La Vecchia Scuola

4.4
522 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 522 People Are Saying
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SophieS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Best carbonara I’ve ever had. Would 1000% recommend

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janiceh
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and lovely staff.
Waitress couldn't do enough for us and was fantastic with my granddaughter.
Food was absolutely lovely and great value.
Would definitely recommend.

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Johanna
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food friendly service

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Valentine
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Yet another good experience here. Our second time in as many months. Always a warm greeting and taken straight to our table in the conservatory, best atmosphere in there. Tables are practical but they would do better with linen table cloths and napkins. For what they cost it would step this restaurant up to the level it purports to be at. So the food was to the usual high standards and plenty of it too. Service was superb once again. We do like coming here and we will return again but it would be so much more attractive if it stepped up its level in the way I suggested earlier. The location and what it used to be is something the owners have clearly played on to apparent success, we just think it needs to fine tune itself now and become the restaurant it deserves to be.

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Mais
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The building is beautiful so I had really high hopes for the food, service was quick, cocktails was nice but the food was bland, I had the mixed grill and left most of it and my partner ordered the fillet steak which he also left most of it, prices would be okay if the food was cooked and seasoned well, I was happy with my drinks, and the ambiance.. the food just really let me down, I wouldn’t return.

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LesleyA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going for several years always find it good atmosphere and staff really friendly and helpful will be going again

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AnitaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, nice food, kids loved the desert. I would definitely recommend this place for a family celebration 🍾

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, really nice vibe given yow quiet it was with lockdowns etc but liked it all

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AmandaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here twice and both occasions a very lovely experience . Food was excellent, staff lovely and ambience was very comfortable.
We will definitely be back thankyou

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've been a couple of times and had pizza each time. The pizzas are really nice. Also I had a slice of cheesecake for dessert too last time and it was really tasty. The restaurant is just amazing. Also it is a cool and stylish place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Nice food. Service average and unfortunately surrounded by drunken loud couples which ruined the ambience and staff did nothing about.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - very quick service less than 15 minutes for the main course - perfect - very friendly staff throughout - lovely evening

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LynneM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family meal in beautiful Christmassy surroundings!
Excellent food and service, and a great time was had by all!

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KatieLes
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant, very good value Christmas menu with plenty of choice. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and helpful..!!
Cocktails to start, bottle of red with our meal..!!
Starters for 3 persons were excellent..!!
A Margarita Pizza was a very thin base covered in what resembled red & white gravy, very sloppy, made the thin base wet, not very good, only half eaten..!!
A Lasagne without internal layers of pasta, but full of a sloppy mix of maybe what should be in there, but without the pasta layers was like a bowl of slop with a crust, not good and not eaten..!!
A seafood linguini was excellent, great taste and just as it should be..!!
Ice creams and a delightful chocolate fudge cake were great..!!
Brought to an end with very fine coffee..!!
£120 for 3 persons..!! NO FOOD DISCOUNT FOR UNEATEN AND REPORTED POOR FOOD..??
As it was a Birthday, a small glass with ice cream and a candle was produced..!!

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AndrewP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beautiful very good service would recommend will be coming again 👌🏻

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RodG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality once again
We’ve booked every Christmas for the last 5 year and never been disappointed .
Great service lovely atmosphere.Had a great meal really nice to get out for a lovely meal.

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PaulH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Food good,service good. Toilets totally unacceptable, urinals and toilet were not working. I was there from 5 until 6.30 and last time they were checked was midday.
Also Xmas pud disappointed. Was ready made microwave pud and tasted cheap.

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KarenL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lovely atmosphere. Friendly staff. Good value.

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, eat here regularly when in town.

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BeeT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the Christmas menu deal, a lot to choose from including some lovely calamari and prawn starters. Calzone and linguine main courses very nice. Generous portions, no room for pud!

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YvonneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love to visit the school house when in York. It’s such a beautiful place especially seated in the conservatory area

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ColinB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late lunch there and I would recommend La Vecchia Scuola the anyone that appreciates high quality Italian cuisine, exceptional service and a great atmosphere.

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Amandaj2
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten at this restaurant many times always enjoyed it good food and service

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NeilA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant - our favourite in York, wouldn’t eat anywhere else. Staff are amazing

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glyn
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, and the staff very friendly,,, helpful and friendly but also discrete,, lovely place to go for a night out

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DanC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, helpful, friendly service.
Delicious food, I loved the pork belly.

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TadPad
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely lunch at La Vecchio. Nice surroundings friendly staff good well-priced food. We will return again

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JohnH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Having booked our table well in advance we were very unhappy to be shown to a single small table in he middle of all other diners and obviously we refused it and was offered a table in the adjoining room which was ok but no atmosphere.
We noticed several other couples that came in also refused this table. A point I would like to make the social distancing is not adequate for example the table of 6 people sat at the back of us actually were touching our chairs so suggest this is addressed. I appreciate times are difficult and you want as many diners as possible but surely not at risk to other diners. I will speak to local health and safety and see if this can be looked at.
On the good side we really enjoyed the food.
John Hill

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PeterR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at La Vecchia Scuola. The food was absolutely delicious and was very good value - we had the Christmas menu, three courses for £19.95. The choice of food on this menu was very wide and there were many meals that we would happily have chosen. We sat in the conservatory which was a lovely place to sit, quiet and with delicate lighting. The service was excellent and friendly. We both said that this was one of the best meals that we had eaten out in a very long time and we will be back as soon as we possibly can. This was the second time that we have eaten here and we could not fault it in any way. We would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone and anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every aspect

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YasminH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly atmosphere, great service and lovely staff, lovely restaurant and food was also amazing

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KayleS
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing a real hidden gem

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A very Good Dining experience good value for money service & Ambiance excellent in a wonderful building. My only issue was there was a problem with the men’s toilets hopefully that issue will be now rectified.

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Samantha
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Good service and staff but food very bland. We had two pizzas between us and they were both poor. They were very dry, and the toppings didn’t add anything. For between £12-£15 for the pizzas, we felt like it certainly wasn’t worth it.

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Scho
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place service was spot on and food was lovely

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KendraS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our First visit to la vecchia scuola did not disappoint, gorgeous food, outstanding service and great value for money. Can’t wait to return

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FranB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good menu and food excellently cooked. Second time we’ve been since august.

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StevenD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food at reasonable price from the set menu. Conservatory was very nice.

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La Vecchia Scuola is rated 4.4 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.