La Scala Italian Bistro

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343 reviews
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A family owned Dublin icon that few people in the Columbus area have not had the pleasure of dining in whether it be in the classic dining room or in one of the beautiful banquet rooms. Known for delicious Italian food as well as an experienced wait and bar staff that provides stellar service that combines with the ambiance and decor to give guests a superior dining experience. The current owner, Willie Lalli, came from the same home town in Italy, Cerreto Di Vastogirardi as the original owner, Benny Ciotola, so the food is steeped in true Italian heritage. Over its illustrious history many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Danny Glover, Ahmad Rashad, Anthony Quinn, Tommy Lasorda, Bon Jovi as well as many of OSU’s coaches and players have enjoyed dining at LaScala. Come, enjoy and become part of our celebrated history! With live piano Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday , Friday and Saturday.
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11a-3p brunch only. 11a-3p brunch only. Prime rib carving station assortment of cheeses and dessert and salads. Scramble eggs, bacon , sausage and peppers , waffles, smashed potatoes and lasagna .Dinner from 4p-7p

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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BJ
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good and served by pleasant staff. The musician was enjoyable, but, with small crowd, the volume made conversation difficult.

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LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were there for Easter brunch and were pretty disappointed. Our reservations were at 2:30pm. As guests finished their meals & left, the staff bused and striped the empty tables all around us. This made it feel like we were keeping the staff there after hours, just 15 minutes into our meal. Not a great feeling. The food in the buffet line looked very picked over and partially empty. The lasagna was very good but everything else was just ok. I’m not sure why they would book reservations for 2:30pm if they were trying to close up at the same time. When we went up for desert there were only a couple options left out to choose from. Very disappointing overall. Finally the air conditioning was on so high that we felt a strong breeze blowing directly on us. We felt really cold even with sleeves and jackets. We mentioned it to our server and she thankfully had the blower turned down.

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VS
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was wonderful. The food was delicious . Would have liked possibly a fish dish and a different pasta dish on the buffet.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and there were plenty of selections. The lasagna could have had a bit more flavor and not everything was as warm as I would have liked, but after all - it's a buffet. Everyone from the chef to the owner were very friendly and welcoming. The server, Tracey, was excellent! Everything worked well for a holiday brunch for our family of 14-79 years old.

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CD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I had a wonderful dinner celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. Everything was
excellent. And Thank you for the free ice cream dessert. Thank goodness we split it as we your both very
stuffed and still had part of out meal to take home.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary, great evening to celebrate. Food and atmosphere was great!

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OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Definitely a place to visit again and again!

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m
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The daily luncheon buffet is the best deal in town both price wise and the number of offerings on the buffet. $11.

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JP
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice place to take the family for a meal. Lots of menu choices. The manicotti was delicious. Great Caesar salad. nice specialty drink menu. The Kentucky Lemonade was a bit to ice forward. The gnocchi were a bit mushy. Great NY strip! Cooked and seasoned perfectly.

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SY
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very comfortable place with adequate and easy parking. great service with great food and wine.

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HW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our overall experience at La Scala was good. I would not put this up to being the best because it was not. I ordered pasta and requested that it would not be drowned in sauces and when we received it it was almost off the plate. Ordered the Tiramisu for dessert and was expecting a "square" piece but it looked like it was scooped with a large serving spoon. I don't think we will be going back soon unless it's a last minute "get together" and other places are booked up

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OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our birthday, had an amazing waitress and food is always excellent!

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E
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Have lived in Columbus 19 years but first time to La Scala. Live downtown and usually eat there. Drove past 20 great restaurants to try out La Scala. Terrible service, 20 min to get drinks and 1.5 HOURS TO ORDER DINNER. Waiter Joe should never be a waiter, he provided terrible service. Could not find him and had to get up out of our seats to find him to pay AFTER BEING THERE 3 HOURS!! Veal scalopini was OK, but risotto was too salty to even eat. Only good thing our group of 4 could say was the drinks were inexpensive. Unlikely to go back.

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N
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best Italian food i have ever had and i have even spent a good amount of time in Italy

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The gnocchi was too soft, which meant it was overcooked. For a high scale restaurant, the fact that our drinks got to the empty on more than 1 occasion was discouraging. Also, $9 for a super basic kids meal was obsurd. I will not be eating at La Scala again.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with everything including the food,waiter. and the whole enviorment. the pianoist choice of songs was great and full of memories for us. Thank-you so much for everything. It was a great way to celebrate my birthday.

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MK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good dinner. However, there was no mention from staff about our anniversary. My wife and I clearly stated on the OpenTable app that we were celebrating our anniversary.

We did not expect a free hand out. However, most establishments would acknowledge your anniversary.
Why ask if it is not followed up on?

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c
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste and quality of food was wonderful. Very attentive service.

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the pianist during dinner

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j
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Only issue: the tables were close together and I had to keep adjusting every time someone walked by.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy the dining atmosphere at La Scala's. The food was great and our server was wonderful.

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SM
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $35 3 course special is a great deal. We get it everything and take half of the food home to make a second meal out of it!

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J
Columbus
118 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It makes for a great evening with a piano quietly playing in the background while you enjoy wonderful Italian meals. Great for families and groups.

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s
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Risso entry was very salty. Italian dessert was 2 scoops of cake soaked in Rum. Normally we get the lemon veal and it is usually very good.

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s such a beautiful place.and food is outstanding and hot.she treats us very nice. Thank you very much.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, huge portions

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CM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and piano music were great. Would definitely return.

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G
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go early for Happy Hour, the bar staff were not particularly friendly and asking about happy hour was like pulling teeth. As the restaurant was not busy you would think they would be happy to welcome people. We remembered this is why we haven't been there in awhile as same thing happened when we went a couple of years ago. Once we were seated at table service and food were good

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k
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I both had ravioli. It was excellent, except his was hot and mine was only lukewarm. Disappointing, but we told our server and she immediately took it back to the kitchen. We love La Scala since they first opened and will continue to shine there.

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DF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The waiter was not organized and seem preoccupied with other matters.

He did not use a tray to bring out the glasses of wine and bread and held the wine glasses against his body to bring to the table.

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RF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good (veal and eggplant parmigiana). We ordered salad, but the waiter never brought them out. When we finished our meal we were never asked if we cared for dessert.
Enjoyed the atmosphere and piano music. We have had much better service in the past.

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e
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to come here for a family event that included an elderly relative, a couple picky eaters, and those who really enjoy great food. Everyone was happy. The service was attentive, the menu had items that satisfied everyone's palate and the price was appropriate. It has been a while since we were there (we live on the other side of town), but we will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. The food was superb. The piano playing across the room really made the atmosphere perfect.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was the first time at La Scalia in many years. We went in search of a good meat-free dinner on a Lenten Friday. I had intended to order the grouper but spotted linguine with clam sauce. The menu description included cream and I asked that it be prepared without cream. Both the server and the kitchen were very accommodating. The dish was well prepared and nicely flavored with more than a dozen cherry stone clams in their shells.

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SM
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, large portions and excellent service. Quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants!

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SM
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting but definitely will not be our last. Service was exceptional! $35 for a full appetizer, choice of entree and desert was way too much food. Took half of our entrees home.

I have paid more at other restaurants for a full meal that was less food than the meatball appetizer.

You know it was good when we are talking about the restaurant the next day.

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J
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We liked the food very much, even if a little pricey. The waiter was ok but not a lot of personality.
We were seated at table that wobbled, then moved to a table where the light overhead our table was burned out. I didn't complain about it, but I didn't like it.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my dinner and the staff it was our 32nd anniversary

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KG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our restaurant of choice prior to half marathon races in the Columbus area. Always great food.

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a nice place to eat great food and atmisfear. Would highly recommand it.

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