La Scala Italian Bistro

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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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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 .

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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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was running all over. Before I finished ordering, she was asking my wife. She was just rushing us. And was there a rationing on straws? it was like pulling teeth to get one. The couple we came with sent their meal back. They said it had no flavor. My wife felt as though it was kinda Olive Gardenish. It was her first time there. We had to ask for bread as well, but saw it was brought out to other tables. I am a Culinary Director/ Chef and I understand the urgency in Food Service, but the running around and rushing customers is just not professional. Also don't you think 9:30 on a Saturday is early to close?
Was not a good experience at all. Ended up going to the GOAT for drinks and food.
Probably won't be coming back to give a second try.

Sean

m
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

WAS ABLE TO GET THE ALCOVE ROOM FOR OUR GROUP. WE WERE ABLE TO HEAR EACH OTHER AND ENJOY OUR EVENING MORE THEN WHEN WE SIT ON THE FLOOR.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came into the establishment for a homecoming dinner, came out with tangible satisfaction coming from the words of my friends as we spoke about our food. Overall, it was pretty awesome.

KH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food! The atmosphere was very inviting

KS
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was wonderful for our birthday dinner

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

The buffet was outstanding.
The drinks and meals were great.

VL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great but our server was not very attentive, would disappear for long periods of time.

M
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have always enjoyed dining at LaScala and look forward to many more visits. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the meal. The only negative comment I can make is our table was not far from the singer, which made it next to impossible to have conversation. Kind of detracted from having a nice quiet dinner with friends.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great! Food delicious! We were seated in the back room and I would have liked to have been more in the main part of the restaurant.

NM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect setting and great food. Love being able to listen to the piano player and enjoy our delicious pasta.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The server was excellent. My food was very good. Huge portions and good taste. Wife commented that her wedge salad from lunch at a casual joint earlier in the day was better than what she was served here. One son had a pretty small portion (pasta with a white sauce) compared to my spicy chicken pasta meal. Other son liked his pizza and daughter liked her meal.

m
Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I love the buffet lunch. I would recommend that the food be prepared hotter then it was when I was there Thursday and Friday. When the food is only warm, it doesn't bring out the good taste and show off your recipes.

AM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best brunch we’ve ever experienced. Truly enjoyable.

m
Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great Buffet at lunch time. Lots of choices, and great price.

k
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservations for 6:30 on a Friday night but there were open seats all the time we were there. About 60-70% full.
Happy hour menu until 7 pm I think. $4-5 beers and $8 mixed drinks. 3 for $30 special has 3 large appetizers, 3 large main courses, and a 3 deserts to choose from. VERY GOOD ! Actually one order is enough for 2 60 yr olds. We brought a LOT home.
WE will go back !

MZ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Love going to this fine restaurant

JC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 7 folks truly enjoyed our meal and I heard many compliments about the food.
Thank you.

DA
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here. It was a date night for my wife and I. Absolutely fantastic meal and exceptional service. We are already planning a trip back. Great experience!! I highly recommend this restaurant.

VS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an outstanding family brunch. The food was incredible and ambiance so perfect after Sunday mass. We love LaScala!

SH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group had not been there for many years. The Sunday brunch, being a good value, called upon us to make a return visit. We were not disappointed. The wide variety of dishes offered made it easy for each of us to find those items which we prefer.

We decided that La Scala will be a go-to place on our dinner out list.

C
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday and a wedding anniversary. 44 years ago when we eloped we went to La Scala for dinner. The owner came to our table and was just so nice. Desserts were complementary....love this place.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met with a dear friend for dinner. Everything was so nice. We always enjoy having a meal and time together at La Scala.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a nice, fun time, lots of laughs! Service was very slow at first- no one came to our table until 10-12 minutes after we were seated. Place was very packed and busy though. Food was excellent, all orders were correct, no trouble getting drunk refills waiter was fun helping celebrate 50th birthday for my husband. We enjoyed our evening!

P
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating an Anniversary and a Birthday. Excellent service and food on a crowded Friday night!!

PG
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lunch buffet is amazing! All your favorites for a low price! Wonderful salads, soups, Italian favorites and even dessert!

LG
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive. Bottle of Wine was 1/2 on Friday! Veal milanese was fantastic and pounded thin, and it came with a large portion of pasta. Chicken bella vista was fantastic as well and it came with a large portio of garlic smashed potatoes. For dessert, we had tiramisu and it was so good. Looking forward to our next trip!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We. Visit once year and it never disappoints

MF
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the homemade dishes.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the buffet and meet friends and family birthdays are the “go to” place. Going for years went to Michael Ciatola’s Wedding scheduled many GOP fundraisers in the event room in the back . Never lets us down.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to LaScala!
Food is always excellent and we love the atmosphere.
Lasagna
Crab cakes
Fettuccine
Always on our list for recommending
Cannoli is awesome😁

VS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday brunch!! Thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and delicious food.

m
Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Met a friend for the fabulous luncheon buffet they have for $10.50. I eat the wonderful house salad and meatballs/sausage. There are atleast 4-6 salads, 2 soups, pasta, marinara sauce, chicken, and another meat dish on and on.... can't beat this buffet for the price and quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and very courteous attentive waiter. Very enjoyable

P
Detroit
93 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Unfortunately the noodles were soft AGAIN. AL Dente doesn't mean anything here. The service was very good as last time.

E
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Too loud to have a conversation with those at our table.
Food and service were great, as usual.

JH
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. However I cannot understand why the potions served are so large. With the appetizer it was more than we could eat and we ended up making two meals with our leftovers. The food was excellent however.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My partner and I really enjoyed our meal at La Scala. Our server was very nice, and we loved the live pianist. The food was incredible, and we enjoyed our mixed drinks. We were there for restaurant week, but we examined the standard menu. Considering the portion sizes we received, the standard menu prices are comparable.

We both agreed that the one thing that would've made a difference between four stars and five is the simple fact that no one thanked us or said good bye as we exited the building. This may seem like a petty concern, but as both of us have worked in the food industry (he's a chef, I use to serve), we feel it is very important. The two girls working in the foyer didn't even look up from their work space.

I would recommend La Scala to anyone looking for a fantastic night out.

J
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great lunch buffet for under $12 that includes salad, soup, entrees and dessert. Great lunch option!

M
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was delicious from the appetizer to desserts. My husband and I enjoyed the live music while we dined also.

S
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, but service not so much. We were seated for 9 minutes before anyone came to our table. Our waiter finally arrived, after twice telling us he would be right with us, and quickly asked for our drink orders. Water, Chocolate Milk and Iced Tea for the three of us. Several minute later he delivered 3 waters, followed by Chocolate Milk a few minutes later.

We then placed our order and were served some bread. His assistant asked us a few minutes later if everything was OK to which I replied I had still not received my iced tea. Less than a minute later she came back to the table with an iced tea and an apology. This set the trend for the rest of the evening...our waiter was almost non-existent but the assistant was EXCELLENT.

Food was great, as usual, we dine here approximately once a month. The service is usually much better. Another strange thing...a Manager came by and asked how everything was to which I replied “fine”. He just said thank you and moved on. If I was running a restaurant and a customer only said “fine” I would want to know what I could do to make things excellent. I certainly would not accept “fine” without attempting to improve things.

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