Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://scalinifedeli.com/
  • Phone: (973) 701-9200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cetrulo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Scalini Fedeli can be rented out for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Marandola 9737019200
  • Special Events: Scalini Fedeli stimulus package; no corkage fee Monday through Friday lunch, and Monday through Thursday dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Parrot Mill Road
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Scalini Fedeli - Chatham
Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Scalini Fedeli - Chatham reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)romantic (83)fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (40)notable wine list (32)good for groups (20)hot spot (7)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • An elegant place
    CHAK
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Scalini Fedeli is an elegant restaurant. Food is fine. Service could have been better. The waiter forgot to take our wine order before the main course. Lot of complementary items provided by chef. My lamb dish was good. Chocolate dessert was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of best restaurants for special occasions
    HANDHNJ
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This ranks as number one in the area for special occasions. With the price fixed menu, it is actually less expensive than most ala carte places, especially since you can bring your own wine during the week. They also give you an Amuse Boucher at the beginning and sherbet after the main course. Service is excellent but the menu has not changed in many years so could use updating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    LennydVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Mark is a fantastic chef/host and it shows in his ability to put out some of the best dishes in NJ! Service is always friendly and fun. Scalini is one of our favorite dining destinations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency
    mama73
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We always come here for special occasions and I always say we need to come more often. The food is top notch. The soft egg ravioli to start is amazing and the various seafood dishes that I've tried are exquisite. My husband always orders the Veal Milanese and is always happy that he did. He also raved about the Tuscan white bean soup which he started with. This is a top spot for excellent service and food that you can really experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food. Not the place for pre-dinner drink - not much of a bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food was delicious. A little disappointed in the snapper with potatoe but everything else was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner!
    Dinerd
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Wonderful dinner for our anniversary. Food was terrific and the service was very attentive. We really appreciated the many little extras at this Prix Fixe restaurant. We were especially taken by the wonderful sauces and reductions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not disappoint
    denkirk32
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I first visited Scalini Fedeli about 6 years ago. Since then I have been to the one in Manhattan 2 times. I had read reviews indicating that the original here in Chatham had lost a step. Not sure what people are talking about. The food was fantastic. I consider myself to be a bit of a foodie. Wines choices were great. The Pre Fixe Menu was reasonable and the flavors great. One of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barry S.
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I can not begin to say what a wonderful cilinary experience this was. I wanted something very special for a romantic anniversary. This surpassed expectations. Food was exceptional, service and ambience were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JV03
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was amazing! It was an incredible culinary experience from the appetizer to the sorbet thru the desert!The wine list was extensive, it offered many selections depending on what you were in the mood for! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great service Very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been here many times. This time we reserved through open table and waited 20 minutes for our table for 3. The server took 10 minutes to even come to us to ask for a drink order and then promptly ignored our son and walked away before we could order him a soda. He did the same thing when we ordered wine with dinner. It was almost shockingly bad service relative to what one expects from this restaurant. It felt like we were an afterthought to his other tables. We will try it again but may give it up after 10 years if it happens again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comlete fine dining experience!
    luvfinefood
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Have never been disappointed. The ideal place for a special night out. Food and service are exceptional. Setting is pleasant -- like dining in a home.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is a consistently amazing restaurant. The atmosphere is that of a charming home. The food is incredible, and the service is attentive without any hint of snootiness. And amazingly for the price, its a great deal as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Expectations
    Maxdout
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a romantic restaurant to have our first anniversary dinner. We came across Scalini Fedili and based on the reviews decided to try it. The inside was very nice, the staff were very attentive and then there is the food......incredible would be an understatement! it seemed the courses would never end, and everything was cooked to perfection! I consider myself someone who has no problem eating, but there was so much food I had to throw in the towel half way through desert! I would highly recommend giving this place a try as I am sure you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    maddy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is amazing and the service is always excellent. I try to order something different every time I come and I have never been disappointed. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BillMaureen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We received a quiet corner table as requested. Delicious food. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    our favorite restaurant.....no matter what you order, everything is cooked to perfection...we always have a pleasant dining experience...the atmosphere is a comfortable Tuscan feel and nicely appointed.....this is a must visit restaurant.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of the Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have eaten in many restaurants and find Scalini Fedeli to simply be the best food in the state
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For a Wonderful Experience
    also47VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been enjoying Scalini-Fedeli since it first opened. The food is outstanding as is the service. Walter is our favorite waiter. For a special occasion or just a wonderful evening, don't hesitate to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Experience
    KayJay
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was attentive. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatingdelite
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As usual their food and service was outstanding. There is an extensive list of appetizers and main courses with little touches of small treats though dinner. It has a warm atmosphere and they always try to accommodate seating requests. The pre-fixed $54.00 (appetizer, entrée and dessert is a bargain for this level of food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    finediner101
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the time we entered the restaurant, greeted and felt truly welcomed by the Host. Comfortable in our seating, and the waiter is so attentive. From the 1st bite to the last it is a wonderful and delicious dinner. We will be back again to enjoy this dining experience here. We do love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great - again
    Raisin226VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Another fabulous meal at Scalini Fideli Chatham. This time, tried the veal Milanese and loved it. Need to post the Sept-Oct menus on line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place for love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My husband and I recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Scalini Fedeli! Well worth the 25 miles trip on a weeknight. The food was amazing each dish was uniquely and deliciously presented and well thought out. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    BillyG
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food and service was impeccable. The décor is very dated and can defiantly use an update but everything else was flawless
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kathid23VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Superb in every way!!!!! It is clearly my favorite. They do everything right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Rude Waiter
    DavSch
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The only reason I cannot give five out of five stars is because while the food was excellent and the serving staff was extremely attentive and accommodating, we found our waiter to be quite rude. From the moment he asked if it was our first time to the restaurant and we said yes, he acted as if every visit to our table was an effort. At the end of our meal, we had only finished half of the bottle of wine we brought along and I asked for the cork (it wasn't on the table). He looked at me as if I had asked him to pack up scraps from another table to bring home with me, and scoffed that he wouldn't be able to find our cork and would have to look through the back to find another one for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    MikefromVerona
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in North Jersey - never disappoints and this visit was no different. Flavor abounds from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still a favorite
    mdm9802
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I had not been to Scalini Fedeli in years but we were happy to find it was as delicious as I remembered. From beginning to end my taste buds were delighted. We were there for a romantic anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    Satisfieddiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant was one of the best I have eaten at in a very long time. The food was absolutely terrific! The service was simply perfection and the ambiance was outstanding. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and the farmhouse is one of historical significance. I rate the restaurant outstanding in all in all categories, without reservation. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    1Micheal
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent food, staff and service. They pay attention to your requests and treat you like a regular. A real treat. Four persons at the table,. four outstanding reviews.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special occasion and excellent
    Shutterman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We ate in their NY resturant last February for my wifes birthday and the food was amazing so we tried the Chatham resturant for our anniversary. The meal and the service was top notch. I kinda like the prix fixe menu becuase you really have the run of the menu without some dishes being very expensive. There are a number of menu choices that cost addtional but I didnt find them out of line. To start I had the Carbonara which was very good and she had an unusual pasta with bone marrow and a hint of Orange which the waiter reccomended. AMAZING! Followed by a chicken dish for me and she ordered a shrimp and lobster special. Great food including 3 glasses of wine, desert and coffee. With a good tip for $200. Great Choice for our 25th
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jegchop
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been to Scalini Fedeli many times over the past 10 years ... usually, it is a safe bet; this evening, however, the two orders of agnolotti were both hard and stiff (not fresh or leftovers warmed up?), and the risotti was undercooked! Disappointing to say the least.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scalini Fedeli is a local gem
    Annie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My review only needs one word: "FANTASTIC" as our experience at Scalini Fedeli was top notch in every way. Food was terrific, service was attentive, and ambiance couldn't have been nicer. Price is high, but worth it for what you get.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Exellent Food
    discriminatingpalate
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dining at SF is always a terrific experience from beginning to end. The service and food are always exceptional. The menu is varied and always offers new and exciting choices no matter how many times one dines there. The sauces are always well seasoned, complex and fresh. They compliment the food and don't overpower it. The desserts are always elegant and worth the feeling of "fullness" experienced as you push your chair from the table to leave. Scalini Fedeli is always consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to anniversary dining choice
    nynjfoody
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Spent the third year in a row celebrating our anniversary here. This year we brought our adult children as well. Great dinner enjoyed by all. The only small complaint is they forgot the intermezzo .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I went Scalini Fedeli for our wedding anniversary. From beginning to end the experience was wonderful. The three course price fixed dinner was really five courses, all delicious. We will not wait for a special occasion to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply delicious
    Bani1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food, wine,ambience and staff were simply wonderful. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past it's prime
    Iliveinnjnow
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have eaten here before and enjoyed it. This time the service was perfunctory. The glasses were not sparkling clean, ie smudges showing. Two manager types were actually having a heated argument at the reservations terminal as we were leaving!!!! The food was so-so. The amuse bouche was an over cooked rubbery shrimp. No excuse for that. In general the dishes would have been impressive in the 1990's. Today it seemed very dated. No flair. Very standard tasting -- and for $90 per person (including an inexpensive wine) you really should expect more. On the plus side they did a nice job of recognizing a birthday in our group without being embarrassing.
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  • Always wonderful
    Neverabadtimetoeat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our dining experience was wonderful as it always is when we visit Scalini! Ambience, food and service all made for an overall excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.