Sydney, New South Wales

La Scala on Jersey is a sophisticated Modern Italian Restaurant and cocktail bar, located above the iconic Light Brigade Hotel in Paddington Woollahra. The grand travertine staircase leads you up to a vibrant dining haven and cocktail bar with a fun, sexy atmosphere where you can indulge in a beautiful Modern Italian menu with a nod to the great classics.
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Corner of Jersey Road and Melrose Lane,
(above the Light Brigade Hotel)
Woollahra NSW 2025






Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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La Scala on Jersey dishes up Modern Italian to the trendy Oxford Street set. The cocktail bar is a destination in itself for some inventive antipasti and old-school cocktails.


Perched above Paddington’s iconic Light Brigade Hotel and beside hot new experimental restaurant Pinbone, the revamped La Scala has taken a step back, offering casual, neighbourhood dining in humble surrounds. At first glance, the restaurant isn’t radically different; only subtle changes like the removal of tablecloths and the addition of timber fixtures. What is left is a more down-to-earth space, thanks to the adept touch of designer Annie Snell.

This same approach has been applied to the menu, with a focus on seasonal and local produce, without all the usual fine dining fluff. Massimo Mele is the face behind this menu and he’s as charming (and good looking) as one would expect from an Australian-Italian; born in Tasmania but raised in Naples, Italy. Like all good Italians, Massimo’s love of food came from his mother; growing up in the Mele household “every day was Sunday and every Sunday was like Christmas.”

When it comes to pre-dinner cursors, Massimo plays tribute to his childhood, offering Mamma Maria’s pickled carrots, goats curd, oregano and mint; Nonna’s antipasto of marinated octopus salad with potato, celery heart, chilli and fennel; and an Amalfi Coast classic of grilled lemon scented veal meatballs. The menu changes weekly, depending on what is available from The Cooks Co-Op, who supply the restaurant with produce from the Hawkesbury region. La Scala on Jersey also offer monthly winemaker’s dinners that take place in their private dining room, which can seat up to 26 guests.
Anna Lisle

Specials & Events

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200 pax


Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
This restaurant does not have any awards.


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arosfa - 9/08/2012
After only one visit, La Scala on Jersey just sent me a birthday card! So to say thanks, I thought I would share my, thus far, only experience of this place. Yes, it's a bit of a struggle to find, but once up the stairs and your sat with a Negroni in your hand, it's a great place to be. The space its self is comfortable with a bustling atmosphere, the staff are genuinely friendly and caring. The food delivers exactly what is says on the menu, big bold Italian flavours and excellent use of seasonal produce. The "nose to tail lamb" is a stand out. Great wine list too, not overpriced, and a great selection. The waiter’s recommendation of The Soul Growers Solace took me out of my comfort zone, but it was a winner. I am now looking forward to my second visit to redeem my birthday card gift of a main course and desert on the house. Thank you La Scala on Jersey.