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La Scala Italian Restaurant

La Scala Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lascalaitalianrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (765) 420-8171
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francisco "Paco" Seranno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd and Main
  • Parking: No
A word from La Scala Italian Restaurant
Eat Fresh, Eat Well, Eat Local........Eat Better!! La Scala Italian Restaurant,voted the area"s Best Italian Restaurant, is located in historic downtown Lafayette and is owned by Chef Francisco "Paco" and Kirsten Serrano. We are a special destination restaurant and a great date spot, as well as an everyday eatery with a family friendly atmosphere. Our enormous menu pleases all. We have exquisite dinner entrees and great fast and filling lunches. We craft each dish when you order it from fresh, wholesome ingredients. We support and feature local products. Some of our produce even comes from the Chef's farm, Small Wonder Farm. Gluten Free and Whole Wheat pasta options are available. Our unique wines feature small producers worldwide and our premier martinis and cocktails are delicious. The concept for La Scala that we brought to the table originally and the same concept that guides the restaurant today is to serve the best classic Italian cuisine in an casual atmosphere.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "La Scala is our favorite occasion spot. It isn't any more expensive than olive garden and the experience and food alike are leaps and bounds above chain Italian. They hand make a lot (if not all) of their pasta and use local produce that they often grow. We have never been disappointed. Especially nice to have such great ambience and still be able to take the kids with us."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is the place to go for fantastic food and service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love going to La Scala! It's one of my favorite restaurants in Lafayette. I brought my friend who lives out of town on this last visit. However, I was a little disappointed in the service. The hostess was less than happy seating us, there was alot of confusion of who our server was supposed to be and there was a bit of a wait. I will say though, our server did comp our appetizer to make up for the service. I was a little embarrassed to have brought my friend but assured her that this was not the typical service from La Scala. La Scala is still one of my favorite restaurants and I will be returning."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Server was very helpful in answering our questions and helping us make our selections. The tomato soup was outstanding and the seafood dishes were very good - fresh tasting and serving size was generous. The tiramisu was probably the best I've had."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to La Scala for our second date and it was great. One of us was a little late but the servers were great about our reservation. They knew, without being told, we were on a date and were looking for something special. They sat us in quiet little corner where we could talk quietly. The service was amazing and fast! They checked on us the perfect number of times where it was never am interruption into our conversation. The ambiance was romantic. The "farm to fork" food was to notch and the prices were amazing! I have, and will continue to recommend this place too my friends."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Me and my wife were very eager to eat here again as this was the location of our first dinner date. The hostess was very friendly and made it possible to sit in the same exact seat as we did on our first date. The food is always wonderful and me and my wife always have wonderful memories of eating here!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a luncheon for 6 ladies. Our request for outdoor seating was granted. The food was delicious and La Scala's was a pleasant restaurant to have our luncheon date. We would certainly come again for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Service was average and the back dining room was noisy. The wait staff kept leaving the door to the outside open which created a lot of useless noise and interfered with our ability to hear each other. They seemed unconcerned that we asked them to keep it closed and it was rather irritating. The food, however, was excellent. They should work on the ambience and teach their staff that the food is only half the equation of a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "La Scala is a good restaurant. Service and food is usually quite good. Upscale Italian $$ We've enjoyed it on several occasions."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "La Scala is a great dining experience. Food and service are exceptional. After 3 years of dining experiences there, both lunch and dinner, have never had a bad experience. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was crowded, and thus the service was slow. The food was very good, but there were a couple of mix-ups on our drink orders."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As usual the food was fantastic. The only disappointment was the time it took from ordering our wine to it arriving. We were not on any schedule, so it did not cause a problem for us, but the wait for our server once seated and then for our ordered items was unusually long. I heard other tables talking about this too. However, it was worth the wait. The Gnocchi was perfect and the house red wine was very good - especially for the value. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As an East Coaster, I am persnickety about my Italian cuisine. La Scala measures up with a wide variety of dishes, including the often hard dot find veal, risotto, gnocchi, and seafood dishes. Good wine list. The outdoor dining is a bit crowded, but a pleasure in good weather. Indoors is spacious with high ceilings and comfortable chairs. The wait staff were courteous, friendly and fast. Reservations are fast with Open Table."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great all natural food! I always leave very full and with my taste buds craving more."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Justin was server & did good job. Food was fast & hot. All 6 had something different & all liked food. Sorbet truffle is outstanding. Celebrated 50th anniversary with family there. Good place for everyday or special occasion."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is our favorite place for dinner in Lafayette. The service, and especially the food, are outstanding. Everything is prepared fresh, tastes amazing, and is beautifully presented. The relaxed atmosphere makes it an easy place to drop in for upscale dining anytime."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I go to La Scala every year for our anniversary. It has always been excellent. However, it was a different story this time. Our server was very good. No complaints. The eggplant parm wasn't nearly as good as in the past. It was thick eggplant with a little cheese. The pasta and pasta sauce was good. Our biggest complaint was dessert. We ordered cheesecake and were then told that it was frozen. A few minutes later, as we were paying, a large tray was carried out in front of us, which contained numerous slices of the cheesecake we had ordered. So...were you really out of cheesecake, or did someone make the decision that it was preferable to keep the larger party happy? We had no way of knowing."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had enjoyed this restaurant in the past but hadn't managed to get back in a couple of years and what a change. They had remodeled the inside and changed up the menu some and have done a great job. The servers we attentive and gave us excellent recommendations on the wine and food and every thing came out of the kitchen hot and quick. We were there to celibate my BF's birthday and they found us a quiet corner were we could easily talk and enjoy the meal and each other. We will for sure not wait so long before returning for our next visit."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Food and service are always Great! I have eating there for 2 years and the service and food have always been awesome."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to La Scala with my family after my graduation from Purdue University and we had a great time! The food was amazing and the environment was fantastic as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others for special occasions!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Superb Service and food. Our daughter was a Purdue student, and La Scala is our favorite restaurant when we were in Lafayette. Can't say enough good things about La Scala. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "La Scala is one of those perfect downtown restaurants. It has the ambiance and true feel of being downtown. The food is amazing and the service is always spot on. I'd recommend it to anyone! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but service was just adequate. Don't know if there were not enough servers for out area or not. Had to ask for bread and didn't get alot of check back to see if we needed anything. Also there was alot of noise from what we think was an "air curtain" between the outside dining and inside. I know that can't be helped to prevent bugs from getting indoors, but would have picked a different seat if we had known."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our experience at La Scala was mixed. The food was very good and our waiter was gracious and attentive. There was a quite long delay between our first course salads and the arrival of our entrees. Our waiter was apologetic and explained we were behind 2 large parties, but it was still a long wait. The biggest issue was the noise level made conversation almost impossible. When we arrived we could hear the roar of the crowd while we were still waiting to be seated. We asked for an outdoor table hoping to find a quieter venue, only to be seated under the air conditioner vent which was even louder. Also, my companions silverware was "glued" together with food from a previous diner. Gross!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food at La Scala is terrific; as always service was confused/slow. Manager (Meghan) is terrific and filled in "our" gaps in service, but only because we "asked" for service (waiting 15min with no water/alcohol). Normally, I would have just walked out, but my dining partner spoke to the hostess and fixed things. As with the majority of restaurants in both Lafayette and West Lafayette, usually the food isn't the issue; it is the service -which is not the servers fault (they haven't been trained properly). So much potential, but ruined by dinners that arrive while the salad course is still in progress; stacking of dishes on top of each other when clearing; loss of utensils without replacement; no consistent pouring of wine, and so on."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "La Scala is a sure bet for good food. Every time we've tried it, the food has been terrific. The ambiance is good. The service is good, but it can be hit or miss when the restaurant is full. Be patient."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food at La Scala is always top-notch. The talented chef is very accommodating, adjusting for those who need extra attention. Nothing "mass produced" about these meals. The ingredients are are local and fresh as is possible. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "They use farm fresh ingredients and the food is always excellent."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Great food, everything seemed fresh and very high quality. Everyone was friendly and efficient. The prices are moderate."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Like the title says, always enjoyable. And if what you are craving isn't on the menu, they will make it for you."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "There's a flavor profile for everyone, and every dish is great. The day's Special is usually a stellar choice. The food is attempted to be sourced locally as much as possible, and the ingredients are all real. Wine selection seems great (to a non-connoisseur). My only thought about the food is that there are veal dishes, and I hope the veal is responsibly treated at the source."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Realized that it had been over a year since I last enjoyed dining at LaScala. The remodel is noticeable from the moment you walk in the expanded front entrance, and service and quality of food has remained top notch! Look forward to enjoying the patio seating soon."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I have been there several times now and this is not a restaurant to go to if you are in a hurry or want something quick. Everytime I've eaten there it has been about a 2-hour event, but that is what we were looking for. The service is consistently slow. We were waiting on beverages on more than one occasion and I feel that overall service could improve in pace. As a former server myself, you can recognize the people that want the experience to be more swift than others. My husband is such a person. However, I've always enjoyed the food and the prices are moderate. Dinner for 2 with an appetizer and wine is between 60-80, which is about what we were expecting. I would recommend this restaurant as a nice local experience. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything about La Scala exceeds expectations above and beyond. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere serene, and the food delicate and delicious. Having been multiple times, we can say confidently that we've never had a bad experience. Most, if not all, of the dishes can be made to your specifications regarding taste or allergies. Antonella's Favorites is a favorite dish of mine. We will be back again, of course."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The remodeling his made the restaurant a little more quaint. The music is horrible they really need to change the music and there still can be higher than the desired noise level when busy. The food was great as usual. The only disappointing thing this time is that the lobster was a bit overcooked. I was disappointed in that but primarily the food is fantastic"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "For a restaurant of this caliber, the men's rest room was quite a bit less than expected. Needs upgrading."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We wanted to stay near home this year for our anniversary. We usually go to Indy. We hadn't been to La Scala yet but wanted to give it a try. So glad we did! We loved it. The atmosphere was quiet, even though it began to fill up (we got there at 5pm) after we arrived. The food was wonderful! You could tell the ingredients were fresh and the portion size was very good. We will definitely be back and are only sorry it took us so long to try it out!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal. The food is always good and a nice casual atmosphere. Very pleased and we will return."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "food and service were both excellent - will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Date night, and they even let us hang out and talk while they closed the restaurant. I love this place!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014