La Scala Italian Bistro

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325 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. Prime rib carving station assortment of cheeses and dessert and salads. Scramble eggs, bacon , sausage and peppers , waffles, smashed potatoes and lasagna .A family owned Dublin icon that few people in the Columbus area have not had the pleasure of dining at

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Columbus
18 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
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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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the pianist during dinner

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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
115 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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Columbus
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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
17 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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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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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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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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KM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could have used a little more of a friendly hostess but the service after being seated was very fast and efficient! Shout out to our waiter who took the time to take our picture for us after we were done eating as we were celebrating our second anniversary! The food was delicious and the dessert I took to go was amazing! Wish we could have stayed for the live music but having a small child makes for an early bedtime. Thanks for a great experience and making our celebration a good one!

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LN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been there many times, and my adult son chose this as the restaurant for his birthday dinner, bummer he was born so close to Valentines Day. We were hoping everyone would have had it out of their system 2 days after, but no. They were great to accommodate 2 extra people in our group the day of reservation. Our poor server ran his legs off, and felt bad, but long gaps. The sweet girl refilling water and clearing the table did a great job. We learned our lesson, no more dinners around Valentines day. Glad they are doing well, they were packed all night.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggplant parmesan in the city!!!

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VS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible dinner experience with outstanding ambiance, food, and service. The piano player was magnificent and made our dinner out that much better. Loved everything!!!

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TG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was good and our service was good. However, when we arrived for our Valentine's weekend dinner we were initially seated in a banquet room. The atmosphere was not good, bad lighting and sparse decorations - obviously set up for banquets not romantic atmosphere I was expecting. I asked the hostess to move us and after giving us a bit of attitude, we were moved into the main dining room. In the end, we enjoyed our meal but the first place they tried to seat us was not conducive of the price I paid. I made the reservation well in advance and would have liked to know that was where we were going to be seated. I would have chosen another restaurant.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wasn’t impressed. Margherita pizza used canned tomatoes, barely any basil, and regular mozzerella cheese, not buffalo mozz. Chicken Rosa came out luke warm but tasted ok, salted carmel cheesecake was disappointing. Defintely not homemade. Atmosphere was nice. Service was mediocre. It was early on a Friday night, so not busy yet. Won’t be rushing back with all the amazing dining options in the area.

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Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow whenever i miss Italy i always come to Lascala. I can see why they were voted best Italian in 17,18 . I honestly think some of the dishes i have here are better then what i had in Italy .

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat. Had a Valentine's day dinner here with my fiancee. They start you with complimentary bread with oil and butter. We both got chicken parmesan (with fettuccine Alfredo) and it was amazing. It wasn't very saucy, just enough to let you know it was there. The ambiance was great with live piano music. It could get a little noisy at times to where I had to ask my fiancee to repeat herself but I've been to places that were much much worse. We also got a $30 bottle of wine that our server had no problem telling us was $10 at Kroger. Really we shouldn't be surprised but it does hurt the pocket book a little more. For 2 entrees, a bottle of wine, and tip, we spent $90. Not something we'll be doing very often but for a Valentine's day dinner, worth it!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and great time, We enjoyed the live piano music during the dinner.

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SK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It had been years since we'd visited La Scala. We were extremely impressed at the updates that they'd made to the venue and the menu. The piano player on Valentine's Day made it all the more special. We will definitely be back soon!

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CE
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. We were sat quickly and the staff was very attentive. Food was great and we enjoyed a fantastic evening out.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurantss in town. A beautiful setting, superb waiters and I have never had a meal that was not delicious Thank you La Scala for another memorable meal and a delightful night out.

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Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Scala's luncheon buffet is the best offer in town. A lot of choices for only $10.50.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in on a snowy day this time. Not a lot of people there. So, very quiet this time. Food was always wonderful.

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Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here with the wife. Looking for Italian food in the greater Dublin area. We had a fantastic time. Had the eggplant parm. It was outstanding! Will visit again for sure. .

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Server was average , food wasn't LaScalla quality , chicken was nothing more that a breaded deep fried slab, wasn't as hot as it should have been. Loved the piano.. just not the quality that we've experienced before..

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall we always have a good experience at LaScala. Unfortunately this time they were having pizza oven issues which significantly delayed our food. The server was very polite and professional about the situation and thankfully she brought out my children’s food beforehand. Slight snafu but We will be back.

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m
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the luncheon buffet. Best price in town!

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