Permanently Closed - La Vecchia Scuola

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£25 and under
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Italian
This restaurant is permanently closed. La Vecchia Scuola is a unique dining experience offering excellent service to match the exquisite standards of our food. Our menus have been specially designed to offer a creative side of Italian cuisine as well as producing some Italian classics.

Our chefs believe in serving only the very best, using trusted local suppliers for our fresh produce and authentic Italian ingredients such as cheeses and cured meats directly from Italy.

We can cater for any special dietary requirements you might have. We cook to order so can change any recipes that you like.

Come along to experience an unrivalled and relaxed dining experience – right in the heart of York - at La Vecchia Scuola.
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Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious supper, food was brilliant and prices very reasonable for such quality.
Service was excellent and everyone very kind.
Will certainly be dining there again when we are in beautiful York.

BT
Yorkshire
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time; the menu and staff were perfect
We thoroughly enjoyed

DR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit & we were generally very pleased. The table location was good & drinks service quick whilst we reviewed the menu. The choice was certainly large enough & we all found something we liked. Starters arrived about 10 minutes after we ordered which is perfect & then about 15 minutes between starter & mains, again absolutely fine. The atmosphere with the pianist was a nice touch, he is a great character & certainly helped to make our evening fun. The music was loud enough to enjoy but not too loud that we couldn't continue our conversation.
The only downside came when we wanted to pay. For reasons unknown the credit card machine would not accept my card. Have to say this was not my card as it worked perfectly the following day. Luckily we had an alternative method of payment, so the moral of the story is take some cash to avoid embarrassment, just in case.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food here was very nice however as a group of 7 I think they must have made the pizzas first then left them on the side whilst they finished the rest of the meals as my pizza was cold by the time it arrived. Strangely the tomato sauce on the pizza was almost fridge temperature in parts. It tasted nice however. Garlic mushrooms are delicious!

The place is starting to look tired. I’ve been many times over the years and I don’t think any re-decorating has been done. Toilets leave a lot to be desired.. definitely need some tlc.

Overall it was a nice place for lunch but I was disappointed with how things had deteriorated since last time.

OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIRD ANNUAL VISIT FOR XMAS SHOPPING TRIP.
BEAUTIFUL VENUE - CONSERVATORY LOVELY
PLEASANT AMBIENCE
GREAT FOOD - FAB VALUE FOR MONEY 3 COURSES.
GREAT WINE SELECTION - MAY AS WELL BUY THE BOTTLE INSTEAD OF PER GLASS
FRIENDLY HELPFUL STAFF

DEFINITELY BOOK TO ENSURE YOU CAN GET IN, ALWAYS FULL OF BUSY !

WILL BE BACK !!

S
London
46 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked an early dinner so the restaurant was very quiet' however the food and service was great and we would definitely go back

AA
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Yes but only for the quick service and good value.

JP
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were seated for 25 minutes, before being asked for a drink order. Further 10 minutes for a order. Almost felt as if we were being ignored at one point.

My starter was good, but my partner said that the chutney with her pate had an off taste.

My parter had the seabass main, and described the portion size as a “full school of fish”, and was really off out by the size. She also said the quality wasnt at all nice.
I had the fillet steak and was severely disappointed. Seems to be cooked terribly, although was cooked to my asking. We both left more than half of our meals.

Wouldn’t at all recommend in future

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great
Staff were new and under training but trying hard. The manager was excellent in making sure the restaurant ran as smoothly as possible
Pianist taking requests - amazing
One negative - I was near the fire door and it was extremely drafty

All in all very enjoyable x

FC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waiter surly and generally rude and disinterested. Food average for the price. Noisy and slow service until dessert when we were being pushed along to make choices, eat and leave. No tip given.

JF
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and friendly staff , was a birthday celebration. Food came out piping hot and there was great choice

JB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second visit to this restaurant. First ate there about a couple of years ago when visiting York. The meal we had was delicious and so we decided to book a table ahead of our visit. We were not disappointed. The food was just as we'd remembered.
The staff were really friendly. We had a lovely welcome and the service was faultless. Would definitely go back .

J
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had the set 3 course dinner menu for 2 £19.95 which was excellent value and the food was to a very high standard. Lovely setting and ok service. Really characterful building with memorable food, forgettable service though would definitely recommend.

DT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I feel we did not have a good table, we were next to noisy guests in the conservatory. I had asked for the best table if possible as it was for my friends 60th birthday. I questioned whether the meal deal was available for the time we booked, no one got back to me & I didn’t see this on the website, but we missed the deal & had to pay full. My main was okay but £12 for a vegetarian pizza dish is a little extreme & dry chocolate brownie for £8 is more extreme. Not sure I’ll be returning any time soon. I’m not one to complain & have enjoyed this restaurant on previous occasions.

MC
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Other than the initial issue ( we waited 20 minutes to be spoken to ) everything was fantastic. They could not apologise enough for leaving us waiting.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent and it's a lovely restaurant. However, they charged us too much and when we sent the bill back the waiter was rude and tried to blame us for the incorrect bill.

CR
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and value for money (had the lunchtime set menu) are great. The service is also good and the food was served promptly and the food is very tasty. The place is also very busy.

The things that really really let this place down are the following:

When sat in the conservatory (main dining area) you can see the staff smoking shelter. Staff, including the chefs in all their uniforms smoking outside. The shelter is less than a metre from what I assume is the kitchen door. I found this real off putting. When the waiting staff were coming back into the restaurant they smelt of smoke, as a non-smoker this was an issue

Staff dress - over washed jeans and trainers in a restaurant I don’t feel is acceptable, I think it looks scruffy.

My only other complaint is the toilets. I visited about a month before this review, having not noticed the smoking then I booked again for this visit. One toilet door in the ladies was broken both times.

S
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, setting and food. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Ignored upon initial entry to restaurant, followed by staff welcoming then leaving us unattended. We were then informed our table was not ready and to go into an anti room without being offered a drink etc. Initial waiter who took the order was lovely, but then following reasonable starters, main course arrived and was very disappointing. We had the pasta, prawn and chirizo dish. My colleague only had 2 prawns in her dish. The sauce was very runny and the chirizo was simply sliced poor quality meat. Upon feedback, my colleague advised that her meal was not satisfactory, and the waiter (not our original waiter) advised the dish was made no differently to my dish so was not able to advise why there was only 2 prawns. He did this in a very disparaging manner. He then went to the kitchen and returned to show the difference between a slice of peparami and chirizo to 'prove a point'. We had not asked him to do this and did not expect this to happen. He did offer to remake the dish, provided 50% discount on the whole meal and did not charge for our colleague. The big let down was how we were made to feel :(.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service was really good.

The inclusion of the piano entertainment added to the experience. A really pleasant evening, enjoyable food at an affordable price.

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this place and we visit every time we are in York - the piano is a little loud in the evenings and we could barely have a conversation but the good is excellent

S
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant and friendly staff in nice surroundings and gorgeous food

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant very much. The place has a good atmosphere and the service was very good. Our food was well presented and very good value for money. We would visit again the next time we are in York.

MC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, warm welcome.
Incredible steak and a wonderful pasta dish, accompanied by a super Italian Sauvignon.
Faultless, lovely evening in glorious surroundings

ST
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always chosen this place to eat for a few years now.

MD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always good food and pleasant surroundings and staff

MC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, not rushed in a relaxed atmosphere with an excellent pianist.

We will be back very soo

CT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here an enjoyed it as much as the first time, did do the 3 course set meal as its such good value for money an delicious, next visit we will try something off the main menu.
As before service was fast and efficient, no complaints at all.

JH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had lunch with friends . Atmosphere was relaxed and had plenty of time to catch up over our meal. The lunch menu was good value and delicious.

NH
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw this restaurant and just liked the look of it, as it was my 60th Birthday I thought yes Italian it is, booked it the same day and not did not regret it.
Great atmosphere from the start, attentive staff, although midweek was quite but with only two staff on it ran like clockwork.
Fantastic food and wine, good size portions and nothing rushed. For the quality of the food I thought that the price was reasonable. The next time I’m on York it will be on the top of my list to return too.

FF
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this restaurant we live in Norfolk but if we are every in York we always come here, the food is always amazing and the staff are charming even better when the pianist is in can't wait for the next visit.

PK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff & great atmosphere would very much recommend! We took our kids too and they loved it! Very good portion sizes & really yummy food!

D
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was quick, but two meals had been missed for my granddaughters who ended up sharing the meals of others as they are too young to understand they had to wait.

We also couldnt understand why it was just after six but “too late for set evening menu.”

That said the food was very nice, the seating comfortable and having the piano player was a real added bonus.

FM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my first visit as my best friend recommended😊. The service was excellent and food was served promptly. Loved the pate😊

KB
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

The food was good, the service staff (one in particular) were off handed and disinterested.

RJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful location with a relaxed atmosphere and fantastic food, only made better by the live Pianist

LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ,wonderful food, excellent service .
Food was piping hot and very tasty. Will definitely recommend and will definitely visit again when in York

JW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening celebrating my husbands birthday with family & Friends definitely recommend to other friends mind this was recommended by my sister in law

CD
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I often arrange lunch time meetings at La Vecchia Scuola. I. and my American guests were hreeted warmly, and shown to our table on the dot of our booking time. Very friendly and effieicnt waiter, delicious bruschetta to start, and three excellent mains. we were also quietly left to chat for a long time withbour coffee, which made all the difference. Thank you.

HD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. The food was great and the staff were nice.