La Locanda

4.4
239 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 3pm - 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 284-6511
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Guillermo Alcala
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Cross street
Indian School and 5th Avenue
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Parking details
We have parking on the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 239 People Are Saying
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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this place and the pizza is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants good Italian food. Dont miss it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By far, this is the best Italian food in Scottsdale. I had Salmon Piccata.... fresh and delicious. My husband had grilled calamari and veal with spaghetti....simply prepared and fabulous. All of our party thoroughly enjoyed our meals.
The staff was very helpful in describing the menu items.
This restaurant is a must-try!

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and excellent food. Had the scallops risotto and my wife had a gluten free version of the gnocchi (GF penne instead). Our server was maybe having a bad day, certainly keeps the experience from being 5/5.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The wait staff treated customers very unfairly between tables. They never asked me if I want to second glass of wine. When the waiter presented the bills, he threw the bills at our table. however the next table got theWAY above and beyond service.

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B
Phoenix
124 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food. Great service and Ambience.

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ML
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Server was only interested in upselling, brought an app that we didn’t order and didn’t offer a solution when we said we didn’t order that. Food was good, service was awful.

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MD
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was good, definitely will go back.

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SR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were frequent diners at this restaurant back in the 90's when it was at Scottsdale and Shea. We knew it closed but we didn't know it had REOPENED. What a pleasant surprise and it did not disappoint. The dining room is open with booths in the back. And there is a great bar. Everything we had was simply delicious and the sauces are amazing. The garlic bread is made to order and is crunchy. The salmon picatta over seasonal veggies is wonderful and the veal chop on the menu was the best cut of meat my husband has had in a very long time. And the finale - tiramisu - was not as cakey as what you normally find. Very decadent and next time we won't share. The homemade limoncello at the end of the evening was the perfect touch. We are so glad to have found this restaurant again. A Scottsdale gem.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing but the service made our dining experience exceptional! I can’t wait to return!

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DG
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time in the new location. We arrived very early (5 pm) on a Saturday night. By 6 pm, there was a reasonable crowd and a nice atmosphere. Great service and attention. We shared the grilled calamari and then each had pasta. Nice selection of Italian wines at reasonable prices. We will be back.

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D
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and experience. Osso Buco and veal asiago were excellent, good wine list and a good variety of dishes.

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LM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and very good service. We will be back!

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BC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all time favorite restaurants. Service is always excellent but more importantly, the food is awesome!

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic and quick service.
Make sure to order the filet, it just melts in your mouth

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BP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

4 of us went for dinner. The service was fantastic. Our meals came out quickly , were all piping hot and delicious. We ordered 4 different pasta dishes and all were excellent . If you want great authentic Italian food at reasonable prices, you won’t go wrong coming here. We will come again.

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DM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Brunch was very mediocre. The classic Benedict was disappointing - English muffin tasted stale, hollandaise was sour tasting and too runny, and the poached egg was immensely undercooked (the white of the egg was clear still). Nobody was in the restaurant but us. Staff was friendly, but will not return for food.

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NS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used to eat al Lalaconda before relocation and it still has the best osobuco. I highly recommend it for great Italian food!

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j
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The waiter offered garlic bread for the table, but did not disclose that there would be a charge for it. The waiter served a split salad to me and my husband, which neither of us ordered, and charged us for the salad. The food was OK, not great; only two of our party of five really enjoyed their food. The bottle of wine we ordered was nice, and at a fair price.

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic people and food as well! A very good experience!

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Simply stated, our experience was awful. We’ve been to Italian restaurants around the world but have never before heard that bolonese sauce is unavailable. It’s an Italian restaurant staple!!! Have never before heard of chicken parmagiana being served with mashed potatoes. We will never return to give this place a second look. We saw enough our first time around.

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L
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food helpful staff great wine list. Cool old town Scottsdale location.

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S
Phoenix
84 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Locanda continues to serve meticulously prepare Northern Italian cuisine. Scottsdale is fortunate to have such a fine restaurant.

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M
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Caesar salad was disappointing, very bland.

Osso Bucco and Parpardelle were both wonderful.

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GP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there. Friendly staff and excellent drinks. Highly recommend for a date night.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here. From the homemade salad dressing to the homemade gnocchi to the veal chop they turned into a butterflied veal parmigiana, everything was fabulous. The service was top notch. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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MS
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience here tonight! Wonderful, flavorful and authentic Italian cuisine. It’s summer in Az so it was quiet but the food was on par with any of the better restaurants in town. Lobster bisque, stuffed pork chop beet salad and the gnocchi were all memorable. I’ll be back!

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t
Phoenix
108 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is superior Italian dishes. We really like this place. We asked for and got a nice quiet table because we wanted to discuss an upcoming vacation. I wanted them to make a major modification to one of their pasta dishes and they had no problem doing that. All in all, a good place with authentic Italian food.

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IJ
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

The bread was old, the risotto tasted old and mushy. The tomato in the caprese was like pink styrofoam.
How did they get 4 stars on open table?

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around. Great authentic Italian dishes, fun drinks and excellent service. Overall an awesome night out, we will definitely be back and recommend to others.

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P
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing. I ordered the seared scallops with the porcini risotto. Delicious.

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c
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an outstanding restaurant - highly recommend! A hidden gem!

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SC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as was the service. Kudos to the Chef! We had the osso buco, the risotto, pasta with seafood, even desert -- and everything was so good, no leftovers. Everyone left happy. The wine list was a bit overpriced, other than that I would highly recommend this place.

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C
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service excellent and consistently !

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OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our Mother’s Day brunch today. Service & food was very good. Would like to return & try dinner. We are visiting from South Carolina.

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PJ
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was there for Mother’s Day brunch. Service was very slow. It took about 40 mins to get my omelette and when it arrived it was luke warm and just “ok”. Maybe their regular dinner or lunch service is better but we were very under whelmed.

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JP
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had Veal Gorgonzola and my wife had Salmon Piccata as entrees. Both were excellent. We had a Caprese salad as a first course. Although the mozzarella and dressing were excellent, the tomatoes that formed the basis for the salad were awful. The service was very good. The wine list is adequate, but could use a better selection of California and/or other domestic wines for those of us who don't follow Italian wines.

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DB
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful home made pasta and sauces!! Lobster risotto was dreamlike..... pappardelle OMG ... melted in my mouth!! I love this little place. Next time in from Chicago, will be back!!

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A
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 5 friends for dinner and were seated at round table. The staff were very attentive and the waiter made some great recommendations. Food was great with large portions. This place is a hidden gem in Old Scottsdale.

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and such a cool setting.

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P
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful, great sense of humor, and the food was absolutely delicious!

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