La Scala
La Scala

La Scala

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lascaladining.com/
  • Phone: 4107839209x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nino Germano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available for pickup or delivery, both lunch and dinner. Please contact a manager for details.
  • Entertainment: Home to Baltimore's only indoor bocce ball court! Available on a first-come first-serve basis for dinner customers only. Can also be rented out for $75/hour
  • Special Events: - Happy Hour - Mon-Fri 4:30 - 7 and Sun 3-8. Try our new MEXITALIAN menu!
    - Wine dinners throughout the year.
    - Special Happy Hours monthly.

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Central/Exeter
  • Public Transit: We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from all downtown hotels.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet 7 nights a week. Cost is $8 per car. Street parking is also available for 3 hours, and the Little Italy Parking Garage is just around the corner.
A word from La Scala
Welcome to La Scala Ristorante Italiano, regional Italian cuisine at its finest. In Milan, La Scala is known for great music; in Little Italy, La Scala means great food!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Scala reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (98)romantic (78)fit for foodies (75)notable wine list (64)good for groups (49)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (12)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Outstanding
    Denver
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great meal, perfect service. This was a first date spot and both of us were impressed with the meal and the ambiance. Perfect night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Scala
    LaScala
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    La Scala is a beautiful restaurant in Baltimore's Little Italy. The cuisine is delicious Italian fare. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The owner/chef is marvelous. There is a wide variety of selections on the menu, and they have a nice selection of specials. The homemade cannoli's are to die for. Perfect restaurant for a special occasion. Highly recommend this eating establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Got Here
    Hankmarvin1948
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I loved the place. Disappointed that there were no meatballs or eggplants. Had veal parm...it was good but soggy on bottom . Friend had chicken Marsala ...perfect. Grilled Salad was also very good. I would go again and keep using open table to insure I get it each time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A friend was visiting and wanted Italian. Chose La Scala based on the Baltimore Magazine and was not disappointed. It was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    discerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very nice restaurant with delicious food! Can't complain about anything except that the bartender wasn't very friendly (and he wasn't even busy...my friend and I were the only ones at the bar). Really enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere. I would go again if I ever return to Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Scala
    Lascala
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful food with a owner and Chef who makes you feel like family, while creating dishes to meet your needs. Great anniversary meal! Outstanding collection of veal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ehh
    mmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Just ok food. Waiter was nice but was the only one and service was slow. Nearby table had extremely loud patrons who basically ruined the entire dinner with their fighting and no one at the restaurant said anything to them. The only thing god was the over priced bottle of wine. Not worth the money.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chris
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had dinner with 5 old friends at La Scala. They made us feel at home. The food, drinks and service were all exceptional. Just wish we'd gotten there early so we could have fit a came of Bocce ball in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent food, wonderful service, great atmosphere! My family is Italian and we really observe Italian restaurants and look at all the details when we go to them. La Scala was OUTSTANDING in EVERY aspect we looked at. We will definitely come back to this restaurant many more times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not My favorite
    DissapointingVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service was OK, not friendly at all, food also was just OK. Not kid friendly, not a lot of options, probably more of a couple place than a family restaurant. Personnel were dry, but effective. We have dined many places in Little Italy, in my opinion this is not worth the money or a second look.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    giggles
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was fantastic. The service was incredible. The chef sat down at our table and chatted with us about what we should order. We were all extremely pleased with the outcome. There is an indoor bocce court which makes for challenging conversation due to the echo/activity. But part of the loud and vibrant atmosphere is what makes it fun. I wouldn't go here for a quiet romantic dinner since you might have to shout your sweet nothings to be heard by your partner. But a large party or a family gathering would be fine in this lively atmosphere, since the food will make you forget that you can't hear all of the dinner conversation. The pasta was fresh. The flavors were amazing. The staff was attentive and super friendly. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Hit!
    Irishfoodcritic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love going to La Scala, great food and even better staff. Every visit we uncover another reason to return, one of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore!! See you soon...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always worth it!
    Bradley
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We travel a far bit to enjoy a dinner at La Scala and it is always worth it! The mozzarella special was divinely gorgeous...although it might have been a bit too much for just one person. I left room to enjoy the delicious sea bass special and strawberry/nutella crepe dessert too. You can count on all the specials to be memorable, yet pace yourself, so that you can enjoy each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner done right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took my mom there for her birthday. Downstairs is the bar and hightops, its a little more relax. Upstairs, beautiful decor, attentive service, lighting is extremely dim. Its romantic yet great for friends or family.The Fig wrapped in bacon and the jumbo shrimp appetizers- amazing. I had the shrimp and lobster- generous helping, seasoned and cooked perfectly and recommended the perfect white wine for it. Mom had the special veal, i had one bite- marvelous, cooked to perfection and my father had this grilled chicken and shrimp with gorgonzola cheese- melt in your mouth. AND THE DESSERT- tiramisu and espresso cannoli, pure caffeine love. Wish I tried a cheese tray, a whole menu of cheese and meats. Absolutely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    stealers
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had the filet and my wife had the Bronzino. We had the waiter filet the bronzino for us. It was good but a fair amount of bones were left in. The filet was tender but not overly flavorful. The gnocchi and fried polenta was excellent. Our guest both ordered pasta and loved it. The bar area was fun and energetic with good happy hour choices. The restaurant was quieter and allowed for good conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravo!
    Bravo
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My daughter and I came to explore possible restaurants for a my son's wedding rehearsal dinner. We were delighted to find this charming and well appointed location near the venue. The waiter was very well versed in the menu, helpful without hovering, and the food, from appetizer to dessert, even more wonderful than I had expected. Suffice it to say, we will be contacting La Scala for our upcoming event.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Days
    TheDays
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food and service were excellent and the waiter was very friendly and nice to our family. The specials were all great and even the simplest dish was made perfect and the portion size just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian Food & Atmosphere
    ViniVidiMangi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    La Scala has a vibrant and inviting atmosphere, and a bocci court on the ground level! Soft lighting, wood trim and spacious dining areas combine to create a sensuous architectural blend of the old and new worlds. Large capers and a delicate sauce made my veal piccata mouthwatering even if the veal was slightly more well then I prefer. My wife and I devoured fresh mortadella, robust prosciutto, and asiago and fontina cheeses from the Salumeria menu. We both enjoyed pasta with our entrees that was perfectly al dente and irresistable! Italian wines dominated the list with a wonderfully eclectic variety of grapes, regions and prices that should enable any diner to enjoy a great wine within their budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keoni1979
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our third visit, and each time a wonderful meal with great service. Both the chef and the manager visited our table to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night delight
    samyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our first dining experience at La Scala was wonderful. We sat outdoors on the veranda, pleasant breeze, very attentive service, excellent advice on what to order. The grilled Caesar salad was an appetizer winner. Veal Baltimore and Seafood Fra Diavolo were excellent. Our only disappointment is that it took so long to try this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food of the trip
    Kathyh
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Lascala was recommended to is by a friend, along with other restaurants. We ended up making last minute reservations for a group of 9 and it ended up being the best meal of the week! Room was private, appetizers were amazing, and the dinner choices were unbelievable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A review with actual details
    LoraChemoNinja
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went to celebrate my life / battle against Breast Cancer. Reservations Sat @ 6:45, valet parking, seated in minutes. I had Red Sangria, grilled Caesar salad (awesome), Gorgonzola (loved it), Fettuccine Verdi Alla Bolognese (Awesome), specialty coffee (yummy) and strawberry crepe w/ chocolate (good). The night was magical. Warm, inviting, a buzz to it, the ambience etc. The staff will explain everything and the owner came to our table and again to us at the bar. We were checked on but it was not invasive, the owner talked with us and shook our hands. We even ran into old friends we haven't seen in forever. They moved into Little Italy and come to La Scala regularly. It was a wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for my anniversary, got a nice card at the table. Great service and food, and a free dessert and after dinner drink special for our anniversary. I wish I lived closer, but was a great evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was delicious and waiter was more than accommodating, with an amazing list of specials. I do not like when specials are told by the waiter and he fails to tell the price of the dish.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    nonna
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We visit LaScalla whenever we are in Baltimore and as always the food was great. We took my sister and her husband there for the first time and they were very happy with the food. We had the grilled caesar salad which is a favorite of mine. My husband had the veal chop and as always was very good. Can't leave there without the cannolli - the shells are so light and the filling is great! My sister and my husband had the pineapple sorbet and said it was really good. Service is always good and very attentive. I never feel rushed when I am there even if the restaurant is crowded. I always appeciate it when the owner ot manager comes over to speak to you personally - which they did.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Close to Perfect as it gets...
    Foodie1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Mostly everything was outstanding: the ambience, the service and the food. The martini was very good; however, it could have been better if it was ICED cold. The house- made gnocchi and bruschetta were the best I have ever had. The center cut veal chop ragu with fresh mushrooms was delicious. Dessert was a fresh Pesche Amareti and shared cannoli. Both were wonderful. La Scala's staff are to be commended: very pleasant, courteous and giving the feeling you are totally welcomed Our waiter, , Bulat , was very professional and gave outstanding service and answered our questions thoroughly. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to back nites
    lakecigar
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Two of a company meeting to try this spot. Loved the food, service and chef/owner. So switched next evening's larger group dinner to go back and all enjoyed it just as much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dinning experience
    TarsVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Fantastic. As usual. Willie is one if the best servers in Greater Baltimore
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Baltimore's Best for Italian
    SteveP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I personally would suggest that you request a table away from the Bocci Ball court. While it is unique and different to have a court inside the restaurant, the tables that sit in the balcony above the courts are noisey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    atkm
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I am a frequent flyer of La Scala and they have yet to disappoint. The ambience is great. There is an upscale, romantic feel in the dining area but a relaxed atmosphere in the bar. Who could not love a place with an indoor bocce court?? (which they encourage you to play during your visit and explain the rules if asked). I love the recent addition of the upstairs outdoor patio. The food is always delicious. My favorite is penne a la vodka! Very often they have a grilled octopus appetizer which is spectacular. Large wine selection and staff is very helpful with guiding wine/food pairing. If you are there early, they have a great happy hour food and drink menu. For those of you staying at a nearby hotel, they offer free shuttle service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian food
    retiredtraveler
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had excellent Italian food trying many of the specials. Skip the dessert. It was average at best and very expensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Little Italy
    RosieLuvsFood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. Anytime we are near Baltimore we try to east at La Scala. The Cesar salad is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    After reading tons of reviews for Italian Restaurants in Baltimore, we luckily chose correctly. The food was excellent as was the service. The special fig appetizer was outstanding as was the Veal Gamberi Baltimore. Don't hesitate to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Mrcs4u
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great restaurant from the minute you walk in the door. You are greeted promptly ans seated without hesitation. This is our go to Italian restaurant, the service and food are always spot on. Owner/chef Niño comes around to make sure everyone is doing ok. I would recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always dependable!
    JbwfVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had not been to La Scala for a while and it was such a pleasure to have the usual great service and delicious food. Will be back again sooner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Incredible service and outstanding food. We were in town for a convention and several people recommended it. I wouldn't miss this place! They even had shuttle service from our hotel to La Scala.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a date
    Air7
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I took my girlfriend there on a date and the service was amazing, the waiter knew and described the whole daily menu for us. the food was plenty and delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Momwhogotout
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went to La Scala for our anniversary and it was perfect. The service was great. Our appetizer came out right away and our water was being filled before it was even finished. The food was delicious and the restaurant was clean. The staff were friendly and inviting from the moment we walked in until the moment we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Penny
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First visit to this restaurant was excellent. Staff, service, food & drinks absolutely outstanding. Highly suggest going here!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Klic64
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    When we asked the concierge at our hotel for a restaurant recommendation she told us "La Scala" without hesitation, when we consulted Trip Advisor the restaurant also received wonderful accolades......after experiencing this wonderful gem we completely agree! The ambience, food and food were all fabulous.....you must try there warm Caesar salad (ask for a 1/2 portion...it is plenty big enough), and the chef's mother makes the homemade cannolis....an added bonus was the bocce ball court as you entered the restaurant ....after we ate we had a great time playing a game with our teenage kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.