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Nov
27

Roxy’s First Reader Poll: Planning the Menu for PostBoy and MathGirl’s Rehearsal Dinner at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut

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In one of Roxy’s all-time favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal (as Harry Burns) said to Meg Ryan (as Sally Albright):  “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

That’s the kind of love that’s in the air here as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the Roxiticus Valley, New Jersey. If you’ve been keeping up with the latest in the lives of Roxy, Rex, and the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, you may remember that Rex’s son, PostBoy, proposed to MathGirl last Spring.  We’re getting closer to their February wedding, and the happy couple will be coming to our house for Thanksgiving #2 this Saturday.  Rex will be back in the kitchen, preparing another amazing fresh Empire Kosher Turkey dinner for our group of eleven, with all of his family’s favorite side dishes.  We’re going to take the opportunity to plan the menu for their rehearsal dinner at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut, and I thought I’d have a little fun by inviting my loyal readers to vote for your favorite Il Palio entree. Since I’m still in the WordPress for Dummies phase of my blogging career, I haven’t been able to get the automated WordPress poll plugin working, so I’m going to take a more personal, less automated route to gathering your feedback. 

We need to provide three choices of entrees for our fifty guests to choose from, narrowing it down from the following menu:

  • Risotto Corte Brasate (Braised short ribs, Arborio rice, wild mushrooms) $26
  • Bistecca Il Palio (Grilled New York strip steak, crispy gorgonzola polenta, baby portobella ) $34
  • Balsamico Arista con Cavalo (Oven roasted balsamic glazed pork loin, cabbage compote, natural jus) $24
  • Pollo Arrosto (Oven roasted chicken, lentil salad, grilled asparagus, brown sauce) $23
  • Pollo alla Milanese (Breaded chicken breast, arugula & endive salad, tomato, garlic, extra virgin olive oil) $21
  • Falda di Manzo (Grilled skirt steak, potato puree, broccoli rabe, balsamic drizzle) $28
  • Salmone di Arancia (Orange scented grilled salmon filets, toasted pearl pasta, black pepper orange aioli) $27
  • Branzino Cileno (Pan roasted Chilean sea bass, straw potatoes, cockles, roasted red peppers, smoked bacon) $32
  • Ippoglosso con Parmigiano (Parmesan crusted halibut, house made fettuccine, spinach, mushrooms, chive buerre blanc, tomato concassé) $31
  • Pesci di Meluzzo (Sautéed cod, parsnip puree, roasted celery root, lemon butter sauce) $27
  • Scaloppini di Vitello (Sautéed veal scaloppini, grilled eggplant, oven dried tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, sweet potato fries, natural jus) $29
  • Bistecca alla Griglia con Cavoli (Grilled bone in rib eye, brussel sprouts, potato puree, sherry demi-glace) $35

Since this poll will get far too complicated if I receive multiple selections from each of my readers, I’d ask that you leave a comment here with your first choice…the entree you would choose if you were attending PostBoy and MathGirl’s rehearsal dinner in February at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut.  No substitutions, please, and if you like another commenter’s pick, you’re allowed to say, like the lady in Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Oct
19

Hosting PostBoy and MathGirl’s Rehearsal Dinner at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut?

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The wait is almost over.  Rex’s son, PostBoy, has been dating MathGirl since their senior year at Villanova in 2003, and our family really, really loves this girl.  London and Maddie adore her, and we have countless pictures of our girls with MathGirl at our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey.  So many pictures, in fact, that I’ve only half-joked with PostBoy that if he broke up with her, he’s the one we’ll have to clip out of all of our family photos.  Thankfully, we moved past that risk when PostBoy asked MathGirl to marry him earlier this year, and the happy couple has been busily planning their wedding in Hamden, CT, reception in Westport, CT, and honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Now it’s up to Rex to host the rehearsal dinner, and we’re looking at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut.  It’s about a half hour away from the church, and another half hour away from our hotel, and I’ve found some reviews and information online that include:

  • On Chowhound (March 2007):  “Il Palio is one of the best Italian restaurants in Connecticut. Based on a recent couple of visits, their food, service and presentation are nearly flawless.”  However, that review is over a year and a half old and things can change.  PostBoy and MathGirl may have to go there ahead to test it out.
  • Yelp has three more current reviews from August 2008, including:  “The food at Il Palio is phenomenal. Everything here is top quality. The veal chops are thick and tender, the pasta is always cooked to perfection, and the carpaccio is fantastic. The decor is also gorgeous. It was built using imported Italian tiles and draperies. It is a place to take someone when you want to impressThe restaurant exudes class, and the food has actually gotten better over the years. It is expensive, but if you want a romantic dinner away from the hustle and bustle, this will do the trick quite nicely, especially during the winter when the fireplaces are going in the dining rooms.”  The fireplace in the photo (on right) sure does look cozy!
  • From Il Palio’s web site:  “Conveniently located in Enterprise Corporate Park, Shelton, Connecticut, Il Palio offers exquisitely decorated private dining rooms perfect for all your memorable occasions including corporate events, and private parties. Our service professionals and event planners, attend to every detail, anticipating our customers’ needs and delivering innovative solutions. Our chefs can create authentic Italian, and contemporary dishes for your next social gathering. We focus on reliability, which consistently provides our clients with undeniable elegance that leaves distinct and lasting memories.”  The private party options include two main dining rooms, as well as the Contrada Room (surrounded by the flags of the Il Palio race with a gorgeous mural that wraps around the room, sets a mood for any occasion and can seat up to 75 occupants). There’s also the Siena Lounge, a casual space with a bar, that can accommodate up to 50 people. Off the lounge is a private patio that allows you to meander with nature but I don’t think we’ll be doing much meandering with nature in February so we’re probably better off staying close to the fireplace in one of the main dining rooms.

Thanks for reading, and if any of our readers have been to Il Palio, please let us know about your experience in the comments to this post.

Il Palio, 5 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT.  Phone:  (203) 944-0770.

Open for Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:45am - 2:15pm
Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5:30pm - 9:15pm
Closed Sundays

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Oct
19

Introducing Roxy’s Best Of… Shelton, Connecticut

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As I’ve posted over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blog, Rex’s son, PostBoy, is getting married in February to the lovely MathGirl.  The wedding will be in a church in Hamden, Connecticut, followed by a rehearsal dinner that Rex and I will be hosting in their honor.  We’re in the process of finding just the right restaurant, and are considering Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut.  I’ve read good things online (”one of the best Italian restaurants in Connecticut”) but would love to hear something more personal from one of our readers…Would anyone out there care to give us a recommendation?