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La Scarola

721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (The Loop)
(312) 243-1740
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Ranked #26 of 8,277 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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208 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After reading the reviews, we thought the food would be good, but the food was excellent. The three of us shared the clam appetizer, the eggplant parm and the chicken vesuvio. All exceeded our expectations. And to top it off we had the ricotta cheesecake....to die for. Great food, great service, great evening. We will be back.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I love this restaurant! This was our first time there so we didn't know what to expect. The atmosphere is very casual. This was the best Pasta Fagioli I have ever had! The Eggplant Parmesan is excellent as is the Pasta Primavera. We also loved the grilled Calamari for an appetizer which is delicious. This place is on the north... More

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Allendale, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Had reservations, which we highly recommend as there is no place to sit and wait for a table, and when we arrived we were greeted and seated with a welcoming smile. Our server was excellent, and the food was fresh and flavorful. Honestly, the restaurant looks like kind of a dive, but there's nothing but quality coming out of that... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

By far one of my favorite places in Chicago to get a delicious, hearty meal. The manager, Armando, makes you feel like family. Don't be turned-off by the way it looks--don't they say 'never judge a book by its cover'? Although it isn't the 'prettiest' place in town, the food is by far the best! The service is also noteworthy.... More

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Urbandale, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food is excellent, and the atmosphere is perfect. Best calamari I've ever had. A must see old school restaurant. Go hungry.

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Sun Lakes, Arizona, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An Italian restaurant is always a 'go to' for us and this restaurant was suggested by our daughter's boyfriend. The service was excellent, the food options plentiful and the prices average for Chicago. The servings are very large and could be shared because each of the 4 of us took about 1/2 of our portions home. We had the Risotta... More

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Maumee, OH
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This place had a great, casual vibe starting with a very friendly, funny server who helped us pick our appetizer and meals - all great choices. Big thanks to Tripadvisor reviewers because I never would have tried this placed based on walking by on the street. But once inside, it's smells to die for from the visible kitchen, great bread... More

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