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La Scarola

721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
+1 630-865-6239
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (58 reviews)
“veal chop” (15 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It doesn’t look like much when you walk in the door, but don’t let that fool you!!! It’s AMAZING! The place is always packed but I recommend reservations. Well worth the wait either way. The food is like eating at Grandmas but better ( sorry...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank NinaZiggy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on a whim, waited 45 minutes at a pub down the street. Waited a little longer when we checked back in but totally worth the wait. It's a tiny place; everyone looked happy, tables full of delicious plates and the smell... we couldn't...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank meganhalie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was by far the best Italian food I have ever eaten. It was straight up, good tasting, Italian comfort food. I had meatballs that had cheese in the middle of them with red sauce. I think I could eat this meal every day for...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank justmeintexas
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

Simply excellent! The food, the people, the service. A most if you are visiting Chicago. The veal chop is outstanding!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Laura V
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Probably one of the best pastas I've ever had (in Italy included) -- the one, strangely, with vodka. Was aldente, stayed hot unbelievably long, large portion which I devoured. Atmosphere is of a local trattoria full of cordial people who enjoy a simple evening meal....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MaxV_96
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

We recently had dinner at La Scarola and it was delicious! There were six in our group, we went on a Thursday shortly after they opened so we didn’t have trouble getting a table. Two in our party had not been there before and they...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MMP121882
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Our family was in Chicago for Thanksgiving and chose La Scarola for Wednesday dinner. What a great choice! The space is as delightfully crowded as it is comfortable and inviting. The staff is outstanding and the food is superb. La Scarola is now my favorite...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Havenretreat
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Visited here on a Sunday evening with a friend. Food was excellent - probably the best I've had in years. The wait staff was very professional and attentive. Would definitely come here again when in Chicago. Prices are right on the mark.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mberga25
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Wow can not say enough wonderful things about this place! The service, the food and the ambience are all on point. 5 stars!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Legendary place in the west river neighborhood of Chicago. Amazing classic style Italian food and one of my favorites. Very packed on weekend nights so your best bet is to try a weeknight or just hit up one of the local bars on the block...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Anthony A
Armando V, Co-owner at La Scarola, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

We appreciate your business, thanks for your comment!

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30 October 2018|
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Response from E569QPronp | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge they don’t
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Response from laurynTravel | Reviewed this property |
Well. You can call and make them but good luck with that. We had reservations but when we arrived we're told they had no tables. We will never be back. Try Bella nott down the road. Ramone is awesome.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$80
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 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>  > Fulton River District
  • Neighbourhood: Fulton River District
  • Phone Number: +1 630-865-6239
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