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!


il Vecchio Cafe
Simply order off our standard lunch or dinner menu and receive 20% off any night of the week!banner_PastaNight2TUESDAY NIGHT IS PASTA NIGHT
Most of our fresh, homemade pasta dishes and bottles of wine are offered at half price!

Join Us For These Upcoming Special Events

Dynamic Duo 2 w/ DJs Ricci Melillo & Joe Ruvolo
Saturday, January 25th | 6PM
Come back for week 2! Two DJs, great music, amazing food, and a lively atmosphere!
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New Wave/80’s w/ DJs Alex Coviello & Bob Dooley
Saturday, February 1 | 8:30PM
Come listen to the 80’s best jams!
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Devils Viewing Party!
Thursday, February 6th | 6:30 PM | La Taverna
Come watch the Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers while enjoying delicious food and beverage. There will be a special appearance by a NJ Devils Alumnus, autograph and photo opportunities, exclusive ticket promotions, and a chance to win signed memorabilia!
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Latin Night w/ DJ GIO
Saturday, February 8 | 8:30PM
Come dance the night away with some good food and drinks!
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A Romantic Evening w/ The Symphonics
Saturday, February 15 | 5:30 PM
The Symphonics have been providing the finest in entertainment for decades through out the trip state area. Come hear them perform a variety of music!
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Gatsby & Roaring 20s Pop-Up Bar
February 20th, 21st, and 22nd
For 3 days only, come experience the liveliness of the 20s! Come for good food all day, drink specials, dancing, and Gatsby’s world.
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Italian Comedy Night
Thursday, February 27th | 6:30 PM
After work, unwind, eat, drink and laugh til it hurts! Two great comedians guaranteed to keep you entertained!
Call today to reserve your table! 973-226-8889
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il Vecchio Café – Cupid’s Kitchen
Come enjoy Chef Francesco’s four course Valentine’s day menu featuring appetizers such as oysters and Shrimp Cocktail followed by pasta selections like fettuccini artichoke and gnocchi pesto. Then choose from main courses such as lamb chops, filet mignon, and lobster tail. Call (973) 226 8889 opt. 1 to make your reservation today.
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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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