La Locanda

4.6
619 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
When you are seeking authentic Italian cuisine there is not a comparable restaurant in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. La Locanda Ristorante Italiano offers a quiet setting where you can enjoy intimate moments with friends and family. We offer semi private dining and a charming bar area, where guest can enjoy a glass of wine and an antipasto. We offer happy hour Monday - Friday from 4:30pm - 6pm in the bar. Featuring a selection of small bites, select wines by the glass $5, $2 off cocktails & amp; beer.

This is a restaurant where everyone is treated like family. Our menu is simple and direct, offering fresh original recipes from the North regions of Italy. Pasta is freshly made in house topped with mouthwatering recipes. The wine and cocktail lists offers a range for every palate and budget. Hearty, flavorful entree includes meats and seafood selections. Salad are comprised of fresh organic local ingredients. We pride our self of a prompt, friendly and relaxed service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 619 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian food!!!! My whole family who came in town and love authentic Italian food was thrilled about this restaurant. We got the sausage and garlic bread as an appetizer. SO YUMMY!!! Cajun chicken fettuccini and squid ink fettuccine with the sea food was absolutely delicious. Everything was cooked so well, was light but still filling. We loved our server too, I believe his name was Barbillo. The cheesecake and carrot cake was perfect. All around fantastic. Will be back.

KB
KarenB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place feels like a local neighborhood restaurant. The food was incredible. All 4 of us loved the wine selection and all of our food. Try this place if you love Italian Food. You will be happy you did!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo was incredible..
Food, wine, dessert
.. everything was a 10

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, excellent host and server. A must do for Italian foodies.

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CrystalS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Jazz was a plus and very enjoyable! Staff was awesome! Love it and would definitely go back!

CB
CaraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Scottsdale and just happened on this restaurant - can’t wait to go back!!

GK
GeneK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was amazing! Fabulous food and great service…

TA
vipTracyinAZ
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Angel, was very good. The food was fantastic. Cocktails are incredible, but VERY expensive (the bartender made a special whiskey cocktail for us- amazing, but $$$$$). If you’re looking for an amazing Italian meal - a little hidden gem- this is it!!

UA
UALaw
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food (nearly perfect save for uncooked risotto)

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vipFrequentDiner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For appetizers we had calamari, beet salad and mussels. The mussels were tasty and the sauce had a little spice. The calamari, grilled, was just OK and the portion was anemic! The beet salad had better presentation than flavor. It looked fresh, but was just OK. For my dinner I had Osso Buco over Risotto. You could barely see the risotto when they put the meat on top which sounds like you had a large piece of meat, but really it was just about 1/2 cup. The Chicken my wife had was good, just again, small. For an Italian Restaurant I found the $80.00 PP total a little steep. I would recommend Tomasso's at this price point because you get better food and a better atmosphere.

LR
vipLeeR
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to frequent the old location , glad to find it again
Excellent pasta

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio is wonderful. Food is always amazing. Ambiance is perfect. One of my favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing anniversary dinner at La Locanda. It was so refreshing being able to go to a nice restaurant in old town without a ridiculous wait or having to make reservations a week in advance. From the moment we walked in the staff made us feel welcomed. Our server gave us wonderful recommendations and the food was fantastic. Ambiance is nice enough for special occasion but approachable enough for casual date night. 10/10 we will be coming back soon!

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Carnivore
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo i think was his name and he was outstanding!

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eduardo was AWESOME! Consummate professional. His suggestions were spot on! The food was terrific. We will be back for sure!

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Dick
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very noisy. Other than that, very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic! Knew the menu by heart! Great service, company and evening! Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant last minute and it did not disappoint! The service and food was amazing. Eduardo, our server, gave us some of the best service we ever had. He treated us so very well and made our visit spectacular. We will be back to see him. You don’t get this type of experience often these days. Go take advantage of this place. Felt like we were family. We highly recommend visiting this place anytime you’re an old town. Don’t forget about the burrata because it’s delicious! Bone Off The Tee!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo gave excellent service and great food recommendations. Jackie Lopez was singing day of our visit and was amazing!! Our meal was delicious!! Will definitely be back when we visit Scottsdale again.

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NickL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Locanda is simply outstanding in service, food, and ambiance.

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SusanR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love this place and Eduardo, our waiter, was awesome. We have missed this restaurant since COVID and are so happy to be back. The food is always delicious and we will be back again soon.

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vipwoginaz
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious and 1 of the very few restaurant that has grilled calamari.
Quick service and tasty food with visually appealing plating.

SH
vipScottH
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great food, great service, and a way to enjoy some time off of the hustle and bustle of the Old Town Scottsdale scene, this is your place. Food is amazing, service is amazing and great atmosphere. We had a party of 8 for a Father's Day dinner and everyone was happy and full and had a great time.

We will be back again....and again....and again.....

HF
vipHollyF
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I had the salmon last and it was just ok. Today my stomach is very ill. My husband isn’t feeling great either. Will not return.

KR
vipKathyR
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, I had the special of the night , veal chop with Gorgonzola sauce, so good😋😋😋and the service…. super attentive, from the host to the wait staff, friendly and welcoming!! Thank you, we will be back.?

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vipMichaelD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New to Scottsdale. There are so many restaurants to try out. Finally made it to La Locanda. Easy parking right in from. Seated promptly. Waiter, Eduardo, was great. My wife had the caprese salad and I had the burrata salad. Both great. I had a cajun chicken pasta dish. Nice. My wife had the Osso buco which she said was the best she ever had as evidenced by the very clean plate. We shared the "Impossible cake" which is chocolate cake on the bottom and cheese cake on top with caramel sauce. We did't have any leftovers to take home. First of many trips.

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vipNatalie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved La Locanda, it was a lovely restraunt. The food was amazing and not overpriced. My son had the gnocchi and it was perfect; and the sauce it came in was to die for! My husband had the carbonara which was super yummy especially with the brussel sprouts. I had The Bolognese which had a super fresh and yummy sauce! The tiramisu was our favorite if the desserts and the live music was super good! We had a lovely time and would recommend it to anyone!

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vipJax01
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First and second courses, all seafood choices except for carpaccio, were well prepared and delicious. Ordered tiramisu for dessert but returned because cream was soured. To their credit the dessert was removed from the bill. Otherwise, very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We went for dinner with a group of seven. In the beginning, our waitress, Laura, told us she wanted to start with one person & work her way around the “numbered” seats to keep our orders on track. She was decently friendly at this point, and very knowledgeable, but had a little bit of an attitude. We had to ask for straws 3 separate times from 3 different servers that came by (including ours) before we got them. The food was DELICIOUS & so were the drinks. We even got a complimentary dessert because we were celebrating a friend for the evening. It was a nice touch. When it came time to pay, we wanted to put two people on the same check and split the rest. When Laura heard that request she rolled her eyes and walked away. 5 of the 6 tickets were correct & paid for, and she COULD NOT get it together to complete the 6th one with the two people on one check. We literally waited 30 minutes, watched 4 different people trying to help her (including 2 managers), & finally ended up writing down on a napkin what should be on the ticket. She then came back and claimed one of the previous girls ticket books was empty & she “didn’t pay”, yet the girl had placed $100 in it & we went back & forth & they even said they were going to watch the cameras to prove it… she then found the money in her apron.
Once we finally settled the bill, no one came by to apologize, and after Laura dropped off the bill, she said nothing else. There is zero professionalism from the few people we interacted with, and even though the food was excellent, we will not go back, & I do not recommend large parties attending. If it is that big of a deal to split the check, then the server needs to ask at the beginning how it will be handled.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall the experience went well. The dining room did get loud as they got busier but not more so than any other quaint/cozy restaurant.

Service was fine. Not great and not bad. Server did seem annoyed to be serving children, which is always a struggle with restaurants that don’t cater to kids. We recognize that as a family of 4, and our kids order full meals or we share. The thing that bothers me about nice(r) restaurants that get a 4 top with kids is why don’t you just treat us like a glorified 2 top? We still order wine, and we still order apps and dessert. He did make up for it by bringing us extra plates without being asked. That was nice.

The food was above average. You always worry about Italian restaurants, but the noodles were made in house and al dente. The red sauce had a good tomato base and decent Italian seasoning. The gnocchi was tender, and delicious. We enjoyed ourselves and had a nice dinner for four at about $200. Not bad for good family dinner out.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo and the entire staff at La Locanda were superb. If you are visiting Scottsdale or anywhere in the Phoenix area, do yourself a favor and book a reservation here. From the grilled calamari to the bolognese and finishing it with panna cotta, everything we tried on the menu was delicious. The staff made us feel like we were part of the family and now we have a "go-to" when we are back in town to visit. I am getting hungry just thinking about the entire meal! Thank you for the great food and service. We are looking forward to our next meal at La Locanda!

CH
ChristenH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfect place for a date night! Delicious food, intimate environment, and fantastic staff. Will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service

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shannonC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dinner. Food and service was the best! Laura was our server and she made our experience the best it could be. Cannot wait to go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and service was great! Everything we tasted was delicious.

J
vipJanet
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and Wow! We were very pleasantly surprised at the high level of dining! The food was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked osso buco, tuna,gnocchi and pappardelle with mussels. Everyone raved about their meal. The appetizers were delicious also. I loved the crispy eggplant and burrata. My husband’s beet salad was not only delicious, but beautifully plated. Our server was very very nice, accommodating, and knew the dishes well. The homemade “impossible cake” was the perfect ending. Very happy with excellent service! All in all a wonderful dinner. We plan on visiting again soon!!!

KW
KarliW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was alright. My order was okay. Drinks were okay as well. Waiter was super forgetful and drinks kept taking forever to come to the table. Lots of noise and crying babies everywhere... would not revisit.

MF
MarciaF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and excellent service. We had their homemade pasta and filet mignon which was cooked to perfection! It was a bit loud but everyone was just so happy to be dining out and having a good time! We highly recommend your restaurant.

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vipJoan
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were placed in the back room where the air-conditioning was minimal and the noise level from other customers was exceedingly loud. There was only one server for the whole room but other servers and management helped out. The food was outstanding!

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vipazplatt
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Noise level was way too loud. Large group of people were almost yelling at each other. Complained to manager, but he didn't care or make any attempt to rectify the situation. Won't be going back...

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La Locanda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 284-6511.

La Locanda is rated 4.6 stars by 619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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