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The Colosseum Restaurant

333 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Colosseum Restaurant is an award-winning Italian restaurant offering elegant surroundings and exquisite Southern Italian cuisine. Opened in 1987 by Chef Annibale Todesca, the Colosseum has become an established favorite for diners in Salem, NH and the Merrimack Valley. Chef Annibale Todesca serves the same authentic Southern Italian cooking that he enjoyed growing up in Italy. Like many generations of Todescas, he ventures to the market every day to ensure that he cooks with only the freshest vegetables, seafood and highest quality meats. Please stop by for lunch or dinner. It will be our pleasure to serve you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Wednesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Thursday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Friday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 10:45pm Saturday: Noon – 10:45pm Sunday: 11:30am– 9:45pm
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Phone number
(603) 898-1190
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Annibale Todesca
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Private party facilities
We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Parties over 20 guest will require a $100.00 deposit and parties over 30 people will require a $200 deposit that will be latter deducted off the final bill. Parties with 50+ or more guest can be seated in our main dining room but will require a room charge. Please call for further information.
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Private party contact
Michael Todesca: (603) 898-1190
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We offer full or half trays of all the food items listed on our menu. We provide both pick-up or delivery. We can also handle special request, please call for more details.
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Cross street
Rte. 28
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Parking details
We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.
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We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Special events & promotions
We entertain all types of parties, rehearsal, or birthdays etc. Please call for more information.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 333 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoriB (Orlando)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointing. Went for Valentine's Day weekend. Very slow service. No waiter came to our table for 20 minutes. Ultimately the host took our order and waited on our table. If you're looking for Italian food, find another spot. Maybe this passes for Italian food in Salem, NH - but the sauce was orange with a hint of Chef Boyardee. I ordered the Chicken Parm, which should have been a safe dish. I have never seen a piece of chicken pounded so thin - practically transparent. On a positive note, the bread was good, but the peel open butter pats.... wow. Never again.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was great and the place was quiet. We were there for a business meal and the prices are very reasonable with huge portions. Everyone in our group had a great meal, drinks, and cake. Would recommend and definitely will be back again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We took our daughter to celebrate her birthday and also our anniversary. It was a little chaotic during the seating process but luckily we had reservations and waited only about 30 minutes. It was very busy so of course we could understand the short delay.
The food is amazing, all 3 of us loved our meals. The dessert selection was excellent.

Peggy (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Quiet setting for pleasant conversation. Enjoyed a favorite dish not available a many Italian restaurants. Service was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Exciting menu poorly executed. Service was an issue as was attention the diners in my party. Thusly it was overpriced for average food.

fudgbug (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

As expected. Our favorite server, Pal, has retired.

Cathywiz (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

A bit pricey. Good food. Portions fair. Excellent service. Parking easy

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful family dinner here. We hadn’t been in over a year, I’m glad we went back! I actually think they’ve improved overall.

Bumpa (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

We love the colosseum, go there often for lunch. It's inexpensive, great food, and close by. Very authentic southern Italian food. Can be slow at times but they cook to order.

RelaxAndDine (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

We've been dining at the Colosseum for 25 years, since my daughter was 2 years old. The owner used to carry her around the restaurant to say hi to the other diners. We have always had great food there. I highly recommend it!

Ferro (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Southern Italian, well done. Appetizers, house specialty drinks, veal saltimbocca, veal piccatas all very good. The only puzzling aspect was their interpretation of tiramisu: a crunchy cookie buried under a soupy pudding... it tasted ok. it just wasn’t what we expected.

GoodNightOut (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waiter was wonderful,on top of everything,food was great drinks were great

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Had reservations for 6:30 but never got seated to 7:00 - let several other couples in before us because they knew them and were regular - not good business practice - waitress was worse - screw up order- had to ask for bread on table- poor customer service. Won’t go back

AdoP (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Very clean restaurant, service was very friendly, food was delicious, plenty of the off street parking, prices are average for the restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was great! Great atmosphere, loved the music and the people. Food killed the whole experience.

Ferro (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and service. Wide ranging menu of both northern and southern Italian dishes. Extensive wine list. Owner/chef patrols the dining room occasionally. Ambiance is a negative, the place looks the same as it did ten years ago. Come here for the food.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, the owner was there making sure that everyone was happy and satisfied. Friendly staff. Had entertainment on that night which was very enjoyable.

AmyB (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here. My family and I have been dining at Colosseum for 30 years. One of their strengths? The owner and his wife are visible throughout the evening, making sure everyone is happy. The Tedescos are wonderful people. Kudos to them!

Giotapmsv (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant, good selection of food & did not rush us as we were celebrating special ocassion. However, the Veal caccitore did not include good portion of veal which was dissapointing