Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

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Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
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PF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For that special occasion, Scaleni Fedeli will always impress.

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in nj / nyc area. The food is fantastic and the service unbelievably great. I have been a long term customer and now that I live in the Midwest only get to SF on business when here. Wish I could take it with me.

BW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was wonderful and such a great deal at the price for the prix fixe. The waitstaff was pleasant and courteous as was the valet. The cocktails were mixed perfectly - neither overly alcohol tasting nor watered down. While the menu was a little daunting as everything looked wonderful, we were never rushed and were able to make good choices.

They brought an appetizer of grilled shrimp in some sort of delicious sauce which was a surprise treat. The portions for the Primi Piatti and the Piatti de Mezzo could have each been an entree on their own. We could not finish it and had to bring some home. Then came a pineapple sorbet palate cleanser before dessert. The creme brulee was so good that even though I was full, I still ate it all. Fortunately there was coffee to help settle things down as well.

All in all, the 2 hour dining experience was relaxed and a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary!

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Scalini and won’t be our last! Everything was incredible! The food is amazing. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable. The cocktails made just right and a wine list that would satisfy the most selective wine enthusiast! Overall fantastic evening!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time and the food was excellent. Our waitress Kimberly was great.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in New Jersey. Food was outstanding and the service was excellent and very accommodating to our special dietary needs. Would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Very nice restaurant. We went there for lunch. The service was very good. The food was good. The desert was excellent. We had Cream Brulé. It was enjoyable. We weren’t rushed

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food. Great selection

SM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been here many times for special occasions ! Love the food, and the quiet of a weeknight reservation. Our party loved the Linguini Carbonara, Mushroom Risotto, Short Ribs and the Salmon. Deserts were divine.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always Magnificent!

b
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Good, not great food in a home -type atmosphere. Service is just okay with the 5 (it's really 3) course dinner at $59 not as good a value as it seems. It's really only an app - main - dessert. Food is about romance and truly caring about how customers enjoy their dinners. Did not get much of that last weekend (Sat PM). Anyway good enough to go back, but certainly not in any rush.

PO
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we step into the restaurant, the dining experience was perfect. John, our waiter was cheerful with his smile and his charm. As this was our first time there, he saw to it that our service was spot on. And then there was the meal. From the amuse bouche -- a delicious bite of flavors -- to our after-dinner cordials, our palates were truly satisfied.

For our starters, we chose the Bibb Lettuce And Haricot Vert Salad with prosciutto di parma and ricotta salata and the Mushroom Ravioli with a porcini and black truffle cream sauce. Oh. My. Goodness. The porcini mushrooms were nothing short of spectacular! They practically melted my mouth they were so smooth.

Our entrees included the Lightly Pounded Parmigiano Crusted Rib Pork Chop with a prosciutto and tricolor salad for me and the other half had the Thinly Sliced Breast Of Duck In A Port And Truffle Reduction with a potato puree that was "to die for!" The duck was an exquisite mouthful of muted flavor, never overpowering, but subtle and not gamey at all. The pork chop as well was cooked to perfection, topped with the salad and prosciutto making a tasteful blend that was savory and fresh at the same time. A total delight.

Buy aside from the meal itself, the ambiance of the room was relaxing and welcoming, giving one the sense of familiarity, not quite like one's own home, but that of a place that reeked of home-style hospitality--someplace where you knew you'd have to return to at some point. Even the other patrons in the restaurant were friendly and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The decor added to the aura--from the extremely comfortable chairs to the arched, burnt-orange ceiling, fine dining was written all of the place.

In closing, we were certainly glad the evening turned out so nicely, as we were celebrating our Anniversary. We had received a gift certificate and for that reason, it was our first visit. But thanks to our waiter, John, we shall return.

HS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a phenomenal meal

Just exploding flavors in all the dishes

The mushroom ravioli in the truffle cream sauce was to die for

And the pork shank amazing

We had 9 people and not a single complaint

Worth every penny

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were greeted warmly by the staff as soon as we walked through the door. The food was delicious and dessert left us wanting more. I highly recommend this place to
Anyone looking for great service and quality food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply outstanding. From start to finish. The experience for our anniversary was superb like we are used to. Impeccable friendly service and great atmosphere. The short ribs are to die for. A true neighborhood gem. We will be back soon.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is absolutely the best food and best dining experience in NJ.

SK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely old world style heavy cream sauces of the 70's craze...Beautiful ambiancr lovely otalian glazed arches... Fun to watch Career Servers. Art form

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. Will come back!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again Scalini was outstanding, Had a great anniversary dinner, food and service was spot on! We liked the new addition of half bottles to the wine list, can’t wait to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My evening at Scalini Fedeli was phenomenal, to say the least. From the wait staff to the exceptional preparation of each course, all the way to the ambience. Their high vaulted ceilings are beautiful and the dining room feels very cozy. For the price we paid, we got everything we could’ve hoped for. Everything was simply delightful. My waiter Andrés was especially great. He was attentive, quick to check if I needed anything, and always approached my table with a smile. He was the definition of hospitality. I was also intrigued by the wine list. Such an extensive collection, and diverse too. Whether you prefer merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet, port; there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. I also want to mention that the pastry chef in particular is an artist. I’ve rarely seen a dessert so beautifully put together, and with a heavenly taste to match. I had the banana tart for dessert and I am extremely happy with the way it came out. By the time I got to dessert and coffee, I was completely stuffed but I did not leave a single crumb left on my plate from that banana tart! It’s safe to say that I will be back real soon. My wife just adored it. Exceptional evening!

M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My only complaint was there was an issue with several items on the menu not being available and we weren’t told until we were ready to order.

T
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Would have gotten 5 stars except the bus staff was intrusive. Reached across me to take my husbands dish, took dishes before we were done and generally rushed. Food always great (tho ravioli app was cool not hot). Rest of dinner and dessert delicious.

AP
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our evening and dinner. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and kind.

DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We loved our evening at Scalini Fedeli. Great food nice ambience and good service. Good value for the cost. We went with friends. Hadn’t been there for years. We’ll return soon. More food than we could consume. If you’re someone who likes large portions, this place is for you. Noise level was moderate. We were aware of other conversations around us but didn’t interfere with hearing our dining companions. Inventive menu.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian in new jersey

SH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great! Our go to restaurant in NJ. Never lets us down.

EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dining experience was superb in every way!
Great food...great ambience....and great service.

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Extensive options for each course for the prix fix menu (first course, second course, dessert) with "extra surprises" thrown in. We were a group of 7 and the service was excellent being attentive but not obtrusive. The desserts were amazing—most of us chose some variation on chocolate, but the banana-caramel tart was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate my 30th birthday - wow! Food was amazing and service was excellent. This is a fabulous restaurant for a special occasion, we will be back!

FD
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The waiting area is overcrowded and the staff just does not to be helpful. They don’t want to offer drinks while you wait, and are extremely disinterested in making you welcome. Very disappointing. The food is outstanding. They wait staff seems bored and don’t really make an effort. It’s time to review and reenergize the staff or your sales will suffer.

This is an honest assessment that I hope you take to heart. Your food is too good!

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything was great. ONE THING: took a long time, 15-20 minutes, to get someone to take our order for a bottle of wine and then it took about the same amount of time to get the bottle to the table. This was ok for those who ordered cocktails but for those at the table who wanted wine had to wait an unacceptable amount of time for a very good restaurant.

PO
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I recommend Scalini for a high quality meal. I plan to return, perhaps for dinner this time after several fine lunches.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Best restaurant in NJ by far!

FP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Our go to for a special night out. Always leave looking forward to the next time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made special day gastronomic!!

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

menu and wine list were outstanding. the service was slow after we received our entree as it took awhile to get a second bottle of wine.

LP
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful business lunch at Scalini Fedeli. The food and service were both terrific. I would highly recommend.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. My favorite for food and service.

VA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible ambiance and very generous and friendly staff. Food was incredible.

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good friends from out of town we’re visiting.