This Italian restaurant was named the best in the state for a special occasion

Feb 08, 2019 246

Do you have a promotion to celebrate? Maybe an upcoming wedding anniversary? Shoot, maybe you’re just looking to treat yoself. Well, you might want to make dinner reservations in Chatham. Scalini Fedeli, which serves modern Italian cuisine with “a distinct French flair,” according to the restaurant’s website, was recently named the best restaurant for a special occasion by The Daily Meal, praising its farmhouse setting as well as its seafood and pasta:

Located inside a New Jersey farmhouse dating from the mid-1700s, the elegant and inviting Scalini Fedeli is entering its 24th year, still under the helm of founding chef Michael Cetrulo. With white tablecloths, high vaulted ceilings, and antique pine floors, just setting foot inside the restaurant sets the stage for a celebratory (and/or romantic) meal. Cetrulo’s menu fuses French and Italian; some standouts include diver sea scallop carpaccio with citrus dressing and tapenade; soft egg yolk raviolo filled with spinach and ricotta topped with Parmigiano and melted truffle butter; potato-crusted snapper over sautéed wild mushrooms with red wine reduction and roasted beets; and veal chop with porcini-Dijon sauce and braised vegetables. This restaurant was so successful that it spawned a New York City location in 2000, which is still going strong.

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