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

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4.5

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

We always love visiting La Scala for any occasion. Especially love Kirsten's risotto. It's always incredible. Had the "Oldest Fashion" from the drink menu and was very happy with it as well! We'll keep going back as often as possible!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

1st visit, very pleased with how fast the service was and how authentic the food was. Great restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great Beer, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Bread could be better.
Ceasar salad not good.
Salmon mediocre.
Pasta ok.
Soup good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

very good food and service. Lots of menu options. seafood ravioli was exceptional

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was just not good. Both seafood cake and spinach ravioli had this horrible gummy sauce on it. Wine was good. Dinner salad fine.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Made our resv. 2 weeks ahead. They put us in small booth ( there were 4 of us) and the table had not been set. Had to ask to move to 4 top with chairs. I feel Open Table resv. get below average seating.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this restaurant! Great food with excellent seasonings. Good value for the quality of the food. Waiter was attentive but not over bearing...kept water glasses full which is a plus!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I have eaten here 5 times since my wife had brought me here for my birthday, I have not had a bad experience yet. The service and food have been very good and I believe the prices are in line with the dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything was great! Food was superb! It was a little noisy for my tastes --otherwise fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A great dining experience with creative Italian cuisine, using locally-produced goods. The staff is attentive, helpful, and friendly. I'm pleased to recommend La Scala and eager to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Good pasta based cuisine. Flavorful and a wide range of entrees. Full bar available great deserts

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I started coming here a three years ago after the Purdue Christmas Show. It is now a family tradition that we look forward to as much as the Christmas show. Excellent service and the Cioppino is to die for! Can't wait for next year!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great! Menu is a little too large but food, service and ambiance was outstanding. Will be back!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Once again, another outstanding experience at La Scala!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good Italian food in downtown Lafayette. Homemade taste and very flavorful.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Rush, rush, rush. We were in town to visit our son for the weekend and had heard La Scala was good so decided to give it a try. We were greeted promptly and shown to our table. Our server also came by quickly with water and within a couple of minutes asked for our order. We asked for a few more minutes. Once the order was taken the service was VERY fast. Honestly, way too fast to be enjoyable. There was really no rhythm and we were probably done w/ everything within 60 minutes. The food was okay; it wasn’t bad at all but it also was not memorable in the least. There are better options in the West Lafayette area and if you have time, there are some great options in Indy. I would not return.

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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