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About LaScala's - Philadelphia

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.

615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily:(Except Sunday) 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: (Dinner served all day) 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
7th & Chestnut Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 928-0900

Website:
http://www.lascalasphilly.com/about.html

Catering:
Catering is available. Please visit our website at www.lascalasphilly.com for details.

Parking Details:
Free parking in garage above, entrance on 7th Street. Free after 3:00pm Monday - Friday (with purchase of an entree) & all day on Saturday & Sunday (with purchase of an entree)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website at www.lascalasphilly.com for our Special Events Menu or call us at 215-928-0900 or email at events@lascalasphilly.com for more details.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Private Dining

Whether it be a business luncheon or a private dinner party, LaScala's will create a special menu for groups of 15 to 65 guests. Menus include three courses. Please contact the restaurant for details.

LaScala's - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

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4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Casual (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
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Special Occasion (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Romantic (13)
Authentic (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (10)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Healthy (6)
Live Sports (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

Service and Restaurant were nice. Food was just ok.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was delicious! The service was amazing. The only problem we had was the lobster ravioli was a tad bit salty but other then that everything was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

wonderful food and great service we enjoyed everything...highly recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband enjoyed every minutes especially the appetizers AND main course.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Came here on a date. I ordered the seafood fradiavlo which isn’t a dish I’d usually order given it’s spicey flavor, but it was delicious. Instead of ordering dessert from a menu the waiter presented us with a pan filled with different kinds and we picked from there. Will come again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Had a great time. Will definitely visit again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I always have a great dining experience at LaScala’s. Whether it is for lunch or dinner, the food is always expertly prepared and served. The gnocchi and sauces are excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went here on a Saturday for dinner. There were not many people there but our waiter seemed to be waiting on too many tables. They seemed to be short staffed. Our waiter, Joe, was not attentive and barely spoke to us. We ordered glasses of wine and it took 15 minutes for him to bring them to us. We also ordered calamari for an appetizer and it took 35 minutes for us to get it. When it finally arrived, it was cold. Our entrees took another half hour to come out and I was not impressed with the lobster ravioli. Not sure if I will be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was absolutely delectable and at a very reasonable price!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a good dining experience at LaScala. The food and service are first rate.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is our go-to place for pre-theater dining. Never disappointed, always great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We ate here with friends for New Year's Eve. First for the pros: the space is lovely, we could easily hear each other talking, the wine list was varied and interesting, and our server was professional and helpful. Now the cons: When we arrived at exactly the time of our reservation the waitress told us "We're really booked so it will be a while." I thought she had misunderstood that we had a reservation, so when I mentioned that she responded with: "So does everyone else, and they're all waiting too." She never apologized, or acknowledged that they didn't have a table ready, and was verging on rude in her response. Really unpleasant. As it turned out we were seated within ten minutes of arriving, in a room with at least 7 empty tables. Bizarre. Re: the food, the polenta appetizer was delicious as were the baby artichokes. The salad was mediocre. Two of us enjoyed our entrees (both chicken dishes) and two were not happy (a goat cheese pasta dish that was "basic" and a salmon dish that was "overcooked"). Overall not sure I'd return. So many wonderful restaurants to choose from.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went here for New Years with my girlfriend. Honestly, the food was very good. However, the service was very poor. It took us over 20 minutes to get a drink, and it was after our meal was served which became pointless. It wasn’t even crowded his evening, and it was New Years. Also, they charged us 70 dollars for 2 old fashioned and 2 vodka’s on the rocks. That is honestly ridiculous. It was Tito’s vodka! Overall, good was great but not worth the price tag.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food and service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was great. The bread was amazing, the portions were huge, the price was right, and the food was great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We just happened upon this wonderful restaurant by accident on a family trip to Philadelphia. We were so impressed with the food, service and being family friendly. It has a very classy feel. The food is wonderfully authentic true Italian. It’s the best cannoli I’ve ever had and I grew up in the NYC area and best Tiramisu. I could go on. We loved it and would definitely go back another time.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great Family atmosphere! Our family enjoyed the dinner bread and had the waiter bring multiple baskets of it. My husband had the lobster ravioli which were flavorful, rich, and filling. I had the fresh pasta entree which was really tasty and wonderful! I recommend this restaurant and it’s friendly
Atmosphere.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My adult children & I dined there on Christmas Eve at 6. I decided to go out mid week instead of cooking. I stumbled upon this restaurant as all my favorite restaurants were already booked. I liked that it featured Italian pasta dishes as my daughter doesn't eat meat or seafood. The bonus was they offered free parking which is ridiculously priced in center city & at times, is a deal breaker.
The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Service was slow and it wasn't that busy. Our waiter never checked on how we found the food or whether we required anything else. The server was more mindful. Due to season, I left over a 20% tip, but service did not meet my standards.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always excellent service and
Food with a nice atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always a great experience at LaScalas, whether you sit at the bar or at a table, you'll get excellent service! Our server even brought out some home- made Lemoncello on the house!Lots of appetizers to choose from and delicious dinner entres at reasonable prices!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Really good meal - nice ambiance. I would recommend trying this restaurant .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always good food, it was work lunch, at christmas, so very crowded, hence slower than normal service. Salad portions appear to be shrinking, that causes value to go down from top notch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation but the host was running around trying to help the wait staff. We finally were checked in, but waited a while until we were attended to, which is something I read on the comments prior to arrriving. Our waiter was very nice, but you could tell he was the only one working or the restaurant was short staffed. It took a while to get our drinks and appetizers. Everything was just ok. Pretty disappointing for a Sunday night family dinner

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

LaScala’s is always a favorite go-to! It’s the perfect place for my family and I to dine when they’re in town. As always, we left stuffed and with leftovers for the next day.

The staff were pleasant and attentive! Food portions are amazing for the price, and you’ll most likely leave with food!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We went Saturday night before seeing Annie at the Walnut street theater. We had 4 kids with us so the kids menu was perfect! My husband and I both had fabulous meals! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were in a rush to see a show in the city. The staff accommodated us and the food was delicious!! Five star would def go back and they have free parking, which we didn’t know until after but good for next time!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food very good. Enjoyed bread served before meal, but "garlic sticks" served with sausage and peppers not good, almost like cardboard. Rest of food delicious.
Had to flag down server for water refill.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 10, 2017

La Scala's was very accommodating as we showed up an hour and a half early for our reservation as our plans had changed. They figured it out and seated us shortly after we arrived. The food was very authentic Italian with numerous choices for everyone. The atmosphere was very nice and the table and chairs were very comfortable after walking around the city in the cold. The wait staff was very attentive but not too attentive. Over all, we had a very nice meal in a very nice Italian restaurant and the pricing was very reasonable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We arrived 20 min early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Luigi our water was fantastic. He handled multiple tables while maintaining quick service and fun rapport . Portions were big and the food was phenomenal. The bread.was to die for. We shared polenta to start, it was creamy and delicious. My husband and the pork chop while I had the Bronzino which was filleted table side. So good! Will definitely be coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Slow service, average food. Not up to the expectations based on other reviews.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Restaurant had great atmosphere. Decorated warm and friendly. We were seated right away. Was not crowded. Took our waiter about ten minutes to take our drink order. Another 15 just to bring a Shirley Temple and a glass of house Cabernet. I looked around to see if it was the crowd but it looked normal to me. Nothing crazy. Once our drinks were brought to us our waiter left and it was another 10 min before he took out appetizer order. Once it was taken, we received our food quickly. Dinner also came out quickly but by another server. Our waiter never came to our table to ask how we were. Never asked if we needed a refill on our drinks and we never saw him again till I asked if we could have our check because we had theater tickets. I worked in the food service industry for years. I know how hectic things can be especially around the holidays but at 6 pm on a Friday Lascala was not THAT crowded. I also noticed a few other tables experiencing the same problem. A couple with their sons waiting a long time for just a drink order. I also made my reservations on the Open Table App and a half hour into my meal someone called my phone from the restaurant asking if I was coming still. I told them I've been here for a half hour. Could have been just a bad night. I won't NOT come back and I'll hope the service would be better next time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Usually have a great meal at LaScala. We have been coming for at least 8 years. This visit was a big disappointment. Our server was very efficient & kind, but the kitchen team was having an off night. My husband & daughter ordered the veal. Both veal dishes ordered - 3 tiny pieces of veal - really tiny. It was actually ridiculous at the price being charged. The veal had
lots of capers and small amount of mushrooms pieces. Pasta was not Al dente and seemed a bit over cooked. I had the lobster ravioli. Big Disappointment. Ravioli would have been decent, but covered in a thick cheesy-ish type sauce. It was menu-described as lobster suace, but I don't even know what it was.
My son had the gnocchi, and they too were not up to par, (thick & though) although the alfredo/gorganzola sauce was very good.
Appetizers were their Long hots & they were awesome. Best part of the meal. All chesses were topshelf and the marinara was very good. Sorry. We will be back because we have had so many good meals in the past, and hopefully the kitchen will be back on track.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious and our service was outstanding. However, as the whole restaurant is rather small the noise of the bar easily overtakes the entire room and makes it difficult to hold a conversation. The food also seemed slightly overpriced for the menu options. I believe I could find the same food for cheaper somewhere else.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

For what I was after, the restaurant worked. I went there with a friend to eat before going to a piano recital at the American Philosophical Society a few blocks away. The food was not bad, and the linguine was very good, but there was too much of it. I could not take a doggie bag because I was going to a concert.

My only real complaint is that the menu posted online was outdated. Prices were higher and some of the selections had changed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my first time at La Scala and, hopefully, will not be my last. Found this place by accident while walking around the area. Read the menu in the window and decided this was the place to have a late lunch/early dinner before a show.
The grilled salmon with spinach and potatoes was very tasty. Be aware - portion size is quite large. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

LaScalas is my favorite restaurant in the Market East / Olde City neighborhood. Very Good Italian appetizers and entrees in a relaxed setting that doesn’t break the bank. Try the risotto arancini and seafood fusilli!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy and it seemed that our server was rushed. He told us our drinks were slow because the bartender was backed up. We weren’t offered refills other then for water. The free parking is a great perk. Despite the service issues, I would return. The food was really good and it was a nice place to have conversation and we didn’t feel rushed at all.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Slow service, they messed up my order and the replacement dish took so long to come others in my party were almost done with their dinners so I sent it back. Manager did try to make it right with a round of drinks deducted. Others did enjoy their food but this was a one time visit for me.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant and the food was good. The portions were really large, except for the ravioli which were only four regular sized ones. Most of us enjoyed our entrees, but the seafood fra diavolo was extremely spicy. We specifically asked if it was very hot and they said no. My husband tasted it and said even he thought it was extremely spicy (he likes things very, very spicy). Overall we all thought the food was descent.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was great, food was good but not warm let alone hot. I never send a plate back so I’m sure it could have been easily remedied had I done so. Very pleasant.

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