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L'Allegria, Madison, NJ

L'Allegria

4.4
4.4
686 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
L’allegria, conceived by brothers Saverio and Giovanni Allocca in 1984, experienced a meteoric rise to stardom. It has maintained its lofty status due to the Allocca’s dedication to optimum quality. The fashionable ristorante, with the casual feel of al fresco dining in a Mediterranean courtyard, features proficient, unpretentious European-style service, an award-winning wine cellar and a New York City trained kitchen staff. The delicate blend of exquisite renditions of authentic cuisine and wines from Italy’s diverse regions, coupled with L’allegria’s charming ambiance, create the quintessential Italian dining experience. As a result, L’allegria consistently wins the acclaim of restaurant critics and the applause of diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 377-6808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    L'Allegria offers private dining options for groups of 12 to 70. Whether a celebratory dinner with family and friends, or a business luncheon among colleagues, L'Allegria can accommodate all your needs. Contact us for further information.

  • Private party contact

    Saverio Allocca: (973) 377-4692

  • Neighborhood

    Madison, New Jersey

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Parking details

    Private lot located behind the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays enjoy live piano from 7:00pm to close.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 686 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LA

    LindaA

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined with a couple who had never been and they loved the food and with a couple who returned with us because they loved the food. Still our go to for Bolognese.
  2. VD

    VandDdineout

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always welcoming and kind to my older parents who move a little slowly and don't hear so well.
  3. CC

    CapeCrusader

    Montreal

    75 reviews

    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Took two hours for one course dinner! No consideration granted for the unacceptably slow service!! We will not return
  4. j

    jdnj

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good, and the service was decent. The wine list, while not extensive, was nice. We enjoyed our food, but the restaurant is very unacommodating with guest requests to the point of being unreasonable. There are too many better choices for dining out. We will not be returning.
  5. i

    ilsaair

    West Palm Beach

    194 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Visiting Morristown from Boca Raton and wanted to find an authentic Italian restaurant for dinner. Everything was great - all the pasta dishes were very good and the service was excellent
  6. LA

    LindaA

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and service were excellent. Escarole and bean soup perfect for a chilly night. Pastas we're outstanding. Our go to place for the perfect Italian meal for over 14 years.
  7. JM

    JamesM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this dinner was simply exquisite. So glad came there. STaff was welcoming - felt totally at home. and that means even more than the quality of the food - which was superb. James Mahoney
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, excellent service
  9. BT

    BrianTD

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice for business lunch. Not crowded so noise wasn’t an issue.
  10. m

    michaelw

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food, service, were very good. Knowledgable about the wine. Over all a very good. Definitely will go back
  11. B

    Bobg

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful selections, excellent preparation and presentation. We’ll be back!
  12. m

    morristownmike

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The maitre d' tried to sit us in the bar area instead of the main dining room despite there being available tables. The bar area was not as nice. We ended up sitting in the main dining room. The food and service was very good. The decor was pleasant but outdated. There appears to be no dress code as the family next to use was in sweatpants, sweatshirts/ tee shirts. I found the food to be overprices. Overall we enjoyed out meal and were able to get a last minute reservation on a Saturday night.
  13. DL

    DonnaL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was the perfect venue to meet with a friend with hearing issues...the restaurant at lunch was very quiet, the service welcoming and efficient, and the food was positively delicious.
  14. d

    dianaw

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Made a last minute reservation so sat in the bar area which was just ok.. the food and service made up for it!! Best Gnocchi I’ve had since my grandmother made it for me!!! Branzino was excellent as well as the papadelle bolognese!! Can’t wait to go back!
  15. e

    eatsout2often

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A restaurant for grownups! well spaced tables, nice tablecloths! My entree, veal marsala was superb. Quiet, unfortunately because the restaurant was almost empty on a Friday evening. I guess when a place does not have a wall to wall bar scene, loud noise and mediocre food, it is not a draw. This place has been in business for many years, it must be doing something right. Hope it is able to remain open.
  16. DR

    DavidR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place that my girlfriend and I can go to and know that every time it will be a very nice dining experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service was incredibly slow. In fairness they are short staffed as is everyone. The appetizers were good but the main courses were not. There are so many Italian places in the area, all of which are better and a fraction of the price. We should have known when they were the only place still able to take a reservation. I know it’s an old school Madison favorite but it wasn’t worth the price at all. All around very disappointing.
  18. MJ

    MichaelJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We will be back.
  19. ME

    MaryE

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner for a large group to celebrate a special event. We ate in a private room. The restaurant is lovely, our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, and the food was excellent@
  20. S

    Saeed

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked this restaurant based on customer recommendation. What a great place, the entrance was so elegant so the decorations inside. Extra clean, and the service was just perfect, we ordered couple appetizers eggplant rolltini, shrimp and clam and for main courses we ordered chicken, lobster and fish. All came out great. The coffee and desert were just perfect. We recommend this place without any reservation and we for sure go back again.
  21. GJ

    GJG306

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Consistently very good food. Portions are not huge but acceptable. Service was fair. There was a party in the next room which seemed to take priority over the dining room.
  22. BB

    BarbaraB

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Creative extensive menu, fresh and well prepared food. Lobster was excellent...tender with nicely blended flavors.
  23. LQ

    LesleyQ

    Atlantic City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy eating at Lallegria. The food is consistently excellent and so is the service. The only reason I didn’t give it all 5 stars is because it can be a little noisy if it is busy.
  24. AH

    AnnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there to celebrate our anniversary. It’s a Lovely setting for a delicious meal. Portions are very generous and service was very attentive.
  25. SK

    SteveKaren

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had wanted to try a new restaurant in the area, since we are not here that often. The last time we were here we dined at Il Capriccio and it was Fantastic!!! L'Allegria was so disappointing. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great at all. Veal Picatta was tender and cooked well, but sadly did not deliver much flavor. Stuffed pepper app was ok, but that was all. Eggplant rollitini was cooked well, but once again, lacking a high level of flavor. the Agnolotti Pugliesi stuffed with sausage and broccoli rabe was the biggest disappointment. The fresh pasta was way too thick and the stuffing was really tasteless and rendered the dish uninteresting and chewy. Finally, the bottle of wine we ordered, said it was a 2015 Barbaresco, and the 2017 arrived. I did not say anything, as the list was really weak anyway, so I just accepted that year. We also accepted that the wine, while ok to drink, already had significant bricking, showing that it had not been stored properly either before they purchased it or after they purchased it. Again, I just accepted it as is. We don't make a fuss of things when we dine out unless it is a major issue. All in all, the food and service was not bad, but noting that would have me go back again.
  26. CA

    ConnieA

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing and so was the food!!!!
  27. MM

    MeghanM

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, staff, and ambiance. Love coming to this restaurant whenever we’re in town.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Excellent food and good service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small porstion
  30. V

    Vidalia

    New York Area

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful birthday dinner. The appetizers were outstanding. Figs with goat cheese and prosciutto, zucchini flowers with cheese and shrimp dish were all delicious. Main courses were good. Veal parmigiana ( asked for alternative pasta but would not accommodate), flounder stuffed with crabmeat and A special chicken Francais with peas and mushrooms. Our waiter, Susan, could not have been more wonderful. Desserts were enjoyed as well.
  31. J

    Jade

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was incredible. The food and ambiance were perfect! What a gem!
  32. C

    Ctraveler

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent extensive menu, especially during this time when many restaurants have limited their menus. Really enjoyed a glass of the house Chardonnay. Also offered quite a few specials for the night. The stuffed zucchini flowers was an appetizer that was new to me and was excellent . All and all a great evening.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    First time, last time. The food was actually good. The service was unbelievably poor. They want to portray themselves as fine dining, but their staff surely disappoints. Our waitress announced the specials from the back of the room to our table and another table. It seems it was too difficult for her to give individual attention to what should be an upscale restaurant. They were announced like orders in a diner. Throughout the meal our waitress was unbelievably unattentive. The only way we could get an additional glass of wine was to ask a person bringing our plates for our entrées. The final part, was when we paid the bill and our waitress lost our credit card. After an extensive search, my credit card was found on the floor by an adjacent table. There was no apology from the manager or owner. All I got was the full bill and nothing for our troubles. Again, first time/last time.
  34. KC

    KathleenC

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hospitality, delicious food, never disappoints....
  35. MK

    MarkK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Beyond the usual Italian restaurant menu. Delicious! Well made cocktails and extensive wine selection. First time experience but we will be back soon!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We love this place and go often. My only gripe is that it’s a long meal. If you are looking for something quick this isn’t the place to go to. Otherwise we love the food, service and ambience. The branzino is my favorite!
  37. JR

    JackR

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love this restaurant. They are suffering from lack of help which slows down service. It's not their fault.
  38. EW

    EllieW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  39. B

    Bobdito

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Appetizers (stuffed zucchini flowers and calamari-wrapped shrimp) a bit disappointing but rest of meal hit the mark. Osso buco braised in tomato ragu was tender and flavorful. Sea bass scored high also. Ricotta cheesecake rounded out a fine dining experience. Overall, a bit pricey but ambiance, service and interesting menu choices made our visit well worthwhile. Great place for special occasions.
  40. K

    Kathleen

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real Italian Food with extensive menu and wine list

FAQs

L'Allegria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 377-6808.

L'Allegria is rated 4.4 stars by 686 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for L'Allegria

11 Prospect Street, Madison, NJ 07940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Neighborhood

    Madison, New Jersey

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot located behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays enjoy live piano from 7:00pm to close.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 377-6808

  • Private party facilities

    L'Allegria offers private dining options for groups of 12 to 70. Whether a celebratory dinner with family and friends, or a business luncheon among colleagues, L'Allegria can accommodate all your needs. Contact us for further information.

  • Private party contact

    Saverio Allocca: (973) 377-4692

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