Permanently Closed - La Scala Italian Bistro

4.6
636 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

About

This restaurant is permanently closed.
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 owners, the Lalli family , 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 Wednesday, Thursday , Friday and Saturday.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 636 people are sayingWrite a review
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AllisonB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so sad that this amazing restaurant will be closing. We will miss the amazing ambience, delicious food, and great piano player!

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious just like it always is!! Service was awesome and we really enjoyed the piano man!!!

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vipPickeringtonGal
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I went to La Scala one last time hoping that I would enjoy it as much as all my previous visits. However, this was the WORST visit I ever had. We invited two others and our waiter seemed like he was very indifferent about being there--almost irritated. My husband ordered a salad. He didn't bring it. My husband got his main meal, and reminded the waiter that he had ordered a salad. The waiter said he would bring it and take it off the bill. It was NOT taken off the bill. I got my food and had Chicken Parm with Alfredo. The noodles were not even warm. I had asked for some extra sauce, which I had poured on my meal, so I asked the waiter to heat my meal up in the microwave. He brought a whole new meal, which got rid of the sauce that I had wanted... and the noodles were again COLD. So this time, I told the waiter and he heated it up in the microwave. It took forever to get any refills. Gosh, I REALLY wanted this to be a great experience because I absolutely LOVE La Scala. It certainly left me wishing I had not gone back for a last experience because I would have rather remembered all of the wonderful times there. The waiter was taking so long to do anything we just paid the bill as it was and didn't say anything about the salad. We spent $150 on dinner... and wish we had gone to Chick-Fil-A instead. SOOOO disappointing!

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vipSMKDublin
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaScala has always been an outstanding restaurant. Sad to see that COVID has claimed another family owned/operated business. Food was always great, atmosphere very comfortable and enjoyable. Will miss the weekend evening with the piano player and the wonderful staff. Good luck to one & all!

LH
LauraH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see this restaurant close. We decided to have one last dinner. It was amazing as usual.

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BarbW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! From the service to the food. We'll miss you La Scala!

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MaryP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! So sad to see this place is closing it will truest be missed. I hope the pine nut crusted grouper moves to the other restaurant owned by this family.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately, LaSacala is closing it’s doors. This was our last wonderful meal there.

HC
HeatherC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Fast service. Great options.

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TomC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall very good...😊

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JerryV
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You missed your chance. This is the last week. If you are able to get a last reservation, take it. You will not regret.

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KARLAK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

disappointing. Food was good but service was not good at all

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vipdars
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

So sad LaScala is closing! Lots of memories at the restaurant! The restaurant had every table full and a big party over in the corner, so patrons are getting in their meals at the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will miss la scala.

BJ
vipBillJ
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience but nostalgic and very sad 😢 to see LaScala close.

JS
JennaS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We are sad they are closing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last ever visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. The bread was outstanding. The food was great.

JR
JackieR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customer. Had to try the place out before it closes at the end of this month. I can see why it’s such a loved place by all. Truly sad to see it go. Beautiful layout, lovely auro with a live pianist, delicious food and drinks, good staff.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our greeter was awesome. Servers were ok. We were seated next to the piano. When she played my brother couldn't hear. I was disappointed in my chicken marsala! Could not taste the marsala at all! My salad selection was delicious.

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Ramone
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Scala and are sorry to see it close October 31, 2020. We've been going there since it opened in 1972. They've hosted many events for my wife and I including her high school graduation celebration, my parents surprise 50th anniversary and my retirement/60th birthday. We were very close with all of their owners & staff.
We will miss them dearly!

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ShannonS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, we wanted to have dinner before they close . Very sad

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Foxy
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Sorry to see them close. Glad to know that the tradition will continue at Vittoria.

RC
vipRicC
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food as expected. No social distancing at the bar and dining room. Scary.

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KathyE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the evening very much! Very sad to see they will be closing at th3 end of the month!

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vipNaleneP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderful and we had a great time! So sorry that this restaurant is closing!

LH
LanceH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad we obtained an opportunity to visit before closing. Thank you La Scala!

KK
KellyK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Scala never disappoints! I am beyond sad about the loss of the owner and now this wonderful restaurant and party venue. We have marked many milestones celebrating at La Scala and will miss it.

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John
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will miss La Scala Italian Bistro. Thanks for being part of the community.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the restaurant!

PD
PhilipD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a great place for a wonderful date night. The food is amazing and the music and atmosphere is great

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NicoleW
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its unfortunate they are going out of business. We had wonderful fun and service.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at 5pm with a friend. As always, superlative experience in all respects. It's heartbreaking that this icon of nearly 50 years will be lost due to COVID-19 (cancellation of wedding and other events that comprised the greater part of the business).

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vipFoodie11
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Love the piano player!

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CherylS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always delicious! Curtis and I love La Scala! Planning to go again next week. We grew up eating at La Scala and are sad to see it go.

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ajoel
Greensboro
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Service is excellent. Its a shame this place is closing down. :(

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DonL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaScala has always been our go to restaurant. We have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries there, along with New Year's Eve. We love the ambiance and all who work there. So sorry they are closing but totally understand the reasoning behind it! We will see you all at Vittorias!

CM
vipCMac
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good last meal at LaScala - sorry to see it close, but have had great memories there.

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vipLab0311
Columbus
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Zero social distancing so if you have any concerns, be aware. All tables were seated with guests on a busy Sunday night for dinner. Masks were required and worn by all patrons when not dining. Extremely great service. Lasagna and chicken parm were big hits at our table. Sorry to hear they will be closing at end of October. 2020 has been a rough year.

DB
DeanaB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been wanting to go and finally made the time, it was so worth it!!

FAQs

Permanently Closed - La Scala Italian Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 889-9431 ext. 1.

Permanently Closed - La Scala Italian Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 636 OpenTable diners.