La Scala Italian Restaurant

La Scala Italian Restaurant

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
La Scala Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (50)great for outdoor dining (40)romantic (37)good for groups (33)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Completely blown away.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    With four kids, my wife and I don't get out for dates much. And when we do, I hate paying for disappointment. And honestly, the food is what makes or breaks for me. The food at La Scale was amazing. I had the special, which was shrimp, scallops, green olives, roasted peppers and tomato with a brandy sauce served over pasta. It honestly was perhaps the best plate of food I've ever eaten. My wife was laughing because I wouldn't shut up between bites. Absolutely fantastic. Bread was good. Caesar salad and the house salad were awesome. Oh, and the calimari was absolutely amazing. They have a large menu and we can't wait to go back and explore! Entrees are roughly between $17 and $21, with many exceptions and options. Appetizers all around $10.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    Kimo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was underwhelming, uninspired and heavily infused with garlic Knew we were in trouble when all the pasta dishes included chicken Wait staff was uninformed and unprofessional Service was inattentive The bartender was the only real pro in the place
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was excellent as always, our server was laid back and easy to get along with, yet professional at the same time. Plus the restaurant helped me organize my proposal to my girlfriend, and I'm very thankful. I always enjoy my visits here, and will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the seafood special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I loved the bruschetta and the seafood special (shrimp and scallops). Our server was very attentive. We did wait a while for our cocktails as there was a very large party seated before us, the bartender must have been swamped. Overall, very nice, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good overall experience
    NicePlace
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    the portions & quality of the food was very good...nice atmosphere with a nice little bar attached to the dining room; they customized order w/o hesitation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Paid an extra $4 to share one entree. House red wine was good. Waiter was new, but didn't let the stress get to him. overall solid experience as usual.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Kaci
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a special night planned out and everything went great staff worked with me to surprise my boyfriend. Waitress was sweet and and took great care of us. Best Italian food in town
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was a nice find in Lafayette since there are not many restaurants other than fast food or chain type. Very cozy and with a good selection of food choices. Staff very friendly and helpful with their favorite items. Our waiter told us they had remodeled this restaurant but it gave off more of a Mexican décor than Italian- that would be my only negative comment. Would definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locally Sourced food a plus
    Skeezix
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very good Italian fare made with locally sourced products.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An evening at LaScala
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything about this experience was positive. The food is very good as was the service and atmosphere. I would recommend La Scala to anyone and everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • accomodating spot
    BoilerKurtVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    quick service, knowledgeable waiter, accomodating for extra person in our party, and a friendly bartender...AND...Big Servings!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal, as always
    Rene81
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a great experience recently! My husband wasn't as delighted with his meal, but I blame his attempt to be adventurous & ordering the veal. I got the spicy fettuccini, & it was fantastic! Our server was wonderful & I think that she definitely helped make our meal as great as it turned out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable fine dining.
    Walk4wine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great Food and service. We were seated at our requested reservation time. No waiting. Relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for making our night speical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my boyfriend's & I first time at La Scala! Food was amazing, service was outstanding, & the atmosphere was romantic! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban Gem
    Moonbeam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is our second outing to La Scala an we are beginning to appreciate its terrific consistency. Though we had scheduled an 8:30 dinner, they were able to seat us an hour earlier at our last minute urging. Outdoor diners are not only treated to the their excellent cuisine, but a stunning view of the architecturally significant and brightly lit Lafayette court house. We look forward to our next visit and would enthusiastically recommend La Scala to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Italian food in Lafayette
    Cotoguy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The wait staff was great and the Italian food was wonderful. A great value. Next time we will sit in the bar area or outside to eat. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my favorite spot to eat in Lafayette. Excellent food - Tomato Basil Soup YUMMMMM. Specials that night were wonderful and fresh. Also try the Tiramasu Martini.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PurdueAlum
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great, fresh and home-made and the service wonderful making it an enjoyable time. I'm never disappointed when I go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6FridayDiners
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The person who answered the phone went out of his way to seat our group of six outside as we had requested. Thanks so much! We enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere & the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    Colt
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've always loved this place. The food is always impressive, always top notch and I would compare it with any fine Italian restaurant in the nation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown GEM
    LCTC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    LaScala has matured into a real downtown gem in Lafayette. The unique setting as well as the quality of the food make this a special occasion place to go or just a night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    Tmadson
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food always! Friendly staff and the martinis, wine list and speciality drinks outstanding. Best Iltalian food around!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    NAAAA
    Dined on 8/25/2014
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    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Dinning
    Colt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have eaten at LaScala's for many years. The food ranks with the great Italian food I've eaten in the Italian section of Boston, if not better. I'm so happy that this restaurant established here, Lafayette is VERY lucky. I must also say that the fresh greens in the salads have so improved over the years, best fresh salad in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Food
    Sumatrabean1022VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I got tenderloin medallions in a Gorgonzola sauce over penne, but it tastes nothing like the description. The meat was so chewy and overcooked it tasted like a cheap cube steak. There were two small crumbles of blue cheese on the dish, but aside from that, it would be impossible to tell this dish had any blue cheeee in it because it lacked any flavor, including salt. My mother had a veal dish that was appreciably better, but still underwhelming. The last time I went here a few years ago I had a risotto that tastes like a packet if Uncle Ben's rice. I guess they just can't step up their game. I won't be back, or if I so it'll be in a few years when I've forgotten how bad the food is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    There are plenty of great places to eat in Lafayette but La Scala is one of my all time favorite. Best Gnocci's I've had since I moved back from Argentina!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    PrSvc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The new server had tables all over the restaurant and was not attentive to our table. We asked for different things that he didn't bring. We had to ask the server at the next table. It took a very long time to run our credit card and get the bill back to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First (of many to come) visit
    shoplocally
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The only two things I can say that would be even remotely negative are: 1. Our waiter was new; it was his second day on the job. While this is not generally an issue, it was our first visit to the restaurant and it would have been more helpful to have someone more experienced with the menu for to explain things. 2. It would have been nice for a manager to have stopped at the table. I realize that this was a Friday night and the manager was busy, but would have been a nice topper to the meal. I have to say that the dining experience was very good. The food quality was excellent, the portion size for the cost was generous. The staff was very upbeat, our waiter was quite helpful and his knowledge of the menu will come with experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, a bit noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was, as always, very good. On the top end of "moderately priced". Noise was a bit high but in part that is because we were located at table that led to the outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great evening for great food and enjoying the patio table!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food review
    Sassy81476Traina
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love the platter appetizer & bread but the entree's were so salty (salmon & lasagna). Just 3 stars. Need improvement on food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    SteveW
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is very good and have taken several out of town friends there. Have taken several family member from out of state. The wine and beer list is moderate in price, but the selection is very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • primopasta
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hosted out of town guests for dinner. Their first visit to LaScala and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was excellent and we liked being able to eat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was just okay! Have tried this restaurant four times this year. Everyone seems to like it. However, I find the food average and the service is okay. Waitstaff needs to refine their service quite a bit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 74 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 819 reviews are from the La Scala Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A real treat
    riverpeople
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a wonderful evening with friends at La Scala. The food was outstanding! Everything from the bread to the dessert was so yummy and the main courses were all excellent. We had great service, very attentive and a great personality. We love this place!! :-) We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Trip To La Scala
    tsquared
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had gotten my wife a gift card for here for Christmas, because it looked like a nice quiet place. While the indoor dining looked really nice, we had waited until now, so that we could walk around and eat outside. The weather cooperated. Our reservations were at 7:00 and it was really quiet when we got there. It was packed by 7:30. The outside area was great though and our service (I think the waiter was Justin) was outstanding. The food was very good. I had the veal special and my wife had the Fontina fruit salad. The quantities was more than enough on both. My wife loved that it was all freshly prepared. Go there and enjoy your evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food
    IndianaVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our first time dinning at La Scala's. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the usual
    DineAndLearn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants but we didn't receive the usual good service that we get when we dine here. Taking into mind that there was a festival going on and the restaurant was busy, but, there was only the 2 of us and we had reservations also. The waitress must've been tending bar also, but I couldn't tell which one she was doing for sure. She kept serving people that came to the bar instead of bringing us our drinks and then forgot our silverware. All in all, the food was delicious and we still love it there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • large family dinner
    greatfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    La Scala has amazing food and atmosphere. Although it was very busy when we were there and we had a large group, the service was still very good and food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointing
    CVilleDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We always enjoy the food and service. I like the fact that they use fresh produce whenever possible, it makes such a difference in the tasted of the dishes. If you have room for dessert the Sorbet Truffle is beyond incredible! If you want a quieter experience skip sitting in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate