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La Scarola

721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (The Loop)
(312) 243-1740
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Ranked #35 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: The Loop
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English first
Toledo, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful restaurant with the quintessential Italian atmosphere. The bread, fried zucchini appetizer, risotto with goat cheese, Penne alla Vodka and Vitello di Franco were amazing! Our waiter, Jack, was fun to interact with. We got there via the bus from the Loop - easy and quick. It will be our first pick next time we visit Chicago!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This was hands down some of the best Italian food I've ever had (and my Grandfather is Italian). I got the eggplant parm, and my friends got the chicken parm. We all loved it, and tried our best to finish (but the portions were very large). The restaurant has such a homey, comfortable atmosphere - I actually felt like I... More

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Frisco, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My friend insisted that we eat here after hearing it is the best Italian in Chicago, and it was simply amazing! The authentic lasagna is to die for. We also had grilled chicken in a lemon butter sauce with with fresh spinach that was mouth watering. The restaurant has a cozy neighborhood atmosphere with many guests who were regulars and... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My wife was very disappointed as, given it's ratings, we expected a lot more. For anyone staying near the Miracle Mile, the restaurant is somewhat out of the way. It's more like a large neighborhood bistro than a fine dining restaurant. It felt like we were eating in a restaurant that was still back in the 50's. It could use... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The food was not great but still not bad at all. We had a three course meal and every plate was a bit tasteless and cost a lot. Good selection of wine and a cool atmosphere!

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Rising Sun, MD.
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86 reviews 86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We made a reservation at this restaurant in Chicago, since it was the best rated for italian food. I'm italian, and to me this was not very good italian food. There were six of us in our party and five of us ordered different things, and they were all pretty disappointing. My husband ordered pasta that had onions, and sausage... More

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Palm City, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

From the outside it doesn't look like much but once you walk through the door is a magical experience. It's tight quarters and a little loud but once you taste the food nothing else matters. The food is fresh and delicious. Penne ala vodka very good but the real winner spaghetti loquercio a must try! the prices are reasonable. Definitely... More

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ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Atmosphere is lively and authentic. No pretense. Just incredible food and drink with a staff that will blow your mind. Armando handles the crowd and makes everyone feel as regulars. The food is fantastic with service to match. The menu is diverse and the specials delicious. You will not stop smiling. I have eaten in just about every fine dining... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I decided to take my girlfriend here since she was from out of town. I had looked at the recent reviews of La Scarola and thought why not try it out! I am a huge fan of TripAdvisor and knows how much it means to look at TripAdvisor when it comes to reviews and ratings of restaurants in certain places.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We took our family (9 adults, 2 toddlers) here while in town for a wedding. The place is older and small-about 100 seats visible across three crowded rooms, with a look and feel much like family-owned restaurants where I've eaten in Italy. Service was impeccable, warm, and friendly. The menu has a wide variety of traditional fare, and there is... More

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