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La Scala

434 N. Canon Dr. (Santa Monica Blvd.) Send to Phone
310-275-0579 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Italian fare---a standout chopped salad, fish, chicken---is served to diners in red leather booths; notable wine list.
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La Scala Restaurant Review

: In the ’50s and ’60s, Jean Leon’s La Scala was the first choice for Italian fine dining in Beverly Hills, and La Scala Boutique was ultimately opened as its casual cousin next door. Today, the personality of the old La Scala Boutique is captured at the current location of this popular restaurant. The La Scala mystique---outlasting now-defunct Hollywood hot-spots Scandia or Chasen’s---has been enthusiastically adopted by new generations of diners. The chopped salad (with its marinated garbanzo beans) is legendary, and old-school appetizers like prosciutto and melon, and minestrone, precede reliable entrées such as whitefish in a garlic-wine sauce and veal Marsala. Pastas include spaghetti alla Bolognese, a staple at La Scala since 1956, and lobster ravioli. The cheesecake or tiramisu are the best ways to finish, and the wine list is notable. This historic eatery, with its red leather banquettes and crisp white linen, remains a nostalgic footnote to a more glamorous Beverly Hills.

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La Scala - Beverly Hills
by Ladiner81 on Mon May 11, 2009 2:27 pm
 
In my 35 years of living and dining in Southern California I have never been so insulted by a restaurant experience as I was last Friday night at La Scala. I will let you be the judge of whether I am overacting or not...

My wife and I decided to take our friend from out of town to somewhere we hadn’t been to in years, ironically we quickly were to recall the reason for our past dismissal of La Scala. We sat down, only to be barely acknowledged by an arrogant waiter who clearly indicated through his demeanor that he rather be anywhere other than our table to take our order. His behavior was quickly commented on by my friend, who already had the preconceived notion that Los Angeles is the proud home of bad hospitality. I decided to ignore his comment and attempt to not let the waiter ruin my experience.

I proceeded to order the Capellini Primavera, and as I always have, requested it to be a little spicy. 20 minutes later I did indeed get a Capellini Primavera, laced with chili flakes. After a small coughing and choking tantrum that I couldn't help but throw, I asked my wife and my friend to taste it as well. After 2 additional votes that the dish was INEDIBLE, I called the waiter over. he explained that he couldn't return any dish without his manager's approval. So we called over the manager. Then he told me that they have a no return policy. My dish was not taken back to the kitchen, I was charged for the plate, and I was never even given a simple apology.

So my dear LA diners, the point of my tangent isn't to bash LA SCALA although I inevitable have killed two birds with one stone, but to reach out and help better guide you as to where you should spend your hard earned dollars in this recession. If you are truly keane on the notion of good Italian food in Beverly Hills, I suggested you try the other 3 Italian restaurants on Canon and spare yourself a truly aggravating experience.

Sincerely,

One very upset LA food lover.
 
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