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“Delicious Italian cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Scala

La Scala
Ranked #5 of 181 Restaurants in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Poole, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Delicious Italian cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely meal of proper home cooked Italian food. I had the sardines which very in a lovely tomato sauce.
For main the whole Lennon sole was delicious. That was enough. No more room for dessert but maybe next time!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“lovely authentic italien restuarant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

i love this place,marvellous food ,always beautifully cooked,served piping hot, and max the charming owner always ready to deal with your every requirement very good value, a little toch of italy right here in paignton

Visited November 2012
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Thank Marie B
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Paignton, England, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful will return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Thank you la Scala we have been many times but have not reviewed your restaurant until now. What a wonderful place and food highly recommend, set in an easy to get to location in Paignton, close to town and the beach. It offers a warm welcome excellent food starters mains and desserts. We shall be returning soon. It welcomes all we have a 5 year old and he is welcomed which is nice to have. Thank you we shall be back soon.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Visited May 2013
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Thank Gemma S
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not very good at all”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

I was very dispointed with the food. Not fresh and low standard :( The restauarnt was very hard to find and the decor was very dated.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Jack r
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Leighton Buzzard, UK
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quality food but service was slow on this visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

I can understand why so many people give this restaurant a good review but based upon my visit on a Tuesday in August, the service was too slow. My wife and I entered the restaurant at 7pm, Max was the only person serving, and when the kitchen door opened we only ever saw evidence of one person cooking. From the start there were just six couples in the resturant; a pre-booked table of four then arrived at 8pm. I had the distinct impression that the restaurant was struggling to cope with these numbers - our food order was not taken till 7.25 and the mains finally arrived about 8.10. After having coffee we settled our bill at 9.10pm. During this time we saw Max turning away other people because he couldn't serve them (not because of a lack of tables).

Now to agree with the other reviewers, the main course dishes were flavoursome, well cooked, and generous in portion size. Accompanying veg or salad were well prepared. I can well believe that part of the reason for the delay was that everything was freshly prepared. The wines were expensive (£20+ per bottle other than the house choice) but if the Orvietto we chose is anything to go by, they have been selected carefully. Breads, oils and tap water all provided (without a cover charge), the breads were refreshed during our extended wait. Coffee was a bit of a disappointment (maybe we should have asked for something other than an Americano). Max was a fairly genial host who spoke Italian to a couple beside us and clearly has a regular clientele, who I assume know to expect slower service if the restaurant is busy.

Would I go again? Yes, but not if I was in a hurry without some assurance the restaurant could cope.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Hailes family
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