it all.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I loved the food, wasn’t thrilled with the deserts. But still we do love Fascino.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent !

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great quality, unique food served in a superior manner.

D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and new homes. The food was delicious and the service incredible! Will come again!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic. I highly recommend doing the tasting menu.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Quiet ambiance where one can enjoy a good conversation and a pleasant meal. There are classic and modern/ unique Italian dishes. The service is top notch.

PP
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

excellent service....my wedge salad with crumbled ricotta on it was pretty much dry...the good news is the ingredients were super fresh--romaine, tomatoes etc.--but it's like they forgot to dress it all! Halibut dish was in a mild broth with lots of fresh veggies under it--a decent meal but I was not blown away by it. In all fairness, I'm not a huge "fish person".

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

1st Wedding anniversary we originally booked at Ninety Acres and they cancelled on us last minute. Fascino luckily had availability and it was excellent highly recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful special occasion spot, or just the perfect night out! almost enough to make me move back to NJ from Maine!!

TD
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

We decided to try the Tasting Menu. For me, the first two appetizers were delicious. The next two dishes I had were too salty. The pork saltimboca and broccoli rabe were so salty that I could not eat them. It was served with a cheesy spatzel that sounded like it would be wonderful but unfortunately was a cold gloppy lump.

My fried was luckier than I was with the food she ordered and loved everything.

The deserts were excellent.

The atmosphere was nice and the service excellent. The pace of the meal was just right, too.

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent. Fabulous food and service. A wonderful dining experience

ET
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the time we sat down and were greeted by our waiter I knew it would be a special evening. Cordial, and informative he helped and explained each plate as though he cooked them. Meal lived up to the hype. Smartly decorated and surprisingly large with multiple rooms gave the restaurant an intimate feel. My wife and I will definitely return!

FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We had a gift certificate to Fascino, otherwise we wouldn't consider spending 35 min driving to this restaurant. Excellent service, good food although nothing exceptional. Quite place, soft lighting. Wall decorations seemed out of place, they are more appropriate for a steakhouse in TX and not for an upscale Italian restaurant.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was excellent but the wait times were horrible. Took over one hour to get our appetizers. Will have to reconsider ever going back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was top notch

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was delicious. Service impeccable.

b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good vegetarian testing menu. Service was great. We literally closed the restaurant😊. We were having such a good time that we did not realize that everyone is gone and staff was just waiting for us to close the restaurant. They did not give us rushed feeling at all. This is our fourth time there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my 85 year old mother for a special birthday dinner before going to Bloomfield HS football game. A trip down memory lane as she’s alumni class of 1952. Fascino’s was a perfect spot for a lovely, absolutely delicious dinner!

g
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent dinner. We were there on a Thursday and the restaurant was not crowded. Service was very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

BR
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fascino never disappoints. Four of us had appetizers, entrees, and desserts and all were excellent. We never have had a bad meal here and we are always treated well.

s
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always outstanding! Never disappointed. Have been coming here for years and they continue to deliver high quality food.

ID
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's been quite a while since I had dined at Fascino. They renovated in the process and the interior looks great. Still had that touch of elegance and intimacy I remember. It was good seeing a familiar face ( Pasquelina ) who has been working with the DePersio family for years. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and received excellent service throughout the night. Although a byob, they do provide nice stemware for your red or white wine; a very nice touch. The menu has evolved since last visit years ago-certainly for the better.

I was very pleased with the food and service at Fascino. They have managed to maintain a level consistency in their food and service that many restaurants can't seem to maintain.

LA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fascino is our favorite restaurant and in 16 years it has never disappointed us!

b
Miami
290 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent 5 star all the way. Halibut superb keep it on the menu. Parking is only difficulty. Consider valet

s
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Our party sampled the tasting menu and were quite pleased with the selections. Our meals were well prepared and creatively presented. We've visited Fascino numerous times and the level of quality in both cuisine and services has never faulted.

T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a winner. Food and service excellent. Half portions of pasta very welcome.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Fascino is a real gem. My friend and I visited the restaurant on a moderately busy Wednesday evening. We were greeted warmly and immediately seated (had reservation). Although the menu is small, there is something for every palate. We started with the fig, ricotta, and mortadella appetizer which was well crafted and beautifully presented. Our entrees were the hanger steak and the pork chop. Both were cooked to perfection, well-seasoned, and thoughtfully accompanied by incredible side dishes and delectable sauces. The grand finale was the pistachio bread pudding which may actually be the best restaurant dessert I've ever eaten. Service was a little slow, given there were a number of empty tables. Ambiance was adequate. I do appreciate this is a BYOB so you can pair your outstanding meal with your favorite wine. The food was perfect making Fascino my new favorite restaurant.

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time and we will definitely go back! Food was truly delicious. Service was attentive and gracious. Very enjoyable experience.

JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious! I had the crab stuffed zucchini flowers and the pork. One of the best meals I’ve had out in a long time. Finished it up with the lava cake. Brought our own wine that we enjoyed with great friends. A perfect evening!

TY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant, and it continues to be one of my favorites... My only 2 complaints were 1) It took each course so long to come out that we actually had to get our dessert to go because we were ready to go home. 2) The music was a loud 90’s pop playlist. Don’t get me wrong, I sang along to every song. But it wasn’t what the vibe that you’d expect from that restaurant.
However, the food is so good, that these small issues would not keep me from returning.

AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

The wait staff is overly accommodating but it takes a long time to get their attention when you actually need something. The food was average but nice environment. There is no parking

PP
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The gnocchi was light and served with the proper amount of sauce. The pork chop was perfectly seasoned

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent !!!

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EF
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place to meet friends and enjoy a conversation. Absolutely loved the food. Emer F.

OT
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Terrible service. It took forever to get any attention: water, all the courses, everything was so slow. I complained at one point, and the waiter, who was very nice, apologized and comped us dessert and coffee.
The food was “OK”: the salad was tasty but very small, one dish was not hot enough, one was a bit under-seasoned....Not a great experience, and never again.
Not sure how this restaurant made a bunch of “Best Of...” lists.

BO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The menu looked great though the food was a little underwhelming. It did take quite a while for the main course to arrive and towards the end the waitress seem to lose interest in us.

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Our server Sergio was great, however, it took over an hour for our food to come out.

F
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I have never been disappointed in spending an evening at Fascino.From the appetizers to the main course every morsel was devoured. That left little room for dessert but we did our best to enjoy Cynthia's incredible Peach Croustade with Caramel Gelato. Another great evening at a great restaurant.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great celebratory meal. Hosts & wait staff were very solicitous. Food was delicious. Will def be back!