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La Scarola

721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (The Loop)
(312) 243-1740
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Ranked #27 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $80
Hours:
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
Neighborhood: The Loop
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

La Scarola seems a little run down compared to other places that serve food that is as good. The walls are jammed with photographs of various celebrities with the owner of the restaurant. You can hear the noise and smell the aromas coming from the kitchen. The menu is written down on a sheet of paper and then photocopied for... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've been to La Scarola once before when they used to serve lunch. It was the best lunch at an Italian restaurant I ever had, so I decided that I would visit every time I visit Chicago. This time I went for dinner with my husband. It was amazing as usual. I love that you can come as you are... More

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Solana Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is the fourth time we've been here- try to get here whenever we're in Chicago from the west coast. Simply stated, this is the best Italian food I've ever had, and Italian is my favorite! Large portions, fabulous sauces, great veal dishes. Don't miss this place!

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I went here for a recent dinner at the invitation of a friend. WOW! Was I impressed. Food was excellent, the staff friendly, and the atmosphere was great. We had a large group of people and they managed to get all our meals out quickly, hot and without error. This definitely goes on my list of places to come back... More

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Chicago, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

While I LOVED the food, the musty smell in the space, was not so nice. Maybe change the carpeting?? Service could be a little better, I felt rushed, and all we wanted to do was sit there for a couple of hours and unwind after a long week. I will return for the wonderful seafood pasta dishes and the salmon.... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Brought here by a friend, and surprised I'd never heard of it. The food was delicious, and the portions huge! If you're not sharing, you'll get another meal out of your dinner. Only complaint is that it is extremely noisy and tightly packed with tables. Not a good choice for a quiet, intimate meal.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and myself were in Chicago for a Cubs game last week, and went on Tripadvisor to get recommendations for an authentic Italian restaurant. Numererous quick replies recommended La Scarola, so off we went. Had a cab drop us off at the front door, and our first impression was "Really"? If I was just walking down the street looking... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Got a recommendation to dine here and knew very little about the place, the food was stunning and I found the ambiance quaint. I was staying in the city so a bit of a drive to get there but absolutely worth it. The way food should be done.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

People in Chicago rave about this place and I don't understand why. First of all the place needs an update. I understand the retro look but this place doesn't look very well kept. My first instinct was to leave because I felt the place looked a little dirty but we didn't. In any case, I was there with family and... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is what old Chicago is all about. Loved the atmosphere, food and most of all the service. We had a great time and were treated so well by all.

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