Calandras Italian Village

4.5
291 reviews
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The Calandra Family welcomes you to "Calandras Italian Village". The Calandras passion for their Italian heritage and the importance of family values and traditions is evident throughout the "Villaggio Italiano.” Experience the old world atmosphere with European charm. Calandras il Vecchio Café where you and your family can enjoy homemade pastas, panini sandwiches, burgers, entrees and salads as well as pizza, flatbreads and calzones made with natural whole grain ingredients on our stone deck wood burning oven.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for our annual Easter buffet. Adults $49.99, children 12 and under $19.99. Children 3 and under are free.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 291 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open Table Team: sadly we were UNABLE to eat at Calandra’s. While we made a reservation for 11am the restaurant did NOT open until noon. No one called to tell us or reschedule. We know the food, wine and ambience are great but due to misinformation on Open Table we went into NYC for lunch before our 2pm show. While I will eat at Calandra’s again, I’ll call them direct to reserve.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- nicely decorated place- very expensive

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our daughter's 35th birthday! Dinner was excellent, service was top notch and it was so nice to have her birthday cake delivered to the table after our dinner.

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!! From the best bread in the USA to the delicious branzino - the meal was delicious.

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RL
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great choice. Food and service as expected.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm, friendly wait staff, food was delicious, fish was fresh, pasta was cooked to perfection, house white wine was a good value. We were not rushed at all and felt relaxed in the main dining room. Afterwards we viewed all the items in the bakery. We will most definitely go back to try more dishes.

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy this restaurant. Food is good and the restaurant is pleasant.

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P
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was wonderful food very good too. Only problem was that our apps, bread and drinks came right away then we had to wait almost 25 minutes for dinner to be served.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was a recommendation by a friend and it turned out to be the perfect choice.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Apitizers too expensive for what you get. Not enough price range and choices for dinner. Missing classics such as chicken franchises, meatballs and spegetty, lazanya etc. There are people that would like to have an easy choice in Italian food. Looking for excellent flavors.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wait staff should fold napkins before or after customers have left the dining room. It's ok to have a conversation with customers, but not for 10 minutes when staff is the only one speaking.
Food was exceptional, I had dinner in previous years, food was not great. I was invited for Thanksgiving buffet by family and the food had improved 200%. I now love eating at Calandra's and bring my family when they are in town. Bakery is still amazing!

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice restaurant good food friendly atmosphere I would recommend to others bakery is fantastic

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e
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very great I had a great time . And yes I would recommend this place to anybody that doesn't know the place. So they could see for them self.

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MW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What wonderful evening. The food is incredible. If you get a chance to have Chef Palmieri’s food do it!!! Delicious!

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was perfect and the food was hot and delicious. It was a great value for a holiday night when prices are usually raised a lot. Everything was great and recommended it to a lot of people the next day.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Valentine’s at one of our favorite restaurants. I absolutely love this establishment. The prefix meal was great, along the excellent service we received. Everyone is always so welcoming & friendly.

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J
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a nice meal at the bar at Calandras. the food was good, nothing too remarkable, aside from the fresh bread, olive oil and fresh parmesan cheese offered prior to the meal, which was delicious. We might return for a drink, the bread, and a dessert.

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice variety of Italian food. And a great bakery which is nice to have in the same place. Came there for the Retro Hustle night. Had a blast!

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WN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food average at best. Cod fish way under cooked. Veal was tough. Service was totally unacceptable.

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I
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and well taken care of. Bar area is fun as well!
We ate in the dining room. Loved it. Food was really good, but because they are not a BYOB I did find the pricing to be on the high side.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time the other evening, as always, on this occasion celebrating a birthday with a lovely and delicious cake from the onsite bakery. The ambience, the friendly waitstaff, and above all, the food were outstanding as ever. Our special compliments to chef Palmieri--- he is the best.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a holiday lunch at Calandras Italian Village. They offered regular lunch menu items and a pre-fixed lunch menu for $16.95 a person. We all choose the prefixed lunch menu. We were able to pick soup or salad, main course entree (which had more than 10 selections), and dessert was a chocolate or vanilla cannoli. Lunch was excellent, the atmosphere was relaxed, and our server was very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner.

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KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, food was excellent. Server wasn’t very friendly, but it was Christmas, so I’ll forgive it. :)

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

we come to Calandra's on a regular basis dinner,special occasions Holidays even recommended it to people from work who also attended on Christmas day ( after we bought them there for dinner one evening) Chef is friendly, personable and very good cook-we love the food he creates-it's different yet delicious will be back soon. Fred/Shirley Algieri and family.

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very good. Only thing was the kitchen put gravy on my plate and I had asked for it with no gravy on it. Not a biggie as it was in moderation at least. Our steaks were perfect and the appetizers and salad were excellent to say nothing about the delicious bread on the table. Our water was filled constantly which was nice not to have to wait on drinks. We would go again and again!

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Outstanding Dinner @ Il Vecchio Cafe. Always treated like family by Chef Francesco and our favorite server Vinnie.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely chaotic, very crowded, the buffet was next to the line where over 100 people were waiting to be seated. By the time we were seated (35 minutes ) after the reservation. The food was ok when it was available, by the time you reached the buffet stations they were empty or cold. Never again for a buffet. Horrible management, and system in place.

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L
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent tasting food and excellent service.

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b
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were not enough servers for the number of large parties that were there on Sunday. We waited forever for each course and the waiter was running around like crazy. I thought the prices were high for the quality of the food. The wine was overpriced and not that good. My dessert was stale.

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Herb made our experience great. He was so pleasant and attentive. Food is fine. Perfect linguini with clam sauce. The room is spacious and quiet despite a large group dining in a back area.
Buying pastries afterwards...bliss.

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SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, everything we ate was top notch. The drinks were very tasty as well.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant to celebrate two birthdays. We absolutely loved this Italian Restaurant. Everything about it was outstanding, food, bar, bakery, etc. all our meals were excellent, we highly recommend & will definitely be returning.

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EF
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love to come here! The food is fantastic every time. The service is wonderful as well. You can't go wrong here.

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c
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful and delicious! The waiter and waitress were both attentive.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did enjoy my lunch at Calandra's. I am more familiar with Calandra's Cucina in Fairfield, I love the cheese filled bread that they serve with meals, however my visit to Calandra's Caldwell was enjoyable.

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JF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you need to connect with your Italian roots on a Sunday afternoon. Make this your "go to" place!
This restaurant is an escape to your childhood Sunday in an Italian family. After church, we would go buy rolls, pastries, and bakery goods. Go home where a pot of gravy (YES IT's GRAVY!) is simmering on the stove loaded with mom's meatballs and sausage. It would be about an hour 'til the family was sitting around the dining room table sharing Sunday dinner!

There! I said it! That is Calandra's Italian Village!

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a casual family dinner. We ordered salads and 1 entree, no wine. We did order dessert. This was our second visit. The food was beautifully, simply prepared, fresh. We ate outside so it was easy to converse. The staff (John) was friendly and helpful, definitely better than average. We will return, especially because we remember the Calandra bakery in North Newark. Great organization.

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B
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They were very friendly. Very nice. The food came out fast. It was fun to go to the bakery after dinner and look at all of the wonderful treats and beautiful cakes. Fun nice place. Good experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere all top notch! Will definitely be back!

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L
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, good food and great service. Dined with a friend visiting from Kansas and she loved it.
She is in Caldwell for 3 days and only wants to dine at Calandra's Italian Village.

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