Il Palio

4.7
1043 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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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4.6
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4.6
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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

BG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always

LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with outstanding service! The cocktails as well as our dinners were absolutely perfect! We were given plenty of time to decide on our entrees! My husband had the veal and I had a seafood special. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We shared the mango cheesecake for dessert. Yummy!! Great place to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first time here, we will definitely be back!

CR
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place for lunch! Their lunch special is such a bargain and DELICIOUS! Our waiter was so attentive and pleasant.....as was the manager !

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dominic, our server greeted us warmly and rattled off the lunch specials which was indiscernible over the din of noise in the dining area. My wife and I ordered from the menu and enjoyed the Salmone alla Senape e Dragoncello con Spinaci e Pomodorini and I the Pollo “Scarpariello” con Conchiglie. Both were wonderfully prepared and presented. Despite the noise from our noisy neighbors, we enjoyed our meal. Highly recommend!, despite the noise.

SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value with super ambiance and food/drinks. Sue tending bar is a gem.

DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Good service (pleasant and attentive.) Having option of had-sized pasta was a real benefit If we had more we would have taken it home and probably not eaten it.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My family and I went to Il Palio last night for dinner. We started with the 5 small dishes for $25. We ordered the grilled calamari, "best meatballs ever", Mussells Caciucco, Steamed Clams, and Mozzarella (Basil Oil). The apps were very good and freshly prepared.

For dinners we ordered a Risotto special, Linguine con Gamberi, Asparagi e Funghi, Lasagna alla Bolognese Antica, and Pollo "Scarpariello" con Conchiglie. The dinners were very good also and freshly prepared.

The only knock I had on the restaurant was the Lasagna portion was a bit small. After about 5-6 bites, it was gone and leaving me wanting more. Everyone else's dishes were very good sizes.

Overall, I would be back and I do recommend!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First class service, European ambiance and delicious lunch!

GT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always a well known staple of the Shelton community and surrounding area, it has never disappointed. We didn’t like one of the apps and the waiter happily exchanged it. Otherwise stellar. Service is second to none. Highly recommended

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Restaurant was extremely noisy.Could not carry on a conversation without shouting.Service was very slow. In defence of the waiters, the restaurant was very busy.

AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We eat at Il Palio often. On this visit the food was good as usual however the service was not. We ordered cocktails; within a minute or two of getting the drinks our appetizers arrived. We had to ask for bread which normally comes before the appetizers. We ordered sparkling water and the waiter refilled my glass with tap water - which he corrected once I pointed it out to him. I had the wine list but the waiter never asked me what I would like to order, I had to send the busboy to get the waiter so that I could order the wine. Cliff who is a co-owner of the restaurant and the husband of Chef Margarita was not there or I would have said something to him, because I know he takes great pride in his restaurant. Hopefully our experience was just an anomaly.

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. The portion sizes were perfect.

JP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

38th wedding anniversary

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place for a nice date night or celebration. Everything you can think of is top notch.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Restaurant never fails to preform and produce a dinning experience! Eating at the bar makes us feel like it’s all for us. The staff welcoming attentive and so inviting. Saving this as a Special place to celebrate always proves to pass the test. I can still close my eyes and taste my homemade cavitell. Delicious.
Steve and Gary

MH
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious. My husband and I both had specials, his was a fillet and mine was a scallop risotto. Both were just wonderful. The wine selection was great with a large range of bottles starting at like $35, which makes it affordable too. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the "best meatballs ever," which were just average. However, the scallop risotto should have "the best risotto ever" title! Ambiance was nice. It was quiet enough and great for an anniversary date.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Our favorite restaurant. Would recommend it to all who want an upscale dining experience !

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! Beautiful restaurant. Linguine and shrimp dish was AMAZING. Still waiting on the recipe for the sauce. Service was outstanding. Everyone was super friendly. Will definitely join them for dinner next time I’m in town

MC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was great. The deserts were even better. We will go again.

FD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, amazing price, beautiful setting. Service was great also.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyable birthday dinner

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

BEST PLACE YOU WILL EVER GO!!! It was my birthday and they made it so special !!!! It’s going to be my moms and mine new restaurant to go too!!

PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food!!& can’t wsit to go back! Our dinners were excellent!

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner celebrating my wife's 80th birthday.

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific!! Highly recommend the food and service. Price was very reasonable for the meal. Sat outside on the patio which was lovely.

YT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As with past experiences at Il Palio we were not disappointed in the food or service. We both had steak which was perfectly prepared and served. The only downside to our evening was the noise level from one party of "gentlemen" seated a few tables away.

Z
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good. Dining area a bit cramped. Portion sizes were small.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good food. So-so service this time. This has been a favorite restaurant of ours for some time but it seems to have lost a step, except for the fact t hat the food continues to shine. The place is excruciatingly loud, however

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would like them to dampen the sound a bit but otherwise excellent

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an excellent evening from the cosmo at the bar to the amazing food, ambience, and service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was very good!! Thanks for a great dinner and evening.

GG
New England
69 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

An awesome value for a $12.95 lunch: delicious and creative soup or salad., delicious entree and mouth watering gelato Service was good. Very noisy.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed by Il Palio. Great ambience, nice wine list, wonderful menu.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Slow service. But great food and ambience
Cute and friendly hostess!

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