Il Vecchio Café in Caldwell, NJ—Italian Cuisine in a Family-Friendly Environment

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Il Vecchio Cafe offers high-quality Italian dishes in an open-concept dining room perfect for large groups and families alike. Our menu features a delicious selection of homemade pastas, entrees, panini sandwiches, burgers, and salads in addition to pizzas, flatbreads, and calzones all made with natural, whole grain semolina flour in our stone deck, wood burning oven.

Accompanying our standard menu, Il Vecchio Cafe also offers family-style and gluten-free dining options. The Calandra family has always emphasized the quality of ingredients used so the olive oil we cook with is from our grove in Italy, the chicken we use is free-range, our pasta and pizza dough is handmade daily from whole grain ingredients, and our sauces are made on premises and available for purchase at Calandra’s Italian Village.

corkscrewYou may bring your own special bottle of wine for a corkage fee of $15 per bottle.


Adjacent to Il Vecchio Café is La Taverna Bar and Lounge, which is the perfect atmosphere for everything from a working lunch to a fun night out. Learn more about it here!

Valentine’s Day

Enjoy a romantic dinner with a loved one! We are offering a special limited prix fixe menu! Available Saturday, February 11th – Tuesday, February 14th


Sunday Brunch
Bottomless Mimosa, Bellini & Screwdrivers
Brunch Menu | Live Jazz | Loaded Bloody Marys

Monday Night All Night Happy Hour
Food & Drinks are discounted!

Mussel Mania Monday
20% off mussel brioche bowls

Tuesday Night Pasta Night
50% OFF select pasta dishes and
50% OFF bottled Calandra Family wines!

Tequila Thursdays
$5 Margaritas

Smooth Sunday Brunch!
Every Sunday at 12:00pm-3:00pm
in La Taverna Lounge
Bottomless Mimosa, Bellini & Screw Drivers | Brunch Menu | Loaded Bloody Marys | Live Jazz

Tequila Thursdays!
Every Thursday at 6:30pm
in La Taverna Lounge
$5 Margaritas | Tequila Flights

Join Us For These Upcoming Special Events

$5 Margaritas

Book Your Party & Private Event!

If you missed out on celebrating a milestone – birthday, graduation, engagement, or wedding – because of the pandemic, we’re here to help! We’re taking reservations for groups & parties (with proper precautions in place!).
Call us for more details and to reserve your party celebration:973-226-8889 opt.1

  • I had a party Saturday night and order the food from Calandra's. It was amazing.  Everyone loved it.  When we picked it up it was hot and fresh. My guests ate all of it. I was very pleased.  five stars are not enough!!

    Rosanne D.
  • The rolling hill's Of Caldwell NJ is the setting for a mini Italian escape! Going under a newly constructed Arch that you would see in any old town in Italy you enter into a world for Foodies! You have 6 different worlds to explore and you could literally spend hours around every corner...”

    Lucy B.
  • From the various cakes and pastries beautifully done and presented, to the gelato (need i even say more?) this place has everything. There is even a small section of gluten-free pasta!! They have an adjoining restaurant as well which smelled delicious!!!

    Jill D.
  • God, I love coming here! It's heaven for us Italians. From the deli to the pizzeria to the gelateria, you really do feel as if you're on the streets of Italy!

    John D.
  • Exquisite Italian Cuisine with a wide range of option on the Menu...the Villa Entrance is also beautiful specially the outside patio but it is something to enjoy in the summer of course! From the cleanliness of the place to the conscientious waiters I definitely recommend it!

    Jemina B.
  • This is my favorite restaurant. My family and I have been going to Calandra's since it has opened. We celebrate holidays like Mother's day and special family occasions there. We live about 45 minutes away but the trip is so worth the food and atmosphere. Sometimes my husband and I will just take a ride up to have a romantic dinner. We have never had even a so so meal there. And the fact that we can get Calandra's famous bread freshly baked and foods imported from Italy is a bonus!

    OpenTable Diner Reviewer
  • To start, the place is beautifully designed and makes you feel like you're actually in Italy! The service was great, very knowledgeable. My wife ordered a panini sandwich and I had the chicken marsala, both of which were delicious.

    OpenTable Diner Reviewer
  • Went out with a group to Calandra's Italian Village for a celebratory lunch with work friends and it turned out to be the perfect choice. Every aspect of the experience—food, atmosphere, service—was done well.

    OpenTable Diner Reviewer
  • It's just GREAT Food and a nice spot for just enjoying a nice evening after a rough work week!!!  


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