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Elevated dining with comfy food! - Scalo, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo

4.6
4.6
902 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A contemporary interpretation on authentic European Italian flavors served with superior service and an upscale ambiance—this is Scalo. More than just a restaurant, Scalo is an experience, inviting guests on an Italian excursion of flavor, flair, and finesse. Prided on fresh ingredients and scratch-made recipes, Scalo is praised as one of Albuquerque’s best Italian eateries.
Scalo boasts elegant dining room, beautiful patio as well as a trendy bar with ample seating.
Reserve a table and prepare to indulge in a delicious, exquisite experience we like to call squisito!
i migliori saluti!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Modern European
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (505) 522-3800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Ruiz
  • Catering
    Cater your next party with special Scalo menu for groups of 16 or above.
  • Private party facilities
    Scalo boasts multiple private and semi-private dining venues for groups of 12 to 60
  • Neighborhood
    Albuquerque
  • Cross street
    Carlisle
  • Parking details
    Park in front of the restaurant or there are two private lots behind the Nob Hill Shopping Center south of Silver St. Street parking is free after 6PM as well as on Sundays!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • February Wine Dinner

    $65.00 per person

    Feb 28 - Feb 29, 2024
    February Wine Dinner Featuring the ICON-ROCK winery 4-course wine paired dinner $65++ COURSE 1 LATE WINTER SALAD Dandelion Greens | Herby Goat Cheese | ruby grapefruit | Olive Brine Dressing Paired with Icon Sauvignon Blanc COURSE 2 TUNA CRUDO Ahi tuna | thyme Oil | Prickly Pear | Jalapeno Paired with: Icon Chardonnay. COURSE 3 JAMMING LAMB Grilled Lamb Lollipop | Black Currant Jam | Root Vegetable Puree Paired with: Icon Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon. COURSE 4 BASIL BOMB Chocolate Basil Crème Brulée | Fried Basil Leaf Paired with: Icon Cabernet Sauvignon
    February Wine Dinner Photo

What 902 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Great for fine wines

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Albuquerque

    Great for brunch

  • Albuquerque

    Good for business meals

  • Albuquerque

    Great for fine wines

  • Albuquerque

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Albuquerque

    Good for special occasions

902 Reviews
  1. MichaelS

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not sure who is writing their glowing reviews. Paper table cloths, small drinks, so/so service and very mediocre food from a very limited menu.

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  2. KBee

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Really nice patio, food was delicious and creative and the staff was exceptionally accommodating for one of our companions.

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  3. BobW

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Zack, was absolutely fantastic. Thank you Zack for making our evening so great. Our friends from Pennsylvania were very impressed.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The seafood risotto was quite tasty, if only it was more than barely warm. The table seats were designed by the Marquis de Sade.

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  5. AnthonyP

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was part of a party of 4, we all had different entrees and we were all extremely happy with our food. We started off sharing the roasted olives and then were served, mushroom tagliatelle, short rib, seafood risotto and the winter squash ravioli. For dessert, we had cannoli. Everything was well prepared and attractively served. Our waitress was pleasantly attentive but did not hover. An entirely pleasant evening and I look forward to returning.

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  6. KateW

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Great service. Wish they had a wider non-alcoholic beverage selection.

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  7. Hank

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The gnocchi was delicious! Also love the tiramisu cake.

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  8. yuck

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    3 diners. All had excellent meals. Prompt and friendly server

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our wait staff was excellent & the food was amazing

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an awesome meal, our only issue is that we were told that “bottles of wine under $100 were half price on Tuesdays “ . We ordered a nice bottle from the “wine specials“ list but were not told that those were not half price and would have ordered a bottle from the regular list has we known. All in all an excellent meal, but disappointed with the misinformation, as we partly came on a Tuesday for the advertised discount. We informed our server who apologized, but nothing more.

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  11. RonB

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding bar , food and customer service. Danielle is always a pleasure to be seated in her area.

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  12. PaulH

    New Mexico

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was exceptionally good - best short rib I've ever eaten, and the tiramisu was exquisite. The restaurant is noisy - hard to have a conversation. Some well-placed acoustic ceiling tiles might make things quieter. Our waitperson was friendly, knowledgeable, and brought the food to us much faster than in other restaurants. On the whole, a great evening!

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  13. MarissaA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Scalo for our Anniversary and our evening was wonderful. I knocked off a star due to my husband’s steak being cooked more on the rare side when he ordered medium rare. Our waiter was outstanding and was very knowledgeable on the menu. Would definitely love to come back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience was absolutely fantastic. Our waiter Zac was very polite, friendly and attentive.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and wine were great, but we were seated so close to other people. There was barely enough room for the waiter to squeeze between the tables. I could hear their conversations and it was very awkward and distracting.

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  16. TracyT

    Las Vegas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious as always. The waiter seemed to be having an off day, so our service was a little weird. But overall, we love this place and will return!

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  17. RobertC

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, service is great, but noise level was very high

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  18. Sean

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Valentine’s Day, so it was a fixed price menu with a few options per course. Everything was delicious and the food came out fast. Scallops were perfect, salad/soup was fresh and very tasty. The rigatoni were great as well. Desert was a decadent chocolate tart and a super light and delicious take on red velvet, which I usually find to be very dense and heavy, but this was not. Our waiter, Sergio, was great throughout the meal.

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  19. SergioG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! Would definitely be dining at Scalos

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  20. SharonG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an early Valentine's Day dinner since they were booked for Valentine's Day. Our experience was outstanding from our appetizer, the entrees, and concluded with dessert. The service was outstanding, attentive, and friendly. We will definitely be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Scalo. Ambience was great, as well as the food and service. We are not wine drinkers, however they offer a wide selection of wine. They have a cute bar area if you are done dininng and want to stay for drinks or wine. A must try if you are in the UNM area.

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  22. DustinMcPhoto

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive staff and excellent food! Great for a date night!

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  23. PamB

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great server; helpful with recommendations, well versed with ingredients in all the dishes, very thoughtful when he noticed I was cold and brought hot water with mint in a carafe for me to warm my hands, attentive and not intrusive, sense of humor and very professional. Creamy wild mushroom sauce on homemade ribbon pasta was outstanding! Desserts were delicious. Wine selection average.

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  24. wandab

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. Erica was outstanding. We had a great time. Thank you!

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  25. Boberto

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! Scalo's been killing it the last couple years!

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  26. Rebecca

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite ABQ restaurant. No matter day of week or who I'm dining with, it hits just right! The service is always impeccable--Mariah is THE BEST bartender. Dining room is on par w the bar service, even when training new staff (you just get extra attention). The food is impeccable; Chef David Ruiz pays attention to the smallest of details. It is a place I frequent again and again and will again soon!

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  27. klaser

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb, scintillating + tip-top..Gibson treated us as VIPs..Truly one of the 5 best wine dinners ever..!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful wine dinner with some delicious and unique wines. We are looking to purchase some of primitivo and the muscato d’asti. Outstanding pairings by the chef!

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  29. ErinM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    While the food was very delicious and the atmosphere was energetic and fun, our server really made the meal great. She was patient, informative, attentive and cordial. Her professionalism really shined.

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  30. mckmodrn55

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are old-timers to Scalo, a neighborhood restaurant. But new chefs bring new thrills, sometimes. The starter of Caesar salad was unspectacular. Who's afraid of anchovy and garlic? It was a competent salad, but blah. The star dish, however, was the seafood risotto! Salmon belly and shrimp cooked perfectly, the risotto was lovely and a bit juicy. The dish was topped with two lumps of fried calamari. These weren't great quality, too rubbery, but all in all a very tasty dish. Affogato topped off this dinner for two.

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  31. RaymeR

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was backed up when we arrived on time for our reservations. The noise level was high. That said, we all enjoyed our meals, had excellent service, and feel we received good value. We will return.

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  32. Natalia

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scalo is always a great go to when in Nob hill. This is a great place for a date or just enjoying time with friends/family. We always get a bottle of champagne at least once appetizer and don’t hesitate to order anything off Chef David’s menu… no worries- EVERYTHING IS GOOD. Pizza is perfection. I love pasta and I always enjoy the carbonara or the mushroom pasta. Enjoy the meal, ambience and your company.

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  33. tealovernm

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted very pleasantly by the hostess. Had excellent service and delicious food beautifully presented.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Enjoyed it! Food, ambiance, noise level was great. Service was spectacular!

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  35. SandyS

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server seemed to be new and had difficulty with our wine order several times She did not understand the need to chill the champagne.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Brunch menu is too limited. Not much to choose from. For the menu not having much options not sure why it took forever for service.

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  37. JessicaG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Bloody Mary bar! Service was good and food was delicious.

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  38. AllenM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful choice for a night out and Italian cuisine.

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  39. TeriB

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Scalos to celebrate our 2 birthdays with our daughter. We requested Shawn to be our server b/c he had waited on us before and had taken such good care of us. My hubby ordered the ribs which he said were wonderful. My daughter and I ordered the NY Steaks. They were very flavorful, but they were so tough they were not even edible. We told Shawn, who offered to have them redone, but by that time we had already waited to be served and my husband was well into his dinner so we declined and said we'd deal with it. There was no offer of compensation, either monetary or for instance a free desert, glass of wine, etc. to make up for the poor quality of meat that was served. I brought my steak home and simmered it in broth for two hours to tenderize it enough to feed our dog. Pretty expensive dog food I must say! Unfortunately, we will not go back to Scalos again. $76 for two unedible meals is outragous!

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  40. MauraB

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been in the neighborhood for 18 months and I enjoy fine dining. However, this was my first visit as the menu is severely lacking in vegetarian options. My only complaint. Otherwise a nice visit for brunch.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Scalo using the Order Online button. Scalo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 522-3800.

Scalo is rated 4.6 stars by 902 OpenTable diners.

Scalo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Scalo

3500 Central Ave SE Suite J, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Carlisle
  • Neighborhood
    Albuquerque
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Park in front of the restaurant or there are two private lots behind the Nob Hill Shopping Center south of Silver St. Street parking is free after 6PM as well as on Sundays!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Ruiz
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (505) 522-3800
  • Catering
    Cater your next party with special Scalo menu for groups of 16 or above.
  • Private party facilities
    Scalo boasts multiple private and semi-private dining venues for groups of 12 to 60
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