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Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
1866 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1866 people are saying
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vipNomnomnom
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually go for dinner, but this time hosted a business lunch. Superb as always.

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ShariG
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and special birthday and the restaurant couldn’t have been more accommodating. The food was delicious the service excellent and they made the evening very special.

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BlueFlower
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is scrumptious and expertly planned and prepared. Every appetizer, main dish, and dessert choice is fun to read over and imagine ordering. We were 4 sisters for lunch, and everyone ordered something different for each course, and no one was disappointed. All of us are picky home cooks, so we wanted to explore a new restaurant for us that would be a treat. Scalini Fedeli met and exceeded our expectations.
In my case I had the Goat Cheese and Beet Salad, Veal Scallopini, and Chocolate Truffle cake with Cherries...all superb!

The server couldn't have been nicer. And the atmosphere is lovely.

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NeenaJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service n food. Just not a fan of the decor.

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PaulR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was busy. The food and decor was a little dated.

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FrankD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great ambiance. The knowledgeable and attentive waiter was outstanding. We will be coming back more frequently.

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MichaelaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 10 meals I’ve ever had, including 2 weeks spent in Italy. Attentive service & impeccable attention to detail. Highly recommended! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Northern NJ. Consistently outstanding food and service. Alex our server was excellent. Engaged, attentive, professional and friendly. If you are looking for a fantastic high quality meal for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong here.

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DonnaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was outstanding. The table location was quiet and conversation was easily heard across the table. The portions were larger than I have previously experienced at fine dining restaurants. The service was very good in the beginning but as the evening passed there were long periods of time when a waiter was not available and/or did not check-in to make sure there was nothing we needed. I still highly recommend this restaurant although the service could have been a bit better.

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JohanS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was delicious! Will be returning in the not too distant future.

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Bob17
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!!

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vipWineLover
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great, too, and the ambiance lovely. So delicious, innovative and very ample portions. Love that you can bring your own wine on weekdays even though they have a liquor license. A splurge that's well worth it!

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vipNomnomnom
Tampa
51 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Scalini Fedeli on almost all of our special occasions (and more), and have done this for the past 20 years. The other night was our 35th wedding anniversary, so very special. The food was spectacular, as always (tagliatelle and banana tart were the outstanding ones this meal). We are very Covid-careful, and booked a table on the porch. Wow, what great ambiance! And our server, Makis (?), was so wonderful…he wore a mask, even though it was outside and not required, and wore a little vaccination pin to assure us, which we both really appreciated. Besides that, he was also friendly, gracious and personally engaging. It really made our special day even more so. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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const56
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service excellent food

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vipAmyL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant - service, ambiance and food is consistently amazing. We have been coming here for 12 years and Scalini time and time again has been a wonderful experiences. Highly recommend - easily the best restaurant in NJ and comparable to the best in NYC!

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Dottie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants and when I want to treat friends to a special dinner I bring them here. And the Martinis are the best.

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foodiejr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions are small, so you may want to order a few different entrees,

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vipbillp
Dallas
91 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

well crafted cocktails, many wines by the glass and 1/2 btl, perfectly balanced sauces and generous portions. Desserts were a disappointment, service was a bit rushed and the atmosphere needs a little customer-focus. The bar knows what they are doing with the cocktails and the kitchen knows how to prepare a multi-layered taste-bud pleasing meal. And, since this is a 5 course prix fix, having a fairly extensive list of both wines by the glass and 1/2 btl is appreciated. However, the beverage manager needs to spend some time educating the staff so they can guide you better. & a few rare gems (something not too pricey but off the beaten path) would be appreciated. Also, when a guest is pairing (as we did) cocktails, 2 bottles of wine, plus a glass of wine, with their courses, you need to slow down and let them finish before you rush them into the next course. We sat outside on a fairly warm august evening. They do not have any umbrellas so the sun beats down on you. They should invest in an umbrella. They also don't have any fans, there is electric outside, so a $15 investment would help to keep the air moving when the breeze dies. They also seem to have a mosquito issue which likely the fan would help (but someone should look into). I'm not sure why they have valet parking, I couldn't find the person when we went to leave and finally just had to just find the keys myself - not a big deal, but they may want to look into this.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pre fixe choices. All selections were thoroughly enjoyed by my wife and me. We did not have any identical orders.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Poor service from waiter. Very inattentive.Barley saw him.

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DonnaW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall very nice evening. A dear friend was moving out of NJ and we met for a celebratory dinner at his favorite restaurant. I found my server a bit condescending when I asked about wine recommendations. He also rushed our ordering selections. We hadn’t seen each other in-person in over a year so eating dinner was important but not urgent.

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vipBrewski
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary

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vipJake
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room. Perfect for a special occasion.

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AndrewC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall outstanding. The food was first class and the service was attentive. They try hard to make your experience pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night 23yr old, great food, very unique

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. $64 prix fixe is a steal. Wine list intelligently chosen and reasonably priced. Service knowledgeable and attentive. And the food is just great.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with an artistic flair. Prompt, professional service. Great experience!

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RobertZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipStevenR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in NJ for many years.

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vipEdwardT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual it was a pleasure to dine with you

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peter
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Could use some updating and a change in background music. The food is incredible!

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ajracer1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

As someone's that's a "regular" I was very disappointed last night..The service was not good..Our waiter seemed to have forgotten we were there once dinner was over..Never came over to ask if we wanted coffee..Our desserts were pre-ordered so they came out, and were finished before I was able to get his attention and order coffee..
I ordered the snapper..It was cold, and dry..
I'm hoping this is a one off..This is my fav restaurant..

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vipBabs
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

As usual we had an excellent meal at Scalini Fedeli, however, we were very surprised by the service which was extremely rushed and rude. After asking our waiter to open a bottle of wine we brought, he abruptly started pouring it without asking who in our party wanted red. Two of us don't drink red but it was too late to ask as he poured the almost the entire bottle. When the plates and flatware were replaced after each course, the waitstaff practically threw the clean plates, forks and knives down to the point that we all started laughing. In all the years enjoying Scalini Fedeli, I've never seen service like this. I hope someone from the restaurant reads this as the situation should be addressed.

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vipJeMS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food, Great Service and the Manager, Isabella, is wonderful, hard working and extremely accommodating! This is one of our favorite restaurants for over 24 years and even dealing with the Pandemic their standards remain exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Notified restaurant of birthday in reservation notes. However, no acknowledgement was made.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible meal every time we go to Scalini Fedeli. Started with the Ecuadorian shrimp with honeydew melon, prosciutto and mozzarella and then shared entree with my friend - the duck (always out of this world) and the shrimp in a Sherry wine and garlic sauce. My husband and friend started with the soft egg yolk raviolo. Nothing beats the banana tarte for dessert, in my opinion. A great meal and a great night with friends.

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vipNJDiner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scalini still has the prix fixe menu with most of the old favorites. Outside dining is also an option. Service was very good and we were not disappointed.

FAQs

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 701-9200.

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham is rated 4.8 stars by 1866 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.