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La Scala Canberra

Ground Floor - Centre Cinema Building,
Bunda Street
Canberra CBD ACT 2601
Tel : +61 2 6248 8338
Cuisine: Italian
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$
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Situated in Garema Place at the heart of Canberra's CBD, La Scala has been plating up Italian restaurant classics since 1988. The fine dining establishment is a great spot for romantics (and politicians looking to keep a low profile) with hardwood floors, low lighting and walls lined with wine bottles. Speaking of wine, the list here is extensive and impressive. You're sure to find something that suits your style.

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Named after the famous Opera House of Milan, La Scala certainly serves up an aria of fine cuisine to its patrons. Decorated rather simply, La Scala is a far cry from its colonnaded baroque namesake. However the true art is reserved for La Scala’s dishes (especially the desserts). The wine list is extensive, although the popular drops can be unavailable on busy nights. Also on busy nights the service can be somewhat “relaxed” in its timing, but you don’t come here for ruthless efficiency do you? Vi raccomando, take your time and enjoy the meal. La Scala manages to maintain the balance between the ever-popular “just-like-mama’s” Italian hominess, and a degree of sophistication and innovation rarely found in such establishments. It really is refreshing to dine at an Italian restaurant where the menu goes beyond the time-worn formula of “pizza + pasta = Italian cuisine”.

The menu begins traditionally enough, with fresh-made crusty Italian bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or Roman bruschetta – lightly grilled bread rubbed with oil and garlic. The antipasto is a little thin, although the carpaccio is delicious. Moving on, it is hard to pass up the chance to enjoy the "fegato ai porcini" – a rich dark duck liver quickly pan sealed with porcini, served with grilled prosciutto and asparagus all nestled on a bed of garlic and truffle oil crostini. The balance is just right, and the flavours magnificent. For mains, the house veal scaloppine is outstanding. Bellisimo!

Russell Buzby, August 2009
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I have read the other posts on La Scala and can only assume that they have new ownership or new chefs or something similar. This was the first time that I had been to La Scala and it was one of the best dining experiences I've had in Canberra. The setting was elegant without anything being over the top and the service was attentive but not intrusive. I had the chicken and mushroom risotto for mains and my wife had a prawn and pasta dish with a gin cream sauce!! My meal was absolutely fabulous, balanced and with layered flavours that was as good as any Ive had in Canberra. My wifes dish was only a very short step behind my risotto and we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience with simply cracking food and there is no doubt we will be back many times. Total cost for two mains a shared entree and two glasses of wine was $86 and for this quality, that is fantastic  15/10/2013

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Impressed! We dined at La Scala as a party of 8 and were all impressed. We shared some mixed entrees for starters in the middle, and then we all chose our main course. They all stood out. My veal cutlet was outstanding. The steak eaters at the table were also very happy. The desert menu is very well written and makes you want to order. This turned out to be a good thing as some of us found out. My one frustration is that there simply wasn't enough room for all our entrees on the table. The breads and drinks took most of the room. Bigger tables would be welcomed. Other than that, the service was thoughtful. Our waiter was quite attentive and charming when he came around, but our young waitress was a bit lost at times. An enjoyable evening had by all!review  01/03/2012

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Rodney & Jannet:

We spent a Sat night dining here. It was busy & a little slow service wise but the food was magnificent. The Scallopine la Scala was of medium "heat" which was just perfect. The vegetarian pasta was the best my wife has ever tasted which is saying something! The Belgian dessert was then a great way to finsh off the meal. Thoroughly  14/02/2012

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I eat at La Scala whenever I am in Canberra. It's a fantastic restaurant with great food, friendly, efficient service and a top wine list. The veal La Scala is my favourite main (with extra chilli) and the “Belgian Nights” dessert is equal to any 3 hat dessert I've tried. Leaves the snow egg for dead!review  21/11/2011

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