We had never been here before. We arrived 15 minutes early for our 545 Opentable reservation and got sat immediately on the upper floor. It was pretty empty then, but filling up by 6pm. Our waiter was a little green, but a nice guy all the same. The table bread was pretty basic, and not particularly great. We had the calamari and shrimp appetizer, which came with some tomato sauce underneath. The sauce wasn't stand-out, but the calamari was very tender inside, nice and crispy outside. For my entree, I had the short ribs with mushrooms and veal reduction on a bed of polenta. The short ribs were cooked nicely, and cut apart easily. The sauce and mushrooms were very flavorful. The polenta was slightly uneven in density but fully cooked and a nice counterbalance to the saltiness of the meat. My wife had the short rib ravioli, and while I didn't try it, it looked great and she enjoyed it. I had 1 beer with our meal, and our total with tip was close to $80. So, it was pretty pricey, though honestly we could have done without the calamari. I'd only come here again for a special night out because of the price, but food-wise it was very nice. The atmosphere was good too, not too loud or bright, pretty classy feel.
It was a Friday night & the restaurant was too loud to have a conversation. Part of it was the crowd during a busy time & part of it was the music was too loud.
The service was a little slower than we had expected, full house, so we were unable to do the Birthday desert prior to our concert.
Food was wonderful, will return at a different time.
I hate to give 5's - nobody's perfect right? - but I don't know what I would change. The food is spectacular; I have never been disappointed there and last night was no exception. The service was also spot on. I couldn't recommend this place more highly.
Try to imagine the following: you love great food, mistakingly thinking that only in large metro areas of this country can you find subtle and delightful food creations, yet you arrive at a modified strip shopping center on the main drag near the University in Albuquerque to find a restaurant serving one of the consistently finest menus of northern Italian cuisine anywhere! Are you ever (delightfully) embarrassed! Such quality, such skilled and knowledgeable staff such affordable beverages and wines...the list goes on. Never again will you doubt that fine dining has arrived in middle America. If Scalo's is any example, it not only has arrived, it is flourishing!
Primarily we were there for the Bloody Mary bar. It was fun building your own drink. The only thing I would suggest is better organization. Someone needed to monitor the bar for items that had run out.
Our cocktails were excellent but 2 of us felt that our pasta dishes were too salty. The restaurant was packed and our waiter seemed to have a lot of tables. We were there to catch-up with friends so didn't mind the slower service. All of enjoyed their great desserts. Scalo's is a favorite spot!
This was our first time to Scalo which was a recommendation from a friend. I went with high hopes being our first time and all and was very disappointed. My chicken fettuccini was seasoned with too much salt to the point where I barely even touched my plate. Honestly my pasta reminded me of the instant packaged pasta called Knorr Pasta Sides; the only difference was the appearance of my pasta on a fancy plate. The flavor and pasta was almost identical with way too much sodium seasoned on top. The raviolis my wife ordered were decent but they could of used some kind of meat or anything else other than just pasta and sauce it was mundane. For the expensive prices and mediocre food, I was very disappointed.
My family took me here for my 21st birthday and it was great! Great food, great drinks, and they gave me a free tiramisu for my birthday. It’s a little dark so maybe bring your glasses if you need them
We have been diningat Scalo since 1993 and it is very reliable. Food and service always first class .
Everything was exceptional. The food was great and cooked to perfection. I would recommend Scalo to anyone.