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LaScala's Birra - Pennsauken

4.5
408 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
From South Philadelphia to Pennsauken, New Jersey..... we also welcome LaScala's Birra to the Cooper River. Formerly Cooper House Restaurant, the LaScala Restaurant Group transformed this Pennsauken favorite into one of our own.

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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
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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vipNJGirl
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a magical late October sunset. Service was so nice and friendly. Pizzas and salad so tasty. Cannoli we shared was delicious. Hope fall dining outside can continue.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I’ve been here twice now during Covid-19. The service was good both times however this time the waitress was maybe a little too attentive lol came to our table like 3 times asking if we were ready to order (didn’t give us enough time to look at the menu) but she was still nice. My favorite thing about this place is how fast the food comes out! I had dinner with a friend in under an hour. We ordered the cheesesteak eggrolls and 2 pasta dishes. The eggrolls laid on a bed of cheese wiz type of sauce. Would get them again. The gnocchi was just okay and the Ricotta Tortellini was just ok. Wouldn’t get either again. However, last time I got the seafood Linguini and omg delicious (has a bit of spice). The worst thing about this place is their dishes are dirty. Each time I went plates and cups that were already sitting out had so much gunk and food particles on them. Disgusting to think that during covid their utensils aren’t thoroughly cleaned. The prices aren’t bad but they are a little high for the quality of food.

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bakerj
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience1

I want to start off by saying that the food was delicious. But me and everyone in my party were very disappointed with the service that we received. I made a reservation 2 weeks prior and was not given the option of indoor or outdoor seating so I just assumed that the reservation would be made for indoor at the end of October. However, when we arrived to dinner, we were sat outside without an option to sit inside although the restaurant is open for indoor seating as well (just with limited capacity). We were sat on the deck in an area that was not covered by the tent and there were no heat lamps so it got pretty chilly sitting by the river at night.

In terms of the service, everything that we ordered from appetizers to entrees came out at different times. Our server did not come back to check on us for drinks or to check on the food once it came out. I am not a complainer and never write reviews on places but was overall underwhelmed with the service offered.

The food was great though and I am willing to try it again... Maybe it was just a busy night or the particular server we had was having an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Britany was our server. She’s so personable and patient that we had a good dining experience.

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SandraS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location overlooking the Cooper River.
The red Sangria was very good and would highly recommend!
We had three appetizers to share,
Cheese/salami board was excellent.
Cesar salad with salmon was okay/good. Greens were fresh but not enough garlic or salt, very bland for a Cesar. I thought the salmon was prefect but someone else with me thought it was dry.
Baked eggplant was outstanding!
Our server Tim was awesome!

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Henry
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently solid. Great food, terrific specialty cocktails, nice ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fast service and pretty scenery

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JasonL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The restaurant was very nice. The staff was polite and helpful. Unfortunately, the food was low quality. The pizzas were good but not great. The appetizers and some other entrees tasted like they were frozen food, and then heated up. We won't be coming back, unfortunately.

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TaraM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alexis (or Lexi, not sure) was fabulous and very attentive. Got the order for 6 people exactly right. Service was quick and excellent! Food was very good. We had the shrimp fra diavlo, salmon, birra pie 4 cheese, artichoke app, cheesesteak egg rolls and all were delish! The calamari was not my favorite but it wasn't bad. Espresso martini was also good! We will def be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will was an excellent waiter. Service was well timed and pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The best part of this restaurant is the ability to dine outside, with a nice view and socially distant from folks. The pizza is delicious; I did find the gnocchi to be sub-par. It came out with 5 mins of ordering it, and tasted like it was sitting in a warming container. It wasn’t hot at all. But the pizza was delicious and hot. Cocktails & beer were good too!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleasantly surprised at just how great the food, service and overall experience was. We had a table outside but it had gotten quite breezy snd cold when the sun went down that we decided to ask if we could sit in a socially-distanced table inside. They were more than happy to accommodate. We will be back. I predict a great future for this restaurant.

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BlessedHappyFortunate106
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Salads need to be larger for the cost. Salad I ordered was not what I expected and would not order this again.

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PatriciaA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor eating area was very nice next to the Cooper River. Service was wonderful and the food was amazing.

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Jbebang
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet anniversary lunch inside 😍😋

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PaulS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It wasnt as good as other times. Service was below average. Our meals came out over a 20 min time frame. Drinks were very small for full price. Glad this wasnt my first impression or I would not be going back.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Main meals came out at different times. Drinks were on the light side. Service was very slow and outside was cold.

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vipLuv2dine
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing. It is on the cooper river and the food is very good.

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KristyW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

View of the lake is beautiful, server was OK, but I couldn't overlook the food. It was awful. Chicken Parm sandwich was rubbery. My husband wasn't pleased with his lasagna and barely touched it.

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ErikaA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

They completely ignored us! At first, we were pleasantly greeted and seated by the hostess. Our waitress came and took our order. We got our drinks and appetizers from her and never heard from her again. Seriously. Our entrees were served about 7 minutes apart by two different people. No one cleared our appetizer plates. Our waitress never asked if we wanted another round of drinks, never stopped by to see how our food was. We were completely left alone. It was our anniversary (which we put on our reservation) and we just wanted to enjoy ourselves, but we were left very disappointed by the service. I think she literally forgot about us, and then awkwardly, sheepishly stopped by when she noticed us on her way back from another table. Also, no one seemed to be in charge of this place whatsoever. We were compelled to leave no tip at all, but settled on 12% because we know times are hard and didn't want the bus staff to get completely stiffed. Gotta admit, I felt foolish for doing that. Not a great feeling when you're walking out of a restaurant. We really enjoyed the Marlton location, but will never return to this one. Lastly, hats off to kitchen staff. The food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant experience. We sat outside as the sun set, looking at the Cooper River. Food was delicious (you HAVE to get the ricotta appetizer). Service was friendly and attentive. We will be returning. In fact, we're hoping that they will somehow come up with a way to continue outdoor eating as the temperatures start to drop.

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LisaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I had a nice evening. Easy to make a reservation on Open Table. I enjoyed the chicken piccata. I also had the chopped salad. We enjoyed the ambiance out on the patio with a view of the river and a nice breeze. I thought we were going to be rushed to finish and leave after 90 minutes, but we were not, I guess because it was a Monday and a little bit slower. I would probably go back another time and try a pizza. I thought it was a bit pricey, but figured prices prob. increased due to Covid. My friend seemed to enjoy her chicken marsala too.

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vipdianeclaudia
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice outside lunch with friends. Service was fine and ambiance was great. Liked the gnocchi- but forgot to ask them to leave off melted cheese, which to me is unnecessary. Will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot............

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Judi
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

AC
vipAugieC
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Outstanding

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vipBenedetto
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

La Scala has very good pizza, pretty authentic. You can also compose your pizze choosing ingredients, and that's what we did: porchetta, zucchini and mushrooms. It was delicious. We also had Ahi tuna which was really good.
The ambience is simple, as a pizza place is usually, and service friendly and timely.

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ColleenO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great! We have never had a bad meal here, and the service is always outstanding!

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BettyW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything for a quiet setting as a couple on a Sunday afternoon. Bridal shower out on the porch nearby was nice entertainment, as was the choice of 1960s recordings. We had eggplant appetizer and also long hots, followed by a spinach/artichoke pizza, and each was delicious. Waitstaff was quietly attentive. Thanks for a nice afternoon.

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Remi
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall we enjoyed ourselves. The server took an awful long time settling our bill.

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Stevef
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice location right on the water. Food was good. Service was a little slow.

DW
vipDaveWiz
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great dinner with friends, we all enjoyed our pizza, service was exceptional and always a great place to eat.

JB
JaniceB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I decided to have dinner at La Scala Birra on Cooper River since it was such a beautiful day. Sitting outside, looking over the river was a good choice. The first issue was that our party of 5 was seated at a table for 4. As it turns out, there was plenty of room for our food so this wasn't an issue. Three of us ordered a martini which was served in a plastic cup. The portion was ridiculously small and looked like one martini poured into three cups. For $12.00, I would never order a drink here again which could be a deal breaker for me.
The menu is limited, but we all found something to order. The brussel sprout appetizer was very good. Two of us ordered the salmon entree which was also very good. The salmon was broiled with a slightly crisp top but was moist and flaky inside. Two others ordered the pasta fra diablo. My mom asked for it to be less spicy which turned out to be a good choice since the spicy version had some serious heat to it. Mom, who is very picky, really enjoyed her meal. A friend of mine ordered the vegetable panini, and she would not recommend it.
I would recommend this place to a friend for food and ambience, not for drinks.

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MariaC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service. The outdoor area is perfect

JR
JohnR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food. The ambiance for covid is delicious also.

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LocalCustomer
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food was incredibly bland, we got the truffle Mac n cheese which lacked truffle and was a rigatoni, the al carbone pizza was just ok along with the brussel sprouts. The drinks were good but our server seemed stretched thin as our food took 45 minutes to come out and was cold. I don’t think we will return.

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TammyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very good. Dinner was not rushed. Food as good as it always is!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Fast service! Outside was very clean and everyone was seated with plenty of social distance! Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Romantic view of the Cooper River. Super Libations!!

FAQs

LaScala's Birra - Pennsauken offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 333-6653.

LaScala's Birra - Pennsauken is rated 4.5 stars by 408 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.