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I'm looking for a restaurant that will please older parents and middle-aged children for a birthday dinner near Cherry Hill. In the running are Nunzio's in Collingswood and Aldo Lamberti (skewed to Italian). Any other thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. Norma's for Lebanese food is always good, on Rt 70 in the Barclay Farms Center.

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    1. re: brightman

      wow, they have a great menu, but I don't think the older folks would be amused.

      1. re: hungry100

        The menu is fine. It's the food at Norma's that isn't very good. Oasis (also in Cherry Hill) is much better for Middle Eastern. See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/486686

        1. re: carl555

          I like Norma's food. I will give Oasis a try.

    2. Its been a couple of years since I've eaten at Nunzio's but thought it was pretty good. Craig LaBan gave it a nod in a recent online chat: "Nunzio's, by the way, was the restaurant that served shrimp alla Siciliana, with whole wheat pasta, garlicky bread crumbs, pine nuts and golden raisins. It was a truly great dish. The rest of our meal was also quite good - spectacular whole branzino, filleted expertly tableside. The place was just mobbed, so I know it's doing well."
      My parents, though not necessarily the MOST discriminating eaters, but at age 60 may fit well with the demo you are looking to satisfy, really like another Italian place in Collingswood - Bistro di Marino.
      As for Aldo...I think it tends to be a bit overpriced for what it is.

      1. AVOID NUNZIOS. I agree it used to be great but it's been on downward spiral recently. My last two trips there were disasterous. The ambience is good but the food was overpriced and underwhelming. There are better choices for you.

        Sapori (northern italian) in Collingswood may be a good alternative for you as you get a good atmosphere and delicious food. Also consider Villa Barone, as it's a better atmosphere for families. Collingswood is BYO.

        1. If you are looking for Italian in that neck of the woods, Catelli Ristorante is the best. Main Street in Voorhees. www.catellirestaurant.com.

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          1. re: sailbadthesinner

            Fact...Catelii is the best restaurant in the region. That's the good news. The bad the news is that it's a little hard to find....so if your not a regular...you might get lost getting there.

            1. re: AWaysrite

              Fact...there are a dozen places as good as Catelli. Fact: There were a dozen people dining there on Friday night, so word is out that you can do better.

          2. Old folks and a birthday party?

            You have to hit Andreotti's Viennese Cafe.

            I'm 50, I like it, and people my age tell me their parents love it.

            Licensed, full bar for coctails, very reasonable & eclectic wine list

            On 70 1/4 - 1/2 mile west of 295.

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            1. re: FrankJBN

              I'm sorry Frank, but we think Andreotti's Viennese Cafe is not good. None of us who go to NJ often to eat will go there. Maybe the parents who eat there don't eat out very much.

              If you don't need to stick to Italian, we like Water Lily on Haddon Ave in Collingswood. It's fusion/continental, lovely food and service, and not too noisy to talk. Varied meny, everyone will find what they want. BYOB.

              Another popular fusion restaurant is Siri's, on Route 70 across from what used to be the race track. We hear that people from Siri's opened Water Lily.

              The advantage of these restaurants is the noise level - you can actually talk. Although the Italian restaurants recommended are certainly good, we found that they get very noisy. Nunzio's, which we like, gets quite noisy if you don't go early. You can ask for a quieter spot.