Palio on Foundry Row in Owings Mills is worth a visit

This time around we’ll be visiting a new restaurant located in Foundry Row in Owings Mills. Palio opened June 12 and seems to be a hit already. This based on the crowds I saw there in three visits.

The name comes from a popular horse race in Italy. They are based out of Michigan with the original opening in Ann Arbor in 1988. Palio is open seven days for lunch and dinner with Happy Hour in the bar area 3 to 7 weekdays with discounts for food and drink.

There’s seating for about 170 and that includes 44 on the  patio and the in the bar. The bar is not separated from the dining room. Carry out is available but not delivery.

One popular piece of equipment is the brick oven pizza. On several of my visits many people were ordering pizza. One of the servers gave me a piece and after tasting it, I immediately ordered another one. As I recall it was the Margherita (heirloom tomatoes, buratta, basil).

Chef Riley told me so far two of the signature dishes seem to be the Salsiccia E Peperoni (the pasta with Italian sausage, roasted peppers, creamy polenta, salsa verde) and the Salsiccia E Peperoni pizza (Italian sausage, roasted red & shishito peppers, tomato basil).

Other items on the menu include the Raviolia Costine Corte, Pollo Milanese, Salmone, Linguine Pescatore, Melanzane Alla Parmigiana, fettucine Alfredo Classico and the Scampi Con Spaghetti.

By the way, next to the bar area is a Cafe serving dolce, gelato, espresso, lattes, fruit, yogurt, salad, soup, breakfast items, tiramisu, cheesecake and more. It’s a good idea to order something as you leave to take home.

Palio is definitely casual, reservations are a good idea in the evening and weekend and there’s plenty of free parking. If you didn’t know, Foundry Row is where you’ll find Wegmans.

Reach them at 410-363-0291 or at

Next time – A new restaurant in Columbia, which is actually two restaurants in one, Cured and 18th & 21st.