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The Heldrich, right across the street is a wonderful addition to our neighborhood. It’s a world-class hotel and the people who run it are great. Why not stay in New Brunswick in conjunction with any of our events or even just a dinner getaway? We would be happy to help you with room reservations.
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The dining room at Catherine Lombardi RestaurantCatherine Lombardi Restaurant is located at 3 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, on the second floor of the building occupied by Stage Left Restaurant.

With two large fireplaces, an elegant bar and bar room and 21 new windows along George Street and Livingston Avenue offering a dramatic bird's-eye-view of The New Brunswick Theater District, Catherine Lombardi is a crown jewel in New Brunswick's thriving downtown.

Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Best of Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.




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Catherine Lombardi:
Perfect for Private Parties, Showers, Business Dinners and Weddings

Menus start at $49.95, private dining available:
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Wedding Menu
Premium Wedding Menu

Catherine Lombardi Fine Italian Catering!

Let Catherine Lombardi cater your wedding or private party. Delicious food is not limited by distance. We can arrange everything from simple drop-off / pick-up casual events to large tented weddings. Everything event is unique…Every event is delicious.
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Play MP3About Catherine Lombardi

Welcome to Catherine Lombardi Catherine Lombardi always cooked with the best ingredients. Did she ever say the words "organic, free-range chicken?" No. But back then of course, it was all organic and free-ranging.

To get ingredients up to Catherine's standards, we have to work a little harder today. Our chickens are organic and free ranging and from local farms. Our NJ tomatoes are from Indyke Farms in Monroe. We put them up last summer. Our heritage pork is from small farms across America.

We start with the best and we take no shortcuts. That's what sets us apart.

We hope that Catherine would be proud.

Catherine Lombardi's family came to Brooklyn from Naples. Her cooking brought her whole extended family together every Sunday and every holiday from VJ day through the early 1980's. It's Neapolitan-based and heavily Brooklyn-influenced. Generations of Italian-Americans grew up on this food. You see the names of these dishes on restaurant menus today, but they are often pale imitations of the food that inspired them. It takes days to make the gravy just right, to make the eggplant just so, to make the bracciola sing and the mozzarella spring and spit. View the menu!

Mark Pascal is Catherine Lombardi's grandson (listen). Her traditions have been passed on to him. Mark, with his partners, has owned and operated Stage Left Restaurant, one of the most highly-rated Contemporary American Restaurants in the state, since 1992. He is also co-host of The Restaurant Guys radio show. Now the partners are turning their attention in a slightly more casual direction. Catherine Lombardi Restaurant will be their homage to Mark's grandma. The food will meet her exacting standards. We hope it helps to bring you and yours closer like it did for the Lombardi and their kin for generations. And don't forget the artichokes.

Both Catherine Lombardi Restaurant and Stage Left Restaurant offer the same wine list. The Italian section of the list by itself is one of the finest Italian wine lists anywhere.

The bar is open late.

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