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Jun 21, 2008 07:46 AM

La Scala in Little Italy

Anyone know much about La Scala in Little Italy? The thing that surprises me is that they do not have lasagna, ravioli or meatballs.

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  1. Here's the menu, John, and you're correct, no lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. They should be reported to the Little Italy Restaurant Association.

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    1. re: ko1

      Thanks for the laugh ko1 - that was the best laugh I've had in a few days. I guess my poor working class roots must be showing.

      1. re: Whitemarshjohn

        It says on their menu they are Anti-Pasta!!!!
        That explains it and the fact they don't have pizza!!!!!!!
        They won't last long.

        1. re: BaltoMike

          If I am not mistaken La Scala has been around for a while (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and I've read some pretty favorable reviews.

          I guess I have some kind of bias, or expectation because I grew up in an area that had lots of working class and poor Italians. Some of the stories I've heard about our poor Italian immigrants (some were my relatives) rival the conditions lots of Hispanic immigrants face today and they probably didn't have the safety net social programs we have now.

          1. re: Whitemarshjohn

            My first trip to La Scala was in 1999 at their old location.

    2. I don't know a thing about La Scala, but you post made me think: My favorite Greek restaurant in town is Zorba's, and surprisingly, they don't have gyros on the menu!

      BTW: Have you ever seen the movie Big Night? I think you would enjoy it. It takes place in a Little Italy somewhere on the US east coast.

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      1. re: baltoellen

        Just to pint it out....

        Spaghetti & meatballs are not Italian. Italians eat meatballs as either an antipasto or a secondo. Pasta is pasta with a meat sauce, possibly, but never meatballs.

        Gyros were probably invented in Chicago but definitely not traditional Greek.

        Italian American food, while worth or not in its own right, and Greek American Food, again to be judged on its own, are not "Authentic", but combinations of traditional flavors adapted for the new ingredients and typical poverty of the early immigrants who came here long ago.

        1. re: deangold

          Thanks for your post. Yes, and I definitely agree about Italian-American, Greek-American, Chinese-American, Whatever-American food. I am aware of how food changes from locations, and the fact that Italy hasn't even been a country, let alone a place that has one overall national cuisine of spaghetti and meatballs, until relatively recently, in the scheme of things, of course.

          And, honestly, you should know that I"m really NOT looking for gyros at Zorba's!

          1. re: baltoellen

            I, on the other hand, expect gyros at every Greek restaurant!! When I first moved to McLean, I found a placed called Greek Taverna. My first thought was, I hope they have good gyros. As it turns out, they don't serve gyros at all. That tells you how much I knew about Greek food.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              I am greek and no self respecting greek restaurant would ever serve gyros!! They are a carnival food. I make my own at home sometimes, but they are def not traditional greek cuisine.

        2. re: baltoellen

          baltoellen, I'll have to look that movie up. I know of a Little Italy in Boston, two in NYC, an Italian section of Philladelphia and of course the one we have here in Baltimore. I believe there might be an Italian business district in Providence Rhode Island as well.

          1. re: Whitemarshjohn

            Believe the section in Providence is called Federal Hill, and while not exactly a "Little Italy" it does have its fair share of Italian restaurants

          2. re: baltoellen

            Do you mean the Zorba's in D.C.? My son was there last week and said he and girlfriend had gyros. Has it been awhile since you went?

            1. re: anni

              Ellen is referring to Zorba's in the Greektown neighborhood of Baltimore.

              1. re: anni

                No, she means Zorba's on Eastern in Baltimore.

                  1. re: anni

                    BTW, I was at Zorba's Friday night. It's still my favorite Greek place. Nothing else comes close.

            2. Used to go ehre when we came up to Bmore for the opera. Good food if a little rich. Not at all red sauce typical of Little Italy, but also not what you would find in Italy. If we do come to Baltimore and feel like Italian, it is our first choice.