The Quintessential Italian Dining Experience:

At L’allegria our cuisine tells stories of authenticity and passion. Select any of our dishes for a culinary experience that will bring you to the heart of the tradition.

Welcome to L’allegria

L’allegria is an Italian restaurant in Madison, NJ, that provides elegant dining with a sense of home. With a highly-trained kitchen staff using fresh ingredients, we ensure each customer leaves our restaurant feeling relaxed and pampered. Customers can enjoy traditional Italian flavors with an innovative approach, introducing new ingredient combinations and exciting dishes. We aim to serve the Madison, New Jersey, community with exceptional customer service and an unforgettable dining experience.

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Enchanting Lunch

Our lunch menus feature a variety of light dishes, from pasta to salads. They are perfect for catching up with old friends or taking a break from errands. We use the freshest ingredients available to make our dishes, along with professional, modern techniques for cooking pasta, sauce, seafood, and other dishes.

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Evening Delights

Customers can enjoy authentic, delicious Italian flavors through our selection of different menus, including dinner menu services. For dinner, try one of our popular seafood dishes. Or, you can have a classic pasta dinner that delivers flavors of home and nostalgia for some. Customers can even pair their dishes with a glass of wine from our award-winning wine cellar.

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Celebratory Feasts

We also provide a party menu for those looking to host a large gathering, allowing L’allegria Restaurant to play a role in your exciting plans. We have the space to accommodate many events, including large dinners, bridal showers, corporate events, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and retirement parties.

Our Menu

Flavors of Italy

Our culinary treasures are a testament to tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of authentic Italian cuisine. Explore our menu and immerse yourself in a journey that delights the senses and warms the heart.

Antipastino all'italiana
An assortment of the very best charcuterie and cheeses.
Insalata Mediterranea
Roasted eggplant & red bell pepper salad with frisée and feta.
Bucatini all'amatriciana
Authentically prepared as in the Roman hills.
Fusilli Napoletani
Handmade pasta with a Sunday ragù and bufala ricotta.
Strozzapreti pasta
Al filetto di pomodoro and basil.
Cotoletta casareccia

Veal cutlet with sliced tomato and roasted peppers.

Filetto al dragoncello

Medallions of grilled filet mignon with a pink tomato purée enhanced with tarragon.

Pollo all'Aglio e olio

Free-range all-natural drums and thighs in garlic and oil sauce with a tasty wild mushroom mix.

Gift Cards

Purchase a Gift Card

Give the gift of luxurious dining by purchasing one of our gift certificates. Whether it be for a birthday, holiday, or other special event, receivers will love trying something new or returning to an old favorite. Gift cards can be purchased with a custom amount.

Serving You Since 1984

L’allegria began with a dream by two brothers, Saverio and Giovanni Allocca. To deliver authentic Italian flavors to the Madison area, L’allegria was born. In 1984, it became a wildly popular Italian restaurant in Madison. For years, we have maintained a quality, innovative dining experience with a professional, trained staff of chefs, servers, and other personnel.


We have been recognized and awarded for our achievements through numerous awards, including the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) and the OpenTable Diner’s Choice 2023 awards. Contact us today or book your reservation.

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Bone-in meat dish with side of vegetables
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What Our Happy Diners Are Saying

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The food and atmosphere were lovely. The highlight, however, was our server, Susan. She was friendly, professional, attentive and truly exceeded expectations. I'm always looking for great dining experiences when I visit my father. Will absolutely return.
Seth St. Giles
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We travel about 70 miles from upper Westchester and it is so worth it. They were following all safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Menu here is huge And they have specials too. Never rushed. Great service. Love it here.
Large menu | Fine dining | Great food | Great dessert | Indoor dining
Daniel Milby
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The food is great as well as the service....just close your eyes and you are eating in Italy..... just like Italy the food is fresh authentic and delicious. .....and you do not have to fly 8 hours. Thank you for a beautiful birthday ......OTTIMO!
Adrian Viotti
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Reserve Your Table

Elevate your dining experience at L’allegria by securing your table in advance. Immerse yourself in the epitome of Italian culinary excellence within the charming ambiance of our cafe.

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