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About Calandras Italian Village

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.

234 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

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

Cross Street:
Bloomfield Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 226-8889 ext. 1

Website:
http://calandrasitalianvillage.com/flash/ilvecchio/cafe.html

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Franco Palmieri and Michael Martinez

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

Calandras Italian Village Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Great for Lunch (10)
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Good for a Date (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Authentic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined 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....

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Exceptional service and food

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great meal - terrific bakery attached.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Food as always -excellent
Shannon provided outstanding service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Very nice relaxed atmosphere with good good

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great restaurant for great food but not overly stuffy or fancy. I would be very comfortable bringing children as well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Usually my husband and I come here with a coupon. Not for nothing, but Il Vecchio Cafe is a little pricey. Most meals are over $20 (chicken, fish, beef). The food is good, don't get me wrong, however I like to save the money so I can stop at the bakery afterwards :) -- and one glass of sangria was $9.50, that was a little shocking to me. But overall -- would recommend to anyone. Just be prepared for one dinner (sans appetizers mind you) to be around $70-$80 after tip.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Enjoyed music and old world Italian ambiance.
The food was delicious and we'll served. The entertainer nervous at the bar area was very talented and made everyone feel right at home singing everyone's favorite tunes. We will definately return.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Love this place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The food and restaurant was excellent. The service was not, not sure if it was the time of day or what. We were not properly greeted, the waitress acted as if she was doing us a favour. I mentioned that we were there to celebrate our birthday, they did not even mention happy birthday,it would have been nice since I took out a friend for her birthday and so to comfort her in the loss of her grandmother.
I have been there before at a later time and service was much better.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

This place is truly an escape! From the moment you enter, you are in their "world"! They have terrific dining rooms, the menu is diverse but authentic italian fare. They have on-site baking and pastries! I have hosted a birthday party here as well as casual family dining. The wait staff is busy but attentive. Be prepared to be there for a while - just because of the amount of food and options. You just want to stay and savor it all!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The outdoor dining is a space beautiful space. Comfortable and relaxing with delicious food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We used to love coming here. Brought our out-of-town granddaughters. Service was slow. When the food finally came, it was just terrible. The sauce on the pasta was gluey. Waiter didn't come back to see if we needed anything additional. It was a real disappointment. Then, when took our granddaughters into the bakery to each pick out a special treat to take home. The younger one picked out a cupcake. It was inedible and disgusting. We won't be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was good but very pricy. The service was poor. The waitress only came around once and we had to ask another server to get her to come to our table.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Fabulous food and drink and great atmosphere. Food is authentic and very tasty.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

combination of a restaurant, cafe with gelato and italian bakery with fresh bread. Good spot with great portions and good price. Nice place to go all year long, but especially in warm weather.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fig and prosciutto pizza is to die for. Risotto and veal Milanese are fantastic too. Try the Calandra wines as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was good as always, but our service was incredibly slow. It seemed like our waitress kept forgetting about us. I think over two hours for dinner for two adults and one child is too long, especially because we just ordered salads and entrees, we did not even get dessert (including the dessert that is supposed to come with the kid's meal).

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Consistent delivery of food and service. Just ok. Eaten here many times before and I'll be back. Nothing really that stands out except for the bread. That was really good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

They did not have our reservation luckily they had a table open

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food was okay! Not out of this world Italian but pretty standard fare. The mini meatballs appetizer was a good portion for my table to share, but they were a little bland and squishy. I had the chicken parm which was okay. Not a lot of cheese and a little bit heavy on the sauce, but good nonetheless. I'll still come back because this place is so cool.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was delicious! Everyone enjoyed the octopus appetizer. Three of us had the red snapper dish which was outstanding. The half rack of ribs was also amazing. One of the guys said the short ribs were tasty but very fatty. Pasta dish had to be a special order due to dietary need and it was perfect. Portion sizes were plentiful. No one left hungry that's for sure! Of course the bread was amazing as usual. Compliments to Chef Francesco and Chef Michael.
Waitress was not as attentive as last time we were there. We had to ask other staff to get her to come back to our table several times.
After dinner we went to the bar, only to find out that the entertainer was at the outdoor bar. Ordinarily that would have been fine because it is lovely out there but it was quite chilly and there were no heat lamps. There were only 3 parties then just 2 outside while the indoor bar was filled with customers. The singer was descent but not as good as Dave Beasley who was there the last time.
I picked up a variety of desserts from the bakery and we ate those at the bar. Katy was our bartender and she was delightful but she was running between both bars and had a few tables so she probably missed out on a few extra drinks from our party. She does make a really good mojito though!
All in all we had a very nice evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

For the price that was charged. Food was not that great. One of the dinners was wrong.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Restaurant plus bakery and grocery always amazes everyone we bring. Added together it never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Always satisfied with the food, service and ambiance. Great neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food and bread were wonderful! My entire party (four of us) had the Open Flamed NY Strip Steak, 12 oz each a different way and was very pleased. Two of us substituted the potatoes for mushroom risotto and was even more pleased! We had the house cabernet and it was enjoyable. Prior to dinner, I ordered a cake (it was an anniversary celebration) and it came without any hiccups. The chef, after hearing of the occasion, brought out a few house pastries. Nice touch!

The only thing I would like to see different is the attire of the visitors. Such a rustic, romantic and established environment worthy of people who can dine in more than a tee shirt, shorts and flip flops especially after 7:00 pm. What has happened to getting dressed for dinner? Maybe my guests and I are old fashioned but dining is more than just eating. I'm afraid Il Vecchio will lose its look if they allow guests to come in looking like they've just gotten off of the couch. We know it is a family environment, however, it's okay to come to the table a bit more put together. I have no doubts we'll return for the food, but hope the standards for attire are upgraded.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I had a coupon on my smart phone but it wasn't the correct app and your manager at the restaurant would not accept it. Luckily I asked first because this was the first time I used a coupon on the phone and didn't know it had to be a special app. So we left and had dinner at Fortes. PS don't pay attention to the ratings I had to put something down to submit.

Tags: Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great meal. We've eaten here twice, and had good food and service each time. Rare that my selective family eats out and we all walk away happy, so it's saying a lot that we were all satisfied. My veal scallopini was slightly over cooked, but I liked it just the same. The cakes leave some to be desired (I'm an experienced home baker, so we are quite spoiled), but the bread is wonderful

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