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La Scarola

#10 of 7,756 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 243-1740
Website
Today
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 205
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
PASTA and HOSPO

Great experience again! Found it listed in Trip advisor and coincidently it was a place I went to in 2014, but had forgot the name and I was very happy to see this place again. Just solid great food and vibe. We had to wait at the bar for a bit, but the owner/manager guy in the photo gave and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
thetraveler420
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Moscow, Russia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Moscow, Russia
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great experience again! Found it listed in Trip advisor and coincidently it was a place I went to in 2014, but had forgot the name and I was very happy to see this place again. Just solid great food and vibe. We had to wait at the bar for a bit, but the owner/manager guy in the photo gave and... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

While planning our upcoming visit to Chicago, we wanted to try a traditional Italian restaurant, and I found this one on Tripadvisor. After reading the reviews, I called and booked our table at least 3 weeks in advance, and am I glad I did! We had possibly the best Italian dinner ever! I like to get the meat lasagna whenever... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

after reading the reviews I had high expectations and was pleasantly surprised-we arrived 15mim late for our reservation and didn't have to go to the back of the line-seated by 8pm-we were quickly treated to a complimentary plate of bruschetta which was outstanding-we set the time for our dinner as we decided to eat family style sharing 1appetizer, 3 entrées... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Crowded, Noisy, sometime wait but it's all worth it.... Food is outstanding, portions are huge (don't think of ordering one main per person), service is great and price is surprisingly reasonable. No pretenses here- just good fresh food well prepared.. Been here many times and will be back many times!!

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Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Enjoyed my dinner here. Old world style Italian decor with lots of pictures of famous people who have visited there. Food was very good, pretty basic. A great neighbourhood place. The staff were very attentive.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

So, this may not be the most contemporary place in terms of décor and design. However, it really is all about the food, isn't it? I called in a reservation for 8 and confirmed the next day, but they had no record of our reservation. I was extremely annoyed because I called the next day to confirm. However, they seated... More 

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Horsens
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Nice place, very relaxed and good service. Food was average. As many other places all drinks and softdrinks tastes of chlorine, as drinking water is chlorinated throughout chicago. Stick to wine or beers,

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I've been to this restaurant many times over the years, and it just never disappoints. The food, the atmosphere, the service, it is always amazing. I took family there for the first time, and everyone raved about their meals. We did have a reservation for a Saturday evening, so it was packed, but the wait staff never misses a beat.... More 

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Poway, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited La Scarola while in Chicago and the atmosphere, food, service and experience was excellent! La Scarola's menu is authentic and well presented. The flavors are enticing and the atmosphere enhances the dining experience. It reminded me of my visit to Italy and visiting a family restaurant in a small village where the traditions of Italy and it's cuisine... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Let me start by saying that I grew up in Brooklyn NY & come from a cooking family. I've paid dues working in restaurants, particularly in New York's Little Italy neighborhood. I know what solid Italian food is all about. This review is about the "total experience", so keep in that in mind. If you're smart enough to to realize... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 243-1740

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.