About 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.

312 Main St.
Lafayette, IN 47901
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
3rd and Main

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(765) 420-8171

Website:
http://lascalaitalianrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Francisco "Paco" Seranno

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Scala Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

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ambience

4.1

value

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (32)
Local Ingredients (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Authentic (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Business Meals (18)
Cozy (17)
Casual (17)
Romantic (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Organic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Entrance looks like an antique shop and the charm extends to the overall experience. Seafood choices were especially inspired and the ingredients were fresh. Ordered shrimp and scallops and was not disappointed. Quality mixed drinks as well. Friendly, knowledgeable server. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great, but the server was not. Wish we could have had another.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Felt Like we were being kicked out as they took tables away after people left!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was delicious! Generous portions and wonderful service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food as always was delicious and the portions are perfect for a healthy sized meal. The service is always excellent. I really like that they take reservations. Excellent choice for a delicious Mediterranean influenced meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Love the food ! We go there for all our birthday dinners. My grandchildren love going there too !

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Waitress was excellent, so sweet and super knowledgeable. The special was the tuna steak on pasta with citrus butter sauce. It was suppose to have artichoke hearts, cherry tomato and asparagus in it. I did enjoy the tuna steak, it was perfect in temp and pink in the middle. The sauce was maybe titled wrong, it can out with the look of marina. Flavorful yes, but not a citrus butter sauce which pairs so well with fish. My attraction to the special fish was the vegetable combination of the asparagus and the artichoke. I had one small artichoke heart and maybe a total of 2 very thin sticks of asparagus. The sauce and the vegetable blend was not representative of the description and title of the dish.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Long time establishment; that still serving quality foo, with good service, offers good wines and located conveniently downtown.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

No matter what you get, the food and service are bound to be amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We ate outside prior to the symphony performance. Perfect weather and close to the concert. I had a delicious entree with zucchini noodles instead of pasta.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 18, 2017

La Scala is my favorite restaurant in town. Although a little pricey, it is well worth it. I had a friend visiting from out of town and it never disappoints. We had the Chef's specials and they were simply wonderful! The scallops and shrimp were perfectly cooked and my friend enjoyed her perch as well. We had to take home half of our meal for the next night. It was just as good then. I cannot recommend it more.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Outstanding food and service and a great value. Menu is huge with authentic italian as well as creative alternatives. Lots of fantastic locally sourced produce and meats.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Organic, Romantic, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Disappointing food once again. Salads were good but entrees were disappointing. Gnocchi bolognese tasted fine but not like a bolognese -- also had very little meat and one of the main components was the plate covered in melted cheese. The Indiana risotto was not good. A large amount of very fennel-spiced sausage with a rice pilaf -- not at all a creamy risotto -- rice, vegetables, and a predominance of sausage.
Wine list was limited and uninspired.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was the first time my wife and I ate at La Scala. We had been told it was the best Italian restaurant in the area. So, we were expecting it to be really good. We were disappointed. The food was OK. The wait staff was fine. The outside seating area is nice. But, the interior is dated and has a musty smell.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, People Watching
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Greater Lafayette area. The variety of delicious sauces and clever pairing of seasonal foods is amazing. We like that fresh, local products are used.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful pasta and seafood

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I had a great time at this restaurant. The chef is amazing and the staff was awesome. I can't wait to go back again and try something different!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have never been disappointed by the caliber or quality of our dinners at LaScala. Never.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Delicious food! Many of the ingredients are locally sourced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

LaScala never disappoints. The food is unique and delicious. The Cline ancient vine Zinfandel is outstanding!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The ravioli was hard. The berry salad was poor quality.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always try the new specials. Loyal customer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The menu was changed so that if you wanted a shrimp dish, there were scallops in it. It was not up to usual standards. The chicken/parm was just ok--nothing exciting. We were there on Tuesday evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food, great service... wish the ambiance was better; lighting is also not great. The space seems to have great potential for ambiance, but needs help! Will keep going back because the food is amazing and I love that most ingredients are locally sourced. One of my family's favorites!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food, service, and value! There is hardly an entree over $20 and the food is some of the best in town! One of our favorites!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great service is always provided here. Food quality and taste always make me satisfactory.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Stopped at this great restaurant on the way to Louisville, KY. We were pleasantly surprised! I had the gluten free pasta with stuffed chicken it was absolutely delicious!! The restaurant itself needs some updating and nicer ambiance but the out side terrace where we sat was really charming!

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 2, 2017

One of my favorite places in Lafayette! Never dissapoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The service was stellar: he was patient, thoughtful, friendly, and funny. Everything was served at a good pace. They have some decent vegetarian options and are also willing to modify dishes where they can. The main course was fine but to my palette not exciting; the flavors were just OK. I had the penne al forno, and something in the sauce was off for me. I've had their marinara before and liked it but it seemed lacking this time. I do find the homemade balsamic salad dressing very good and the salad was fresh. I would recommend La Scala because I like to support locally-owned restaurants but I would also tell people I find it good but not great. I will add I've eaten at a number of Italian restaurants in places like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, so my standards are pretty high.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

LaScala is just terrific. You are always assured of good food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Terrific service and delicious meal. Drink options are abundant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Lemon pasta not so lemony, wait staff terrific and friendly

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Had a double date here and it was perfect for getting together and having good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The salads were wonderful--lettuce was really fresh(perhaps from their garden) and nice size. Dressing was good. One person had ravioli primavera--sauce was too much--the ravioli was swimming. The asparagus was under cooked. The ravioli could have had more spinach. The chicken parm was ok. The other dish was a mixture of meat and seafood on risotto and that was ok as well. Good bread and basil oil.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

This is our second time to eat at La Scala and we really enjoyed it. Great food and service.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice outdoor seating area. Food was good. Not the greatest Italian restaurant I have been to, but food was good. Waitress provided recommendations, which were right on.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great night to eat on the patio with good friends and good food. Never disappointed with the food or service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were visiting, looking for a good Italian restaurant and found a gem. The food (locally sourced) was fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the outdoor seating, wine choices, and plentiful delicious entree options. My husband and I thought about sharing an entree but couldn't decide on just one and decided to choose our own. Best option! I highly recommend the Cajun pasta but would have been happy with my husband's choice of ravioli florentine. If we're ever back in the area we'll definitely go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We came at 5:30. Great time to be seated immediately. Server very nice and helpful, especially because my husband has special dietary needs. Gluten free pasta very good but veggies were under cooked. Also, he requested no garlic but there was some in dish. Server verified she told kitchen NOT to add garlic. She did a very good job! My food was delicious. The sauce on the raviloi was yummy, but I'd say over the top in amount. about half would be perfect. The salad bowl was a little small. Dessert tiramisu was fantastic!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Key West)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Terrible. I had high hopes due to some good reviews. This was the worst meal of my life. Very disappointed. The pasta was over cooked and there was a total of 4 shrimp on my plate. The ice tea was so dark and cloudy I was afraid to drink it. The so called steak medallions were like leather and not medallions at all. More like cube steak.

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