This was one of the very first posts on the RJG. Palio's has since expanded to 20 locations, including Keller. In addition to the below, I plan on meeting a co-worker soon at the Coppell location (which is halfway for us) and I want to try their pasta. At the Keller location, I tried the pizza, and my experience was similar to the review below (right down to the crispness of the crust, or lack thereof). All the same, it will most likely be a regular stop in the future.
Last visit: October 2011 (Keller)
Since there isn't one central website for the chain, it's hard to obtain exact information. The below totals are based on information gathered from Urbanspoon.
NE Tarrant locations: Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine
Other Tarrant County locations: Ft. Worth (Hulen) , Mansfield
Other DFW locations: McKinney (2), Fairview, Highland Village, Frisco, Coppell, The Colony, Prosper, Little Elm, Crossroads, Rockwall, Rowlett, Lewisville, Carrollton, Denton
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and me and the Misses were in the mood for a little pizza, mainly of the individual variety. I first stumbled onto Palio's at their Coppell location, but we didn't eat there always promising to come back someday. Palio's is a mini DFW local chain, primarily based in the far northern Dallas suburbs.
We discussed Colleyville and Hwy 26 in the Bellisimo thread, and Palio's is just down the road in one of the more fancy buildings, designed in the faux-old style that's so prevalent in these parts. In fact, these guys have the FAUX idea down, as they managed to cram as many 1920s to 1950s era European paintings as could fit. All of these no doubt purchased from the local furniture wholesaler. In other words, it's a nice gathering place.
I put Palio's in the "Pizza-Pasta" category, which I like to separate from the "Italian" designation. Pizza-Pasta place focus on pizzas, of course, plus basic pasta dishes such as spaghetti, baked ziti, chicken parm and meatball sandwiches. Perfect fodder for the RJG. We went with the "small" which are slightly larger than typical "individual" pizzas, but the smallest they have. No complaints from either of us. Mrs. RJG went for the Hawaiian (too fruity for me) as I went for a traditional sausage, later regretting that I had the option for "Italian sausage". OF COURSE I want Italian sausage. Oh well, next time. If I had a complaint, it's I would prefer a little more crispness in the crust. But a minor detail, and that may change from visit to visit.
The chain has various websites depending on the franchisor.