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AWARDS & PRESS

With a variety of menus, Cucina Calandra 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 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.

Cucina Calandra has 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:

2023

Suburban Essex Magazine “Best of Essex” Silver Medals
    Best Banquet/Event Venue —Cucina Calandra
    Best Full Service Restaurant —Cucina Calandra
    Best Italian Restaurant —Cucina Calandra

NJ Monthly Magazine Jersey Choice Awards
    Bang for the Buck North Jersey – Cucina Calandra
    Italian North Jersey – Cucina Calandra
    Pizza North Jersey – Cucina Calandra
 

2022

Suburban Essex Magazine “Best of Essex” Silver Medal
    Best Banquet – Cucina Calandra
    Best Italian – Cucina Calandra
Bronze Medal
    Best Full Service Restaurant – Cucina Calandra
NJ Monthly Magazine Jersey Choice Awards
    Bang for the Buck North Jersey – Cucina Calandra
    Italian North Jersey – Cucina Calandra

2018

Trip Advisor
     Top 3 Best Restaurant & Italian Cuisine – Cucina Calandra
Open Table Diners’ Choice
     Top Italian Cuisine – Cucina Calandra & Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill
     Best Restaurants in Fairfield – Cucina Calandra & Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill
Google+ Rated Excellent
     Cucina Calandra

 

2017

NJ Monthly Magazine “Best Of” Contest
     Best Bang for the Buck – Cucina Calandra

2016

NJ Monthly Magazine “Best Of” Contest
     Best “Bang For Your Buck”: Cucina Calandra

2015

Open Table Diners Choice
     Cucina Calandra 
NJ Monthly Magazine “Best Of” Contest
     Best Italian Restaurant (North): Cucina Calandra
Morris Essex Health & Life Magazine
     Kid-friendly: Cucina Calandra (1st place)

2014

NJ Monthly Magazine “Best Of” Contest
     Bang for the Buck North Jersey – Cucina Calandra
     Best Italian Restaurant North Jersey –  Cucina Calandra

Awards & BADGES