LaScala's - Philadelphia

4.4
2261 reviews
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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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Columbus
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and atmosphere at LaScala’s were okay but the food was very disappointing. Everything we ordered tasted very bland. We ordered the calamari based on another review, but found it to lack flavor. We then both had veal dishes - piccata and Marsala and the sauces were not at all good - lacked flavor. Overall a disappointing meal and I would not recommend this restaurant. The marinara sauce with the calamari was good, so maybe if you stay with dishes that have that, you’ll be okay.

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LD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My salmon was completely dried out. Way to overcooked

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

Myself and entire group loved the food and ambiance of the restaurant. Will definitely return soon for dinner or another occasion. The waitress was awesome and the gentlemen working there were as well.

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LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!! Meat Trois!!! Kevin the waiter is highly recommended

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F
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and the perfect location for a tourist staying near Independence Hall!

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N
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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LC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server, Phil who was so very attentive to our group for all of our needs. We were a few minutes late for our reservation which was at 4pm for a business related meeting. Our table was perfect for our meeting, the place was fairly quiet for awhile. The food was amazing (the gnocchi was incredible, the salads a great portion.) we had a wonderful experience with wonderful service! Thank you!

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner and the atmosphere. Great service. Would definitely recommend.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Really good food. Big portions. I would definitely return.

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GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing as well as the food. everything tasted so fresh. this was our first time here and we were very impressed. the parmesan crusted artichokes for appetizer - highly recommend! impeccable experience!

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RA
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to this spot (in the historic district of Philly) was great. We appreciated the varied menu with several offerings new to us. The quality of food and service were all quite good. We'll be back!

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AK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hadn't been to La Scala for a few years. They've upgrades their beer list (now having IPAs) and the wine list is pretty decent. The calamari was cooked perfectly, as always, but a bit under seasoned. Fantastic soup and salad. Gnochi was really dense and not as we recalled from prior visits - light as air; so maybe it was an off night. Nevertheless, we'll definitely go back. The service was attentive, good drinks, and nice food.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service and plenty of time to talk with our guests

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s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

came there with my children for restaurant week and we loved it. they are very difficult to please so was very happy for their review. The free parking was a plus. then again on Thursday with friends from NJ and they also truly enjoyed all of it. will be back again.

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BK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always flavorful and not bland. Great ambiance.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff was great and the restaurant was comfortable and clean. The food was very good, but not great, but the portions were large so overall great value.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks and great service !

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very mediocre Italian restaurant. Definitely not a place I’d go again. Pizza sauce looked and tasted like it came out of a can. Ricotta board was good though

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G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love that the restaurant honors a reservation on a Saturday night. That's always a good beginning.
This is not my first time at La Scala, and I can say they are consistently good in both a service and food.
We are usually a group of 6-8, and they always get the order right. Great choice for before the theater.

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HF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

My husband and I were seated next to a table of unsupervised children. They were loud and obnoxious. Their parents did not pay attention to them. How rude of the parents. LaScala, however, should not have allowed this to happen. There are places to dine with unruly children. I didn't think LaScala was one of them.

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JL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dinner. Perfect timing, service and atmosphere. We are frequent patrons and rarely disappointed. Recommended

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian American comfort food, all ingredients were so fresh! Great spot for family lunch

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TB
Philadelphia
209 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great music & atmosphere!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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
209 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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Amsterdam
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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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