Chef Salvatore Scarlata, owner of Vidalia Restaurant, is so focused on creating the perfect fine Italian meal, he grows his own herbs and spices, at his home, just for you. And he’s so focused on the finest ingredients that he uses only the best from local growers, to bring you a meal you simply won’t get anywhere else.

For more than a decade, Italian-born Chef Scarlata has made Lawrenceville’s Main Street a destination for the best Italian cuisine. In fact, Vidalia was recently named to NJ.com’s Top 10 Italian Restaurants list for the entire state ‒‒ and is actually in the position to be named the top Italian restaurant in a state synonymous with excellent Italian food.

But it’s not just about the Italian. This charming BYO offers an eclectic menu featuring seasonal dishes, served in the classical, provincial elegance that enhances every flavor on your palate.

Born in Villaba, Sicily, Chef Scarlata grew up (and acquired his deft cooking skills) in the beautiful city of Alassio, Italy. He came to the United States to build his formidable skills and cooked at several five star restaurants before owning a restaurant of his own. It has been 10 years since he took over Vidalia, and it’s been an overwhelming success, thanks to endlessly delicious food, an ever-changing menu of classic dishes, fine setting, and top service.

Al fresco dining, now that the weather is about to become fantastic, will only make things better. Vidalia’s outdoor dining provides a warm atmosphere, which allows for a peaceful, enjoyable meal from friends and family, or an intimate, romantic night out beneath a beautiful lit canopy.

Having a party? Vidalia can accommodate 42 guests indoors or 45 guests outdoors for graduations, communions, or christenings. Vidalia also offers fine catering for your special occasion, and the restaurant will be open for Easter Sunday, from noon until 8 p.m.

Whenever you come to Vidalia, whether for lunch or dinner, know that Chef Scarlata loves being part of Lawrenceville, where he’s made his home for 10 years. And that he has no intention of leaving Main Street. Chef Scarlata is humbled by how the Lawrenceville community has accepted him and is thankful for everyone who comes into Vidalia. And as long as he can keep bringing guests innovative, eclectic, and inventive dishes made with the best quality, freshest, and most locally harvested ingredients that will always surprise and delight, he will stay on Main Street.

Chef Scarlata’s passion for the art of cooking and creating the perfect dining experience for his guests, means that his main goal is to satisfy every guest in light of the trio motto: perfect atmosphere, perfect food, perfect service.

In other words, he’s here to stay. And your taste buds will love that.

Visit Vidalia at www.Vidalia.Restaurant and see for yourself.

Vidalia Restaurant, 21 Philips Avenue, Lawrenceville. 609-896-4444. www.vidalia.restaurant. Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.

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