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La Scala

4.7
2381 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Since our opening, La Scala has been dedicated to presenting a menu which balances the very best in traditional Italian cuisine and innovative specialties. We welcome you to stop in to experience our elegantly casual atmosphere accented perfectly with Chef Nino’s authentic and unforgettable creations.

La Scala features homemade pasta, an indoor bocce ball court, private event space and complimentary shuttle.

Ask about our Private Rooms available for special events, parties, and corporate meetings.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday : 4:30pm - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday : 4:30 pm - 11 pm,
Sunday : 2 pm - 10 pm

Happy Hour : Monday - Friday 4:30 - 7 pm, Sunday 3 pm - 8 pm
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Phone number
(410) 783-9209
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nino Germano
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Catering
Off-site catering is available for pickup or delivery, both lunch and dinner. Please contact a manager for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Central/Exeter
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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.
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Public transit
We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from all downtown hotels.
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Entertainment
Home to Baltimore's only indoor bocce ball court! Available on a first-come first-serve basis for dinner customers. It can also be rented out for $100 an hour.
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Special events & promotions
- Happy Hour - Mon-Fri 4:30 - 7 and Sun 3-8. Try our new MEXITALIAN menu!
- Wine dinners throughout the year.

Send your email and home address so we can update you on all of our upcoming events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Scala offers private rooms that seat anywhere from 14 - 180 guests. Whatever your event may be, we can assure you that our wonderful team will make it memorable!

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What 2381 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNJCB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 14 hours ago

Excellent food, service, ambiance. The penne with garlic, goat cheese, and tomato was spectacular, as was the chicken cacciatore and all else we had. Our new all time favorite in Baltimore!

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ladybug853 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Delicious shrimp and Lump crab alfredo, calamari and mushrooms with mozzarella.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fried Zucchini App was great. Filet and Shrimp cooked to perfection. As always, the best marinara sauce ever.

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ElenaMS57 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

I enjoy going to La Scala. This was my second time going, and I loved it this time around too. My significant other and I who were late to the dinner, found that the staff was very accommodating to this. However, when we arrived at the restaurant the front staff didn't seem as friendly as we thought, or as the previous time when I was there. La Scala does a nice job with large groups, since when I came to celebrate a birthday last year, the service was impeccable and the food was divine. The ambiance at La Scala is beautiful and authentic. The indoor bocce ball court is a must for every visitor! This time around, the service was good and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always my first choice when in Little Italy. The food is exceptional, the wait staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help or make adjustments to menu offerings. The specials are always the highlight of the visit but simple pasta there is as special as any other offering.

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ColleenE 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Enjoyed the calamari and split two lovely pasta dishes. The roasted Caesar salad was recommended, but neither of us cared for it.

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Santiago (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Can't say enough about the wonderful evening we had. Reserving the shuttle removed the hassle of parking and traffic; the wait staff were perfectly friendly and attentive; the interior is beautiful; and the food was delicious. My fiance and I went for a romantic dinner and found La Scala to be perfect for just that. It was Valentine's weekend and saw a number of other couples - but clearly it is a popular choice for large groups and friends as well. There is even a bocce ball court on the ground floor! But our romantic night was removed from that, so although the noise was a bit more than expected it was just the right level for my partner and I to enjoy conversation without either whispering or yelling.

I am not an expert on Italian food, but both our meals and our appetizer were great. The stand out though was the cream puff dessert. It comes in a sort of mousse/airy pudding that is some of the best chocolate I've ever tasted. I highly recommend if you like chocolatey or creamy desserts.

Recommending La Scala to friends, without hesitation.

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JPMCranford (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Wonderful meal!! From the appetizers, to the main course through dessert. Everything was just wonderful.

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JoelB (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We visit La Scala several times a year and always have an exceptional experience. Delish food and wonderful service. Thank you!

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RobertM (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was phenomenal

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NancyN (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Alfredo, our terrific waiter, took great care of us
Requests were handled efficiently and the whole experience was seamless, professional, yet with that little extra warmth that makes a really outstanding meal.

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RyanR (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food, out of this world. A great atmosphere and attentive and helpful servers. My water was never more than half empty! A bit expensive for the Everyman but very much worth it for a special occasion

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JeffreyD (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

La scala did not disappoint! We had fours courses and each one was built on the one before. The Filet with peppercorns in a brown sauce literally melted as you ate it. The fresh pressed olive oil and bread to start the meal cleansed the pallet nicely.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and service...great experience!

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DeeSing (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our first time at LaScale. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating to my dining restrictions. The food was delicious and the atmosphere and staff were lovely.

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GreatWhiteHype (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Took my wife here for Valentine's Day. Great food and service. Would definitely eat her again. You must try the signature char-grilled caesar salad and cannolis.

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JaniceG (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. Veal with crab and shrimp in a cream sauce. Melted mozzarella on top. Perfectly cooked filet. Garlicky green beans. Warm bread. Pricey but worth it!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a wonderful time

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ChuckS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Diner was fantastic! Homemade pasta, beef ragu! Too die for! Great wine! Can't wait to go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Easily one of the best restaurants I've had occasion to dine in. And - outside of Italy - the best southern Italian cuisine I've ever had. Unforgettable.

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vipRick (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Chose this restaurant because of its high rating but the food was just average and our waiter was very inattentive

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Loved out waiter!!

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DanG (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

This is our second time at La Scala and again it was wonderful.. I requested a quiet table and we were again shown the same lovely quiet table upstairs. The food was delicious, we both had veal dishes along with the mushroom appetizer. Unfortunately the meal was so filling that we did not have room to enjoy their delicious sounding desserts. The wait staff was very attentive. A real gem and a short walk from our hotel- The Hyatt Harbor Place. We -my wife and I-highly recommend it!

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vipsafetylawyer (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

For my husband's birthday, we decided to try La Scala as it was one of the Little Italy venues we had not visited before. The ambiance is very nice, we were upstairs where there are murals and other nice touches of Italy. They had a birthday card waiting for him (nice touch) and also brought his dessert with a candle ... and thankfully, no singing! The service was wonderful. They even have a bocce court (no one was playing) downstairs.

The main issue: the food was underwhelming and inconsistent. My crab and artichoke appetizer was so-so, nice fresh lump crabmeat, paired with canned artichoke hearts that had a metallic taste in an overly powerful lemon caper sauce. My husband had the "polenta with cognac mushroom" appetizer and some slices of polenta were slightly scorched and the sauce was bland. Their bread (both regular and garlic) was wonderful.

Then, main courses. My husband had the osso bucco special and really raved about it. It wasn't as heavy as some places and was served over linguini. I had the veal saltimbocca and, again, the sauce was the flaw. The veal was plentiful and tender, sage was fresh, and the prosciutto and cheese were top quality. But the sauce was also bland and seemed to be thickened with corn starch, no buttery mouth feel at all. The side pasta was fine.

Dessert: My husband's tiramisu was very good. Cannoli is made "differently" (the waiter explained) and doesn't have ricotta. I tried the hazelnut flavor and while the filing was tasty (not like cannoli, however), the shell was a bit stale so I left that largely behind.

In summary, while this was a pleasant place to spend a birthday, with so many restaurants in Little Italy, it will be a while before we cycle back here. But the people are REALLY nice.

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Gwendolyn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

From the warm greeting at the door to the very elegant service we received, our visit was delightful. The food was just delicious. We started with a lovely cheese plate and continued with our entrees. It all sounded so delicious we decided to each order an entree and then we divided them into thirds=plenty for everyone with some to take home. The pasta is light with perfect texture and the other dishes were cooked to perfection. We ended our meal with the profiteroles and they too were divine.
The only drawback was that noise from the bocci lane. There was a party below us and they were having a great time but the noise definitely ended our meal a bit early.

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Bababoey (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

La Scala consistently has great food, service, and ambiance. We have celebrated many happy occasions there and have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was quite good and indicative of classic Tuscan fare. The service, however, was not good. We waited 10 minutes after arriving to meet our server. Appetizers and wine came in a reasonable time, and then there was a 40 min wait for the entrees. Waters were refilled, but we did not hear from our server why there was a delay. The dinner was 2 hours long and we had to take our food in a carry-out bag so that we could make our show. I do not recommend La Scala for an evening out because the slow and unresponsive service made us frustrated.

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vipJohnJ (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

This was probably one of the best Italian restaurants which I have dined. The food was exceptional, as was the service. I highly recommend the New York strip Al’s way, the grilled Caesar salad, and the shrimp toast. Very nice wine list and truly enjoyed the Chianti.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Had a great time. Food was excellent along with the service ... a professional wait staff makes a huge difference. Will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great find based on ratings online. Went with a few work colleagues while I was in town visiting. Would definitely go again!

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