I am beginning to suspect that Alex Harmon hates sharing...
La Scala is very old meets new. While we wait for a table, somebody’s ‘Nonna’ arrives with a basket of heirloom tomatoes and is greeted by a handsome young waiter in a denim apron.
This is the new look La Scala, with Tasmanian-born, Naples-raised Massimo Mele at the helm. His ‘everyone to the table’ philosophy is evident in the selection of tasty share plates on the menu.
Do yourself a favour and order the Chickpea Pancakes ($18) – they’re crunchy cigars filled with mushroom and spinach, then topped with Gorgonzola sauce.
Tuck into the Spicy Fried Calamari ($20), which actually is spicy and comes with a creamy aioli.
Even his mains are presented with big scissor-like servers, so share away – even if you want to keep the whole bowl of Oxtail Ragu ($28) to yourself, like I did. The Barossa Elderton “Estate” Shiraz ($69/bottle, $14.50/glass) will smugly cut in on this dance.
Slow-cooked Suffolk Lamb Shoulder Chops ($38) are melt-in-your-mouth good and come with a cute jar of salsa verde.
Meanwhile, a side of Witlof, Radicchio and Pickled Beetroot ($12) almost steals the show with candied walnuts, goat’s curd and sour cherries.
With city views, warm timber fixtures and engaging staff, La Scala certainly hits the high notes.
Note: You can see my previous reviews of this venue HERE and HERE.
La Scala on Jersey
Corner Jersey Road & Melrose Lane, Woollahra
Ph: (02) 9357 0815