Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
1266 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(973) 701-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Cetrulo
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Private party facilities
Scalini Fedeli can be rented out for private parties.
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Private party contact
Mark Marandola: (973) 701-9200
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Parrot Mill Road
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Special events & promotions
Scalini Fedeli stimulus package; no corkage fee Monday through Friday lunch, and Monday through Thursday dinner.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and the service was excellent. Never rushed. No issues with reservation. Staff right on the money.

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SB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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AT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience ..

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c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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...

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service was exceptional as always! While a bit pricy it's still my favorite restaurant in NJ!

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BF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Just average food and service. I expected more.

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RD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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LM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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SI
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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FP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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r
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Scalini Fedeli.

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WJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food. Best Italian restaurant in the area in my opinion.

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KY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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YB
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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DH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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HM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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UB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buonissimo! Prezzi assolutamente onesti e pietanze squisite! Personale affabile ma molto professionale! Scelta ampia e differenziata, accontenta tutti i gusti!
Bravi, molto bravi!
Ugo

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Adequate but not memorable. Valet Parker’s were excellent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 33rd wedding anniversary and everyone made us feel very special. The service, food ambiance were wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - go middle of the week and bring a bottle wine with no corkage fee - A+

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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i
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughters birthday . Everything was exceptional . Thank You

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food! I went to dinner with four foodies best dinner they ever had.

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PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Always an exceptional experience! Warren is a Super Waiter!

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NJ
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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A
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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NY
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great anniversary dinner here. It was lovely!

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