Cucina Calandra

4.4
260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Although my friend and I both ordered the fig & prosciutto flatbread, which was overcooked (burnt). It is our favorite item on their menu and the fact that it was burnt was disappointing.

Also, the happy hour menu is not discounted, so they shouldn't say they have a happy hour.

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food wasnt great. Table Bread delicious. They tried charging me full price on Pasta tues. Half off. If i didn't notice they wouldn't taken advantage of me. Very bad.

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D
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a great place to go for any occasion. The food and service was great and we all had a great time. We went on a Sunday evening, and the place was busy with large family birthday dinners, but we had no problem being served promptly and the food prepared very well. We will be back.

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SK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Went here on a Saturday night and got lost in the shuffle. Our waiter was non existent. Luckily we were with great friends and didn't care that the service and food presentation were slow, although we would have all liked to have drinks with our meals which we didn't get. Our dinners were great and the atmosphere was fun and welcoming.

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MF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but No better than any other Italian restaurant in the area. I felt like our waiter wanted to up our bill by continuing to suggest we order doubles! I guess they’re not afraid of getting sued! The couple we were with drink way too much.
I was really disappointed that they didn’t give you a loaf of bread as you left like the other restaurant does. Not likely to go back anytime soon.

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L
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, beautiful presentation and excellent service of both the server, Gabriella and bus boy Luis. Please thank them for me. Thank you.

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina Calandra’s never disappointed. Having a gluten allergy, I feel safe eating here with their multiple options.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together! Always excellent food and service! I love this place!

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SH
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Like the place but felt it was too pricey. Would go back on half price pasta specials on Tuesday night.

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a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only problem was the gentlemen who was doing the seating could not seat people in the order in which they came since he was the only person doing the welcoming and seating and since you can’t be in two places at once it became a problem .

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K
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my meals there. They recently redecorated the Executive Lounge, which is brighter now. I love their bread (stuffed with cheese and aioli) and their fig & prosciutto flatbread!

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PT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My only complaint is that the waiter did not do anything special for my birthday even though I am an adult I still like special birthday celebrations like an ice cream or cake. Plus, I used to work there as a bust boy when Colleen was manager so that shocked me how I was treated. But the current manager did come to me at the end and asked how was the evening. I told him what happened about my birthday being missed and he made up for the mistake by giving me a nice birthday cake. So that made things a little better. Food is still great there good quality Italian bread and pasta. Just make sure new waiters try to make some effort for a birthday celebration.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous family dinner!
The kids loved being able to watch at the pizza station. The cheesy bread is always a favorite and the fact that they will always bring more is something truly appreciated, as the kids usually devour the first loaf.

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

Took my husband out to celebrate his birthday and it was a great night. The food was perfect and the staff is always very welcoming.

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L
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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FN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We felt the service and food were average. The noise level was over the top so if you are looking for a quiet dinner, this is not the place for you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
110 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
16 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
3 reviews
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
43 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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