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La Scarola

#33 of 7,536 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
(312) 243-1740
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I asked a friend for a restaurant recommendation and she gave me this one, I did make reservations because I was sure on a Friday night I could get a table. Very good service in the small tight place, very good food, and win list.

Thank lynnea306
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Italian food at its best Crowded but the food makes up for it Grilled calamari must try Large portions Must make reservations in advance

Thank pnaderi
Cave Creek, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ma and Pa Italian food with a feel like home. Good food, great scarole dishes. We went on a Thursday night and by 7 they were packed! Recommend to call for reservations.

Thank MommaWeise1108
Orange Park, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the Drake, downtown. In from Jacksonville, Fl. I saw this resturant on one of Zimmern's shows on TV. About a $9 cab ride from hotel without tip. Looks like a whole in the wall in a run-down neighborhood. Surprise. A fantastic place. Italian, for sure. Wife had the chickeen Vesuvio. I had the pasta Vesuvio. Both... More 

Thank Ackro
Jackson, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While virtually every review we read rated this as a top notch restaurant, that was not our experience. We found the food to be mediocre at best. Perhaps it was our choice of meals and other foods would have met those top rated expectations, and that was how we concluded our visit to La Scarola. We saw food ordered by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Without question the best place to dine in Chicago. If you order the lasagna with meat sauce and don't eat it all you need therapy. Simply excellent, all wrapped up in home town atmosphere !

Thank missouriplowboy
Macungie, PA
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enter here based on other TA reviews and was well worth it. Had the special pasta with sausage, chicken tenders, peppers, onions, in a light garlic oil over penne. Wife had angel hair fradiavlo with shrimp. Had way to much to eat to even try dessert. Wine was good and only $7/glass. Service was friendly and very attentive. Doesn't look... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Super busy, and even though we did not get in at our reservation time, you can see why. The place is very popular and its kind of small, so it was worth the wait. The owner is seen on many of the pictures with celebrities that grace the walls. He is a classic old world Italian gentleman who was really... More 

Thank the_Janadians
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

La Scarola has no trendy décor,no fru fru dishes, no eclectic neighborhood, difficult parking-so use the valet. But La Scarola has wonderful Italian food. We just had dinner after a long absence of several years. Every dish was wonderful, from cooking to quantity. Paste was perfectly cooked, the two steak entres were perfect, shrimp appetizer was delicious. Service was excellent.... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We had reservations for 4 at 8pm on a Sunday night. We were greeted immediately upon entering by the owner, who asked us to wait by the small bar in the next room. We were sat whiten minutes. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and helpful, going over menu items and offering suggestions. The wine list is decent and reasonably priced.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $80
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 243-1740

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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.
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