Dolce & Clemente's Tavola Calda Robbinsville NJ
Dolce & Clemente's currently has an Italian Gourmet Market in Robbinsville NJ.
They are opening a Tavola Calda (In Italy know for hot fast food prepared each day ready to go) It will be a separate Italian restaurant in front of the grocery on Rt 33 Washington Town Center. Looks like they will have Panini - Gelato - Lunch - Dinner.
They currently have a few Al Fresco seats outside the store (which were all full today late afternoon) and the take out food is very good.
Let us know if anyone sees this open or gives it a try.
We made it to the Tavola Calda last night, and unfortunately, we were very disappointed.
There is a menu board featuring sandwiches and wraps, a dessert display, gelato display, and a drink refrigerator. The Tavola Calda part consists of small steam table. They were offering 4 main dishes (Steak and Peppers, Roast Chicken, and Slice Roast Beef with Mushrooms, and Chicken Parmesan), and two sides (Roasted Potatoes, Carrots & String Beans). You choose a main, and the sides come with it.
I had the Chicken Parmesan, and my wife had the Roast Beef. Both items and the sides were room temperature, not at all warm. When we brought this to their attention, they reheated them in a convection oven. We saw them take all of the items off the steam table and they reappeared later (I assume for reheating).
Besides the temperature issue, here is the problem: In their store, they have a wonderful and wide selection of prepared food. In the restaurant, there are only 4 choices, and none of them were particularly interesting. We went to the store afterward and saw Rice Balls, Stuffed Artichokes, Pasta Dishes, Eggplant Stacks, etc. etc. A huge selection. We would have been much better off buying some things at the store and taking them home.
I guess I was expecting the Tavola Calda to be an extension of the store - a place to sit down and enjoy the selection that is available in their store. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
I've been to the store a few times. Found the food to be very good, always happy servers..and a ton of them! My only complaint would be that they only serve Boars Head Salami and not an imported brand. My family likes Boars Head brand coldcuts for work week sandwiches, but I am hard pressed to buy non-Italian salami. The weeks I need salami for lunch I head over to A &S in Milstone. Their food is just as good and the service there is equal.
My SIL loves this store and is there a few times a week. She's an excellent Italian cook from a family with lots of great cooks. She said everything she has had from the store is very good, and that it reminds her of the Italian stores we had back in NY , where we grew up. She especially loves the rice balls, which are hard to find in S Jersey. My sister has been twice in the last 2-3 weeks and said the store is fabulous. We had a pork roast stuffed with spinach, roasted peppers, pine nuts, and cheese that was delicious a few weeks ago.
Both have commented that the service in the store is friendly and the workers seem genuinely happy to see you. I'm looking forward to checking it out.