Cucina Calandra
Cucina Calandra

Cucina Calandra

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinacalandra.com/
  • Phone: 9735757720
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am






    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:30pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: until 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Costantino Cammarano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Banquet rooms available for weddings and parties up to 200 people.
  • Entertainment: We are pleased to present entertainment in the Executive Lounge on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Contemporary piano and duos singing past and present favorites.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking around the Hotel and Restaurant
A word from Cucina Calandra
Modeled after a Courtyard Villa in Southern Italy, Cucina Calandra is a family-friendly restaurant featuring a menu emphasizing southern Italian cooking. Cucina Calandra emphasizes pastas, thin crust pizza and dry-aged steaks prepared over an open wood mesquite grill, custom-made especially for Cucina Calandra. Our Chef Henry the Pizza Man is here to entertain the children and adults too with his skills at making a pizza or flatbread while you watch. The Calandra Family has enjoyed providing generations of families and friends, including yours, with our famous baked products. The Calandras look forward to providing outstanding service to you and your families at Cucina Calandra.
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Cucina Calandra reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)kid-friendly (9)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Cucina's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food and service. One of our favorite Italian restaurnts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta was Delicious!
    LoveItalian
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I had a great dinner here with two different pasta dishes - both were excellent! We keep going back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Usual
    Kaileen
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I haven't been there in a while. Nevertheless the waiter, Eddie, remembered me and asked where I'd been. He also remembered my favorite item: the flatbread with fig, prosciutto & gorgonzola. EXCELLENT service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite places in town
    FallBaseball
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love all Calandra's establishments . . . Bakery and restaurants consistently provide excellent service and fresh food. Tonight's service was exceptional . . . fast, courteous, and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Henry is amazing!
    KellyK
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Cucina Calandra does not only have delicious food, but they also offer entertainment via Chef Henry for your children. Chef Henry is friendly and interacts with the children while he makes pizzas!This enables the parents to enjoy a glass of wine and great food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very nice evening to dine outdoors. The food is always consistently good with a large selection of specials and old favorites. Love the cheese bread and olives. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good pasta
    foodienancy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Always enjoy the homemade pasta dishes. The portions are large -- often have doggy bags. Like the complimentary cheese-stuffed bread and olives. Service is always good. Bread to take home as you leave a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 18 reviews are from the Cucina Calandra reviews archive.
  • Italian with a bit of class
    RepeatDiner
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This is my go-to place when having a business lunch. The selection is ample and the bread is divine! And you even get to take a fresh-baked loaf home!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We sat outside, which was nice, but the tables were not set up. The tables and chairs were scattered. It seemed like the waiters were not only for the outdoor dining, but they had to cover inside tables also and that meant there was a lack of attention to the outside tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Jackie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I knew the ambiance was great but the food is also delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfieddiner
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Good Italian food served in a pleasant environment. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good service.
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    It's our family's first time dining here, and we loved it. Great food and great service. There are tons of things to choose from the menu. We've tried the calamari and mixed green salad as starters; then we tried the margherita pizza, seafood angelhair and risotto as entry. All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Favorite
    jmb1977VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Tuesdays are 1/2 price pasta and 1/2 price bottles of wine. Henry the pizza chef makes pizza for the kids while they watch, shaped as Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob, or a peace sign. We are regulars
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large groups
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We took our mom there for her birthday but had no idea that the room was going to be packed with communion parties, bridal shower, anniversary party. Long tables with a miniumm of 15 people at each table. We were just a small table of 6 adults. I will say the service was very good in spite of all these large groups and their food is ok but we would have rather gone to a quieter restaurant. I feel when you make the reservation they should tell you that this will be the situation on a Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most reliable restaurant
    NJTomVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our local, go-to restaurant. Have never been disappointed. Very flexible to prepare food the way you want
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always !
    Karen
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We really enjoyed everything we ate at cucchina calandra last nite. The pasta that everyone had was really delicious. Great uh especially on tuesday during the discount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    CJDiners
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Was looking for something casual, light dinner. Very good menu, diverse and everything was good and plentiful. Would definitely recommend to friends and anyone in the area. I could never figure out why, as soon as we're seated, wait staff asks if we want a drink. Please give a moment to get comfortable, look at wine list, etc on menu. This happens at many places..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    Mammamia
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We chose this place because of a recommendation through a gift card gift. It was exceptional from entry to exit. It was at full capacity and was still able to carry on conversation in a quiet atmosphere. Food choices were many and excellent in presentation to flavor. Server, Charlie was very kind and exhibited excellent serving skills as well as customer satisfaction. A great place in a very good area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Erin
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The service was awful. Once we were seated, it took a waiter over 10 minutes to even approach our table. Then we ordered and when our salads came we still had no silverware or napkins. It took us another 10 minutes to get someone to bring us silverware. I have eaten at Cucina Calandra several times before and have never had such a horrendous experience. Let's just say that I will not be going back there any time soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Friends
    BrucieK
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I have been to the restaurant many times with business assiciates and have enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. This time with went with friends we hadn't seen in a long time. We sat at table in the back corner which was perfect so we could talk. The waiter was very good and he was very attentive to us. The food was very good. It came out hot and the portions was very ample and tasted very good. The restaurant let us talk and we actually closed the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bread was stale and tough,
    KosherchefVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The bread was stale and tough, appeared to have been rewarded. The meatball appetizer was good, however, the meatballs were hot and the sauce was cold. The dressing on the Caesar salad came out of a bottle. The chicken parmigiana had a strange flavor and the lasagna that the waiter said had been just made tasted like it was left over. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love their cheese bread and olives
    glad2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Cucina Calandra has been a favorite for quite some time. They have a pizza oven and Chef Henry who is a favorite with the grandchildren. We enjoy the food and the casual surroundings. Never disappointed in our choices whether a special or from regular menu. Portions are generous and sharing around the table is always a hit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try Fig Flatbread
    Kaileen
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I'm a regular at Cucina Calandra. My favorite thing on their menu is the fig, gorgonzola & prosciutto flatbread. It's AMAZING!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Dining
    SocialButterfly
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    My family has been going to Cucina Calandra for years, and in all of those years, we had only 1 mediocre experience (it was an off night with new staff that was in the process of being trained), and the restaurant made it up to us 10-fold - everything else has been amazing. I would recommend anyone go here - the food is great, the atmosphere is fun and adorable and the servers are always so incredibly friendly. Nothing beats their half price pasta and wine Tuesday nights. They've become a tradition with our family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency is their name
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Whenever we are looking for a good meal with nice sized portions that is always fresh and delicious, we head to Cucina Calandra. The staff is always welcoming and efficient and we absolutely love the Italian bread stuffed with warm mozzarella. As an added plus, every diner is sent away with a fresh Italian bread made hourly at their bakery just a few doors down. The ambience reminds us of old world Italy. It is very casual and very busy so be sure to make reservations. We recommend the Chilean sea bass special. Mangia!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.