La Locanda

4.4
221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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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 221 People Are Saying
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j
Phoenix
11 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
13 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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Phoenix
83 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
12 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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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
13 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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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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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
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Great food and such a cool setting.

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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the calamari, caprese, beet salad, lobster bisque and the black linguine. All were excellent, but the calamari was by far the best. The limoncello broth was spot on.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a delicious dinner date here for his birthday and Tara was our server. Every worker that we interacted with had phenomenal customer service. Tara was an amazing server and did everything perfect! I was even able to drop off the birthday cake the morning or our reservation because it was a surprise for my husband, which Tara executed perfectly. We will definitely be back!

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j
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great place for authentic Italian food in beautiful restaurant.

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A
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went at 10am for brunch for my birthday. Nice and quiet and very good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, off the beaten path in Old Town. Food was very good and the ambiance was wonderful.

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Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Understated entry is eliminated once you sit down and sip a glass of wine and review the menu.
Excellent presentation and original Italian recipes

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! It was our first time in but we will definitely be going back! Service was great as well.

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BO
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a late afternoon lunch, the service was fantastic and the dessert was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was an awesome experience and definitely will be back to enjoy this place

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I went off their menu online when I booked our reservation, however when we got there we were told they could only do brunch or dinner. It was noon..... I asked for the lunch menu that was shown on their website and was told they don’t offer that on weekends.
Finally after 20 minuets of me complaining in a very nice way the manager printed a lunch menu for us, but said “this is why we aren’t going to be doing things anymore with open table.” We will not be going back there.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunches I've had!
We ordered breakfast sandwich, vegetarian omlet and blueberry pancakes, they were excellent!
Service was wonderful and attentive!
We definitely will go back, most likely will try their dinner, they make their own pasta and desserts look fantastic!
Can't say enough positive about experience !

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LB
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive hospitality combined with delicious cuisine. A+ all around - well done.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem in downtown Scottsdale. Their brunch is fantastic with the most amazing stuffed Brioche. Dinner is also excellent.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. You won’t be disappointed.

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LA
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon la locanda when we were in old town for an appointment and we will return. The lobster risotto and the gnocchi were both very good. Definitely worth the visit

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding dinner....loved the veal gorgonzola...potatoes and spinach just right. A little far to walk from Old Town Scottsdale, but certainly worth a short taxi ride.

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G
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing. Every one of us loved what we ordered. The service was great for our group of 10. We will definitely go back! Thanks for such a nice evening!

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. We split the caprese salad, the mushroom risotto and the branzino. All were great and split plated in the kitchen. Wines by the glass were also great. Our server was attentive and comped our dessert (panna cotta) as first timers. Price was very reasonable for the quality. The atmosphere was busy but not noisy. This place is a real gem. The kitchen is open to the dining room which we always love. Highly recommended!

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