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Cucina Calandra

4.5
190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Kid-friendly
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 10:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am






Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: until 10:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 575-7720
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Costantino Cammarano
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Catering
Banquet rooms available for weddings and parties up to 200 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairfield Road
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Parking details
Plenty of parking around the Hotel and Restaurant
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Entertainment
We are pleased to present entertainment in the Executive Lounge on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Contemporary piano and duos singing past and present favorites.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 190 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had another great meal at Cucina Calandra. Our meals were delicious, as always. The couple who dined with us were very impressed. The service was excellent until we completed our entrees...our waiter was involved with a large group and we had to flag someone down to get coffee and dessert, and then to get our check.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was delicious as usual. Had a slight issue with one order that was immediately and graciously handled. Unfortunately seated next to the kitchen and near two very large (12+) groups, so conversation at our table was challenging. All in all a nice evening.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Nice quiet atmosphere. Food was vey good. They make great pasta dishes. Attentive service staff. Love that they give a loaf of their bread to customers as they leave.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great, delicious food. Excellent service.
Thank you Michael for your hospitality and good luck in your new position.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Loved it and we will return with the family. It was a nice place for a date night but would love to try the pizza making with the family.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I don’t often review restaurants, but when the experience merits a mention I find it inappropriate to fail giving credit where it’s due. Do yourself a favor and find the means to give it a visit. Especially if you have kids. They showed some class in dealing with ours — they baked pizza to look like Minnie Mouse. We were skeptical because the restaurant is attached to a Best Western, but when you walk into the building you immediately forget that fact. Great ambiance. All varieties of food were in excellent. We (the 3 adults) each shared our choices and agreed; the filet minion, the clams, and the gnocchi — all spectacular. Even the pizza for the kids — made in a brick oven which I assume is for specialty pizzas because you don’t order the pizza from the server. Instead you order directly from the baker.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good food at reasonable prices and kid friendly. My granddaughter just loves the whole pizza experience with Chef Henry.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our meal was good we arrived at 830 and actually asked continuous to order. We just wanted to sip some wine and talk then order. The workers were moving tables and chairs around you and actually at 1030 asked us to move to bar area.Lol incredible

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Went for dinner with childhood friends recently. Food was delicious, service was excellent.
They didn't bother us at all when we lingered to talk.
And we went on half price pasta and half price bottled wine night so it was a winner all around!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Stuffed artichoke was wonderful, minus a few anchovies

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Wonderful service and we will make Cucina Calandra our favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome as always!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Pizza station is awesome for kids. The service was slow and not enough help with clearing plates, refilling drinks, etc.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had an amazing dinner and a huge bonus was my daughter had dinner for free because she is under 3 years old. Fantastic cheese bread and all around great service!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice food! Pleasant staff even seated us early. Fresh baked bread with cheese folded in was delicious as an opener. Stuffed artichoke was below average. Chicken dish was awesome. We were hoping for the 30 layer lasagna but it wasn't available this night.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Have eaten here many times, the food is always excellent and is a great value. The bread with cheese is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I have been going to Calandra's Restaurants for many years and have never had a bad experience. The food , wine and service are always top notch! And the bread is to die for...

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our 2nd time here since early January. The first visit was excellent for the service, to accommodating us with a table in the main room, to outstanding food. This past visit on Feb 10 - the online reservation was easy to use and our table was ready as soon as we arrived. The hostess and our waitress were very friendly and attentive. Our drinks and bread came out in reasonable time. Our waitress apologized for the wait saying the bar was backed up. It was not a big deal. The apps came out in reasonable time and were excellent. The negative came with the hour wait for our main course. Again, our waitress was very nice and apologized twice for the delay stating the kitchen was backed up. When the food did come out at 8:40 , they brought the wrong dish out for my wife so we waited another 1-2 minutes for the correct dish. The main courses were okay. My Spaghetti with Arugula & Dates special was very thick and heavy. The Veal Rolletini was okay. The spaghetti with sea food was very good. I would have thought with the long wait & inconvenience with the main course that a comp of some type, like knocking off the drinks or one of the apps would have been offered, but this was not the case. We will try it a third time as our first visit was excellent and the staff was nice.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Ok not great. Doubtful I’d ever go back.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very good although a bit over priced I thought. Best part was the cheesy warm bread they give you as soon as you sit down! and they keep it coming if you keep eating it! :)

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Waiter was not good. Food came out scatter and incorrect

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

First time visiting this restaurant and have been meaning to go there for so many years. It was excellent. Took the family with three kids and my parents who also had never been. Amazing menu and so many daily specials. Everyone loved the food! Our sever did end up being assigned to a party of 20. Luckily our order was put in before they arrived but the dessert portion of meal slowed down and had to flag the waiter down a couple of times to ask on status. Almost done with coffee before dessert finally arrived. Not a big deal as not in a rush. Will go back and certainly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Our food was very delicious and tasteful. The amazing garlic cheese bread you receive while waiting for you food was so good. I decided on the special which was the Lobster Raviolis which was in a vodka with asparagus and baby shrimp. My mom decided on the clams over linguini in a white sauce and in which case they served the her with regular pasta noodles instead of linguini. She still enjoyed her meal because it tasted great but prefers linguini. Our waiter was very pleasant and knowledgable of the menu.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My first time and I enjoyed the restaurant and food. I was not told my party had arrived and were already seated so I waited for them past my reservation time. Finally, my friends came out to get me. Although I indicated under comments in the "open table" reservation it was my 42 anniversary there was no acknowledgment by the restaurant. Service was good however. I thought the food was better then their sister restaurant Il Vechchio Cafe.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Always, and I mean always fresh and delicious tasting food!! Great service.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

This is a very nice family-friendly place. In addition to offering a kids menu, they have a spot where kids can watch the chef make their pizzas. Plus they offer kids a piece of dough to hold onto which for my kids love for some reason.

The bread they bring to the table has melted cheese inside it and is outstanding. Our waitress was very friendly and all of the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Our family went to Cucina Calandra for dinner. Great service, great food. After I paid our bill, our server came over and had asked if his service was ok. We said absolutely and he thanked us. When I looked at my receipt copy, I realized that I had only tipped him 10%. I went to him and made up the difference and apologized for the error. What I liked is that he did not come over and tell us he was under tipped. If I had not approached him, he would have accepted what he got. That was impressive!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Greatly enjoyed the food. Was surprised by the delicious sangria. Groceries were very large. Got to have it for lunch the next day. Definitely will go back again great value great food. Don’t forget to take a loaf of free bread on your way out it’s in a big barrel

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

6 of us for a friend's birthday. It was very good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Dinner with my parents and the wife. We all thought everything was great although my parents claim to have felt rushed. I didn’t think so. Had the mahi mahi. I thought it was excellent. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Always good. The menu is much smaller than it used to be - seafood selection could be broader. Very good, local place

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

This place was very classy and the service was very good. The food was above average and the wine was very good for the price. Overall it was a quite positive experience.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Way overpriced. $25 for a simple bowl of pasta is way too much for a local italian restaurant

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We always have great food and great service! The rigatoni a la NORMA never disappoints. We love the hot bread with mozzarella cheese and the salad was fresh and crisp.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Love the fig and prosciutto flatbread!

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2017

The meal was underwhelming. The calamari was rubbery and there were no spices in the Fra Diavolo. We could not get out server's attention to take our bill when it was time to leave.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Always fresh and delicious tasting food!! Great service.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

This is not our first time at Cucina Calandra. We've been here several times and always enjoyed our meal. The service was well timed and the staff very pleasant and attentive. All in all a great experience. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing place with amazing food. Yummy Start to finish

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Always consistent! Excellent Pasta! Best in the area! We are rugulars and always enjoy our meal at Cucina!

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