Travel and Dining

Hoofprints reporters love to dine out and travel! Here you will find reviews of restaurants, hotels, theme parks, vacations, and anything having to do with good food and fun destinations!
*Editor's Note: In an effort to give students a sample review article in Journalism class, prior to them writing their own reviews, Mr. Kallen wrote this review of one of his favorite restaurants. He has decided to share it here*

            Casaldi’s Cucina Restaurant in Linwood’s Central Square has been serving up Italian favorites with a side of great service since they opened in 2016. Atlantic County is a hot bed of Italian restaurants, pizza shops that think they are Italian restaurants, and diners with Italian “specialties”. There are many things that set Casaldi’s Cucina apart from the many other options in the surrounding area. The food, the ambiance, and the staff make Casaldi’s a must-visit for locals and visitors to the area alike.

            The menu at Casaldi’s is expansive, offering many choices, and its daily specials will force you to try something new whenever you visit. Soups are made in-house by Chef Dino and never disappoint; some of his The June's rigatoni dish at casaldi’s cucina restaurantbest efforts include Italian wedding (escarole with mini meatballs) and lentil soup. During a recent visit, one of the specials was a braciole, something not often found at any run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. This braciole was perfectly seasoned and prepared, the meat was tender and tasty, and the side of pasta it came with completed the meal. Another favorite off of the regular menu is June’s Rigatoni (pictured at right), which is a house-made blush sauce served over rigatoni and topped with a perfectly fried chicken cutlet. The desserts are plentiful and the tiramisu is the house specialty.

            While many restaurants have good food, Casaldi’s accompanies its food with a wonderful ambiance. The restaurant is cozy and feels like eating amongst family. There is a fireplace, which is a great spot to sit by during those cold winter nights, and plenty of tables to accommodate parties of two to however many friends you can bring along with you. Reservations are accepted and recommended, as the restaurant can be quite busy at times.

      woman holding menus in front of a fireplace      Lastly, the staff at Casaldi’s truly makes all of their guests feel as though they are part of the Famiglia, as their shirts read across the back. Of course, famiglia is Italian for family. As this restaurant is a family owned and operated business, Chef Dino, his wife Angie, and Angie’s brother, Joe want everyone to have an experience that rivals Sunday dinners at an Italian grandmother’s table. With an attentive staff serving homemade Italian delights, the mission is definitely accomplished!

        While there are many choices in our area, Casaldi’s Cucina in Linwood delivers on excellently prepared food, a comfortable and cozy ambiance, while being attended to by a friendly staff. Next time you find yourself craving Italian food, give Casaldi’s a chance to win your business; you will not be disappointed. As Angie (left) always says, “Mangia, mangia!”


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Photos courtesy of Casaldi's Cucina Instagram account, @casaldiscucina