Scalini Fedeli - Chatham
Food and the service was excellent. Never rushed. No issues with reservation. Staff right on the money.
DISAPPOINTED! My memories of Scalini Fedeli, mostly in Manhattan, were all extremely positive until last evening. The atmosphere, food and service I had experienced in the past were all great.
However, my most recent dining experience resulted in our party of 5 sitting in cramped quarters with 2 adjoining tables essentially on top of us with the chairs constantly hitting each other.
The service was very bad. The servers have to learn how to be professional, polite and pleasant....most of them never smiled.
One server dropped off a complimentary shrimp dish and mumbled some words we didn't understand...I think it was a weak attempt to describe the dish. All the servers seemed as if they just wanted to get out of there and go home. I also poured our own glasses of wine for the party of 5 since no one was around to assist us.
After dinner was served I didn't see our server until dessert so were not able to show him how overcooked and dry the filet mignon was. We were never asked how the meal was but offered our feedback anyway.
The bread that we received at the start of the evening consisted of a measly piece that looked like it was left over from an earlier dinner. The bruschetta was focaccia bread with a heavy dose of oily onions on top.
I was wondering "what's going on here"? However, on a positive note I do have to applaud the great veal chop and the al dente pasta.
We had not eaten at Scalini Fedeli for several years and decided to give it a go as a change of pace. What a surprise to discover that their prix fixe, which is quite reasonable, included a wide range of mouth-watering appetizers and entrees. We each had something different and all of us enjoyed every bite. Service was excellent, too. I made a remark to my friends about the delicious sauce and jokingly expressed that i would love to have a whole bowl of it. One of the waiters overheard me and within minutes he brought a bowl of the sauce to me! That was a nice treat; we all used it to dip our bread! We will be back soon.
One of our favorite places! We’ve been coming here for the past 17 years, love the butternut squash angliotti and the scallops main course
Overall a great experience ..
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Our waiter was terrific. We had mentioned that my husband would not order my dinner because of pea purée and the the aperitif came and mine had peas and my husbands did not. Great listener. Great waiter...
Took my wife for her birthday and received just what I e per Ted. They gave us a very nice table , rcxcellent service and fantastic food.
Definitely planning a return visit
The food & service was exceptional as always! While a bit pricy it's still my favorite restaurant in NJ!
Just average food and service. I expected more.
I have wanted to try Scalini Fedeli for a long time. The only negative is they are always booked up. We were finally able to get a reservation and it was worth the wait. Service was well timed, courses not rushed but not left overlong. The variety of food selections and the quality of the food was wonderful. Each course artfully presented and delicious. The duck was tender but not gamey, the risotto perfectly prepared. My husband raved about the red snapper. We both agreed we haven’t so thoroughly enjoyed a meal since eating at a Michelin restaurant in Paris. Great neighborhood gem.
Great ambiance with a well prepared menu. The wine list is extensive and not overpriced, but they also offer a no-corkage policy during the week (one bottle for two people)!
I wish the chef let the ingredients speak for themselves more - I found the vegetables a bit overcooked and swimming in two heavy of a sauce, but that could be because I've started eating more fresh/raw foods recently.
This is a gem! Fantastic food creatively prepared with fresh ingredients. Best meal we have had in years! Service is friendly and professional. Ambiance is cozy and beautiful.
I have dined here before and now I remember why I haven't been back in so long. The service is absolutely horrendous. We sat down and no one came near us for 15 minutes. That was just the beginning of a horrible evening. The courses were very slow to come out and the server barely came by the table. We had to flag him down on several occasions just to get more water. The kicker came at the end of the night when we tried to pay. Another 15 minutes to get the server to come to the table to tell him we wanted the check. When he finally brings it, I tried to hand him my credit card because truly I was done at this point. He took my card and put it on top of the check and told us I have to go and light candles. ARE YOU SERIOUS? We were left dumb founded. He went about the restaurant helping other servers light two birthday candles. Then he went to go and chit chat with someone he knew at the far right corner table. I was getting up to go speak to the manager, who was also no where in sight, when he ran over to grab the check from me. I left zero tip. As we were getting in our car, the MANAGER RAN out of the restaurant and asked if something was wrong. Well, it certainly was but he was MIA the entire night well his servers were just plain awful. The food is not worth the bad service.
Can’t say enough about this restaurant. The food and service are outstanding. It is a culinary experience. Our waiter Bernard was exceptional. We had had him once before and he remembered our preferences. It’s the little touches that make it an experience Our new favorite place.
The food, as always was amazing! There are no 'bad choices' on the menu; each dish is unique unto itself. It wad my 22 yr old daughter's 1st fine dining experience, she was in heaven to say the least. The only complaint was the ambiance - once upon a time, men had to wear a jacket to sit for dinner. It was very disheartening to see men in jeans & puffer vests. While another couple brought their well mannered 2 year old, this is not a place for kids. Get a babysitter, please.
We chose Scalini Fedeli to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were very pleased with our experience. The food was truly outstanding and the stuff was very helpful in selecting items from the fixed-price menu.
We chose this restaurant for my Mother's 85th birthday and it was perfection! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the service and care we were given exceeded everyone's expectations. We will be back and we will recommend this wonderful restaurant.
If I could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Scalini Fedeli.
One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was absolutely incredible and was matched by the service from the minute we walked to the door to the moment we left. I cannot wait to return.
Just a fantastic culinary experience. My 6th visit and the constancy of food and service is remarkable. It’s so hard picking what to order as 3/4 of menu is awesomeness and love it all. There are no bad choices. $30 corkage fee if you bring your own special wine. Highly recommend.
We made the res for a special occasion and dressed up for it. However, when we got to the restaurant some patrons were in shorts and golf shirts, puffer vests and jeans and others in suits/dresses. Assumed this was an elevated and/or special occasion restaurant; and meal is priced as such. So we were disappointed that they do not enforce a certain dress code. Turned out to be just another Friday night place to get really good Italian-American food.
Always fabulous food. Best Italian restaurant in the area in my opinion.
The service at Scalini is unbeatable. We have dined there many times, and the service just stands way above that of other fine restaurants. The food is creative and excellent ... and plentiful. It's truly a gem.
Scalini is a long-time favorite. We love it for an elegant, first class lunch.....excellent service, relaxed atmosphere, menu similar to the dinner menu.....we will keep coming back for lunch and dinner!!!
Great place and great food. Server was very nice but seemed to be much more interested in talking with his 1 other table for 15 straight minutes versus bringing us our bill so that was my only issues since we felt a bit ignored.
The food was quite good but I did feel that our waiter was constantly around, not to make sure we need anything but to move us along. I felt very rushed ordering from both the dinner and dessert menu. My annoyance was aimed at this particular waiter, not the restaurant.
Buonissimo! Prezzi assolutamente onesti e pietanze squisite! Personale affabile ma molto professionale! Scelta ampia e differenziata, accontenta tutti i gusti!
Bravi, molto bravi!
Adequate but not memorable. Valet Parker’s were excellent
It was our 33rd wedding anniversary and everyone made us feel very special. The service, food ambiance were wonderful.
Great food and service - go middle of the week and bring a bottle wine with no corkage fee - A+
Food was creative and delicious, service was great, atmosphere was lovely. Price Fix menu with lots of little extras in terms of wonderful breads, fabulous "pre-appetizer" appetizer and amazing "pre-dessert" desserts. Would definitely return again when in the area.
We eat have been coming here 4 times a year for about 15 years beautiful room, elegant service , amazing food. The sauces are spectacular. Taste like it took 3 days to make. I always get the egg yolk raviolo and my son the mushroom ravioli with truffle cream sauce. Pork dishes are outstanding
We were celebrating my daughters birthday . Everything was exceptional . Thank You
Always great food! I went to dinner with four foodies best dinner they ever had.
Great food and great service. Always an exceptional experience! Warren is a Super Waiter!
Superb! The food was excellent, a great evening out! There was one hiccough with service. The first course was served before the wine was poured. But otherwise, service was great. We can't wait until our next visit.
I wanted my wife to have a fabulous dinner in order to celebrate her birthday, and by dining at Scalini Fedeli that is exactly what she got. We were warmly greeted upon entering the restaurant and immediately ushered to our table. Once there, our outstanding waiter, Robert, explained the menu and provided us with fantastic dining suggestions for each of the courses. I do not think that we have tasted anything as good as what we had for dinner tonight. The food and service were impeccable, and my wife and I have decided to return to Scalini Fedeli in order to celebrate my birthday, too. We cannot wait!
This was a last minute decision on a Wednesday for a romantic Thursday birthday supper. The vibe was quaint and elegant without being stuffy. The 5 course fixed price meal was more than enough food and all of it was amazing. In our case the flavors were decidedly more French than Italian. We had scallops and pignoli encrusted salmon. Pleasantly surprised by the generous and creative addition of vegetables. The sauces were complex but not overdone.
The service is outstanding. Utensils are refreshed between courses.
As others have said the coffee is delicious.
Will definitely be back.
We enjoyed a great anniversary dinner here. It was lovely!