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when did la scala in bh become a scene?

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am i confusing la scala in beverly hills with the one in brentwood? been to the one in brentwood and it's quite quaint. went with my in-laws to the beverly hills one on monday night and it was like a schmooze-fest. plus i think larry king is follwing us. everywhere we go, he's there. i will say, the food was decent. had a nice shrimp al cognac. the chopped salad that everyone raves about was not very impressive.

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  1. Probably when Nicole Richie started frequenting the place.

    1. The one in BH is very different from the "La SCala Presto" in Brentwood- it's the old original with the full menu, atmostphere, etc. So while it's not really a "Scene" it's different a) because of the location b) because of the menu and c) because of the history.

      1. Have the non-chopped salad. Its called Leon's Gourmet Salad after Jean Leon, who at one point (and may still) owned the place. Not on the menu but they'll make it for you. Same ingredients but not chopped. Tastes like a real salad as opposed to something you'd serve your 96 year old Uncle Earl, who lost all his teeth years ago and is now upsatirs looking for them (with Uncle Junior).

        1. i never understood the fuss about that salad.
          was always yuck to me.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            hah i like that salad. i've never actually been to la scala but on occasion they served it at my old job's commissary. should check this place out. does the brentwood one have the salad too?

          2. I think La Scala has always been a scene. It certainly seemed like one 35 years ago, even to my extremely young eyes, although the celebrities ran more to Angie Dickenson and Gene Kelly back then than to the Hilton sisters.

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            1. re: condiment

              Been a "scene" for millions of years. Most of the posters have not lived in lA very long.

            2. The La Scala in Beverly Hills that you know is actually about the third location of the La Scala "Boutique"... it's been in at least 2 spots on Canon and also possibly 2 on Little Santa Monica. The Boutique was the casual sibling of LA SCALA... the formal Beverly Hills eatery next door... I think they were originally on the NW corner of Beverly Drive and Little Santa Monica. I'm sure someone else knows for certain. At some point in the early 1980's they took the Boutique concept wide and opened by Warner Bros in Burbank and other spots in the Valley, Westside, etc. I don't know of any others these days besides the BH and Brentwood locations... And of course the formal concept died long ago.

              1. If you like The Palm and La Scala for dinner and Nate n' Al's on Sunday morning, it will feel like you're following Larry King.