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La Scarola

#26 of 8,174 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 243-1740
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
One of the best

The food is great the place is hopping the waiters are top notch very classy and respectful. The owners Armando and Joey are class acts,

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is great the place is hopping the waiters are top notch very classy and respectful. The owners Armando and Joey are class acts,

Thank rayluca10
Elmhurst, Illinois
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I went to La Scarola for dinner early since we heard the place fills up fast. We had the grilled calamari for an appetizer and for the main dish we had Chilean Seabass and Penne ala vodka. Both dishes were wonderful tasting, lots of garlic. The service was excellent we had a nice gentleman that took care... More 

Thank Chooseynat
Kos Town, Greece
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm atmosphere, friendly service, great dishes. Had the veal for main course and it was very good. Can get pricey for Italian but at least you'll enjoy.

Thank SavvaSourasis
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Big portions. A mediocre to lousy sauce. The sausage and peppers were delicious. Good service. Terrible cannoli for dessert

Thank bobeuritt
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Italian dishes, like home made. Tough to get in on peak hours on weekends and weekdays, plan ahead. Several celeb sightings here...those visitors who know where to go for Italian food.

Thank LordoftheManor2016
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47 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Our meal started with some appetizers - calamari and pasta fagioli. I'm not really a fan of the soup - but this stuff was unbelievably tasty. The owner (Armando) stopped by several times to make sure we had everything we needed. Once the entrees arrived, things were taken to a completely different level. The pasta was cooked perfectly, chicken dishes... More 

1 Thank Krautman
Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I recently visited La Scarola for the second time while in Chicago! It was just as good as the first time! It's a little family owned Italian restaurant with great food! I've had the lasagna and spaghetti and both were great! Definitely a must visit while in Chicago!

Thank nkanne
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Whichever dish you order you will receive hearty Italian food full of delicious flavours. Portions are great and the owner took special care of us. We ordered the scallop linguini, broccoli and chicken, pollo ponzio, and lemon gnochi.. The lemon gnochi was fantastic. I highly recommend this place. It's our family tradition to come to it everytime we are in... More 

Thank ibrahim a
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Owners Armando and Joey seem to know everyone here. Greeting first timers as regulars. Can't go wrong with daily specials. Especially the pesto flavored meatballs. Also try peppercorn steak rare. Beto is a master in the kitchen.

1 Thank airlevine
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

La Scarola was fabulous! Great atmosphere and food was excellent. Service was top shelf. Make sure you have reservations because it is a small family run restaurant. We definitely recommend this for real Italian food!

1 Thank BKLKSL

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • 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.