excellent pastas, great old style italian restaurant, cozy leather boots, romantic setting, romantic patio, best italian food, not great cook
Number One Chopped Salad in Town (Despite Rocky Service).
I've had mixed experiences with the service here (but have only ever been for lunch). Sometimes they've been snobby and short, but other times they've been warm and friendly.
Even considering that, I'll keep going back for the salad. The perfect balance of chopped lettuce, garbanzo beans, mozzarella and tangy dressing. I skip the salami and go for grilled chicken. They do a great take-out business, so skip the waitstaff entirely and just drive up and get it to go.
Horrible, downright offensive. The supposed manager offended me, my wife, and my parents by calling us liars, refusing to seat us until the person parking the car was physically standing in front of him. He then threatened not to serve us lunch if the 4th person did not show up immediately. We chose to take him up on his offer and had a delightful lunch at Pizzicota up the street. So much for caring about customers in a recession. I will never go back an neither should you, unless you want to be hearded in and out so they can try to serve more salads to other unimportant customers. Since when is eating lunch in Brentwood and assembly line of getting people in and out?
Terrible Service, pick another great Brentwood restaurant.
Avoid La Scala in Brentwood, there are so many other great restaurants to choose from. The service is terrible!!! The restaurant was empty but the host refused to seat us while our guest parked their car, then we were told we must order the moment we sit down because they need to turn the table, again, the restaurant was EMPTY. I even offered to order an appetizer while reviewing the menu and I was still told we must order right away or we would have to leave, UNREAL! Have never had something like this happen in a restaurant.
They are very expensive for average food and with rude service on top of it why would anyone dine there?
We Will Not Return.
Did I go to the right La Scalla Presto on San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood? What are these other reviewers smoking?
I went to this restaurant, because it was highly recommended (5 stars?) on this website and my fiance and I were so disappointed. The service was okay, but the food was terrible. Overall, I think this place is a rip off.
First of all, the prices were very high. We ordered an bottle of wine worth $8, but marked up to $34 and this was about the cheapest bottle on the menu.
Second, their menu was very small. Our food choices consisted of mozerella sticks (that we barely found in the swamp of marinara sauce poured on top), and $20-$30 pasta dishes that I could have cooked on my own at home and made more interesting (and I am not a great cook). It was basically cooked noodles and a store bought sauce dumped on top.
Third, we thought the place would have a romantic setting. Their "romantic" patio is a space right outside the front door that is about 2' x 4' and has 3-4 tables cramped next to each other....Inside the restaurant most of the tables are side-by-side as well in a cramped space, so you can hear everything that the next table is saying.
I would not recommend this place to anyone. We have so many other restaurant choices in LA, that I am not sure how this place is staying in business. I felt totally ripped off when I left and my fiance and I agreed never to return.
One more thing...if you do visit this restaurant get there early, because it gets crowded after 7pm.
The Italian bistro with the famous Leon salad that can be dressed up or down..
There are two locations of this Italian bistro; one in Beverly Hills with more glamour and an extended menu, and an L.A. locale that's a casual cafe. Industry types, families and couples frequent both for the famous Leon chopped salad starter--finely chopped lettuce, marinated garbanzo beans, salami and mozzarella. The lasagna verde sits in bechamel sauce with ricotta, and eggplant parmigiana is baked, not fried. Espressos, complementing desserts made off-site, top off the meal.
Tender is the eggplant. The "baked and not fried" eggplant parm is fantastic. There was so much and it was even great as my lunch on Monday!
The best Pastas in town.. This is one of the restaurants with the best Italian food. The pastas are excellent and the chopped salad is great. All of the pastas are good, no matter which one you order, you can't go wrong. The place is kind of small and pricey, but well worth every dollar.
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