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La Scala Italian Bistro

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$30 and under
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Italian

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.
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to visit when we are in town!

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connieC
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can always count on great food and ambiance at LaScala

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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BonnieF
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere

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vipmayorcz
Columbus
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great menu. Reasonable prices. I have been going to LaScala for years and never tried their Antipasta. It was the best one I have ever had.

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MontellQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, it was an enjoyable dinner. It was a Saturday and apparently, others wanted to eat out as well. We were seated about 6 minutes later than our reserved time; the hostess and owner stated it was extraordinarily busy.
Our waitress was great; she was personable and engaging. Again, due to it being busy she was busy just as well. Dinner consisted of a $30 3-course meal since it was Restaurant Appreciation Week; the food didn't disappoint, it was fabulous.
One thing to note, I enjoyed that owner stopped by the table to ask how everything was going and how our dinner was. She chatted with us for moment and that was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We had a TERRIBLE experience last night. We walked in and the hosts said “we’re clearing tables, it’ll just be a few minutes”. We asked if we could grab a drink from the bar while we wait, and she said absolutely!
As time went on I asked the hostess TWO times if our table was almost ready after watching everyone that walked in the door being sat. Another 20minutes later she walked up to us and asked if we still wanted a table.
We understand they were busy, and overwhelmed so we didn’t say much about it. However, after being sat at a table NOT ONE PERSON came to our table for another 25min. At that point our reservation was for 6:45PM and it was 8:15PM so we decided to leave without eating. It was our anniversary, and we have two kids at home. So going out to a nice dinner isn’t always the easiest. I have NEVER been more disappointed in a dining experience in my life! We won’t be back

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viptaelliott6767
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit is and found it to be an extremely good experience. Service was wonderful. We had the restaurant week menu, and the portions were very substantial and each course was very well executed. COVID restrictions were followed (we ate on the patio - the only ones who chose to do so with the temperature in the low 70s).

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MarieS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was phenomenal as always. Generous portions and consistent quality.

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TYler
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went during restaurant week and the risotto balls (can’t recall the dishes name) were fantastic. The chicken Parmesan was great, the chicken was well cooked and the breading was nice and crispy. Their cannoli was also really good.

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vipBudD
Columbus
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were there to celebrate our friend's birthday. Our meals were average/decent. Our server was extremely busy, to the point of being "stretched too thin" to adequately perform his job. He had shared that the "Birthday" person's dessert would be free. When the bill came, we were actually charged for it. No big deal, we just paid the bill and moved on. It was a chilly evening outside. The air conditioner in the restaurant was on. We had asked several times to have the air conditioning turned down or off as we were sitting right under a duct. The air was adjusted for a short time, but as the restaurant got busier, the air conditioning was on full blast. Had to eat our meals with our jackets on. Personally, for me, I will most likely not be returning here to dine again.

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vipKatrinaS
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and terrific food. Was a great place to visit for restaurant week.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in Columbus! From the moment you walked in and are greeted by the friendliest of people, to the ambience, the attentive server and decadent food, it was a five-star experience. The meatball appetizer is a MUST have and the fried risotto balls appetizer were the best I have ever had. Loved the eggplant parm! Servings were generous and I had leftovers for next day!

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LyndaB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience, large portions, excellent taste, just delicious, great service!

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AdamO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian Food, Classy, a great date night restaurant.

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vipLittleFlower
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best lasagna in town! Also, the best house salad.

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CharR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, as usual. Live piano music was a nice touch to our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were a party of 12 and only one of the meals were enjoyable. The salmon wasn’t seasoned well, we asked the server if the tuna was fresh and although she said it was, it was canned. The pesto sausage/shrimp pasta made both people who ordered it sick that evening. It was a very underwhelming experience, and for $300+ definitely not what we expected.

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vipDavidJ
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night out. Delicious food, great service, beautiful piano music to make a perfect evening.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice relaxing evening enjoying the great food and service and listening to the live piano music.

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vipTinyT
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kind server outdoor patio nice great homemade pasta in some dishes and really excellent Italian meatballs

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vipStella
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was excellent. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening on the patio with friends. Took part in some of the drink and food specials of the evening and they were excellent.

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BillW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Had a good time at La Scala. Got a steak that was just okay. Probably should have gone with the Italian dishes.

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vipCarol
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They got us in last minute for 10 people after another place messed up our reservation for a 40th birthday dinner. It was our waitresses first night and she did outstanding. Thanks LaScala for coming thru

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nancym
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to intimate outside dining tables. Very nice and service by Joel was excellent! Food is always consistent and nicely prepared.

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vipMark
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time patron who has always found the food and atmosphere to exceptional. I highly recommend it.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated a family birthday - great food and service. Ambiance was warm and friendly. Loved the pianist.

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DamonP
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We chose your Italian bistro to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary.
This was our first time to your Italian bistro. I was however disappointed in the food quality. I was anticipating a much better quality of food. I personally have the veal Parmesan, and it appeared as though the breaded veal had been deep-fried way too long. While it was dark and hard, it did have a slight burnt taste to it.
I had asked the waitress if the cannoli was made there at your establishment. I was quite surprised when she answered that it was. It appeared to me that it had been frozen for a long period of time. It had a slight freeze or burn taste to it. As my wife is new to the United States from the Philippines, I was excited to introduce her to an Italian dessert and I chose that dessert to be the cannoli. I have had mini cannolis over my lifetime, and I was rather disappointed in that one.
Our waitress was absolutely amazing. She was very intuitive and very Great at providing us great quality service.

I’m not a complainer, I just think it’s fair to let you know how I felt. I would be willing to give your establishment a second chance in the future. We had a great experience, because the atmosphere was absolutely romantic and calm. And for that I greatly appreciate your establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meatballs ever!

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rew51
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good food good service at a good price this is a good place to eat at

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and great food!

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vipAlleyB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I believe I got sick from the sea bass . The meals was played poorly too and looked like it was made in haste. Enough risotto for 4 and the fish was a bit burned but ok. The arugula on top didn’t look fresh.

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vipMojoW
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for classic, wonderful Italian food, look no further. Excellent dinner. All 5 of us loved our entries and the service was perfect.

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vipLarryG
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious spaghetti, more than I could eat. xxxxxx

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Looking forward to going here again soon!

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DennisR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to La Scala for thirty years. Just Love this restaurant.

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PattyK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the eggplant Parmesan it was outstanding! The service was great and having the piano player there was such a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The food was amazing and the server was very tentative. Everything came out quickly!

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AshleyB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our dinner was overall pretty good! The food was good and the restaurant itself is STUNNING! The only minor complaint I would have is that it took quite a while for a waitress to come over to our table after we had been seated. But otherwise, the waitress was great when it came to keeping our water glasses refilled, etc!

FAQs

La Scala Italian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Scala Italian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 889-9431 ext. 1.

La Scala Italian Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.