Cafe Formaggio

4.3
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51 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cafe Formaggio’s owners and friendly staff invite you, your friends and family members to step inside, settle in with a glass of wine and simply savor the luscious scents of authentic Italian cuisine.

From the intoxicating aroma of plum tomato, basil and rich Italian cheeses, to the smoky goodness of thin crust personal pizzas, Cafe Formaggio offers a meal to please just about everyone.

Think of Cafe Formaggio after a morning of nearby shopping and enjoy lunch. Or, pre-order for the office and your meals will be ready when you arrive. Plan ahead for special occasions and treat your party to a delicious celebration, supervised by our courteous servers.

And please, check our special events page to find out about our weekly specials and upcoming events.
What 51 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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4.1
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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The place was just ok. We were celebrating a birthday. Stuffed in a corner. We went there for the big cheese wheel that they cook in but apparently they don’t do that on weekends.

MI
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

It was our first ever visit to Cafe Formaggio. We waited for some 15 minutes beyond our reservation time for a table that had been open for that period. The table overlooked the lower level and was adjacent to the bar. It was loud! Our server seemed rushed. He offered an electronic menu at our table where you could see images of the dishes. No problem with that. Someone in our group of 4 then took out a disposable wipe out of concern that she would then be handling the bread that was brought to the table.

3 of the 4 thought their dishes were very good. One didn't care for how thin the chicken parmigiana cutlet was. A glass of Pinot Grigio and a Moscato were $12 each; their taste was average. I would return to Cafe Formaggio but would choose another night other than Saturday. It wasn't very relaxing and a lot of that is due to our location in the restaurant and that it was a Saturday night.

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food there is always excellent. Service is friendly and efficient.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is great as always. Service is great as well. Would highly recommend.

l
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best service and most excellent gluten free - safe for celiac food - in generous portions. I never had gluten free hordervs that are made with such care and creativity. They are excellent with options like mozzarella sticks, cheese/ ham/ spaghetti balls, zucchini sticks, etc. The dedicated fryer and separate kitchen area make it all possible. The host/ waitress is always so welcoming. We feel at home there. My husband is not gluten free and enjoys eating here. Save room for great gluten free dessert. Wonderful choices.

RZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Loved this place - just very loud on a saturday night!

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food. ....good service.... good value..... looking forward to our next visit

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

loved the fact that they had a huge menu for gluten free people; had a meal I haven't been able to eat in over a year!

e
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

We had reservations for 6 people at 7:00 pm. We were not seated ‘till 7:45! Totally unacceptable! We are “seniors” and that length of wait without a seat even at the bar, is foolishness.This is one of our favorite local restaurants. We don’t generally go there on a Saturday night and we and our friends never will again. During the week is quite the reverse—we will be back, but only Tuesday thru Thursday. BTW, the food and service were wonderful!

T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you are looking for somewhere to dine with a group this is a great choice. The place is packed, every table taken by 6:30 on a Saturday and mostly parties of 6. I would not however recommend this as a date night place as the noise level is pretty loud.

BG
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We went on a Saturday evening. Restaurant was very crowded and noisy. We were seated a few minutes later than our reservation but no big deal. Drinks were served in a timely matter.. After ordering food. The food did not come out altogether. One of our party ordered a 2nd drink and took 3 requests to finally get in.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is exquisite. The staff is so attentive and friendly. The entrees and bread and appetizers are delicious and a nice size.

o
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good food .

R
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We have been going to Cafe Formaggio for about 10 years! So happy it's finally on open table!! As someone who is gluten free, this is the BEST place to eat! Everything is so delicious! The stuffed artichokes never disappoint! My husband and I always share one ( he is not GF)!! Had the raviolis this time and they were out of this world! It was a very busy night this Saturday and it took about 20 to get our table. Unfortunately we were seated next to a large party with lots of little children who were very noisy and running back and forth. I don't hold it against the restaurant, I blame the parents who ignored their behavior!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best place for our family. Extensive gluten free menu for our family members that have dietary issues. Other restaurants don’t have many options on their menus. Regular menu has many options and the food is so good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. Very friendly staff
Did have to wait a little longer than usual for the waiter to come to the table after we first sat. After that the service was great. We never felt rushed through our meal.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I thought was appetizer was very good I thought my main meal was overcooked

VO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never had a disappointing meal here. Had one lousy waiter but he either is hone or had that night off. Ours was absolutely on par for our entire meal!!!

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

So so food in a rushed noisy environment

o
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent as usual.
Largest gluten free menu we have ever seen . Always very accommodating.

r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Worst experience ever. After sitting for 20 minutes, bread was on the table and drinks never came and no water. We asked bus boy for waters and he never returned. 10 minutes later we asked a different waiter if we could at least get water b/c after almost 30 minutes nobody brought us water or our bar drinks. this waiter very rudely replied along with outstretched arms and said “ can’t you see how busy it is?. What do you expect?” We were taken aback and said how rude he was. He continued to be confrontational. Our party of 4 got up and left. We will never be back and will let others know of this horrific experience.
I should add that we were there a year ago and had terrible service but decided to try it again. We should have known better!

J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We like to eat here because they have a large gluten free menu. We find that the appetizers are excellent as are the salads. The service is always top notch. The entree’s are not as flavorful as they should be (gluten free & regular). They are usually a little dry. It is surprising that the apps can be so good and the entrees not so good. We usually order apps and salads. Their drinks & desserts are also excellent.

GB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience, enjoyed the food, service and ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner for parents 50th anniversary. Everyone enjoyed every last bite of delicious dinner. The gluten free food was fabulous and even our non-gluten free family enjoyed appetizers and dessert together. Our waiter was engaging and attentive. Will definitely be dining here again very soon!

d
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

It took 2hrs to get our food. No place is worth that wait. We had to leave our table to go to the bar to get drinks. We paid $36 for salad. No manager around, no one cared, and our sever kept apologizing. In reality, not worth the money or the time.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and lots of options! Highly recommend for any occasion.

BT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was very good. The service was a little slow, but would def go back again, after all it was the busiest time on a Saturday night!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were a large group of 13 with kids. The staff did a great job of managing us on a busy Saturday night. The food was wonderful. Highly recommend.

FF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went there for a group lunch (10 of us). They have a lunch menu in addition to their regular menu. The server brought out bread, olives and a dipping oil to the table. The meals that everyone ordered were very good-some had salads, some had sandwiches, pastas and the portions were large. The server was very attentive to our needs. The only negative is the parking-no valet parking during the lunch hours, and it has a very small parking lot. Overall, we had a very good experience and would go back.

N
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

This is my favorite place to go while visiting Long Island and my Mom's favorite place to go all the time. We love that they have a huge gluten free menu and how we can get items we are normally unable to eat like fried food, etc. However, this reservation was for my 40th birthday and it was not a good experience. First of all the waiter made a mistake and ordered my food non gluten free and we did not realize it until I had already ate some and was feeling sick. My Mom who has celiac disease also tried it as well and the manager did not seem to be concerned much. I know the waiter felt horrible and apologized multiple times but the fact the manager made us feel like it wasn't that big of a deal is a big concern. I think the manager might need better training on how serious this situation is. He basically came and told us the waiter ordered it wrong and it was his fault. On top of all that it was so slow that we were there for over 3 hours. That long for dinner for 4 people is way too long of a time to wait. We do really appreciate the waiter and how concerned he was and I know he will never make that mistake again.

G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

I am gf so went w family for a Sunday dinner

EK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, great service. A bit loud especially when the family next to us had a fight. Overall very good and would go back for sure

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I was looking for somewhere a little special for my husband's 65th birthday. This was the place. The menu was extensive, and not overly expensive. The place is just pretty and on the quiet side (this was a weekday evening). I mentioned the birthday and the waitress brought us Tartufo for dessert with a candle. We will back.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is excellent, not just the typical fare. They also have an extensive and tasty gluten free nenu.

AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Cafe Formaggio. Quality of food and portions are excellent. It's our go-to family restaurant as they offer a large Gluten Free menu for my celiac son, and take all the necessary precautions to ensure no cross contamination.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, terrific service. We had a leisurely fine meal with our good friends. I highly recommend this restaurant.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was really excellent, my water glass was constantly refilled, the food was fantastic and all came out quickly and the waitstaff was very personable and attentive.

CL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food and excellent service by Victor(bartender). Definitely coming back next time I'm in town!

S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great family Italian restaurant. Large portions of wonderful food with friendly and attentive service.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We've been there many times and it's been reliable - this dinner was not our favorite. The restaurant was TOO HOT for starters [a hot day and not too many diners but still - there was condensation in the picture frames!], food came out sort of staggered and it was very empty so why? And our favorite dessert - the oreo zeppoles - goodness why have you changed them? Bring back the old recipe - this was not worth a second bite.