Important Restaurant Update!

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We are open for both indoor and outdoor dining!
We have outdoor tents and heaters to keep you comfortable during the colder weather.

Thanksgiving with il Vecchio Café

Dine-In – Dine with us on Thurs, November 26th with seating times at 12pm, 2:30pm, and 5pm. Call (973) 226-8889 opt. 1 to reserve your table.
CLICK HERE to see our special Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving At Home – Calandra’s Market & Deli is offering a full Thanksgiving catering package to take the stress away! Featuring Slow Roasted Turkey or Honey Baked Spiral Ham, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Calandra’s Bakery Pies, and SO Much more! Call (973) 226-8889 opt.3 to place your order.
CLICK HERE for catering menu.

PLEASE NOTE 20% Gratuity is automatically added to your check. (This policy will end when indoor dining is open at 100% capacity)

Reservations Highly Encouraged for Outdoor Dining. | Please call 973-226-8889 opt.1 to make your outdoor dining reservation today.

Outdoor dining is open with many safety precautions in place so our guests can have the cleanest and healthiest experience. The entire Calandra team is operating under the CDC’s guidelines and the New Jersey regulations for outdoor dining. Please take a moment and review the measures we will be taking here:
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iL Vecchio Cafe will return to regular hours, from 11am-10pm. We will continue to offer curbside pick up and local delivery within a 5-mile radius with a minimum purchase of $30. We will be offering a special menu to feed your family and loved ones, with additional add-ons available. Our regular menu will not be available.

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!


Monday Night All Night Happy Hour
Happy Hour
Tuesday Night is Pasta Night

Join Us For These Upcoming Special Events

Hip Hop Night!
Friday, January 21st, 2022 | 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM

DJ Gatica will be performing at il Vecchio Cafe’s La Taverna Lounge!
$5 Domestic Beer & House Wine &  $8 Tito’s Cocktails

Reservations Recommended Call (973) 226-8889 Opt 1.
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Valentine’s Day Weekend
Saturday, February 12

Enjoy Chef Francesco’s special three course prix fixe menu
while DJ Gio plays all the love songs to get you in the mood!

Sunday, February 13 & Monday, February 14

Dine with your special someone while enjoying
Chef Francesco’s Special Three Course Prix Fixe Menu!

Reservations Recommended Call (973) 226-8889 Opt 1.

Tequila Party!

Thursday, February 17 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sip. Savor. Taste. Enjoy 3 Unique Brands of Tequila!
$50 per person | Tax & Tip not included
2 oz. pours on the rocks of each highlighted brand
Passed Hors D’oeuvres will be served
Must be 21+

Reservations Required Call (973) 226-8889 Opt 1.

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DJ/Vocalist Drew Szucs
Friday, February 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Call today to reserve your table! (973)226-8889 opt.1
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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

Join Us For These Upcoming Special Events

Ladies Night

Every Tuesday 4:30pm to close at the bar only.

Half price drinks all night for the ladies and their gal pals!

Traditional Easter Buffet
We will be hosting a buffet dinner featuring a variety of options such as Maple Bourbon Baked Ham, Eggplant Rollatini, Slow Brained Short Rib Stew and a delicious mix of salads and soups highlighting seasonal ingredients. And don’t miss our cocktail special where all Mimosas, Belinis, Bloodmarys and Screwdrivers are only $6.00.
Click here for the full menu.

Disco Unlimited Dinner and Show
Friday, April 3 | 7:30 PM
7:30 PM – Chef Francesco’s deluxe buffet
9:30 PM – Disco Unlimited Show
$80 per person and includes buffet, tax, tip, and show
Call (973) 226-8889 opt. 1 to reserve early (limited tables)
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DJ Andy Panda
Saturday, March 7 | 9 PM
DJ and producer Andy Panda returns for a classic, old school night of the music we love! DJ Ricci Melillo joins.
No cover
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North Newark Neighborhood Jam
Saturday, March 14 | 8:30 PM
DJs Joe Ruvolo and Ricci Melillo team up to take you back to your old neighborhood through music! Hang out with old friends and make some new ones.
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DJ Jerry DeMeo
Saturday, March 21 | 9 PM
Legendary DJ Jerry DeMeo coming up north for a night at our house! He always packs the dance floor so come early for dinner! No cover and great drink specials.
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Spring Party Hosted by Johnny Mangia
Saturday, April 25 | 8:30 PM
Welcome the Spring season with a night of great friends, food, and music! Party hosted by Johnny Mangia featuring DJ Timmy DiDomenico
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  • 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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