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Best Italian Restaurant

La Scala

1012 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-9209, www.lascaladining.com

Posted 9/18/2002

The genius of Italian cuisine lies in its simplicity: simple ingredients of impeccable freshness and quality, simply combined. La Scala's kitchen recognizes this crucial fact, and this upscale (but reasonably priced, for Little Italy) eatery does classic Italian and does it well. There's an outstanding veal piccata, for example, and intelligent renditions of pasta styles such as amatriciana and boscaiola. And when Chef Nino wants to step out, the specials menu offers some intriguing--and equally well-executed--options, like the best grilled Caesar salad we've ever sampled and a terrific grilled squid with seafood stuffing. The best of both worlds, food-wise, with good service and posh but relaxed ambiance thrown in. Who knew la dolce vita was only as far away as Eastern Avenue?

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Other Awards for Best Italian Restaurant:

Café Gia, 9/16/2009

Chiapparelli's, 9/17/2008

Amicci's, 9/19/2007

Café Amore, 9/20/2006

Amicci’s, 9/21/2005

Sabatino’s, 9/22/2004

Aldo's, 9/17/2003

La Scala, 9/19/2001

La Tavola, 9/13/2000

Fazzini's Italian Kitchen, 9/15/1999

Amicci’s, 9/18/1996

All Awards for La Scala:

Best Italian Restaurant, 9/19/2001

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