Scalo Italian Restaurant

4.5
330 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Scalo is currently open on the Patio as well as limited capacity indoor dining.
Due to extremely limited seating capacity, reservations are highly recommended. We have a fully covered patio with partial glass/wall enclosure and a built-in heating system. We also supplement heating with portable heaters.
We respectfully request that should your plans change, please cancel/modify your reservation at the earliest. This allows other guests on the waiting list, to confirm their plans.

See you then!
i migliori saluti!

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Experiences

  • Post Festival Tango Dinner by Amilonga & Scalo

    $30.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 8, 2021 only

    Join us at SCALO for a Milonga and Dinner! November 8 : 6PM- 9PM 3 Course Pre-Fixe Dinner - $30 Per Person (Plus Tax and Gratuity) MENU - House Salad - Choice of Truffle Tagliatelle(Veg)/Crispy Salmon/Chicken Gigli Pesto (Gluten Free Available) - Choice of Tiramisu/Cannoli - A glass of Sangria/White-Wine/Red-Wine Scalo will be reserved exclusively for this event only. The doors will open at 5:30 and you may order a pre-dinner cocktails from our full bar! Seating choices include main dining room or our heated outdoor patio. Reservation is required and seating will be first come first served basis. Please note that due to organizational constraints, the reservation is non-refundable after November 1st. Vaccination proof mandatory!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 330 people are saying
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IoanaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and wine. Service was excellent. We dined outside si the noise from Central was too much at times. However the large overhead heater was fantastic and made eating outside really pleasant.

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nodirtydishes
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate Burrata and grilled octopus for appetizers. They were great. Dinner was the veal chop. It was the best I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to eat it again! Bry was our server and she was excellent.

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vipPaVaNc
Naples
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night in town before heading home & made a spur of the moment decision to spend my birthday at Scalo. It was a great decision. We were welcomed into the restaurant & seated promptly.
Both my husband & I throughly enjoyed our entrées, appetizer, & the extensive wine list. One of the best Italian meals we have had in years. The waitstaff was friendly, professional & attentive. A truly wonderful way to end our vacation.

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Erica87043
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the special $60 meal before the Italian Film Festival movie at National Dance Institute. We had a lovely Tuscan Red (got a whole bottle), salad, bread, Salmon and asparagus on a bed of creamy risotto. We were stuffed so took our huge piece of Tiramisu home. It was soooo good! We highly recommend Scalo. We are glad you are back!

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NatalieB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food. Friendly server. And the special $60 menu for two people was a GREAT value for money. My friend and I liked it so much, we talked about going again the next day!!!

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Hawaii1107
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and everything was wonderful. From Alyssa’s service to the Burata appetizer, the entrees, desert and wine selection the four of us had a great time and all enjoyed the food and the evening

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TomT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration with friends could hardly have been better. The pulpo special appetizer was tender and tasty, perfectly (lightly) grilled with sensuous butter and garlic dressing the pre-cut morsels. The stuffed veal chop that followed was near as big as my head, with a luscious, mushroom-laden, dark demi-glace to highlight the meat-and-fresh-mozzarella flavors underlying it. The rest of the table swooned over the perfectly pillowy gnocchi, the gigli chicken pesto, and a personal-size pepperoni pizza.

Our server, a cheerful lass originally from Brooklyn, brought her New Yawk Italian sass to the party, while providing highly professional and properly attentive (i.e., not over-hovering) ministrations that let us chat, laugh and lounge without spending the whole night at it.

I'll come back. if you try the place, I think you will, too.

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vipSarahC
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Havent been to scalo’s in years. Everything was great, just didn’t feel worth the high cost.

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AmyK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Two of the four orders came out wrong - not what my friends ordered. The waiter said it was our fault because we accepted the plates, but we didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. However, one entree was cold so we sent it back. He was nice and said that he would remove the cold entree from the bill. Instead of taking off that entree, he took off the lowest price entree. That’s not right.

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LorettaC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the waitress’ voice is loud and carries across the room. Great waitstaff. Our waitress offered which appetizers would be good for our table and made out decision much easier!

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Swingdancegal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scalo is always a great place to eat and this has not changed with the new owners. The staff is very nice and helped us pick out a bottle of wine for my friend's birthday. The patio is a good option for those who are concerned about eating indoors and the tables are spaced apart.

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RachelE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scalo was fantastic! Ambiance, service, and food were all really just wonderful. I am hit or miss with pesto, I either love it or hate it, but I took a chance on the chicken pesto dish and I was not disappointed. It was the best pesto I have ever had! We will definitely be returning!

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ItalianLover
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We have always loved Scalo. It's our "neighborhood" restaurant, and has had a superb reputation with us and everyone. Our dinner was terrible. My kale salad looked wonderful but was completely tasteless because the dressing had no zip to it. My short rib pasta had fatty short ribs, far too many, glutenous sauce (far too much), and it was all poorly seasoned with too much salt. My companion's entree was a pasta dish with chicken he said tasted "day old" - it was dry inside. This is the third time I have enthusiastically made reservations at Scalo and come away disappointed. The fabulous chef that was there for a while after reopening has been replaced by one who hasn't got the touch. I'm sorry to submit such a negative review, but I hope Scalo gets a better chef (this was a Wednesday night) so we can return to what was our favorite restaurant in Albuquerque. Right now, I will not recommend it to anyone. :(

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vipQ1127
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall very good. We had a nice table by the window. We had a bit of everything. Salad, Pizza, Pasta and Fish. My Tagliatelle was outstanding. Gave a 4 starts instead of 5 for just a couple minor criticisms: Margarita Pizza was more of a cheese pizza than margarita - but still good. And the risotto under the salmon was a bit salty. Overall recommend!

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks you for your kind review. We have made a note of your issues and will address them. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!

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John
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 4 of us for dinner last night. All were satisfied Greatly Good food great staff and a really great manager Chuck and great owners


John Snyder

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks John for your kind review! We are glad that your visit was great!

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vipFoodie
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service was slow, waiter rude and despite having a reservation our table was given away so we were stuck in an undesirable area. Bolognese way too salty; won’t be back

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Dear Foodie, Thank you for your feedback. We are very disappointed that your visit was so unsatisfactory. We can not make any excuses for bad service ad will address this with our staff. We sincerely hope that you will give us another chance to make amends. Thanks again!

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Kjch
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor brunch experience. Attentive and friendly staff.

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you Kjch for your kind review!

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michellea
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Server was very green and knew almost nothing about the menu. Wrong drinks delivered; every question required them to leave and check with someone else; every entree delivered to the incorrect recipient. My entree was missing several ingredients from the listing on the menu; I understand shortages and supply challenges, but when you print the menu daily, you have the opportunity to update as these challenges present themselves. All other entrees were fine but nothing to write home about. I spoke with the manager prior to asking for check, they didn’t comp a single drink or even our dessert. This is nothing like the old Scalo, which is a shame. Will not return.

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Dear Michaellea, Thank you for your feedback. We are very disappointed that your visit was less than satisfactory. We will take some more time in training our new staff so that the service and food is at the level expected of a fine dining restaurant. We sincerely hope that you will give us another chance in future to make amends. Thanks again!

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Shuggie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - best Italian restaurant in Albuquerque and service is attentive but not excessive.

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks Suggie for your kind review!

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ChuckS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening on the patio. Staff was very attentive and enjoyable

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! We have added a few more noteworthy wines to our list recently. Hope to see you again soon!

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CatD
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food and wine expert who served me, Arnaldo, was a great person and I will ask for him again when I return to Scalo! The food was so great, I could have been eating it in Florence, Italia!! The patio was covered, which was nice in the rain, and it was open to provide plenty of air circulation! The views of the mountains was great from the patio! I highly recommend this restaurant! Everyone (the hostess and all who stopped by my table) were very nice!!

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful review! Hope to see you again soon! Grazie mille!

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AnnC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving through the area and stayed at a Marriott. They recommended this restaurant to us which is located in a really cute section of town…. Nob Hill. Give us exactly what we were looking for after a full day of driving a car across the country. Outside patio in perfect weather with excellent service by our waitress Alicia. There are glass partitions that surround the outdoor patio to keep noise level down. The outdoor lighting gave it the perfect ambience. There’s a lot to do in this neighborhood and afterwords we walked the street and found more entertainment. It was a great dinner with awesome food and craft cocktails.

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! Hope to see you again on your next visit to Albuquerque! Grazie Mille!

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CourtneyH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Scalo! So glad it’s back…new and improved in every aspect! Wonderful service…we will definitely be back regularly!

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks Courtney for your kind review! See you again soon! Grazie Mille!

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JosephinaW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is beautiful after restoration of interieur and the new owner came to our table to introduce himself. Very appreciated and nice.
The girl on the entrance to meet you and bring you to your table is very attentive and nice, as is everybody in the restaurant.
Our server Sergio, was very informative and stayed very friendly and upbeat. We where not in a hurry and he had patience all the time.
The food was great, the antipasto, the Chilean sea bass , salmon and pasta where excellent, even as our drinks.
Well done to the kitchen staff and all the people who work there!
Great atmosphere and good food

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Sanford
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While this was not our first return visit following the reopening of Scalo Italian Restaurant, it was a delightful time with excellent food. It was not possible when the reservation was made to specifically request outdoor seating, but it was available when we arrived. A nearby party was a little loud, but we were able to communicate all right, nonetheless. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable parts of the dining experience this time was the superb attentiveness of Arnoldo as an outstanding, friendly, informed and congenial wait person. I'll ask for him when I return and invite others to do the same. But the wait staff was genuine and well trained, because when I had a particular need, another wait staff member who was passing by came immediately to my assistance. For me, a nice dining experience is about far more than the food. It's the combination of food, setting, ambiance, service and much more (including ease of parking). Thanks to everyone on the staff at Scalo Italian Restaurant who contributed to a delightful dining experience!

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vipDebbieB
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Great staff!! Great Food!

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Josie4dinner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Arnoldo was exceptional!

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Arwmjw
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Two of our three entrees were way too salty.

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DLSK
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an issue with our reservation but it was corrected which was appreciated. Service was very good. They food was very good but not very generous portions for the price.

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vipSandra
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new version of Scalo is very welcome back, with an elegant and more casual vibe and lots of patio seating. The food was excellent. Prices a bit high. We'll be back.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Scalo for a special occasion and were very pleased with the remodeling they accomplished last year. As always service and food were excellent.

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LydiaL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was a big disappointment. Tasted like some of it was premise and heated up. Totally unlike previous version of Scalos. Wait staff not very experienced. The table next to is sent their cocktails back. Would not go back again. Big waste of money. Quite expensive and food was below par.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnaldo was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place.

The food was delicious and the service was pleasant and attentive.

Definitely a favorite eatery.

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vipClintH
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The noise from Central is very unpleasant. You should start complaining to the mayor and city council.

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SusanW
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in the new era after years of enjoying Scalo. It was not disappointing. Same fantastic dining experience.

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MARKG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waited a bit before being noticed
Service was then rushed I used to have nice dinners 🥘 here, but not this time very disappointed: this was not the best especially for the price you pay…

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ColtonM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Everything on the menu is excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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vipdanneileen
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice dinner experience being on the patio since it was way too cold inside! Service & salmon & chicken pesto was great however took an hour to get our food after being seated….

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CharlesJ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Scalp is and has always been very good. Duck breast was outstanding. Service was good but a little slow.

FAQs

Scalo Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 522-3800.

Scalo Italian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

Scalo Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/scalo/giftcards.

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.