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“Budget Best Bet on Leidseplein”
Review of il palio

il palio
Ranked #1,077 of 3,907 Restaurants in Amsterdam
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
world traveler
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Budget Best Bet on Leidseplein”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

The streets surrounding the Leidse Square are filled with tourist restaurants. A great many, whether Argentine Steak Houses or Italian restaurants, have fairly similar menus, and tourist specials. Of these, most are "you get what you pay for". But, Il Palio stands alone as one where you get very tasty food and very friendly service for a bargain price. Most pizzas and pastas are 5 Euros, which includes a basket of bread with garlic butter (not with pizzas). As is the case in all the Amsterdam restaurants, don't expect complimentary tap water, unless it is accompanying a glass of wine, or a purchased beverage. But, if you factor in a beverage and a gratuity, you can still come out at 9 Euros. This makes some of the 10 Euro plates that include the beverage (which can be beer, wine, or a soft drink), bread basket, and salad a great deal, for only one more Euro. (These plates include a grilled chicken dinner with pasta, a steak plate, or a fish plate.) Of things I've had, I enjoyed their gorgonzola lasagna, their mixed stuffed pasta plate, their grilled chicken, their meat ravilio, their salmon pizza, and more. If you're in Amsterdam for only a weekend, and want to make every dinner a lifetime memory, this might not be it. But, if you want tasty food at a great price, served by friendly folks, you've found it. For tourists on a budget, or a nice restaurant meal at a fast food price, this is the best of the Leidseplein.

  • Visited December 2013
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Los Altos, CA
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“valu”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

i was doubtful about the quality of food in the packaged menu we ordered for just about 10-12 Euros. we had a rip off previous day. However, soup was good, pizza was good, wine was pretty decent, waiters were friendly. They goofed on my vegetarian dish in spite of my emphasis but they happily took it back. Did not like the waiters hsppily going out for a smoke and then returning to take care of customers right away. May be that is ok in Amsterdam.

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nottingham
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Great food-great value”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

We didn't believe that the main courses were only 5 euros but it was true. We had spaghetti with gorgonzola and it was amazing . The beer was good value too and free wi fi what more do you need? Excellent service and atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Great Value, Great Attmosphere and Friendly Staff”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

If you get to Amsterdam and are looking for a great value Pizzeria, I would highly recommend this little restaurant.

It was quite busy and no wonder why because it was fantastic value, food was great and service was very good as well.

We ate there twice while we stayed there.

Richard Rost
Sydney Australia

  • Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good value and service was efficient”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

I stumbled upon this eatery with my mother while strolling through the restaurant area in the southern rim of AMS. It's a great discovery since every plate of pasta, pizza and salad is just 5 euros! And the tastes were authentic, like the food we had in Rome before. The service was efficient and the servers were friendly. There was a big table of youngsters celebrating birthday in this establishment too. So this restaurant can accommodate small and big gatherings. Highly recommend when you want to save some money and enjoy delicious meals at the same time.

  • Visited May 2013
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