La Scala Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great - service was awesome. Definitely will go back.

GF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed several dinners at La Scala over the last 6 months. They really provide a terrific menu, the service is reliably on top of the whole visit, friendly atmosphere and we especially enjoy the always well prepared specials!
West Lafayette is a small, midwestern city with its own charm. La Scala gives a professional restaurant touch yet provides that healthy balance of local personality too.
Great menu! We have not experienced an average meal yet. Delicious.

H
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian. Superior service. We all have the house salad with the house balsamic and one person had a homemade Greek very good. My husband got the cioppino and it was full of seafood delicious broth. I have linguine and claims they were delicious. My daughter had fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp and it was rich and creamy with a nice flavor without being too heavy. Great place for a date or just a family meal excellent Chief and menu choices. We’ve been going over the past 12 years as our children move through Purdue food is always consistent as is service, great choice for dinner

SP
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love ,love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Red tuna special was overcooked and dry. Took forever to get the food even though it was not super busy.

L
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy our dinners when we dine here. Very nice outdoor space.

PH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, friendly, and properly paced, as always.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with lots of locally sourced ingredients. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant has a quiet almost intimate atmosphere inside and a very nice patio area outside. You're in for a treat with Lascala.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food and service were both excellent. Definitely recommend.

M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Truly enjoyed this place. The waiter was supper nice and went out of his way to assist my wife in choosing something that she would like. Several good selections of wine to choose from to go with there menu. Portions were a good size I was able to finish without stuffing myself. The food was fantastic. The deserts were very good... coffee after dinner kinda sucked.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Scala had incredibly delicious food, excellent and knowledgeable servers, and a very special Italian ambiance in the middle of downtown Lafayette. On a Friday evening, the outdoor dining was pleasant and peaceful. There was very little traffic and light Italian music, making the environment perfect for conversation. I highly recommend coming here if you have the opportunity, and be sure to make a reservation just in case.

JC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

JO
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at LaScala on the terrace. The service was a little slower than usual but the food was worth the wait.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Server initially took a bit more time to get to the table than we were expecting. However, she was very knowledgeable about the dishes including the beers. Food was very good and a good value. One of the six in our party noted that his could have been hotter. An excellent choice for excellent Italian food in Lafayette, IN

TH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. We had a seafood pasta with large shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, olives, and artichokes with a sherry/tomatoe cream sauce. Our waiter was very well trained and could explain anything we wanted and would offer suggestions as to what he thought was good to have.

MS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurants when we visit our daughter at Purdue. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. We live in Philadelphia suburbs so aren’t used to getting a good entree for under $25. Our waiter was very nice & knowledgeable just slightly busy. Definitely recommend this place and will be back!

KW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had ciappino, the beef and shrimp special, a salmon dish. All were served hot and promptly. The servings were more than adequate; we took some home. Unfotunately, I am unable to answer the next page of options.

FA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food mediocre....Atmosphere slightly above Average. ..but service was beyond excellent.

M
Columbus
66 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just passing through Lafayette and we found LaScala on Open Table. What a stroke of luck. We ate on the patio which was nice. Inside seemed a little musty. The food was awesome....great flavors

SP
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Our Daughter is Celiac and this was the perfect restaurant for gluten free pasta. Everything came out right away and was piping hot. Wait staff was super friendly. We highly recommend La Scala and we'll be sure to be back many more times in the future!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great night

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have dined at the restaurant, some of the best Italian food I have ever had!

SW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well satisfied

Can’t remember music if there was some. Would be nice.
Still had very good meal and brought part home

AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food wasn't as good as I thought it would be but it was still decent.

M
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only problem was we were sitting under a vent and it was very chilly. Also, would have loved another basket of bread

JF
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was just above average, but not wow...made reservations several days prior and had a crappy table in a dark corner near the waiters station...”lemon sauce” on pasta had zero taste of lemon...

B
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was really looking forward to this restaurant when I found it online. We were traveling and staying in town. My family and I really wanted to like it. The food was delicious, but a few of us ordered lasagna and the center of our slices were very cold. We suspected they went from freezer to oven based on the drastic temperature difference from the outer layer to center. They gladly reheated our plates in a microwave, and it was much better after. I actually liked that there wasn't a kids menu, but a heads up about the spaghetti sauce having some heat would have spared two wasted plates. It was also our son's 5th birthday, but there are only birthday treats or specials for people who are signed up on the mailing list prior. We obviously weren't aware of the list. We paid full price for our meal and I didn't complain. My stomach did, though (late into the night and the next morning). The ambience was great and the server was kind. Maybe we just had a fluke experience.

AB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, lots of options for those hard to please picky eaters. Everything was delicious, and not too pricey for a nice restaurant.

d
Toledo
139 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every employee contributed to a very professional and delicious experience. I am sure I would be very happy with most if not all the menu items...it was that good. Kudos

WS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food, super service. Staff was quick and manager checked on everyone.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have always wanted to try risotto. And it was really amazing I’m visiting from Florida and I will return in the fall to try there butternut squash risotto.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was amazing. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars to the service was that it took our server a while to come to our table - this usually happens on the patio. Once we waited over 15 minutes. I do think some light music on the patio would be nice for ambiance. Not at a crazy volume, but light music would be nice.

PG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was extremely helpful with dishes and wine. It was a very good experience!

SR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great farm to table cooking. Many options to choose from. We had six people and each had a different soup/salad and entree. All were excellent.

SK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great farm to table restaurant in a quiet little town. Good food and service. Will visit again when in the area.

SM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was just okay. 1out of the 5meals we would have ordered again. I made reservations and explained that this was for my sons bday. That was never mentioned. I felt for the money that we spent I was underwhelmed. Not sure I would go there again

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a 7 pm reservation.. it took 40 minutes to get our wine order, and didn’t get our food until 8:30... they were not busy at all. Don’t know what is going on there at all.. seems to be declining in customer service a lot. The food is good.

SM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our family's favorite places to go in the whole region. Great, creative, locally-sourced food, very cool creative cocktails, and friendly service.

SP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming to LaScala since our daughter was at Purdue and she as been out of school now 5 years. But we enjoy eating there so much and have some friends in the area, so we make it a point to trek back there at least once a year (usually Spring or Summer) and meet there for dinner. Our daughters drive up from Indy and we drive down from Goshen, IN. We make a reservation and are always welcomed with the same great food and service that we have always had. We look forward to the trip every year....and still look forward to coming in the future!

AJ
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. the staff was so helpful and accommodating. I can't thank our waitress enough for all of her help with everything from drinks at the bar, the cold fans in the room, the surprise birthday for our friend and the food. From start to finish this place was amazing.

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