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Posted by Bob on 06/12/2011
A friend and business associate told me about La Scarola a few years ago, and I've been stopping in regularly with family and clients since then. The restaurant itself reminds me of many I dined in while visiting Italy.... cozy and charming. The food is the best Italian I've ever had, and the service is absolutely tremendous, including (especially) Joe & Armando. If you want great food in a warm, lively environment La Scarola is an absolute must. Outstanding restaurant for a special occasion, or before or after a White Sox game.
Posted by Mary Henning on 09/20/2010
We went to La Scarola on Friday night, with reservations for 5 people at 6:30. (And arrived promptly) The reason for the night out was my friends birthday. We went there on a recommendation of her sister. We are not shy about our eating and drinking and always treat wait staff wonderfully. We were able to over look the fact that they seat people waiting for their tables right next to you so they can stare at you while you eat, and the fact that he wait staff kept coming and trying to take our plates away when we made it VERY clear we were pacing our meal. We ordered cocktails, aps, salads, and entrees. Pretty pricey ones too. However, when we got to dessert it went VERY wrong. Apparently, there is a 2 hour limit in this restaurant and we were told our time was up. When we asked if he was kidiing, the OWNER said "No..I have a business to run and I've given you 2 hrs." No joke..we dumped $250 in two hours and that's not worth his time?". So..dessert was not finish, my second glass of wine was unfinished and forget about the opportunity for an after dinner drink. From the pictures plastered all over the walls of the OWNER mugging with famous people...I'd have to wonder if he would have treated Joe Pesci, or Joan Kusack the same way... Pretty darn sad that a place that has pretty good food can have it all spoiled by an Owner that completely lacks any courtesy or professionalism.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2010
Went to La Scarola last Saturday evening for my fiancés birthday party. Had reservations for nine people at 7pm. Everyone arrived on time and restaurant had the table waiting for us. Reservations are definately recommended for this restaurant as the place was already packed by the time we got there. Appetizers were only OK but the entrees were amazing. For apps, we had the fried calamari, antipasto platter, and bruschetta. Again, these were good but definately not the best I have eaten. Everyone at the table had different entrees ranging from ravioli to eggplant. Not one complaint from anyone at the table!! Very good!! I will definately return to this restaurant in the near future!! Ciao.
Posted by Eats out a lot on 11/09/2009
My husband and I went to La Scarola on a Friday night a few weeks ago with another couple. We had a 7 p.m. reservation and were seated promptly. Also prompt, was the hovering over our table with the bill at 8 p.m., as we were given the bum's rush by 8:15 p.m. I understand you're very busy on a Friday night and want to turn over your tables, but how quickly are 4 people supposed to eat dinner, supposedly enjoying themselves on a Friday night? The quality and taste of 3 of our dishses food seemed on par with Olive Garden: the portions were gargantuan, and fresh ingredients with nuanced taste were not prevalent. While some dishes seemed to have been made with fresh pasta, the shrimp with angel hair pasta consisted of SIX shrimp with a box of barrilla pasta dumped on the plate and about 4 tablespoons of tomato sauce - for $20! There are very few by-the-glass wine selections, none of which are good quality wines. In short, if you want a big plate of Italian food and aren't too discerning, this was good value. I would not recommend this restaurant to a foodie.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/03/2008
I say forget the fancy Italian spot that just opened in your neighborhood. Italian food is meant to be causal. And that's exactly what you get at La Scarola. What looks like a storefront with a handful of checkered tables is only a foyer for three bustling rooms where plates steam by, chairs fit tightly and voices clatter. Every nook is loud, but you feel happy here. Even more so when the food arrives. Grilled calamari has a crunchy charr that livens with lemon. The garlicky mashed potatoes hidden under the shrimp armani led me to order a side with my entree. Often, fish specials at Italian restaurants can be bland, but the trout was flavorful and earned extra points for its pine nuts. My friends complemented the penne alla vodka and chicken dish served with artichoke and goat cheese. The possibilities are endlessgo hungry, go often. Smile pretty and Armando will buy you a cognac.
Posted by Christine on 08/31/2007
I love this restaurant because it's still not known by the masses. It has some of the best pasta dishes in the city. The Ravioli Al Forno are to die for! You also have to try the grilled calamari appetizer. It's not always listed, but the kitchen will prepare it for you on request. They're lunch menu is great, with the same big portions, but at a cheaper price. You have to try it at least once. I've been "trying" it since I first ate there 6 years ago.
Posted by sp on 06/08/2006
By far the best Italian I have had. The portions are large, service friendly and prices just right. This is a must try!