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“As Italian as AFL”
Review of La Vela Restaurant

La Vela Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 55 Restaurants in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Scarborough, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“As Italian as AFL”
Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Clearly wanna-be Italian food made by Australians for Australians.
The saltimbocca were covered in a sweet chocolate-tasting sauce. According to the waiter due to the Marsala sauce...
Barramundi was tasteless.
Lasagna was quite tasty, though and the portion very generous.
Mains around $30-$35, not worth it.

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west sussex
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“very good Italian”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

a little way up from the beach but well worth the visit. Portions are huge so would suggest starter size dishes for main. Very good spag bolognese

Visited December 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worst service ever........”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

We have eaten at La Vela many times and the food is always great even though the service can be a bit hit and miss. However tonight the service was so terrible it really detracted from the food. There was an older waitress serving us there tonight who was just plain RUDE!!! Just dumped the plates down on the table like we were a pain in her [--]! Then by the time you looked up to ask for something she was already half way back to the kitchen! Clearly didn't give a damn. Never said a word just threw the food at us then disappeared. Didn't make us feel welcome at all. We quickly ate our meals then got the hell out of there. We were made to feel really uncomfortable.

  • Visited December 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great pasta”
Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful food. Huge servings. Yummy. I had entree pasta and it was massive. Very polite staff. Would come back in a flash.

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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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“One of my favourites”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have been to La Vela probably about 10 or so times.

The food is absolutely amazing! Great prices! I mainly try something different on the menu each time, and I have not had a bad dish here yet! From the delicious complimentary aranchini balls you get on arrival, to the other entrees, pizzas, pastas, steaks, scallopine, and chicken dishes, everything has always been fresh, cooked to perfection, and very tasty! They also have a good winelist!

Staff are generally friendly, we did have one time when we have rang to book a table on about 30 mins notice as it was a last minute decision, but we were told to just come down, upon arrival there was not a table available so we had to go somewhere else to eat (pretty inconvenient!) - at other times we have gone to pay and staff have been too busy talking - but the service is generally OK, don't recall ever having to wait extended periods of time to place an order, or for food and drinks to come out.

The interior of the restaurant is a little older, the restaurant could probably do with a bit of a makeover.

  • Visited September 2013
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