La Scarola

italian food, wine…

the lowdown:

    • ★★★★ always solid
    • $$ (~$30/person depending on group size and drinks)
    • casual
    • good for groups
    • get a reservation and walk next door to the bar
    • neighborhood: west loop

small, loud, intimate, good for groups. grab your friends and be ready to share some huge portions and bottles of wine. if you end up having to wait, hop next door to richards bar for a drink and some people watching.

vinh, nick, and minh

i’ve tried many italian spots around town, and somehow keep going back to this one. solid menu, great staff, and always a great time. the walls are lined with photos of famous and not-so-famous people eating here, and it’s always fun to people watch as well. if you’re lucky, the manager may pop by and give you a shot!


some faves are the grilled calamari (fried is good too!), penne sinatra (seafood galore), arrabbiata sauce is flavorful with some heat…but everything is fantastic. and you’ll definitely have leftovers.

penne sinatra


la scarola | yelp. | google maps

721 W Grand Ave
(between Halsted St & Milwaukee Ave)
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 243-1740


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