Cucina Calandra

4.5
243 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends for the first time. They absolutely loved it. The waitress was very attentive. There was very nice music. Wonderful evening. I highly recommend for special occasions or just wonderful dining.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The chicken parmigiana I had was dry and uneatable!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

No complaints about the food, very expensive, big groups with parents not supervising children properly, at times felt like we were at Chuck E Cheese’s

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had, that night, a dietary concern involving cheese which I couldn't eat because of my antibiotic. Michael, a new waiter, and the kitchen did everything to accommodate this. Instead of the delicious bread with mozz, I was given bread without the cheese. I also choose an entree that had mashed potatoes made, of course, with milk and butter. They substituted the mashed with lovely roasted potatoes that were so good! This is not the first time we have dined at Cucina Calandra and I am looking forward to my next meal where dietary concerns are not a factor. Always a wonderful meal and dining experience. Though Michael was new, we would not have known if he hadn't told us. He was very professional and we all agreed that this was not his first rodeo.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Overpriced and everything in heavy sauce. Waitress was attentive until she took the order and never came back until we were finished eating. Not around to order another drink with meal or asked if everything came out okay.
$26 for chicken parmigiana

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious service was very good. I always look forward to the bread served with dinner. Excellent stuffed with cheese. They always have a loaf of fresh bread at the door to take home. For the second time of having dinner there they were out, very disappointed. ☹️

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L
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious tasting food and great service. Will return real soon with family and friends.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal from the bread to the Apple pie and ice cream dessert as well as delicious carrot cake

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Saturday night--busy, I get it, but I had to chase the waitress down for her to take our order. The kids were able to order their pizza from the pizza chef and that was great fun, but they were already eating when we put our food order in. I would also say a little over priced for the entrees.

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

Always a great time, good food and superb ambience.. will definitely return.

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HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cheesy garlic bread around

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience. The kids get to pick a character for Chef Henry to make their pizza into and they get to watch while it’s made! It kept them entertained while hubby and I could have a drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for the family

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JB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and great value (Pasta Tuesday - half price)

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful gathering of old friends at Cucina Calandra. Restaurant was lovely, the service and food were terrific. Would definitely return and recommend !

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d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

red snapper out of this world flavor the bread the best

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian comfort food and amazing service, as always!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We asked our server and the man who refilled our water glasses for a second loaf of their delicious bread but neither fulfilled our request. As a company who started as a bakery, it’s ironic that they would ration bread. In addition, our server never returned to refill the soda nor ask if we wanted a second glass of wine. She was notably absent but, no doubt, expected a 20% tip. Her lack of attentiveness ruined our dining experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had pierogis, calamari, bruschetta with prosciutto, steak Fiorentina, seafood risotto, mushroom ravioli and a Stuffed Artichoke All were very good. The risotto was the star, exceptional, the artichoke was garlicky deliciousness, steak medium was perfect pink inside charred outside, the bruschetta was incredible. Everything was just great, service was great. We sat in the bar area, so they do double duty especially during happy hour, so if you want a dedicated wait staff choose the restaurant. I like the low-light in the bar area!!!!

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JA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was great and the kids love Chef Henry. We did too

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, I have been there many times and never disappointed

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is great, I feel the pasta dishes are overpriced unless you go on a Tuesday night, 1/2 price pasta dishes and Calandra's wine. We always sit in the lounge its more cozy and quite, but the service is a little slow there, but that is a small price to pay, we really love the food.

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OT
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Big dishes, fresh pasta, and cheesy bread. Perfect for this time of year. Service is always nice as well.

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BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, atmosphere, great staff, plenty of room. The cheese bread and olive oil is fantastic. We buy their oil for home. Also their wine from their own vineyards in Sicily is superb.

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AM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious & so nice to get a loaf of bread to take home.

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JR
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our dinner vey much. Love the garlic cheese bread. Specials were great.

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

$10 to $15 to uncork your bottle of wine, crazy, very noisy, lots of kids

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PJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant several times. They have an excellent menu and the food has been delicious on each occasion. On Saturday the service was great and the wait staff was very accommodating to the needs of my grandson who has a nut and egg allergy. Great menu, delicious food and a courteous and accommodating wait staff - my family and I will keep coming back !

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L
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and I mean DELICIOUS tasting food. My favorite restaurant.

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KH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian food. Wonderful hot Italian bread was brought to our table and was probably the best we have ever had at a restaurant. Daniel our waiter was terrific. He was attentive and knowledgeable. We were never rushed with our food and had reasonable time between each course. Service was above the usual with emphasis on little details. The Calandra Chianti was as good as any we had in Italy. This was our first visit to Cucina Calandra and we can't wait to go back there and take friends with us.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Henry is great with the kids and gives them dough to play with

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C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have gone to Cucina Calandra many times. The food is always very good as is the service. The portions are generous and the mozzarella stuffed bread that is served to every table is so delicious. We would definitely recommend Cucina Calandra.

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AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good however my meal did not come out until almost the rest of our party (8) were finished and some of their meals were packed to go. Nothing was offered for the inconvenience.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service will definitely go back

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d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

FOR A BAKERY THE BREAD WAS VERY CHEWY AND HARD TO PULL APART. INSIDE BREAD VERY DRY NOT ENOUGH CHEESE AND BUTTER OR WHAT EVER THEY PUT INSIDE. PARTY OF 7 HAD 3 LOAVES OF BREAD ALL THE SAME

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L
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT. The same with the service!!!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Always like Cucina but this time our food took 1 1/2 hours to come out. Was unfortunate because we love the restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for a special occasion with a special request. We arrived to the location, the place was empty yet we still waited 10 minutes until someone approached to us to be sorted, I mentioned I had a reservation and they did not bother to look into my reservation details and honor the special request that they said they could accommodate. The food came , it was horrible, Olive garden is way better and that’s not even an authentic Italian restaurant. That should say something about this place. Prices are beyond reasonable for the quality and taste of the food. For the $400 I spent, I could of went to a local grocery store and prepared myself and my guests better quality food than this place served us! I def would not recommend this place to anyone! Stay away and beware before you get scammed out of your money!

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Best food in town.

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