Best Italian Restaurant in NJ

Italian Cuisine at a Family Friendly Environment in Caldwell, New Jersey

With a variety of menus, Il Vecchio Café offers a selection of delicious Italian meals no matter the size of your party or dietary restrictions. Choose from our selections of homemade pastas, entrees, salads, pizzas, and more! We also offer a family-style menu for large parties or groups, bringing a more authentic Italian feel to your dining experience.

Visit us for one of our special offers, events, or simply stop by for lunch or dinner. We assure you will experience the best service while you enjoy a delicious Italian meal. We have been recognized by several major publications for our award winning food, our service, and our atmosphere. Learn more about the awards we have won below:


Awards Our Italian Restaurant Has Won

Here at Calandra’s, we are dedicated to our customers. Both our first time customers as well as our loyal ones receive the finest service paired with truly delicious dishes. We are honored and humbled for any sort of recognition from our visitors and highly encourage feedback.

Located within Calandra’s Italian Village, both Il Vecchio Café and the Village as a whole have won numerous awards. Many of these awards are decided by NJ residents, which make them even more valuable to us. Some of the more recent awards we have won are highlighted below:

●       Open Table Diners Choice 2017 (Calandra’s Italian Village​)

●       Zagat Award of Excellence 2017 (Calandra’s Italian Village)

●       Suburban Essex Magazine “Best of Essex” Readers’ Choice Awards 2016- Best Outdoor Dining (Il Vecchio Café)

●       Suburban Essex Magazine “Best of Essex” Readers’ Choice Awards 2015- Best Outdoor Dining (Il Vecchio Café)

●       Suburban Essex Magazine “Best of Essex” Readers’ Choice Awards 2014- Best Outdoor Dining (Il Vecchio Café)

●       Open Table Diners Choice 2014 (Calandra’s Italian Village​)

●       NJ Monthly Magazine Jersey Choice Awards 2012- Best Lunch Spot (Il Vecchio Café)

●       Zagat Award of Excellence 2011/2012 (Il Vecchio Café)

●       Star Ledger Munch Mobile 2009- Best Italian Fare (Il Vecchio Café)


Visit our Award Winning Italian Restaurant in Caldwell, NJ Today

Here at Calandra’s, we are always striving to make our customers’ visits more enjoyable. We are forever grateful for the achievements of our dedicated staff and recognition by both publications and the community, but we also place an equal, if not more emphasis, on each guest’s visit; ensuring he or she enjoys our food, atmosphere, and overall experience.

Since opening our first bakery location in 1962, a lot has changed about the Calandra’s enterprise. But no matter how much we continue to expand, one thing will always remain the same: all of our locations will remain driven by hard work, traditional family values, and focus on customer service.

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