Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
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Italian
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. Will come back!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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!

C
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

My husband and I have dined at Scalini for 16 years, and, in every aspect it was a first class restaurant. I understand that it was sold and taken over by new owners and management. The night we went, it was my sisters birthday. We had a 6:30 reservation and at that time, the dining area was half full. Our server took our cocktail order which took 20 minutes. The bread server placed two very small pieces of bread on each plate and we never saw him again. We ordered our entrees, 3 pastas, 3 main courses. We received the complimentary one shrimp with peas and mushrooms before our pastas came out. The pastas were the equivalent of 2 Tablespoons, not even an appetizer portion, and not nearly as good as the original chef. The food was not as nearly as good as when Mark was the chef. Worst of all, my sister’s red snapper dish was raw not rare but raw in the middle. We brought this to the waiters attention and he offered to cook it further. At that point my sister didn’t want anything. The three of us were very turned off..
The intermezzo, was brought after our entrees. The complimentary cookies and candy were in a demitasse saucer, normally they were served on a 3 tier dish. We complained about the raw fish several times , but big deal the waiter took $34 off our check for lousy food and lousy service. After 16 years, it’s so very disappointing. I have ordered fish such as salmon ,medium rare, but, raw, no way. We all felt that we threw $200 away.

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
54 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
18 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
20 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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Always amazing, staff and food!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining experience was excellent. Food outstanding. Sam, the manager and his wait staff were extremely attentive Overall a wonderful evening. We will definitely be back!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and superb service in a wonderful, romantic setting.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a terrific meal here with excellent service!

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

Great meal

ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter, Warren, was good at letting us know tips about what was good and also a special dessert of the day. All the food was delicious and it was a very comfortable place to sit. We were served a couple of extra little course and were also happy to be able to bring our own wine. We plan to return.

AL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best italian food outside of Rome...actually....as good if bot better than food in Rome. We have been here many times for birthdays, promotions, anniversaries and each time is better than the last! Amazing meal and service. Cannot wait for the next family celebration to return to Scalini!!!!!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. Kim was great! Portions are perfect for the amount of food! Definitely will go back!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first time there and the food was simply amazing. Couldn’t stop raving about it the next day.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still one of my favorite restaurants of all time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful birthday lunch. All enjoyed their meal. This is always a special place to come for birthday, anniversary or just a lovely sophisticated meal

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service in a beautiful setting. A wonderful dining experience.

N
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Went for our 33rd wedding anniversary dinner, and we hadn’t been for a while. The food is always spectacular, and the service is always good (in the old European style).

SH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch experience! We were celebrating my girlfriends birthday. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was very attentive. They were very creative on meeting our vegetarian needs. I Highly recommend this place and I am already planning our return for my birthday dinner!

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It doesn’t get better as a dining experience than Scalini.