LaScala's Birra - Pennsauken

4.6
527 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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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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 527 people are saying
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCindyEmmel
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, energetic restaurant! Service was great and the food was delicious!

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vipPaige
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my sister’s bday. Will, our server, went above and beyond to assure we had the best time. He really added to our experience and I feel like that is rare these days. And of course, the food was AMAZING. Thank you so much!

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MonicaV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and the food is outstanding !!

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Jacqui
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great, service was speedy and overall ambiance was great, being on the river to celebrate Father's Day! I always enjoy my time at LaScala's!

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AnthonyT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was a great experience, we will certainly return.

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AnnW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service are always great! The eggplant is always our favorite appetizer to order!

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JeffE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good. Got 2 apps - mussels and cheesesteak wonton - both very good. Entrees were solid.
Service was decent. Pretty quick just not overly personable.

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JaniceM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had high hopes for our first visit after looking at the menu and reviews online before choosing LaScala's Birra.
The restaurant itself was really nice and bright and modern. The service was very good. Unfortunately we were underwhelmed with the food.
At the waitress' suggestion we both ordered a tropical mojito. While it tasted great, I don't think they even opened a bottle of alcohol near it, let alone actually added any to the drink.
The fried calimari appetizer was presented nicely. It had both a marinara dipping sauce and an asian like peanut sauce which was tasty but weird with the calimari. The calimari itself was fine...not the best I've ever had, not the worst. The rings were a bit bland, a bit on the limp side and there were no tentacles.
My husband ordered the Fra Diavlo and it was nicely presented in a large bowl and had ample seafood in it. It was too spicy for me but he mostly enjoyed it. It could have used some cheese sprinkled on top.
I had the Short Rib ravioli. As some other reviewers mentioned, it was a very small portion of bland, barely warm ravioli, covered in a brown sauce with a huge pile of ricotta next to it. I wish I had read the reviews for this particular dish before ordering it because I would have chosen something different for sure.
Dessert options were not exciting enough to warrant it and we paid the bill ($95 including generous tip, which was entirely too much considering the experience) and went out and got ice cream at our favorite local shop instead.
It was a nice night...great to be out on a date night after the long year of Covid changes but I don't think we will be going back to this restaurant any time soon.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great. Food was delicious and our server was kind, attentive and wonderful.

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Mark
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to dinner with two of our friends. The outside seating was very nice along the Cooper River park. The restaurant is very clean and has a great vibe inside and out. The staff is great and provided excellent service. The food is delicious! Our only recommendation is to better identify the spicy tuna dish as ahi tuna salad. It’s a bit confusing since it’s included under favorites/meals, but is really a salad. We can’t wait to go back and try some other dishes!

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food good. Ambiance good. Waiter was super nice. Only bummer was our reservations said we had a birthday at the table and noone told the waiter.

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SusieQ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent - attentive to our needs. The food was very good and the tables we’re appropriately distanced. Will definitely return.

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BobC123
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think you should at least receive a side salad with your meal. The lasagna
was delicious. My wife had a Caesar salad with chicken. For the price more
chicken would have been good.

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vipFoster
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice setting in outdoor beer garden. Live music was a plus. Food was underseasoned and disappointing. I feel like their kitchen has steadily gone downhill in the past couple years (even pre-COVID). Even the pizza was tasteless.

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RichR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is excellent. Servers are quick and friendly and the food is phenomenal.

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vipLovie
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great staff. Food is always great.

Always a great experience at LaScala Pennsauken

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty! The server was great! My only complaint is the stools to sit on weren’t comfortable. I forgot to calculate that in my star rating. The stools are metal and aren’t comfortable to sit in while trying to enjoy your meal.

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Bill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The environment was stark and noisy coupled with mediocre service and food with the exception of the muscles that were excellent; it was not a great value

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vipIBatt
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything we had was so good. The only thing I didn’t like was that the dining room was too bright but service and food were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor and atmosphere was awesome. Food was delicious. It was our first time visiting. We be back as often as we can. A must try!!!!

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Julie
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Amazing food and great view.

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vipMaryjaneB
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely setting overlooking Cooper River. Food was tasty but my short rib ravioli with a mountain of ricotta was just barely warm. Dining companion had chicken, crab and shrimp with linguine in a rosa sauce, which was a hit and it was hot enough. We split a Caesar salad, which was very ample, with fresh-shaved Parmesan.
Outdoor dining during pandemic means disposable plastic cups, even for wine or cocktails, but that’s to be expected. Waitress was attentive and efficient.
A nice place for casual dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going. Amazing food and ambience. Will definitely be returning.

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Millie
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok. Service was good outside, but the music was too loud and we were the only diners there.
Food was overpriced for the portions and it was just ok. I’ve had better meals elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food came cold to the table and service is very distracted towards the client.a shame considering the beautiful terrace on the River this place could be great with more attention and quality investment

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buckstop3p
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and our server, Kenny, was great.

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Queenbee
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like sitting out in the beer garden in the nice weather

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Sally
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My phone didn't have read the menu so we all were looking at one. No wine or beer menu that I could read.
Food and drink were both good.
Will go back.

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vipjes1954
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined outside in a relaxed atmosphere. The service and food were good. We ordered several appetizers, 1 dinner, a pizza,​ and dessert( you must get the Zeppoli) and 3 of us shared everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall it was good. The food was very tasty and our waiter was great. However, the high top seating outside is not ideal, I wish they let you pick your seating when you make the reservation. Also one of the hostesses said she would go check on our table and then she never said anything else to us. We sat around for almost 10 minutes, then a different hostess asked us if we needed assistance. I told her the situation, and she said our table was ready the whole time and sat us immediately.

We enjoyed it and will be back, but hopefully it is a better experience next time.

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Scott
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing all the way around. Our server, Kenny, also was our bartender. He made amazing drinks, did a great job serving our food quickly with apps, but giving us time to talk, eat our apps and drinks, etc before he brought out the main dishes. Another person we were with and I had the Chicken San Remo. It was absolutely fantastic. If you like a blush sauce that is flavorful but not too rich- this is perfect. The appetizers were all amazing as well. We had the Arancini (one of the best we've had- creamy, crispy, delicious), muscles in red (also meaty, fresh, and delicious- slightly spicy but not too much), and the Ricotta Board (a MUST). The Ricotta board is literally just ricotta cheese and honey in a jar served with all fresh artisan bread strips made to order. To die for. Kenny brought us extra and we used them for the Ricotta as well as the Muscle sauce!

All around- an amazing experience on the Cooper River, with reasonable prices, amazing food, delicious and reasonably priced drinks, and awesome service! This location is a winner!

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vipFoodieDeb
Philadelphia
154 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. the pizza is crazy amazing. The service exceptional. LOVE this place!

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect for a night out for drinks, or a first date.

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MichelleP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation ahead of time but needed accommodations for one extra person, which was no problem at all. The outdoor seating and very nice, especially since they had heaters out. The food was also extremely good, with big portions. The bread that came out with the ricotta board was fresh and warm, and was just as good on its own

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great day

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! We love this place

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. It was. Spotty day with rain & they sat us under the tent in anticipation of inclement weather. Drinks were exceptional. The bartenders are exceptional and easily accommodate my requests for “not too sweet” with perfection! Food is fresh and the views of the river are beautiful.

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ReneeS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Service was fabulous. Super disappointed on the number of items that they ran out of.

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vipTracy
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Worst service ever. Waitress kept forgetting things,drinks took forever to get and I was finished my sandwich before my side salad ever came out because they ran out of french fries. Will not be going back to this restaurant ever again!!

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 4.6 stars by 527 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.