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Caffe Aldo Lamberti

2011 Route 70 W Cherry Hill (856) 663-1747

Recently, a companion and I journeyed to Caffe Aldo Lamberti, located across from the Garden State Race Track at 2011 Route 70 West in Cherry Hill. Caffe Aldo Lamberti has built a fine reputation and a loyal following since its inception nine years ago. With its authentic Italian recipes, artistically presented dishes and warm ambiance, it is easy to see why it has become one of New Jersey`s finest dining establishments.

A friendly hostess showed us to our seats in the main dining room and we were introduced to our wait server, Hal. The casual, contemporary setting, neatly decorated in hues of soft green and pink, provided the perfect backdrop to indulge in the delectable dishes that were about to follow. As our large water goblets were filled and the candle at our table was lit, we mulled over the menu, which boasted a wide array of fine traditional Italian cuisine.

For an appetizer, I chose the All Mare ($12.95), which was an assortment of seafood with sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese in a light cream sauce. Although I pro- mised myself I would only have a little taste. I couldn`t help but finish the entire dish. My companion chose the grilled portabella mushroom with crab meat and infused basil oil ($7.95). She said this was an excellent selection, and it could have quite possibly survived on its own as a main entree.

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Next we were presented with very large salads, each complete with Lamberti`s homemade dressing. I had the tri colore ($5.95) with arugula, radicchio and baby field greens topped with balsamic vinaigrette, while my companion had the Caesar ($5.95). For our entrees, I had the Grilled Veal Chop with exotic mushroom sauce ($17.95), a Lamberti`s specialty. The center-cut veal loin chop was basted in demi glaze and was accompanied by vegetables and an interesting array of mashed and roasted potatoes. This was definitely a splendid example of cuisine at its very finest.

My companion chose Chicken Maximo with tomatoes, mushrooms, as- paragus, sherry wine and mozzarella ($16.95). I didn`t even have to ask how the entree was because the expression on my companion`s face was one of pure delight.

Caffe Aldo Lamberti also prides itself on its fresh fish selections, such as Striped Bass Acqua Pazza, marinated with garlic, lemon, olive oil and wine baked in balsamic vinaigrette and Red Snapper Oreganate with Mascarpone Cheese Polenta. Executive Chef William Fischer carefully chooses the fresh fish that comes in daily and prepares it in a variety of ways each evening. The chef also picks his own pristine-quality produce on a daily basis to use in his masterful creations.

In addition, Caffe Aldo Lamberti has a distinguished wine cellar and top-drawer cocktails that nicely complement the entree of choice.

Although we chose to stay on the light side for our dessert selection - strawberry sorbetto-the restaurant offers homemade traditional Italian treats, such as tiramisu, cannoli, spumoni and tartufo, as well as cakes, mousse and the chef`s special homemade dessert of the day. A large selection of coffees and flavored cappuccinos enhances any dessert choice or can be enjoyed on their own.

The service at Caffe Aldo Lamberti was exceptional as the warm, professional wait servers catered to your every need and made you feel very comfortable.

General managers Georgios Katsikis and Guiseppe Zeppilli were on hand to make sure everyone was satisfied with their meals and comfortable in their surroundings.

The lunch menu at the restaurant offers an abundant selection of appetizers, salads, pastas and specials, such as the Shrimp and Veal Pavarotti, which is dipped in egg, sauteed in butter with mushrooms and cheese in a light blush sauce ($9.95); Chicken Tuscana, a free range breast of chicken sauteed in olive oil and white wine with garlic, julienne peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes ($8.95); and Veal Scallopine and Broccoli Rabe, sauteed with sliced garlic and roasted peppers over a bed of capellini ($10.95) Caffe Aldo Lamberti also offers elegant banquet facilities in the Garden Room, which can accommodate 125 people, and the Mediterranean Room, which is suitable for more intimate affairs of up to 40 guests. The beautifully landscaped exterior is visible from both rooms, which makes the restaurant a superb setting for any special occasion .

With its tantalizing cuisine, excellent service and casually sophisticated ambiance, Caffe Aldo Lamberti surpasses any dining expectations and is a true treasure that is perfect to visit over and over again. Caffe Aldo Lamberti is open for lunch Sunday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 856-663-1747.

Visit their website at http://www.lambertis.com


Author: Colleen Flanagan

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