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Calandras Italian Village

4.5
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm;

Bar Menu: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm,

Friday: 11:30pm - 12:00am

For March 8th, 2018 we will be opening at 2 pm
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Phone number
(973) 226-8889 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Franco Palmieri and Michael Martinez
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Catering
You can enjoy many of our specialty dishes off site at your private event or small gathering in your own home. We offer full and half trays at reasonable prices.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bloomfield Ave
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Entertainment
Music on the Patio (weather permitting) or in LaTaverna Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live music from the 50s, 60s,70s & 80s. Outside Bar & Patio open for the summer.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be having a special Mother's Day schedule.
Brunch buffet will cost $40 per person. Children age 4 to 12 $19.95
Lunch and Dinner will cost $49 per person Children 4 to 12 24.95

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 228 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Tuesdays at Calandras feature half off pasta dishes and their house wine. The food is very tasty and well prepared, so the special pricing makes it extremely affordable. Service is very good because they know Tuesday nights are busy.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food overall was not what the place is hyped up to be. The entrees although should have been flavorful with the sauce for each of the pastas pretty much tasted the same. The appetizer was fried calamari which was kind of just warm when it arrived.
I would not go there a second time

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We’ve come here several times. Never disappointed. The food is always delicious and the service is always good. Nice wine selection too! The atmosphere is nice and being able to buy something from the bakery on the way out just makes my night!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Delicious fresh tasting food and also great service!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always good tasting, fresh food. Good service. Great!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

food was excellent. Bread was obviously delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I were so impressed by Calandras. We loved everything about Caladras and we will definitely be back. My parents were born in Italy and the food reminded me so much of my mothers homemade cooking. We will definitely be back with our kids

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious home made pasta

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent! Servers were very attentive. Really enjoyed my meal and look forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious tasting food. Excellent service. Great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Bobby is a great server

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My neice and I ordered the NY Strip steak and we found it to be not of great quality. It had alot of cartilage in it. We understand its not a steak house but atleast they can try and give their customers a decent piece of steak. Otherwise eveything else was fine. As for service. I ask our waiter for a glass of soda to go alone with my dessert but he never brought it out. My sister asked for a lemon he never brought it out. We had to ask him a second time. We ordered a hamburger to go and we waited about 20 mins before asking him about the burger and he said sorry i forgot to bring it out. A little disappointed in the service.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

The restaurant has a nice ambiance and great specials on Tuesdays! Food is always great and we love to hit up the bakery after!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great all-around experience. Our waitress was amazing, the food was fantastic, and the restaurant is beautiful.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was very good as usual, never have had a bad meal. Service is great and you can get some great food to take home from the bakery and market.

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Slow service. Chicken Parm dry and very overlooked. Couldn't even cut it. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Another great visit to Calandra's IL Vecchio Cafe. Our Filet Mignon prepared by Chef Michael was outstanding. It looked and tasted just as DELISH as the Calandra's instagram picture. Our server Vinnie was so accommodating and wonderful. Always a pleasure. Chef Francesco is so creative with his specials and he is great addition to the team. We enjoyed getting to know the new manager, Silvio as well. Everyone at Calandra's ALWAYS makes us feel like family so we come here often. Looking forward to seeing what new dishes, bakery treats, desserts and new entertainment 2018 will bring.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Hadn’t been back there in a while. Disappointed. Overpriced for what it is.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server, John, was a huge stand out for our date/celebration. John was so accommodating to a few of my issues. I saw the belinis were listed by the picture with the mimosas so I though it was made with the traditional peach/strawberry pulp. John followed up with the bar that it can be made by the flute and filled my order- but it was made with peach schnapps! John was great with taking it back and even agreeing it was overtly sweet. John continually checked in on us through the night. He also remedied a bill discrepancy for the sides without any issue- he's a real rockstar. We loved our food- spinach salad, grilled octopus , risotto and veal saltimbocca. We weren't crazy about the hashbrowns underneath the octopus- some grilled vegetables would have been a better compliment. We were happy with plenty of space, not loud and not rushed dining experience. We also loved stopping by the bakery with the 20% off for some treats to bring home- the girls at the bakery were also very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Looking forward to returning for another great dinner...! The service and food was excellent...!

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2017

We love Francisco’s food

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice place to go for dinner or spend the night by there bar. The food is always good and the service is usually too. Just had a bad waiter this time around.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Went to Il Vecchio Café at Calandra's for lunch. What a deal. $14.95 for salad or soup, main course (sandwiches, etc.), a large cannoli and coffee or tea. I had a salad (great dressing), a veal parm sandwich, the cannoli and coffee. Everything was delicious. Dining room is very nice looking and not crowded at lunch time.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Food is ok. Service not so good.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is very good. Service is good. Everyone is friendly. The ambience needs work though... It's pretty and very appropriately themed, however, it's crowded and the tables are close together. The chairs are uncomfortable. It's a good spot to have drinks and dinner with family or friends but not for a romantic night out....

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Have been wanting to get to this restaurant for years and finally went. Food was amazing and atmosphere gorgeous. We had a great dinner and will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious food and great service - always!! A must!!!

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Not busy on a Sunday afternoon - still waited exceptionally long for service.

Only about 3 tables seated when we arrived- still were seated next to a large party with 3 babies 2 feet away from us. Then waited close to 30 minutes for our waitress to check on our meal after it arrived - never came to check on us. Just wanted our check after we finished. Waited so long that we had to ask the manager to get it for us. Really is no excuse for that to have happened.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

We hosted a Saturday family luncheon; great service, always a good meal!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Second visit and enjoyed it as much as the first!!! Pasta is just so fresh and wonderful, love being able to visit the bakery and deli after dinner. Fun atmosphere and always have to take extra bread home!!!

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Excited to try this place for the first time, my husband and I had a reservation for two. When we arrived at the place we can here music and people sitting outside enjoying there dinner. When we gave our name we were asked where we wanted to sit. Being that it was our first time we had no idea. We said whatever you recommend it’s our first time. The women who sat us shuffled us around for a minute or two then decided to seat us in the bar area. It was completely empty except for a table of 4. They sat us at a table right next to them for two people. The table was so small we had to put stuff on the table next to us. The air was on and blowing right on us. When we asked if we can move she told us this was all that was left. We watched people after people come in and were never seated in the bar area. I was very disappointed. We had a reservation so they couldn’t even say we were walk ins. My husband had the salmon and said it was good. I had chicken Parm and it was ok. I didn’t even take Home out left overs. Our appetizer was the only saving grace. Rice balls. Those were good. I ordered a dirty martini from the bar and it wasn’t even served in a martini glass. It was in a highball glass and tasted like straight olive juice. Overall we were not pleased with the place and would not return. It’s sad because we were exhumed to try it.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a great meal every time we go. We dine here very frequently too.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Been coming here for years. This past visit was a disappointment. I wanted gelato for dessert. When I asked the flavors, server told me he didnt know. So I offeRed to walk to the case with him and make my choice. He scoffed at me. Seriously?? Our bar charge was incorrect, more than double. It took them over 15 mins to rectify it. And not a small compensation as a thank you for us pointing out their programming error. Can only imagine how many others walked away paying more than double.
Our server was adequate but he seemed like we were bothering him. Polite, but no personality.
The prices are on the high side, but we like the vast selection and the outdoor dining. This past experience is having me question whether or not we will return

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Always good and consistent food. Generous portions that never leave you hungry. Definitely one of our, "Go to" places to eat. Their bakery is awesome! My all time favorite is their red velvet cupcake. If you love a great cheese steak, walk around to their deli. Great paninis too.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Exceptional service and food

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Always enjoy dining here. Food as well as service is top notch.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Very nice outside dining. Ample glasses of wine. Prices a little on the high side but overall a nice dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Great meal - terrific bakery attached.

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