About Scalini Fedeli - Chatham
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.
Chatham, NJ 07928
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
Parrot Mill Road
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Scalini Fedeli can be rented out for private parties.
Private Party Contact:
Mark Marandola: (973) 701-9200
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Scalini Fedeli stimulus package; no corkage fee Monday through Friday lunch, and Monday through Thursday dinner.
Scalini Fedeli - Chatham Ratings and Reviews
Many dishes simply have too many ingredients. Where six would have sufficed, there are 12, so tastes and flavors are often hidden. Restaurant is pretty, but with arched ceilings of the original Bouley, it can be loud, even very loud, when it's full and you're sitting at the wrong table.
We were there on New Years’ Eve, when we booked the reservation the website didn’t say it was going to be $100.00 a person not included tax and gratuity. Website said $60 a person. Then when u open the menu it says coffee and tea included and so your telling me for 100.00 a person plus tax and gratuity they won’t even include soda, this place is a rip off. Also the food isn’t bad but the portions are small as can be, I left there hungry and get a load of this u can bring you’re own wine but to uncork the bottle it’s a 40.00 fee. Not one Tv for New Year’s Eve and they completely raised the prices so bad it’s unreal. Place is a 1 across the board
Celebrating our 35th anniversary, we were treated like special guests by staff. The setting resembles a Tuscan villa and the food could not be better. My husband’s Tuscan Bean Soup and my mixed greens with mushroom Napoleon were outstanding. His short ribs and my pignoli- crusted salmon were top notch. Dessert menu (half was chocolate delicacies) had many amazing choices. His banana tart with wafer-thin crust and my bittersweet chocolate truffle with pistachio gelato are memorable. Scalini Fedeli made our night magical.
The food is wonderful and so exquisitely prepared. The special on the night we ate there was lamb chops and I have never in my life had lamb that was so tender or that tasty. We have been there a number of times. Perhaps my only criticism is some of the wait staff are a little snooty and if you bring your own wine they tend to ignore you for most of the evening despite a significant corkage fee. We have had a particular waiter a few times now and we plan to request someone else in the event we are seated in his station.
But by all means, the food is heavenly and we will go back.
Scalini Fedeli has been a favorite for years. Dinner Saturday night reminded me of how good they can be. This was Saturday after Thanksgiving; they were full but they were staffed to handle the crowd. There were many families out to enjoy a holiday dinner and this was not a noisy crowd; a moderate, festive hum, maybe. Our waiter was busy, but still attentive. He made certain we knew about the specials. We chose old favorites, egg yolk ravioli and duck breast, for our appetizer and main course, and they were as good as they always are . He recommended the tiramisu special for dessert, which he said was made in house. It was delicious! We are so glad we listened to him. Scalini is as good as ever, as special as ever.
The food is excellent. The portions are large, so go hungry! I had the fish special and it was excellent. Light and flavorful. The atmosphere is lovely, but a little dated...the tapestry fabric on chairs is old and the window treatments are very dated, circa 1987. My husband and I went for our anniversary because we love the restaurant. It is one of the best restaurants outside of the city. We live about 30 minutes away, but it is worth the trip anytime. We will go back! We highly recommend the restaurant as you will never have a bad meal.
outstanding food, excellent service, great wine list, romantic, quiet dining. we celebrated a special occasion and the restaurant and service made it even more special. highly recommend and looking forward to celebrating our next special occasion at Scalini Fedeli! Our waiter was attentive, extremely knowledgeable about the food and his recommendations were spot on!
Excellent waiter service and great tasting and well plated desserts. However, the rest of the food was far below what I expected for the price in terms of taste and plating. The ambiance was very strange. The restaurant is painted to look modern and could work, but the upholstery is very old and doesn’t fit the motiff. Additionally, the music oddly fluctuated between the music you’d expect (Sinatra etc.) to things that didn’t fit what they are going for (Bob Marley etc. ).
Hadn't been to this restaurant in many years and despite the same décor the food was terrific. Don't go there on a diet as they start you out with 3 rolls each. Despite the three course meal, the restaurant supplies additional treats along the way, from a special appetizer to a pre-dessert dessert. I was pleasantly surprised and will be back!
Our appetizers (gnocchi, ravioli) and dinners (veal, duck) were outstanding. The combination of ingredients made each dish unique and tasty. We had great service. We mentioned in our Open Table reservations that we were celebrating an anniversary and, without any prompting, placed us in a corner table and had a candle on each of our desserts. If there is anything that caused me to pause was a glass of wine (Chardonnay) for $19. It was suggested, without reference to cost, as far superior to the Chardonnay on the menu (it was good). Otherwise, the we were pleased with the value.
Very good food, although the menu rarely changes. Table of 12 was extremely loud. Several tables, including us, complained. Food is traditional Italian. Veal is very good. Servers have been pretentious in the past. This time, our server was reasonably friendly. I hope the manager has been working on this.
We had heard so much about Scalini Fedeli and how great it was supposed to be. It didn't come close to expectations. Nothing about it was remarkable; average at best. The dishes were mixtures of the ingredients list on the menu as if there are pots of each dish waiting in the kitchen and the orders are just scooped out. My first concern was the size of the menu. No good restaurant can have that many dishes (~15 appetizers and ~15 main courses plus daily specials) prepared freshly everyday. Nothing seemed homemade either. Pasta was out of a box and mushrooms seemed out of a can. There are hundreds of better Italian restaurants in NJ/NY and many within 10 miles of Scalini Fedeli.
We have been there a few times trying to have a nice dinner and it never happens. The waiters are so overly impressed with themselves and their restaurant it turns us off. They never engage us during the course of the meal and upon our departure we do not feel like we can't wait to return, in fact we will not be back. The food is excellent.
I have been many times (often with family), yet often ask myself why we keep coming here. The food is nothing special, being on par or a step above your local Italian restaurant. The true value of the restaurant lies in its price. You get 3 courses for $59, plus the accompanying amuse bouche and dessert cookies. By presenting three courses and complimentary additions for a reasonably low price, it seems like a good value for "fine dining." The restaurant's decor, much like the expansive traditional menu, is dated. Appears to be very popular among older demographics. Overall inexpensive wine menu.
Scalini Fedeli never disappoints. I have been there many times in the past several years and it is always outstanding. The food is excellent, no matter what you eat. The service is good and everyone is friendly and aiming to please. I have no problem coming from Staten Island to this highly recommended restaurant.
As always, perfect, perfect, perfect! The food and service are always top notch. Considering the price vs. the service and quality of the food, you can't get anywhere near this without going into the city and spending nearly double.
This review may seem severe, but when one drops hundreds of dollars on a meal, the bar of expectations is high. The Maitre, the training of the head waiters and the secondary staff was abhorrent for a restaurant of this caliber. The first thing our waiter asked us was if we would be interested in a something from the wine list. A trained individual knows that one orders a bottle of wine after deciding what to eat . I requested a Ferrari Brut to start with and clean the palate. The head waiter placed the glasses on the table commenting "here is your Champagne". After informing him that I ordered the California Sparkling Wine and not the French Champagne that was on the menu, he corrected himself, embarrassed that I would know the difference. I asked which of the Italian white wines would he recommend with a low acidity as that would go best with the different items my wife and I ordered. He commented none of the wines their restaurant carried were high in acidity. His comment was more a defense of the establishment's wine list rather than understanding there are times when wines of high acidity are indicated. Realizing this individual had no idea, I chose the Grechetto, a wine of moderate acidity and a good choice for what we ordered. My wife's second course was good but mine was terrible. There may have been a bad shrimp or possibly a poorly prepared dish. After one bite, I left the entire plate sitting. I declined taking it home to the secondary server, who did not bring this to the attention of our head waiter. The head waiter asked if we enjoyed our meal. I was smiling at him and I was about to say how disappointed I wasvwhen he walked away. I refused the dessert as I was feeling a bit queasy. When presented with the bill, I said I was displeased. The Maitre came over and asked if I wanted the plate taken off the bill. Are you kidding? A maitre never asks, he just does it. My experience is a blemish on their reputation. Poor service, disappointing dishes.
They consistently have delicious food. Elegant but not stuffy. friendly servers who are knowledgeable about food. their 3 course dinner for $59.00 isn't cheap but a value for the high standard of food. wonderful selection of food, wine ,liquor and beer.
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