LaScala’s Fire- Villanova

4.5
173 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
LaScala’s Fire, located in the heart of Villanova, is a fresh and vibrant addition to the university community! With a blend of Italian and American dishes, decadent desserts, a full service bar and more, this will surely become your new favorite spot to eat in Villanova!

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 173 people are saying
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSneakyMom
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us dined on a generous portion of meatballs, rigatoni & ricotta cheese while I had the mediterranean salad, bursting with crabmeat, shrimp, & calamari - yum!! Aperol spritz and a ‘menu listed’ spritz were perfect!

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vipKathyN
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always impeccable! Friendly and knowledgeable servers.

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MichaelT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and efficient attentive service.

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vipVincentFarrrrr
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great great service great food great atmosphere. Special place to go for time for

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vipRecommend
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The mushroom pizza was excellent . The spicy tuna was inedible. Way over cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around! Love it there

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viphelneub
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group shared the appetizers which were good portioned, very tasty and nicely presented. Our waiter Jay was very friendly, extremely tentative, and knowledgeable about the menu. Definitely will go back!

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vipVincentFarrrrr
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to have dinner. Great food great service great everything in real neighborhood gem

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Grt2dine
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant. Impeccable service and food very good. Enjoyed the place and would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The waitstaff was friendly and efficient. The food left much to be desired. A chicken dish was terrible. The chicken looked boiled, it should had color from sautéing. A mushroom pizza should have had caramelized onions, they weren’t.
The restaurant is not consistent.

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KANN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time experience! The service was great, the food was great, our waitress was great!! Can't wait to go back!!

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MaryR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They honored the reservation, service was excellent and the food was delicious!

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MichaelT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitress. The team delivered a delicious meal.

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mastermom
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It is very loud in this space. The server was very personable and made excellent recommendations. A fun place to hang out with friends

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vipbree
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Clearly a huge lack of servers and bus boys.

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vipCrustyCurmudgeon
Philadelphia
367 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Maybe it was because of the holiday weekend, although the customer count was low. Maybe it was because of pandemic-related staffing problems. But we were underwhelmed by the entire experience at La Scala's Fire. Nothing went right, starting with the remnants of someone else's food left on the knife in my napkin-wrapped setup (which was never replaced, despite my having asked multiple times and leaving it sticking out at the edge of the table with the blob visible from New Jersey). I ordered a draft Peroni, commenting to the waitress how happy I was to be able to get draft. When she brought a bottle of Peroni and I asked if they were out of draft, she pointed to the bottle and told me "that is draft beer". Among the 3 of us, we had Brussels sprouts, an octopus salad, pasta with peas, a margherita pizza, and rigatoni in a vodka & sun dried tomato sauce. Everything was OK, but nothing was better than that. The servings were ample, but we'd have preferred smaller portions of better food. Dessert was a nice plate of zeppoles, which were the best part of the meal. Our server was nice, attentive, and trying her best to please - but she was clearly not familiar with the menu and seemed not to have much food service experience. If friends ever want to go there with us, we'll give it the benefit of the doubt and another try.

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vipTerrit
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

food was out very quickly, drinks took F O R E V E R. they do need help at that bar, staffing with the pandemic is hard to come by. still was great to get out, this place is clean, servers are nice, can't wait to try happy hour.!!!

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vipfoodlovers4
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waiter was distracted and lacked experience but this may be due to COVID-19 reopening. Pizza is very good but other dishes are just okay. The kitchen is a rolling kitchen so you could get your food much earlier than your table mates.

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viphungry
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Too much food!!! Too much sauce especially. The hard surfaces make the noise level high. Wouldn’t go back.

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vipGary
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!!!

We had a wonderful meal and experience at LaScala tonight. The artichoke appetizer was sensational as was the ricotta board. We shared a couple salads and ordered the eggplant dish and the spicy tuna which were all delicious and will be ordered again on our next visit. Our server Izzy was terrific on a previous visit and again tonight. Look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When I reserved on Open Table, there was an option for a “high top” table, which I selected. And there was also a place to note that we were celebrating a birthday.

Neither was even acknowledged. We were seated at a table for 4 in the back of the restaurant. Just me and my husband - nowhere near the bar, nor any high top tables. The table was sort of clean - you could see food between the two tables that had been pushed together to make a 4 top.

It was busy and loud ... totally fine - except that our server seemed overwhelmed. It took forever to get drinks and then we had to flag her down for a second round. The table was never cleared of anything while we were there. We had an appetizer and waited to order our meal - making it clear we were not in a rush - but certainly did not want to just be left. The appetizer plates, our 1st round of drinks ware were just left on the table when they served the dinner. It was not pleasant. Thank goodness we were at a table big enough for 4.

The food was amazing - which is the only reason I will give this place a second chance.

If you are going to allow reservations on Open Table, train your staff to read the details and be pro-active. I did not want to have to call out my husband’s bday... I just wanted it to be acknowledged.

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HeatherW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome food and great outdoor seating! I also love the ricotta board - please try!!!

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bstlunch
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our family of 5 ate at LaScala's Fire and were very underwhelmed with the food. We ordered 2 appetizers and they were both good (calamari and cheesteak eggrolls), but the entrees were just "fair". Our server was amazing and attentive, especially when there was a hiccup in the kitchen with 3 of our meals. They never arrived and we were told the ticket was never entered. That wasn't the end of the world to us, as we had eaten the appetizers so the wait was fine. We just appreciated the server keeping us in the loop!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal ! Our waiter Mike was great !

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BrianH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed. Food and service was fair at best.
Save your time and money, there are so many better restaurants in the area.

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vipMarkR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been to LaScala's several times. Food is always good & comes out hot. This visit was our least favorite time though. We were at a table in the back & the noise level was very high. Way too loud. We clouded barely hear each other. Also, our waitress was good but she had way too many tables. I ordered wine with my dinner & I didn't get it until I was more then halfway done my meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food but noise level was too loud for more intimate conversations. We ll come back and sit and the cool bar.

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viptogo
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Food great and prices are even better. Nice decor but really loud. Need some acoustic tiles so you can hear your guest at the table. I’ve been twice and the service has been awful. Add some some noise dampening tiles and train the waitstaff better or you may not get many people to come back.

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vipElaineK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Happy Hour! Our server Chad was attentive and made our relaxing Friday night even more enjoyable. We will return!

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vipNYCdining
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I celebrated my birthday with a late lunch at LaScala’s Fire. The beet salad was amazing... the veal parmigiana was good... excellent cannoli. You can easily share plates as portion size is large.

Ambience is nice, very contemporary Italian restaurant, however, the music was somewhat loud for holding conversation.

Overall, good - we will come back for another meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set outside and the server was great

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice time and really good food.

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SheilaT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Great service and the food was delicious!

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viplove2eatout
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, excellent service, delicious food! We'll be back!

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vippatsyann
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was great and very attentive. The food was very good. It was such a nice evening.

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Emmilivestodine
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, food delicious and we enjoyed a great girl’s night out. We shall return:)

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really nice evening at LaScala's Fire Villanova. Great service, friendly, responsive, and another excellent meal. We are repeat customers!!

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vipFunkyme72
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little hidden gem in Villanova m. Food is fresh and delicious! Our server Lorenzo was friendly and efficient. Definitely will be back.

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JaniceJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time visit, enjoyed the ambience and food. Will definitely return.

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vipAlexG
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food is nothing special. I’d say this is a good college kid spot but not sure I’ll be going back. Pasta was pretty blah. The pizza wasn’t bad

FAQs

LaScala’s Fire- Villanova offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 383-3339.

LaScala’s Fire- Villanova is rated 4.5 stars by 173 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.