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.
Madison, NJ 07940
Hours of Operation:
**Lunch & Dinner service is from 12pm to 10pm
**Lunch menu will be served until 3pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays enjoy live piano from 7:00pm to close.
Private lot located behind the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
L'Allegria Ratings and Reviews
We went out for my husbands birthday. The food was excellent but my fish portion was small. The service was slow for an empty restaurant. It was a 1000 points promotion for that evening. It was a problem to receive my points due to incompatible computers Eventually I received it,
With our theater production ending almost an hour before our reservation time at L'Allegria, we were accommodated immediately, served promptly and presented with the restaurant's typically exquisite menu. We have been dinning here for over 20 years as occasional patrons but treated as if we were regular guests. They do not miss a single step in providing ad elegant dinning experience.
While the food was very good, the service was poor. During the lunch hour there was a very small crowd and we had to wait for our waiter too many times . The restaurant did not appear to be that busy for lunch hour, yet the waiter service took an inordinate amount of time.
We were looking for a quiet and romantic dinner because it was date night for my husband and me. We loved the elegant ambiance including the piano player. We were able to relax and talk and not be disturbed by loud diners around us. The food was excellent starting with the bread through dessert! Don't miss the tiramisu.
always high-quality food with fresh ingredients, with lots of options. classic Italian, good to great service, solid value. We've gone many times, but never on Friday and it was the most crowded I've ever seen (I only saw 1 open table as we left). Nice live piano music. I almost always get the specials as there's something good each time.
Have dined here many times always enjoying the experience and the food. This last time, we were a little disappointed with the service and dinner, as well as the specials offered. We were also very annoyed when told we had to put appetizer and dinner order in at the same time. We were beyond starving, but couldn't decide on the entrees we wanted. With that, it ruined what could have been a beautiful dinner. At that point, we really didn't enjoy the food. Left a "sour" taste for us. Not sure how quick I will rush back, unfortunately.
One of our favorite Italian restaurants where the food is authentic and consistantly great. Love the great pianist playing in the bar too. Only wish is that they would update the bar and restaurant decor (80's) so that the surroundings would match the great food.
An overall fabulous meal! There was no negative at all! Three of our party found the duck
superlative (and these are people who have eaten the bird in other countries). They raved about the crisp skin and lack of grease. The osso bucco and lamb shank were likewise praised as far from the ordinary. The service was impeccable and the wine list above-average.
L'allegria is consistently fine, with excellent food and outstanding service. Had a little more garlic than we like, but I'd say it's our bad for not asking to ease up on that. Each course was wonderful. We go somewhat regularly and I almost never order off the menu, as there's always at least 1 great fresh special to go with, even though I'm fussy. Many good wines at reasonable prices. The wine menu on the table has at least a couple choices for reds or whites at low prices, and the full wine list is extensive, although not so good on price.
Overall a great experience. A party of 9 in our own separate area which was nice. Waiter came around often enough but not as often to describe the service as exceptional. Although the food was good, the price:value ratio was high. For example, our scallop and shrimp fra Diavolo was not served with linguine, that was extra, so 34 dollars had an extra 14 dollars added on for a total of 48 dollars. Steep for 3 large scallops, 5 shrimp and linguine.
food was fine, but portions were very small for the price! My filet mignon was tiny at $33 and the polenta was a 1" square! seriously???? fish was a better value! Service was ok, but not stellar and desserts were too small to even consider! tiniest piece of cheesecake I ever saw! with a groupon, may be worthwhile, but not if paying full tab!
We often dine here as part of large groups. This time we celebrated a milestone birthday. As usual the restaurant was beautiful as was the private room we dined in. The problem - and we all commented on this - was the lack of good or even mediocre service. There was just one overworked and seemingly temperamental server for all 13 of us. No busboy. No helper. No water person. It really put a damper on the whole event.
We were in L'Allegria a few times previously in the past couple years. The food and service were always great. We were there for Mother's day dinner on Sunday. It was not very crowded. We wait for a long time for waiter to come. We asked for the special and he replied no Special in Mother's day. Half hours later, a waitress loudly announced the Special in the table next to our. The service was slow and both bus boys and waiter were not very friendly with no smile. We have to asked for water, spoon, and ground pepper. I am not sure if they overwork during the Mother's day or just the norm. I am disappointed and not sure if I will return.
The food was good, I had the caprese as an appetizer, and the chicken parm was above average. The cost was outrageous for what I got. The service was by far the worst I ever got anywhere, ever. The atmosphere was like being in a 1975 mobster movie, with the piano player and the reviews on the wall from 1994. Oh yea, it was my anniversary, was a table for 2, they kept asking when the other 2 were showing up. The average age of the people in there, without exaggeration, was 85 years old. Like I said, good chicken parm. BTW, my wife hated her "personal pizza". One more gem, my "side dish" of pasta cost $15, had like 20 pieces of penne.
This was my wife's and my first visit to L'Allegria. Thus, the restaurant's staff did not know us. Not only were we first time diners at L'Allegria, my wife and I complicated matters by arriving earlier than our two guests, approximately thirty minutes prior to our reservations. Regardless, the staff did not hesitate, not even for a second. The host and hostess took our early arrival in stride and graciously escorted us to our table.
Once we were seated at our table, the service, attentive but certainly not overbearing, did not cease for the rest of the very enjoyable evening. All the servers, not just our specific server, were extremely friendly, helpful, and very welcoming.
The senior server was particularly helpful in suggesting wines, which we had requested him to do. L'Allegria's wine list is extensive. It offers many selections of both whites and reds in all price ranges. The senior server helped us make two superior selections - a Pinot Grigio and a Brunello di Montalcino. Both were delicious.
The menu is extensive and there are numerous daily specials. With all the excellent offerings, choosing our appetizers and entrees was an adventure. Fortunately, our server made excellent recommendations.
My wife, our two guests and I enjoyed the tasty food, the delicious wine, the attentive service, and the lovely ambiance. Our dining experience at L'Allegria was outstanding.
This was our first visit to L'Allegria, it will not be our last. My wife and I will visit again and, I suspect, numerous times thereafter.