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About La Locanda

When you are seeking authentic Italian cuisine there is not a comparable restaurant in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. La Locanda Ristorante Italiano in Old Town Scottsdale offers a quiet setting where you can enjoy intimate moments with friends and family, or host private events.

We offer semi private dining and a charming bar area, where guest can enjoy a glass of wine and an antipasto.

This is a restaurant which many of our la Locanda customers call a true neighborhood style 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.

Ciao

6830 E 5th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3823
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Saturday
Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm
Sunday
Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm
Monday through Thursday
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Friday
Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Indian School and 5th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 284-6511

Website:
http://www.lalocandaaz.com/

Parking Details:
We have complimentary valet on weekend and parking on the street.

Executive Chef:
Guillermo Alcala

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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La Locanda Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Special Occasion (7)
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Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our first visit to La Locanda...and it was a home run! We love Italian food, but it's tough to find really good, authentic places to dine in the city. I dread trying to park in Old Town, but we were pleasantly surprised by the plentiful, easy parking. The inside is tastefully and warmly decorated, exceptionally clean, and cozy. Most importantly, the food was completely AMAZING. They offer an impressive selection of great wines by the glass, including two Super Tuscans for red lovers. Lobster bisque was the soup special, and the flavor was spot-on. The beet and goat cheese salad was gorgeously presented on a long, thin plate with plentiful pieces of freshly cooked beets and a creamy, flavorful cheese. Perfect execution! I find that risotto is always a risky order; 90% of the time, it's overcooked, mushy, or gelatinous. This risotto is what I always hope for when we take the risk! The grains were cooked but maintained their individual integrity and texture...and the flavor of the dish was earthy with just the right amount of saffron and truffle to make it interesting. We tried their special dessert: the apple cobbler. Again, perfectly flavored with a large scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream on top. FYI: they have a large room for private parties of 30ish people. This was a fantastic introduction to La Locanda...we will be back regularly!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service and great food. Would definitely recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a good time when we go. You will love the ambiance and friendly service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is the "La Locanda" folks from Chicago who were located at Scottsdale & Shea for years. Authentically outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice looking place, very good service, but food was uninspired. No major complaints, but nothing outstanding.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The lobster risotto and bisque were fantastic. No complaints and will probably return, but would love a shrimp scampi dish to round out the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and our waitress was great. The pasta is home made. The booths are cozy and we can have a nice conversation without a lot of noise. I have been there before and will go back again.
It is always really good.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Still in first year for restaurant. Not that busy on a Friday evening, but it was perfect for our date night. Not very loud and great service by everyone! Food was very good and tasty!! Will definitely go back again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were fans of the original La Locanda restaurant and enjoyed many wonderful Italian meals there every time we were in town. So naturally we were very sad when it closed a couple of years ago. The good news is La Locanda has reopened at a new location and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful! The pasta was fresh and wonderful and the sauces outstanding. One more thing that made our dining experience over-the-top was our server, Aaron, who was excellent!!!

PS: I am Italian...

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. Food was great

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lo Locanda is absolutely amazing. The best food and service. Very knowledgeable staff. This food is seriously the closest we have had to the food in Italy. It is amazing. The setup is nice and open and the mood is perfect. I would recommend this place for any occasion. It is tucked away in the back of Old Town, so you would probably miss it if you weren't looking.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant looks small and cozy on 5th ave but is roomy when you gets inside. The decor looks warm and pleasing to the eye. We all ordered non-alcoholic drinks and those are ok. The grilled calamari was a bit chewy but tasted ok. The salad was good and tasty. The special lobster risotto was very good and tasty and very filling. The veal osso bucco was tender and just yummy. The grilled branzino tasted good but its veggies were burned...
We got all stuffed and didn't order desserts.
In all, dinner was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Used to go to original one in the 90's ... happy to see it came back
we were told 9 months ago
Wonderful food.enjoyed theirr hospitality

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had an incredible meal with friends. Had been to La Locanda in it's old location. Was so happy to discover it was back! Had the risotto with lobster. So perfect in every way! For appetizer we had grilled calamari. It was truly amazingly delicious! Had Tiramisu for dessert. So so good!
Will be going back again and again. Highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We always have a great time when we visit. Food is a great value. The service is relaxed and easy going. Thank you for a unforgettable night. Can't wait to try breakfast there.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Grilled calamari starter was fabulous. Sop up all the broth with their delicious bread (2 different types)!! Pasta entrees were especially good. We'll go back next time we're in town.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have a high expectation of the restaurant every time we go. We were definitely not disappointed. Food, drinks and service were just great. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent pasta and a great super Tuscan red wine by the glass. Service was perfect. Ambiance is rather rustic, country western vs. Italian...

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Overall, we really enjoyed La Locanda. It is in Old Town Scottsdale but a little tucked our of the way with great parking. Aaron was a rockstar waiter -- A+! We started with the calamari in limoncello broth. The flavor was good, but the calamari was chewy. The bread was DELICIOUS. Aaron was really helpful with the wines. Then, we had the (whole) lobster risotto. This is not on the menu and only on weekends. That was epic! So delicious. It was like edible lobster bisque. It was perfectly balanced. We did not have any dessert (although we thought about it).

They are starting a special on Mondays for $50 (including a glass of wine) that looks good (although all of the entrees have pasta; they need to change that).

I say give it a try! If you have any doubts, start with Monday night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant! I had the scallops and they were the best I've had anywhere in a long time, and of course their risotto is just to die for! The caprese was also great and the bread was very fresh and warm. I'm so surprised that this place isn't crowded all the time.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Sorry. This place was disappointing
My seafood was not good at all. The shrimp was overdone and the clams smelled funny.
The menu was way overpriced for what it was. It was way too loud in there too we could t hear each other

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

So incredible! Food was so delicious and the service was impeccable. Would reccomend to anyone. Great for all occasions... go, you won't regret it!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Better than expected. We went for Sunday Brunch and everything we had was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food is decent but not great. Menu is good and interesting, but they need to work on it a little more. With all of the great restaurants right around there, they really aren't going to last if they don't up the game a little. Also, they should not serve their bread, it's awful.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great experience for our anniversary. Tara was an exemplary server! Food was excellent and quite Italian!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Cuisine was excellent and service superb. Had a wonderful night out with friends and were able to have a discussion at our table while enjoying excellent food and wine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I just totally love this place!! Such wonderful food, great service and a terrific atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Hidden gem! Delicious food, excellent service and ambience! This place marks all the checks!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went for brunch with a couple of friends. Have been there for dinner a couple times and loved their food. The brunch was just as good and they have bottomless mimosas for 15 that's not listed on the menu. An added plus!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I love this place because the dishes are like a trip to Italy. The service is very good and they have improved the decor. I very pleasant experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food. Incredibly fresh and perfectly prepared. Only reason we gave it 4 instead of 5 was the wine list entry cost was very high.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were seated near a group of ladies celebrating something. They were having a good time and were pretty loud. The restaurant was pretty empty, so not sure why we were seated in that particular place as it was obvious that the table next door was loud. Anyway, we asked to move to a table across the room and were graciously accommodated. My husband ordered a caprese appetizer, which was just okay. The tomatoes weren't good and he had to ask for additional olive oil and balsamic. I ordered the Caesar salad and it was barely dressed. I don't like salads served drowning in dressing, but there was barely enough dressing even to taste. The lettuce was nice and fresh though. I was deciding between two entrees, and the waitress suggested the scallops because the accompanying risotto was so good. The scallops were very good , but pricey for 3 large scallops, and the risotto was a bit over seasoned and just a touch undercooked. Husband ordered the chicken special which was good, but not worth taking leftovers home. In the meantime, another couple came in and were seated at the table that we had abandoned earlier. They quickly asked to be moved because of the noisy group mentioned earlier. DUH! Bottom line, even with our Groupon, wound up being an expensive meal for pretty average food. Our waitress was attentive and timely.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

The food was almost not eatable. My spinach and so much salt and the pasta was loaded with
sauce and was not tastie. My friend had the same problem with her food. We left the food and did not box it.

And we spent $104.00. Cannot believe it.

I will never go back.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I loved this place! We'll definitely come back and make the drive from central Phoenix. The lobster risotto was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food and drinks were not impressive. Disappointing.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This restaurant is outstanding! I used to go to the one on Shea and was so happy to find the risotto and grilled calamari just as delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very average food. With so many Italian restaurants you need to have excellent food!!
We had papadel bolanagse and branzino fish dinners. Acceptable but just plain.
Service and wait staff were pleasant and helpful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent service and food. Nice place for a date or a family outing. The risotto and the scallops were delicious.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Such a cute place inside and put. It was our first time there so the server was very helpful. The food was delicious. We had a hard time deciding so we shared. Will for sure go back!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Great as usually. Thank you for that great service

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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