LaScala's - Philadelphia

4.4
2238 reviews
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Italian
LaScala’s, located in the heart of Historical Philadelphia, creates a cozy casual ambiance in which to enjoy fine Italian-American Home-style cuisine. Exposed brick & floor to ceiling windows give an Old World Italian feel. Al fresco dining at the sidewalk cafe is also offered.
Just a few of the Chef’s famous recipes include Homemade Ravioli & Gnocchi,Hand Tossed Pizza's, Seafood FraDiavlo & Pappardelle and Sausage Bolognese. The vast menu also includes appetizers, Sides, soup, salads,steaks, & seafood. A full bar & extensive wine list are available to complement your meal. Finish off your lunch or dining experience with one of the homemade desserts. LaScala’s is sure to become one of your favorites.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great...food was delicious
The ricotta/truffle/honey appetizer was unreal!

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TB
Philadelphia
207 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Service was excellent. I have no complaints.

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was DELICIOUS. Chicken San Remo highly recommended. Server was running around everywhere and not very personable, didn’t try and get to know me at all, and didn’t talk very much (I understand it was busy). Tables were very close by so I got to overhear other peoples conversations (didn’t like that). Price wasn’t awful. Would go again and would recommend. Plus they validate parking, so that removes a lot of hassle.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Bread was highlight of meal. Chicken franchise was soggy and tasteless. Pasta was ok but not hot. Waiter defended the dish and was dismissive, had no interest in engaging with us. He actually looked around restaurant when talking. We felt very rushed. He slammed a shot of limoncello on the table and said “here, try this” and walked away. No wonder I was able to get a reservation that day. No other reputable Italian restaurant was available.

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SS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and server were great, although more salt and pepper couldn’t hurt. However, I was uncomfortable with a table that was seated close by. They were staring at my boyfriend and I as if we didn’t belong there and they weren’t hiding the fact that they were staring. As a black woman, I try to avoid using “my blackness” as an issue but I was not pleased as I left because they seemed relieved that we were leaving.

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RW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very lovely time and our server was kind enough to confirm that my food was compatible with a dietary restriction, which I appreciated very much. We will be back!

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LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great music & atmosphere!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was second to none and the service was just as outstanding. Might go again tomorrow :)!

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and the service was great.
We look forward to coming back.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been going to LaScala’s before every WST show for 3 years because of the food and drinks. This is the first time we were disappointed. I would always have 2 or 3 red sangria’s. It had a bad taste to it. I only drank half of one glass. My chicken parm and pasta had a strong taste of parmigian cheese, it’s all u good taste. I ate half of the plate. My husband’s pork chop was bland, it was tasteless and our Caesar salad was dry. Couldn’t taste any dressing. On the up side the mash potatoes and sausage, peppers and onions were delicious.

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TB
Philadelphia
208 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always top notch at La Scala's. I especially like the Chicken Sorrento because it combines Chicken, Cheese, Eggplant, and Mushrooms along with my favorite pasta, Linguini.

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T
Amsterdam
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing italian food. The tomato sauce was a highlight. This is better italian food than I had in Italy. Thank you so much for carrying on the family tradition!

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

LaScala's never disappoints! The food, atmosphere and service are fantastic! Always our favorite restaurant to visit after a show at the Walnut Street Theatre.

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V
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter not knowledgeable. Food was good. Service was on time and friendly. We ordered items and waiter knew we were ordering for meat free, vegetarian on some items. Still brought them out and said oh this does have meat. On reservation stated it was daughters bday and nothing was ever mentioned. Had to ask. It was just okay, nothing exceptional. Staff refilling water and clearing plates was awesome.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I use OpenTable especially when I am visiting cities where I do not live, and want to select a restaurant, often on vacation or a special occasion. The reviews for LaScala were not at all representative of the restaurant where I hosted 11 people for my son’s 21st birthday this past weekend. When we arrived, 5 minutes after the 7:30 reservation time, the hostess seemed flustered and did not have a table ready for us, despite having booked it weeks in advance and confirmed earlier in the day. Not a good start. Apparently, a 2-top was lingering on a large banquette wall, right in the center, where they had intended to seat us. After 5 minutes I showed her another area in the dining room and said, “what about putting those tables together”....voila!

All in all, it felt like an Olive Garden type restaurant, with goopy pastas, bland soggy pizzas and hard, tasteless meatballs. But....the prices were not Olive Garden prices. Would not go back.

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

My family enjoyed ourselves. The food was excellent and our server, Rosario was very professional and helpful with our suggestions.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Most of the food was great except for the chicken. Service was slow and not too attentive. Free parking is a plus.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Did not appreciate being seated with crying babies and families without being asked for a preference and there were choices available.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a big chicken parm fam and LaScala’s is the best

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

Excellent all around from service to food to atmosphere.

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

Always good food and good service!

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FH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this spot I have been dining here for years it’s always my go2 when I’m Downtown with the wife and we have never been disappointed with the food or service and the new look is just right w/ the lighting

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LW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food - good service. We had two waiters that kept interrupting us asking us the same questions each time...was very annoying.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to LaScala. The atmosphere and service were fine. The main course was veal parmesan. The pasta was overcooked and the veal so thickly breaded that it was hard to determine the actual meat. The prices would have been reasonable for an excellent meal but the price was too high for such a mediocre plate. It was very disappointing.

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C
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Heard there is a new chef. Food was not as good.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service was just ok. I probably won’t go back-too many other good options in area.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall food with good. Only compaint was the Tuna. It was cut into slices which were much too think and influenced the taste of the tuna....should have been very thinly sliced.

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SK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our go-to place before a show at the Walnut Street Theatre because the food is always good? This time we tried something new, the artichoke starter and it was delicious! The staff were so nice and attentive without being intrusive! Love it!

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g
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience at La Scala.
My sister recommended it.
The staff were very helpful.
We would enjoy dining with you again.
Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had not been there for a while, the food is not what I expected.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a wonderful time! The food was DELISH. Come hungry because they do not skimp on the portions. The atmosphere is tidy and romantic. We had such an amazing night and can not wait to return.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered my favorite entree Spicy Tuna. It is not spicy but it is so so yummy. My husband had a pasta dish & the pasta is so so good. The waiter was very accomodating.
We love the back room.
Perfect dinner in town.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was absolutely horrible, this place should never never participate in restaurant Week, we ask for manger so we can get service and we where told he’s to busy working at bar, very poor customer service ☹️☹️👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽

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MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...awesome place!

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ME
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing from beginning to end! First off, the free bread is delicious and so hot and fresh. The meals are so plentiful, each of us had to take it home for leftovers, and as a poor graduate student, this was perfect! I highly recommend the tiramisu for dessert. It was so delicious that we each had to get our own. I’m definitely coming back!

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible Restaurant Week experience at LaScala’s. The portions were huge and we left full with plenty of leftovers. The Meatball Trio was pretty good and I’m VERY picky with regards to meatballs (hard to beat my father’s). The Chicken Marsala was delicious; I haven’t had a good Marsala in a long time. The Tiramisu was a great dessert. Overall, I was very impressed and would definitely recommend to all.

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JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to LaScala’s for Restaurant Week and it didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious (highly recommended the muscles) and they definitely did not skimp on the portion size. The wait staff was excellent and very attentive. I can’t wait to go back again!

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MT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was excellent

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service . Could not ask for a better experience .

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