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“Special dining experience in "hidden" basement” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante Pizzeria LaScala

Ristorante Pizzeria LaScala
Ranked #1,115 of 5,314 Restaurants in Prague
Price range: US$5 - US$13
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Special dining experience in "hidden" basement”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We stumbled upon this cosy Italian restaurant by accident. We were on our way to the Old Town Square when we saw the name on a handwritten signboard outside. It is located just off the Old Town Square, underneath the Tyn Church. The entrance is a little hidden but if you ask for it you will find it and it’s worth searching for.

There are two areas to sit inside the restaurant. The area on the ground floor, where you enter, is nice, but we sat in the “basement”, which we thought was really special, as you go down the rugged stairs. It feels like you are entering a medieval, underground chamber with the rugged stone walls and low, romantic lighting.(If you have trouble reading a menu in low light, take a torch with.) In summer there is also outside seating.

The service was friendly and professional and when we asked, our waiter gave us some good recommendations. For a small appetizer, on the house, they provide you with delicious ciabatta bread served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chive butter. For a main course I had the spaghetti Bolognaise and my husband had the traditional Czech Eisbein (pickled ham hock). The spaghetti serving was not huge but just enough and really good. The only thing left on my husband’s plate was the bones of the Eisbein – the meat was incredibly soft and tasty. We had it with a really delicious red house wine. We shared a carafe, which was enough for two and a half glasses of wine. Even though we were greatly tempted by the Panna cotta and Tiramisu we were to full to have dessert.

When the bill came we were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable price for such a good dinner. The restaurant takes Euros, if you prefer, however it seems like it works out a little cheaper if you pay in their local currency, Koruna.

We thought it is a great idea to have a restaurant located in an old basement in such an old city. It really makes it quite a special and very charming dining experience.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Bath, UK
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119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Charming eaterie in a touristy corner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We had heard that the Italian food was a winner in Prague and, being hungry in the extreme, came to LaScala without great expectation as it is in a very touristy corner of Old Town Square tucked in a fold of the church. We ate upstairs which was cosier than down. We had a pasta each and it was divine; really well cooked sauces with home-made pasta with a simple green salad and a good bottle of wine. Just what we needed. Reasonably priced in an area which is renowned for being over-priced.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great building, nice food & prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

We popped in here to get a simple dinner on out first night in Prague. It's a lot bigger than it looks from the outside with loads of seats downstairs in a great building.

2 courses & drinks was 500CZK, very reasonable and decent quality for the tourist area.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Disappointing ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

Wasn't impressed.
Ordered a medium steak via the main menu which arrived rare, and also cold.
There was a side of fries which were also cold and resembled a kids portion.
Place looks nice and the service is ok, but it's just another overpriced tourist trap.

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Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

We visited this restaurant late one evening after a concert, drawn by the thought of some home-cooked Italian food. We were welcomed to their large cellar downstairs, with one other table occupied. The waiter suggested a bottle of water before anything, and when we asked for some tap water he told us it was not safe to drink. We explained we'd drunk a lot of tap water in the four days we'd been in Prague, when he told us it was his manager's policy not to provide it, and we must have bottled mineral water or nothing. If it hadn't been so late, we might have left in protest, but we ordered a bottle of wine instead, and our food. The antipasti was OK if unremarkable, and my husband enjoyed his pizza. I had ordered, however, the lasagne and received a block of solid, lukewarm pasta that had clearly been made the day before and barely heated up. I filled up on the bread, and when I explained to the waiter that I'd been unable to eat the lasagne, he merely shrugged and took it away.

We can see that other guests have had a better experience than we did, and at least the bill was reasonable, but the disagreement over the water, and the lack of concern about the lasagne left us determined not to go back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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