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About Palio - Ann Arbor
Revel in the simple good taste of country Italian cooking in a convivial setting. Enjoy traditional Italian wines in a comfortable atmosphere. The wonderful aromas of this true Italian cooking are something to be savored. click here for information on special events and promotions http://www.paliorestaurant.com
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Palio del Sole (Palio rooftop) is walk-in only!
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Private party seating available for up to 40 guests, featuring the rustic Palio charm & our special Festa di Vitto menu.
Private Party Contact:
Andy Jacobs: (888) 456-3463
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Palio - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews
Do not eat on the deck unless you have two hours to kill waiting for your meal. It took the waiter 18 minutes to bring me a spoon for my soup, because he said the kitchen was out of clean spoons. Then I had to send the soup back because it was cold. The next bowl of soup was only lukewarm. It took the bartender 25 minutes to make me a drink. I advise you to stick with wine because that only took about 15 minutes. We waited 15 minutes for bread, after the waiter brought us our olive oil because the kitchen was out of bread. We sat down at 8:40 PM and our meals were brought out at 10 PM. It was a very unpleasant experience and we do not plan to go back.
Our server Derian was spectacular!! The food was very good and this was the best service that we have had at Paleo. Derian was very good at reading the table and recommending different wines as well as entrees. Derian also was very helpful in helping me pick out safe gluten free items on the menu.
Drinks took excessively long to arrive after waiting a long time for a waiter to show up. Then a loud argument or fight erupted in the dish wash room right by our table!! 😳 A manager did a good job to de-escalate the situation and an employee was sent home. Although, nobody acknowledged this to our table or apologized for the disturbance. Once the food arrived, we were quite pleased -- everything was delicious. 👍🏻
Good restaurant with very nice wait staff. Enjoyed our experience and the food, although they were out of 2 things (wine & dessert) that I tried to order. There was also a piece of a label in my husband's pasta but they made him a new plate immediately and gave us his dinner at no charge.
Palio's is one of our favorite places to dine in Ann Arbor due to its location and ambience and the rooftop, away from the busy sidewalk and traffic, is the best option for outdoor dining on Main Street during the summer months. Food is good but not outstanding Italian; service during a recent busy Thursday evening at the restaurant was very slow but the wait person did his best.
Palio never disappoints. Insalata Verde is good, Lasagna Verdure is delicious and very unique. Tira misu is to die for. Wines are very reasonably priced. Atmosphere is more casual than Gratzi across the street, more low key and comfortable. Love walking in through the kitchen, smelling the food being prepared!
We had a nice meal, however it seems as though the portion size has decreased significantly since our last visit. Restaurant was not busy, but we waited much longer than expected. For instance we were asked if we wanted bread after our order was taken, and the bread was delivered 10-15 minutes later.
Food was of high quality and everyone was pleased with their meal.
Overall was a decent experience. We made a reservation and included a note for the rooftop, only to arrive and be informed that the rooftop patio does not take reservations. The hostess downstairs told us there was an hour and a half wait for the patio but told us we could walk upstairs and check. Once we walked upstairs and checked with that hostess, we were seated within 5 minutes. It was slow to get drinks once we were seated. We were given bread and olive oil before our meals but not plates to put the bread. Our salads took a while to come out so halfway through eating them, our entrees came out. Our server was friendly but did not ask if we wanted another cocktail even though our drinks were empty. Normally Palio is not our go-to restaurant but we thought we would try it for the outdoor atmosphere since it was such a nice day. There are many delicious places in Ann Arbor, can't say that we will be back that soon.
We have had great experiences at Palio in the past so we were looking forward to returning since we live out of state now. However, we had a disappointing dinner. Our waiter was nice but service was extremely slow, apparently due to kitchen issues. It took almost 3 hours for dinner. Most of our food was mediocre at best after having waited that long. Some of it was cold. Steak was well done even though it was ordered rare. The highlight of the evening was the man who delivered our food, of course I can't remembering his name, sorry! He noticed the steak was over cooked and replaced it with one that was rare right away and then brought us complimentary desserts.
The manager keep talking at the next table about his wine collection. I finally asked him to cool it and he eventually stopped. He "apologized" later but my wife's meal was completely ruined. I nice restaurant with a helpful staff, but the manager should be replaced. Apparently he does not know how to manage.
It was Mother's Day and very crowded. It took an hour to get our salads, then we waited forever for our entrees. When the entrees came, they had clearly sat under the warming lamp for a long time. The pasta was all stuck together and it didn't taste very good either.
We went to Palio's for a Mother's Day dinner. First off, the titles of the menu items on the iPad were primarily in Italian, so what that meant was that every single item needed to be clicked on to see what it was in English (annoying). Second, we were seated next to the station where the servers pick up their water and drinks - at times there we more than 5 servers in the area and almost right against our booth. Third, the meal was OK, but for the price, I'd rather go to Gratzi next time. I don't envision coming back.
The visual aesthetic of the restaurant is pleasant and successfully facilitates an intimate space, making this a good venue for sharing a meal with anyone you care about. And while it gets busy, the backdrop of conversations abound doesn't necessarily detract from the experience but rather suggests just how inviting the establishment is. It isn't the noise of a busy sports bar or roadhouse so it really just felt like part of the restaurant. Maybe it is indicative of my socioeconomic status but I have never had a restaurant all to myself, and I think I'd find it quite uncomfortable to share a meal with someone if I felt like I had to preserve a library-esque quiet.
We were brought waters and then a pitcher of the classic sangria. The pitcher was accompanied by two glasses with straws and fruit wedges adorning the rims. It was delicious, and plentiful, and we would be willing to come back just for that. Yum! Bread and oil was brought to the table, though I have to say I will never understand the nature of bread formality at American Italian restaurants. The two of us were brought the classically inappropriate count of three pieces of bread; we were later offered a refill, however (though it should be noted, we were brought the same imbalanced three pieces then as well).
My partner had the Capellini Con Pollo Funghi, which is angel hair pasta, chicken, and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. She loved it, and expressed this sentiment all throughout the meal. I ordered the Cavatappi Arrabiata (springy noodles with spicy tomato sauce), which was modified by the addition of spinach and mushrooms at the suggestion of the server (Isaac). This was an excellent inclusion of veggies to the pasta that really contributed to the quality of the dish. I loved every bite. My partner had a slice of tiramisu to round things out and had ample compliments about it.
Great, through and through. Based on this visit, I would highly recommend Palio and we fully intend to visit again.
We were celebrating the engagement of dear friends. Meagan our server was outstanding, attentive without rushing. Cocktails were great, as were the appetizers (skewers of shrimp, hot cheese dip with toast). Salmon and pasta were favorite entrees. Cannolis and bread pudding with gelato capped off a great meal.
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