About La Scala

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.

1012 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
S. Central/Exeter

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 783-9209

Website:
http://www.lascaladining.com/

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.

Catering:
Off-site catering is available for pickup or delivery, both lunch and dinner. Please contact a manager for details.

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.

Public Transit:
We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from all downtown hotels.

Executive Chef:
Nino Germano

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

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for New Year's Eve 2017! We offer our a la carte menu with several outstanding specials for this occasion. Cheers!

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!

La Scala Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (79)
Special Occasion (70)
Authentic (67)
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Good for Anniversaries (58)
Romantic (58)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Notable Wine List (54)
Worth the Drive (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Good for Groups (35)
Cozy (35)
Business Meals (34)
Comfort Food (22)
Fun (22)
Bar Seating (18)
Casual (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Spicy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 12 hours ago

The complimentary bread and green beans are really good. It only gets better. Appetizers, veal dishes, pastas...GET IN MY BELLY!!! You can't go wrong here. Highly recommended.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

The veal and chicken dishes were delightful...in fact they were superb. The waiter was knowledgeable. Desserts are to die for!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

Quintessential Italian American restaurant serving old world classics. Love the environment and love the food. These guys deliver.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was absolutely delicious. In our party of four everyone had something different and it was all delicious. My dad had a glass of Merlot and said it was the best he had ever had. The service was top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a fabulous meal. While I want to try other places in Little Italy it's going to be tempting to just go back here.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was excellent and the service was great!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went there for our daughter’s 16th Birthday with her friends. The service was awesome. The food was amazing. They even offer gluten free pasta. We will return again.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding food and service with very nice ambience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My girlfriend and I had a great time at La Scala! It was her birthday and La Scala gave her a birthday card and a piece of Tiramisu with a candle for dessert. The waiter and I sung her happy birthday when the dessert came out. The food was delicious as well! Will be back again 5/5.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Just wow! I can't rave enough about our recent dining experience here! The staff doesn't ask what you need. They anticipate it and fulfill it before you need to ask! Best meal ever ! Ever! Ever! The restaurant is authentic, cozy, and caters to your every wish! The best!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a terrible table between two special event doors. Very loud and distracting. The manager on duty was lame in his response to our complaint.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The selection of Entrees is amazing. Being form an Italian family I can first hand assure you the food is authentic. I happened to be dining alone but would loved to have shared the experience with my wife. The restaurant came highly recommended and I am very pleased I chose this gem in the Little Italy section of Baltimore.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Relaxed and friendly service, great food. What moe could you ask for?

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This place is delicious, reasonably priced, and serves large portions. There is also a bocce court on the lower level that is viewable from much of the main and second floors, and a complimentary shuttle to area hotels. Would recommend this place highly.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I lived in Italy 18 years. This was the most authentic Italian food that I’ve found in Baltimore. Everything was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were greeted at the street level by a well dressed, handsome young man who held the door for us and guided us to the bar. The atmosphere was elegant, classy, understated and quite spacious. Our bartender was poised and knowledgeable. Upon being seated, immediately upon request, we were greeted by an elegantly dressed, Italian speaking waiter. His knowledge of the menu, drink selections and specials was superb. The bread was delicious and was served with cold marinated green beans that were quite good. Our meals were quick in coming and outstanding; the perfect mix of flavors, textures and visuals; portions were very large with plenty of leftovers for all of the members of our group. We will be coming back from Delaware for any special occasion that arises. We couldn't have been more pleased with our evening at La Scala!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Dined here based on reviews by others. Had a one night stay near BWI for an early flight the next day. I live in NJ. I would drive back to Baltimore and spend the night just to have dinner here again. It was that good.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I have loved coming to La Scala in the past but they were very off last Saturday. I don't know that we'll want to return after the disappointment of our last visit.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I took my sister here for her birthday. My meal was amazing along with the great service. I really wish I lived in Baltimore so I can visit La Scala for every occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went to La Scala for a birthday dinner for my daughter. What a great place! The waiter was tremendous. The food was spectacular. The wine was great. We went at what we though was very early on a Sunday afternoon (4:30) but it was busy and quickly filled up. We had a sampler from the meat and cheese menu which reminded us of our years living in Italy. We sampled the specials in addition to the menu items and everything was terrific. Fortunately we all saved room for desert - they were to die for.
La Scala in my opinion is the go to place in Little Italy - the food is great, the wine list is magnificent and the deserts are great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food. Good staff

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine - one of the BEST I’ve ever had including Boston’s North End & South Philly.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We celebrated our 27th anniversary with a fabulous dinner at La Scala. Service was impeccable, the food was so delicious and everyone working at the restaurant made us feel special and welcome. The server was very familiar with the extensive wine list and he provided us with a great (and reasonably priced) recommendation which we really enjoyed. La Scala was totally worth all of the rave reviews I've seen online. It was a wonderful night to remember.

Oh, and the mussels in marinara were to die for!! Even after sopping up the sauce with our bread!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We enjoyed the authentic Italian meal. It was a special occasion and we were seated at the very back table in the last corner of the back room (after passing by empty tables on our trek there) - a bit disappointing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great service and food. Felt like I was in Italy!!! Grilled caesar! Yum

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place, always go when I am in Baltimore.
Love everything about it.
And they provide a free shuttle to and from the restaurant if you are staying at any of the local hotels.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and atmosphere at La Scala were good. I think we were just "lost" on a busy night. After waiting close to a half hour after our salads had been removed, I flagged a server and suggested we had been forgotten. Miraculously, our food - lukewarm on cool plates- arrived instantaneously. They said the food has just come out. In fairness, they replated the food which was fine on hot plates so the dinner remained warm while we ate. I might try La Scala again but there are so many other options in Little Italy, this will probably be my only visit.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It had been too long since we had been to La Scala and this visit was a reminder of how much we had been missing. Food, service, ambiance, were all excellent. Two of us had veal, one had salmon, and the other had shrimp. Portion sizes are generous. The appetizer specials were all terrific, especially the pork-filled ravioli. Our server made an excellent wine recommendation and was attentive without being intrusive.

The restaurant was crowded, but we had no trouble conversing, as the noise level was energetic but not offensive.

As always, an outstanding experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy in Baltimore. Plus, you can play bocce after dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wait service disappointing. He was assigned too many tables. Constantly had to flag waiter down for our needs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food and attentive staff. On the evening we were there we had a table in a great location and it was quiet. We will definitely go again.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing Sicilian cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere attended by wonderful waitstaff. We recently celebrated my friend, Kathy's, 75th birthday at La Scala, and she thoroughly enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the attentive wait staff. Highly recommend La Scala for a shared meal with friends & family or a big celebration. Chef Nino Germano, his Mom, Pina Germano, and the entire staff treat you like family when you dine at LaScala.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and service as always!! A little on the loud side!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great fresh Italian food, classic dishes and new twists were available and all were delicious. Very nice ambiance, noise level good, however, our server was nice but a bit loud and rushed. That's our only complaint, was the service this evening. We love La Scala and will return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was our second visit to LaScala and I've already made reservations for a return visit to this wonderful gem that requires us to spend an overnight in Baltimore (which is about 110 miles from our home). The veal dishes we had (Veal Baltimore and Veal saltimbucca) were wonderful. We had a pork pasta appetizer that left us wanting even more! I hope this special appears at our next visit! We finished with the lemon gelato and huge smiles!

Tags: Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always good food and attentive service. Plenty of food for the money. The wine list is extensive and value wines can be found. It can get a bit loud, but no painfully so. You can still converse at a normal level, but will notice background volume.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Awesome dinner as always. The food and staff are outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Terrible. Food was deplorable. Service. Was horrible. Worst Italian restaurant I've ever been to !!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was a fun restaurant with super delicious food! A short walk from the Inner Harbor, great service , we would return for another meal when in town. Something for everyone on this menu. Great seafood and traditional Italian fare.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I would give La Scala 5 stars across the board if it weren’t for the parking logistics. Quite a pain. Thankfully, they offer valet parking but it’s $8.00 a car and not smooth at all.
At least they try. Not sure what else they could do except maybe move the restaurant to another location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food and service were outstanding as always. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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