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.

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

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (62)
Special Occasion (59)
Authentic (52)
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Notable Wine List (51)
Romantic (50)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Worth the Drive (38)
Cozy (35)
Good for Groups (31)
Business Meals (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fun (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Casual (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Sunday Lunch (9)
People Watching (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 12 hours ago

Antonio, our server was amazing. From start to finish, it was an amazing experience. Be sure to save room for the desserts!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great dining experience. Well balanced food. Perfect portions and great service. The reviews were dead on.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Unfortunately, my family and I did not have the best experience this past time at La Scala. It started off fine but unfortunately our server appeared to have gotten quite busy and was not able to check on us until he brought the check at the very end. Little things like refills went missed that could have fulfilled out dining needs. We were put in a corner and he was no where to be found. The quality of food is still superb including both meat and produce but for the price you pay, I would have expected better service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely the best Italian meal I’ve ever had!

I’ve been to a few of the Little Italy Restaurants over the years, wish I had visited La Scala before this evening.

I enjoy good bourbon and was quite surprised to find multiple Pappy Van Winkle selections.

I recommend you take the time and enjoy a fine meal.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent and my favorite was the lemon cannoli

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined 7 days ago

Whole sea bass was dry and it was deboned table side. It was murdered. Rock Fish A++
Chicken with Shrimp entree should have been an appetizer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding food, service, and ambiance as always. The best restaurant in Little Italy.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

First rate service and a wonderful meal. My husband got the lobster special and he raved about it. My pasta dish was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

LaScala was outstanding! They accommodated my several reservation changes due to scheduling on my end. The service was friendly and fast. We had a short timeframe due to NYE celebrations but the Crostini de Gamberi and Fettucini del Mare came out quickly and were simply delicious. We will definitely be going back to try more of the menu!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined on New Year's Eve, so the place was a bit hectic and loud. Overall, the food was delicious, and even for a busy holiday night, we did not feel rushed. Our table was ready for our reservation time, so we had no waiting. The majority of staff was friendly, although our waiter had a bit of an attitude. I had anticipated a wait based on the amounts of people in the bar area, and went ahead and ordered beers. We were shown to our table almost immediately, and the waiter made snide comment about my ordering drinks on my own. He may have been trying to be humorous, but my wife took offense, which he simply brushed off without apology. However, he was attentive and more pleasant the remainder of the evening.
I would recommend for a slower night, and I would return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent service and food

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were very pleased with everything. The food was excellent, as was the service. We used the van service from our downtown hotel, which went smoothly and was a wonderful convenience We highly recommend La Scala.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a group of 6 for New Years Eve. The service was excellent as was the food. All of us made the comment that La Scala is a must do again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for an early New Years Eve dinner. Excellent experience

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of those inferior places where the staff treats the customer as if they've never had such sophisticated food. The food was mediocre, the room is inviting and warm. The greatest resturants I have visited over the years have never been pretentious.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We visited Baltimore this past weekend for hubby's 50th Birthday and he insisted on eating at LaScala two nights in a row (hard to argue with his newfound wisdom). We always enjoy the veal and ventured on to a seafood pasta special with crab and lobster (delicious) on the first night and on the second night we again had veal saltimbucco and the shrimp and crab alfredo, which were both awesome. However, I want to share that we had never tried the gnocchi and asked to order it on our second night as an appetizer to split. We opted for the cream sauce and the kitchen split the plate in the back. The chef delivered the dish and told us they use potato to make the gnocchi. They were AMAZING! So light that they melted in your mouth. Cream sauce was brilliant. So...yet another weekend is being planned for LaScala (might as well stop pretending that we are going to see Baltimore) and the amazing gnocchi!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was not very interesting and did not live up to description & could have been more generous with portion sizes for price. Maybe add a little vegetable to the entree? Not unheard of in upscale trendy venues offering flavorful fare. I recommend finding a mom & pop restaurant where food is rich & flavorful & half the price with none of the attitude.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We absolutely loved our experience at La Scala! The food, service, friendly personal atmosphere were all fabulous. Simply a top notch restaurant filled with non-pretentious class.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent quality traditional Italian dishes. Loved the food, loved the service, and very comfortable friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very nice place and we have been going to see Nino and his staff for many years.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our 1st visit to La Scala in Baltimore’s Little Italy. It was very busy that night with live music and an indoor bocce court. We were with another couple also celebrating their anniversary. For starters 3 of us had the Cesar salad and it was delicious. One person had the bruschetta—4 slices of toast, 2 with goat cheese and 2 with tomatoes. Interesting presentation and quite good. Dinner items included osso bucco, the house special, veal saltimbocca, a lobster pasta dish and veal piccata. The veal dishes were served with a pasta in marinara sauce. Unfortunately the pasta had not been salted and was a disappointment. We shared 2 bottles of a reasonably priced New Zealand Sauvignon blanc. No one had room for desert. The whole experience was very pleasurable and we would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice, well-prepared food, old-fashioned atmosphere but food was up-to-date.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and service. Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The service, the food, and the attention from Chef Nino making several table visits to ensure an enjoyable evening made this dining experience one to remember. I had the grilled Caesar salad (not on the menu) recommended by Chef Nino and the lump crab and shrimp tossed with garlic and olive oil over linguini. It was amazing!!!! Would definitely go back!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service! Even better ambiance. Highly recommend La Scala. My party was a group of 4, but there were several large parties in the restaurant. Definitely worth checking out!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food. Terrific service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great restaurant experience. Went as a group of five. Complimentary shuttle service was provided. Wait staff was timely and knowledgeable. All items were delectable. All dining parties were highly satisfied with their specified selections, and we were left wanting for nothing. Not cheap, but worth the price of admission.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

In Baltimore for a few days and wanted to try some of the local eateries. LaScala was close by and highly rated. The warm bread was excellent. The grilled caesar salad was delicious! Great suggestions by our waiter. Extensive wine list. Lovely place.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

The service here was terrible from the moment we sat down. It only got worse and worse, and then finally our awful waiter tried to charge us for something we did not even order and insisted that it was correct when we brought it to his attention. The food was fine, nothing special for the amount they charge. Safe to say that I will NOT be returning.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great as always!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful evening. We were seated in a room with a large party and we asked to be moved due to the noise level. We were moved to another table and we were asked on several occasions if we were pleased with our new spot. Waiter was very knowledgeable and very attentive. Food was excellent and the meal was paced well, no rush. Love a restaurant with no tv's in the dining rooms. Bus staff was very attentive as well. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and they brought us dessert on the house. All in all a very nice evening.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fabulous from start to finish!! We went to La Scala on Friday 12/8/17 to celebrate my birthday and it could not have been better. Caesar salad, fresh bruschetta, veal saltimbocca, spaghetti puttanesca, ossobuco, and risotto were all flavorful and delicious. I even received a complimentary tiramisu to celebrate my birthday! I can’t wait to go again!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food is delicious! We all loved our meals and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Incredible! Wonderful food and service. Try the mussels! Melt in your mouth. Celebrated birthday and enjoyed the whole night. Took advantage of the complimentary shuttle and had an extra glass of Proseco!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Classic Italian food. Extensive menu. There were 10 veal dishes and veal is our benchmark entree. Both of ours very nice. Tiramisu was outstanding and worth the calories.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fabulous restaurant! Very reasonably price. Delicious food and wine. Definitely make reservations! We will be going back again and again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We love La Scala and a chance for some bocce before dinner!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I use to LOVE this resturant, one of my favorite in Little Italy. I was sooooo disappointed this time! Let's just start with trying to get some bread to the table, really. It just feel short of what it use to be. It felt very commercial so sad!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We love coming to La Scala, knowing we’ll enjoy our exceptional food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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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