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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 243-1740
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Ranked #9 of 8,381 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $80
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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550 reviews 550 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
363 helpful votes 363 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We had heard and read about La Scarola for a few years. But when we drove west on Grand Avenue and discovered that what could be the best Italian restaurant in Chicago was located in an area where parking is impossible, we put our reservation on the back-burner. But friends encouraged us to try it--valet parking is only $7.50, they... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Was in Chicago this week and wanted a great authentic Italian meal and this place was everything the Trip Advisor reviews said it was! Got there at 7:30 on a Thursday evening and the place was packed but seated right away. Great wine, great dishes, great service! Don't miss this place if your looking for a great Italian meal!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I was in the hunt for a great Italian Restaurant. La Scarola on 721 W. Grand came highly recommended. Please call ahead for a reservation. The owner/manager was very attentive, funny and personable. He walked to each table greeting the guest. He made meal & wine recommendations and he used his cell phone flash light so we could see the... More 

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Alsip, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I loved every thing about this place. We had reservations on a Sat night and was seated right away. We had great service and even better food. The place to go if you love veal!!!

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Menlo Park, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I was here on a Friday night at 6:30 and every seat was taken; I'm glad I called a few days before for a reservation. This is an established classic Italian restaurant that serves excellent food and wine. In spite of it being so busy, the waitstaff were extremely efficient and friendly. The room is very noisy so this is... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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114 reviews 114 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Tripadvisor reviews led me to another great find. I wanted to take a group to something off the beaten path of the traditional downtown places and this caught my eye. As the cab pulled over, the outside wasn't appealing but I was confident of the inside from the reviews...they were spot on. A casual, homey feel and decor sets the... More 

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East Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I attended a family function at La Scarola. The food was very good, with generous portions. However, the restaurant was packed on Friday night, and very noisy. It would have been nice if we could have had a private room. The servers were very nice.

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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I visited on a friends recommendation. We were not dissapointed. We had the sausage appretizer, shared a house salad, and had two different chicken entrees. All of it was very fresh and really flavorful!! Portions were large enough to where we both took some home. The atmosphere is like a neighborhood place with pictures of famous patrons... More 

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Illinois City, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a very quaint neighborhood Italian restaurant. The inside is kind of like a throwback to the 50s or 60s The food is excellent and well prepared. The portions are very large and the prices are reasonable. Our table had bruschetta, pasta dishes and veal and all were excellent. No one could finish their dinner. The waiters were knowledgeable.... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We dined with a group of 14 on a very busy Friday night so we ate family style. The food was excellent and so was the service. Expect a long wait though as the folks who know great food love this restaurant.

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Additional Information about La Scarola

Address: 721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone Number: (312) 243-1740
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 80
Cuisine: Italian

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