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“Better the 2nd Time Around- What a difference one person can make!”
Review of La Vecchia Scuola

La Vecchia Scuola
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Ranked #39 of 887 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: La Vecchia Scuola is a unique dining experience that can be found in Low Petergate, York very close to the Minster. An amazing restaurant set in a 300 year old Georgian building that was once York college for girls. This restaurant is now operated by new owners from February 2013. It has an innovative new menu with all food sourced locally and prepared for customer onsite.
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Better the 2nd Time Around- What a difference one person can make!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We previously ate here as two couples in March 2014. Whilst the meal was nice it was not exceptional and the service was okay.

This time we visited as a group of 8 for my husband's 60th birthday and what a difference.

I would like to say a big thank you to Sergio our waiter who looked after us from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a laugh and he kept us entertained with his 'giggle powder'. Obviously not literally but when some of us had a fit of giggles he said it was down to his magic giggle powder!

We had garlic breads for starters and then all had different mains with heavenly desserts for afters.

It is amazing how one person can make a difference to your experience.

Well done Sergio.

  • Visited May 2014
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely meal and building.”
Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Great meal. We both had the Grilled Chicken alla Vecchia. Beautiful mushroom sauce. Meal was very tasty and well priced as on the lunchtime menu at only £6.95 for 1 course. Drinks fairly expensive at £6.50 per large glass of Sauvignon Blanc. But the building and setting are beautiful. We where sat in the conservatory at the rear over looking the gardens. We were the first in at just after 11.30 am and within 20 minutes the place was packed. Staff are well mannered and attentive. Well worth a visit. We will definitely be going again..

Visited May 2014
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Cheshire
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Not as good as previous visit”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Returned after a previous visit where we thoroughly our meal but this time we were rather disappointed. We arrived without a reservation but were seated very quickly in the main dining room as there were plenty of empty tables. Our food and drink order was taken rather quickly and when the starters arrived we were very pleased with our choices, mushrooms, chilli prawns and garlic bread. I was rather disappointed however when my main arrived Carne Kebabs, I knew the menu said they were served with chips but I was very surprised to see they were bog standard frozen chips, and even these were a lot of crispy hard chips. I was expecting a little bit more when the bill came for over £110 for 3 starters, 3 mains, 2 desserts, 1 soft drink and a bottle of wine, the cheapest on the list, I thought for this price they would have at least been 'real chips'

  • Visited May 2014
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Hessle, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely building, gardens and situation, decent food”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

The menu and prices are not unlike Ask or Pizza Express. The location is central and attractive. It has pleasant gardens to the rear. Service OK. Have been a few times. Makes a change from PE and Ask.

Visited May 2014
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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“Best Italian Restaurant in York?”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

We had lunch here again on Wednesday because we had enjoyed it so much last time we were in York. Everything was excellent, food, wine, service, atmosphere. Nothing could have been pleasanter than sitting in the conservatory looking out over the lawns, shrubs and flowers enjoying our leisurely meal.

We have tried many others in York in the past but none to approach this one. We will just make a bee-line for La Vecchia now.

  • Visited May 2014
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