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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
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.
I was disappointed with the menu change as your grilled calamari was always outstanding and is no longer offered. I was also looking forward to a veal dish but that was also not available. Veal Marsala was something I frequently ordered.
Service was terrific as always and we appreciated being seated in the back as it was a Business Meal and when in the front it's sometimes difficult to carry on a conversation due to the noise level.
First time trying this place, and I absolutely loved it! Everything was great - food, service, value. This is my new go-to Italian restaurant. We went for my birthday, and when you go on your birthday, you get a discount on the meal depending on the number of people in your party, as well as, dessert. That made it incredibly affordable. Even without the discount, I don't feel this restaurant is too pricey. I would say the average entree runs around $20. The food is top quality, and the waiter told us that many of the items are locally sourced. You will not regret eating here.
Went for a birthday meal with the family. The food was delicious. People in my party got a variety of things, but pasta to salmon, and all we pleased. The food was rich and buttery, with herbs and lemon seeming to be a staple for many dishes. The waiter also made a wonderful wine recommendation. It's a but pricey for an everyday place, but for an occasion, it's a go-to.
Great food and a nice place. But, we ordered a caraf (or decanter per their menu) of wine and the waiter had no idea what we were talking about....so he brought over an EMTPY caraf and set it on the table. We had to stop him again and tell him we wanted it filled with wine...then he didn't know which wine. Per the menu, you have a white or a red option.....that's it.
He clearly didn't know the menu but he didn't seem new. He was apologetic but he also was not very attentive and we felt very rushed by him to clear out.
It's quite noisy in there but lively and fun. Not a place to go if anyone in your party is hard of hearing.
We visited Palio to celebrate my daughter's birthday. One of the perks of main Street ventures is their birthday discount! we all were very pleased with our food; the swordfish the ladies had they both very much enjoyed, and the pasta dishes my son and I had were also very good. Service was very attentive and prompt, even though we ordered no beverages, our water glasses were always full; which is a nice plus!
The only two negatives we would have about Palio:
Menu is fairly limited. We were expecting more of a variety; and no specials.
Bread was OK. Our server was very good about keeping our basket full, but why not leave the bottle of Olive Oil on the table?
Wonderful date night at Palio'so with one of my daughters. It was her first time there and she loved the ambience. The service was outstanding; friendly and pleasant without making us feel that he was going to join us for dinner. The food was delicious from appetizers to salad to main course through dessert. I wholeheartedly recommend Palio's.
We were dining out to celebrate a birthday and Palio's has a free meal for anyone having a birthday that day (proof required). It was a busy Friday night but the waiter was very attentive and answered all of our questions. One of our diners was dairy free, so they were willing to accommodate the special dietary request by changing the sauce on the pasta dish. So instead of having the creamy saffron sauce with the mussels, tomato basil was substituted and it was delicious. The mussels were plentiful and cooked perfectly. Another substitutions was also accommodated such as Al Fredo sauce instead of a spicy tomato sauce. The free birthday dessert was cannoli which no one wanted so it would have been nice to have been offered another option.
I haven't been here in about a year, but the menu has been updated. There are plenty of choices without seeming to be too much. We had an appetizer, entrees which included a salad, and dessert. This was the best meal I have ever had there. My swordfish was cooked as I requested and it was absolutely delicious. The mussels were large and soft and so good. Our dessert was the bread pudding which we ate up, even though I was not hungry. I definitely will be back.
Had a nice evening out with friends and was pleased to not only be able to make a reservation for 8 people, but to be able to make the reservation "day of" which appears to be a rarity in Ann Arbor. We enjoyed the wine selections and especially enjoyed starting the evening off with fresh bread and a plate of olive oil with salt and pepper. The meals were terrific and those of us that ordered fish were especially pleased. Service was good despite the back section having two rather large parties.
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