La Locanda

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335 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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RD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Noise level will be an issue when this restaurant gets full; we were there on a slow evening and so had few froblems.
Food was great and we will return!

AB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, made to order, authentic meals. Quiet environment and attentive wait staff.

R
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, efficient and friendly service and staff. I will definitely make this a regular dining spot.

d
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Just off the main drag in old town Scottsdale. Very cute place with good atmosphere. Reservations recommended. Had a nice quiet table waiting for us. Waiter was pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. Great wine selection and like all other restaurants, a heavy mark up. Enjoyed a bottle of barbera d'asti. Caprese appetizer was nice, with fresh tomato and mozzarella cheese. Dinner was excellent. Had the black linguini frutti de mare- highly recommend . My wife had chicken piccata with fettuccine alfredo. Manager came by and checked on us which is always a nice touch. Overall, a good meal and a good night at La Locanda. Definately recommend.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time visiting, even though we live near by! We had famy in town and finally gave it a try! It was delicious! From Appetizers to Dinner, Dessert and limoncello to finish the meal off! We will definitely be back!

G
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot - wonderful food. Was very quiet on a Thur night. There was a jazz band. Quite the hidden gem think it's hurt by location but definitely worth it.

p
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pick La Locanda to celebrate an anniversary having never been previously and very glad I did. The food was outstanding! The carpacio, garlic bread, Bolognese, penne ala russo, and cannoli were all phenomenal. Fresh, beautiful ingredients, and wonderful presentation made for an excellent meal. Additionally our service was excellent - friendly and attentive. Overall we had an excellent dinner and I would highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Varied, creative and tasty selection. Seafood dishes were especially good. Excellent, personable and knowledgeable service. Sauces are rich and yummy. Superior value: Two specialty entrees, appetizer and couple glasses wine for just over $70. Missed the jazz band on Thursday, heard they’re terrific.

d
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Main room too noisy due to music (didn't realize there was a band). They sat us in back room (after request) so we could talk. Back room too warm but quiet. Fish dishes had sauces that were too lemony. Halibut was overcooked. Waiter was trying to up sell all night.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Friday night on July. There were few couples.The atmosphere was calm.

Food was very very tasty. Squid ink seafood pasta (many mussels)and seafood risotto were amazing!. Panna cotta was the best in my life. Special bottle wine of the day was $120→$75!!. Very tasty.

We have had high rating Italian restaurants in Italy. This restaurant is comparable in quality to them.
Service was friendly and we are taken good advice.
We will be back definitely.

G
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was EXCELLENT! VERY impressed. The owner Carlos is a great guy. I/we will be back!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding, definitely a hidden gem! Came here for a birthday and will be back!

UD
Phoenix
75 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to most restaurants in Scottsdale. This is one of the very best. Our dinner was exquisite. The halibut was some of the best I’ve had. The caprese salad was delectable. Try La Locanda next time. You’ll be glad you did.

ME
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was amazing and the location is convenient yet quiet. Well done all around!

MS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. We all enjoyed everything we ordered and the service was excellent.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friends bday and had 17 people. They were amazing and so accommodating! The food was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They need to improve their signage out front so they attract more business or something because the place should have been packed for how good the food is!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing restaurant. Nice small kitchen feel and the chefs have some amazing specials. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We will definitely be coming here again!

SG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really didn’t know what we were getting into and the place appears to be little when you are outside- however we went on Thursday night when the Jazz Band plays- and it was delightful- the restaurant was more vintage old AZ- but with white table cloths, etc. charming. The wine was excellent and the food was out of this world ! We enjoyed visiting with the owner and the musicians. Will put this on the list the next time we are in town and want quality Italian

AK
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The sea bass was excellent, the salmon was very good, the service is always excellent with very helpful knowledgeable Waiters.

OT
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was tasty but overly salted. We went for AZ restaurant week, but felt a strong push for an 'up sell.'. Our waiter had challenges remembering what he'd told us and vice versa. Disappointing because we'd love to find a great Italian restaurant in our neighborhood

BB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm sure others in Scottsdale know about this hidden treasure, but we didn't. We drove past the unassuming entrance twice. From the time we were seated until we departed our experience was fabulous. The food, drink, service and atmosphere exceeded all of our expectations. We would unconditionally recommend La Locanda!

AG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and the vegan food from the special vegan menu was absolutely amazing!!! Will recommended and will be going back very soon!

MG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit of many to come. Mushroom soup was amazing, as was the Chicken parm.
Service was right on, comfortable and not too pushy. I hope all visits to come will be just as nice.

W
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spaghetti bolognese is to die for. Great food and they are trying hard to do s good job. Wow

KE
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

MO
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and really good food. We’ll definitely come here again.

LF
Phoenix
79 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always WONDERFUL! Best Italian in the Valley. There was a nice old school band we enjoyed. Pasta bolognese can't be beat.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great reception from staff, helpful w/ menu, including substitutions, wine list.
Yummy fresh pasta, perfectly cooked veal

b
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went on a Monday night for a birthday dinner. We were the only table in the restaurant!
The waiter , Jorge was very attentive and let us visit without rushing us to order or leave.
The menu was appetizing to look at, with many choices but the prices were very high for the choices.
There were two orders of Rissotto with Scallops (3) for $28. The branzino was $30 because the waiter insisted she try the Limencello sauce...it was too bitter. My ink squid linquine with seafood consisted of 3 large mussels, some smaller mussels, cut up scallops, two shrimp and supposedly some lobster and fish. The seafood didn't seem to be fresh.
I used to go to their old place in north Scottsdale and loved it, but this place fell short of what I was expecting.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu; preparation & service.

SC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and we will make Lalocando a standard in the future.
Osso Bucco was simply outstanding. Caprese salad was also outstanding. Really looking forward to next dining experience although I’m sure Osso Bucco will be on my desired dish wish list for a long time.
We dined early since next day was Easter but by 7 the place was filling up quite nicely. Reservation is a must. Lots of families with kids were most welcomed. Chef is willing to make changes upon request.
Highly recommend.

SB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Authentic Italian fare that appealed to the eight diners in our party. Mood of the waiter changed when our interest in the over priced wine turned back to ordering beer. Lesson to our American friends:- there is no way you are going to get tourists from the UK to pay over the top for ordinary wines and then slap a 20% service charge on the ticket. This restaurant is missing the opportunity for a full dining experience by not offering breads, olives, sun dried tom's etc as an hors d'oeurve and for a bill totalling over $500 not to offer a gratis digestivo is unforgivable. Overall a very enjoyable culinary experience but less impressive on the service front.

A
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of our party had bolgnese. It was delicious. I had the special Halibut with limoncello sauce. Also great! We washed it all down with an excellent bottle of cabernet that was reasonably priced. Really great Old Scottsdale gem that is hidden away on 5th Avenue.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Warm wine with dry cork. Waiter’s breath was awful. Never been able to smell a waiter’s breath before. Caesar salad was a huge miss. Left before even ordering entrees. Avoid.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very expensive for quality.

KJ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little family owned spot close to Old Town without all of the tourist traffic. Somewhere nice to go for a good meal.

G
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are consistently good.

EO
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing pasta! Best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot. Fresh ingredients and friendly service make all the difference. One of the best kept secrets in Scottsdale.

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