La Locanda

4.3
707 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 707 people are saying
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SteveH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable setting and the service was fantastic

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Hendo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with the entire family (7 people) and everyone licked their plates clean! One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to.

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paulb
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I've been to this restaurant. The food and service were excellent (both times). This time, when I reviewed the bill I noticed a charge for an "upgraded" drink that we did not order. I explained this to the waiter, who agreed this was not what we ordered and advised he would have it removed from the bill. The manager or owner then approached the table and aggressively stated that he did not "rip me off and I shouldn't try to rip him off." I explained that this wasn't what was ordered, and even though it wasn't what was ordered, he insisted that the drink was good (and we agreed) and we should pay for it and he wouldn't remove it from the bill. The additional $4 wasn't the point, but the aggressiveness should not have happened. Come for the food, service and ambiance, but make sure you get the drink you order.

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Yhitch
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend the lobster risotto! Love supporting locally owned restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Great food. Poor service. The last thing I want is a server that makes a point to make us feel uncomfortable when my date orders a couple apps vs an entree. Or tap VS bottled. We ll probably order take out if there is a next next time because the food was very good.

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vipshanw
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here twice a month always great food and service

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vipStephenP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good food, memories from the original La Locanda at Shea and Scottsdale with allegedly same
Family recipes

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Rene
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We were 6 people and when the bill came it was all thrown in together. At a close look we noticed that they were 2 items not ours. 2 items that were returned immediately. when we asked to have 3 checks as we were 3 couples than it got ugly because it was not done correctly. I asked to speak with the general manager very kindly and no return phone calls. The food was good however, the complete value was not worth it.
It just saddens me that we waisted our time there where as we could be in another independent restaurant.
Good luck

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing! My husband wanted to tell the other diners to get the gnocchi because it was that good! I had the carbonara, the brussels sprouts were cooked perfectly. The only thing I would say that didn’t go quite well were the cocktails. The blueberry mule had too much alcohol that we asked to put more blueberries in it. I had the manhattan and way too much alcohol, couldn’t really taste the maple. Music was a little loud, they can definitely turn the volume down a bit. Our server was great and food came out fast. We will go back for the gnocchi!

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MichaelT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good excellent as was the service

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Scottsdale...WE WILL HIGHLY RECOMEMD TO ALL!

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vipAZEd
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The chicken pesto dish as well as the Mozzarella Di Bufala and garlic bread are always excellent.

The Fettuccini Cajun lacked flavor and was not spicy at all.

It was unusually loud with a couple of tables with large parties that had zero consideration for anyone else in the restaurant. We tend to go there because it is usually nice and quiet, but not this time.

The wine list is full of extremely expensive bottles, but lacks the typical “daily drinkers” and the ones they do have are way overpriced at $15 or $16 a glass (the bottle sells for $11 retail).

Enjoy going there and some of the dishes, but a few minor changes could draw additional regular patronage.

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vipLizB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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vipJimC
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Noise level was the worst I’ve ever encountered at an evening dining location. Absolutely no chance to enjoy a relaxed dinner and converse among our group. The food was excellent but the server at our table ended up being the bartender who could only take our orders when he could come out from behind the bar! This restaurant is in need of significant changes to its decor and acoustics to equal its quisine.

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vipKerryB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much! The food was delicious and so was the wine. Our server was great. Will be back again and again.

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vipFrequentTraveler
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very slow service.filet of halibut loaded with bones. Not Cool

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vipMarkS
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was great. The location one block west of Goldwater Blvd. is the only reason we were able to make reservations the same day. If La Locanda was located one block east of Goldwater Blvd. we would need to book at least one week in advance.

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Dennis
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good experience!

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vipGeneP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Over priced for ambiance. Food was ok, but not great for the price.

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TomF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Steep prices for what you get. My chicken parmesan was a joke. I would be embarrassed to serve that to anyone, especially for that price. Two thin squares of cheese that looked like grocery store sandwich slices on top of a thin soggy chicken breast. Before writing this review I tried contacting the restaurant but got zero response. All I wanted was someone to acknowledge the problem so they could fix it.

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vipMike
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The manager was consistently loud yelling across the restaurant at employees. This was a diner trying to dress up as an Italian restaurant. We liked their new space in Old Town, but this original space was not a good experience.

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vipBobC
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a terrific dinner. Food and service were outstanding, would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Great service

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Shereen
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we will be back. Owner was so accommodating and very nice. Food was amazing

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vipJanet
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This was our second visit. The First visit the food was delicious! and the service was outstanding. This time our server was not paying attention at all. He did not put the wine on the tab and we had to remind him we had a bottle of wine. At the end we left because he was never bringing our dessert-to-go to the table because he was talking. There were 5 people working and 2 tables, including us when we arrived - we expected much better service. My dinner was very good, but my husband's scallops were not cooked through and he did not eat even half of the risotto-covered meal.
Disappointed.

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vipFbelmer
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Above & beyond. Exceeded all expectations.

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Lucabrasi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Thursday night and the live music (Jazz with trumpet, sax, keyboard, base) was WAY too loud for the main room so we requested the adjoining room and still had trouble speaking and being heard. Server was not on her game (new?) and the wine we ordered to be served with the food was 5 minutes behind the food. My seafood linguini was fine but my wife's halibut was disappointing. Oh, and I made it a point when I made the reservation that it was her birthday . . . nothing.

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AmyH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very authentic- we loved it all! The muscles, chicken parm, seafood linguini were so good. There was a really great jazz band too!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food

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KelsiH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was outstanding and the atmosphere was also really nice. The pasta was homemade and enjoyed by all. Highly recommend!

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Linda
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious, and the service was great. It was a little chilly in the restaurant is my only complaint...probably due to a change in the weather.

JM
vipJimMarybeth
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We’ll be back!!!!

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vipshanw
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Been here a couple times always great. It did take like 20 minutes to even get water or get someone to notice we had been seated. it was a server who actually came out of his section to accommodate us. it looked like you might be short staffed not sure but food was good: felt like I wanted more but did not want to ask the waiter since it seemed busy.

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Tony
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very loud and very slow service. Food was ok, but didn’t wow. The mozzarella eggplant app was better than expected, the chicken parm was meh.

I might give them a try again, but not a “regular rotation” add based on the noise, service, and food for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and cocktails were fantastic. Only complaint regarding the food was the portion size of the grilled calamari appetizer. My wife and I shared it and it was not much food at all. Overall experience would’ve been 5 star had it not been for the kind of weird ambiance of the back room we ate in. The fact that there was no music playing made it weird because you could hear every detail of the conversation at the table next to you. The furniture was all mismatched in there, and the main dining room was hopping, it was polar opposite which just made it weird. Food was absolutely delicious tho so the overall experience was still fine. But seriously, if they just would’ve had some speakers installed in the back room it would’ve been sooooo much better.

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was AMAZING. Gnocchi was to die for. Service was alright, but the food!!!

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vipmatthewe
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing. Our favorite place to go!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Understated from the outside…but overall a great meal. All 4 of us had different meals and all were excellent! Good wine list too.

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vipms1sd
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food! Our 1st server greeted us by confirming that we wanted "canal water" = tap water...which was not very welcoming! However, we ended up having another younger, less salty waiter serve us, and he was very helpful!
Good cannolis !

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vipLuisG
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from the east coast and everything was great! Had the special lobster risotto, it was excellent with large pieces of lobster served with the shell. Service was excellent ! Everyone at the table loved their food !!

FAQs

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

La Locanda is rated 4.3 stars by 707 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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