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La Scala Ristorante

This review is from La Scala’s former location on Church St. We imagine the new spot is just as lovely. We ought to go confirm.


An adonis profile and curly hair make owner Joseph Marchese seem like he could have been one of Michelangelo’s muses.  Educated as an engineer, but inspired by his chef mother, Joe, (who grows food for the restaurant in his own backyard),  left his day job to follow his passion for fresh, traditional Italian cooking.  Set in a historic downtown townhouse location, with Sistine Chapel inspired murals painted floor to ceiling, sparkly granite table-tops, crisp linen, and a secluded outdoor patio complete with vines and a water feature, La Scala kicks it up a notch, and you know you’re in for something special.

From a tiny open kitchen, fresh quality ingredients at the skilled hands of Bill Horwood create chic comfort food you’ll dream about later; fusilli florentine with chicken, button mushrooms and spinach in a white wine cream sauce is pure comfort while La Scala gluten-free pasta with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes, san marzan tomatoes, in a garlic and olive oil sauce is light but satisfying.  Salmon Affumicato; vodka smoked salmon wrapped around marscapone cheese, the freshest capers, sweet onion and mista salad with cranberry lime drizzle is a must try.  Old World wines from Italy and New World wines from Niagara’s bounty ensure that all the clientele have a chance to choose something that reminds them of home.

Pasta $14-24
Carne e Pesce $19 – 35
Thursday is 2 for 1 Pasta Night $24.95 with appy purchase


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