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La Scala

Nicole Frey
Preston Utley/Vail DailyLa Scala elevates Northern Italian favorites like beef carpaccio with arugula, crispy capers and lemon vinaigrette and shaved fennel salad with oranges and pomegranate seeds.

Even if you can’t trace your roots to the boot-shaped country, Italian food conjures images of home-cooked, comfort food. And La Scala in Eagle is no different.

Named for the famed Italian opera house, La Scala offers a warm yet polished atmosphere ideal for a romantic evening or dinner with the kids.

You won’t find pizza or lasagna on the menu here, but rather Northern Italian favorites like chicken piccata and veal marsala. Tamer entrees like spaghetti and meatballs will please the younger set.

Start your meal with some steamed Prince Edward Island mussels over bruschetta. Chef Raoul Mejia adds a twist to the dish by including sweet Italian sausage and caramelized peppers. The saffron broth will prompt you to leave decorum behind and sop up the sauce with the warm ciabatta bread.

Continue your meal with a warm spinach salad with crispy pancetta, and then move on to a selection of pasta, meat and seafood dishes.

Serving exclusively Italian wines, the sampler of three complements a three-course meal. And finish off your meal with a delectable sweet treat, several made fresh in house.

Visit La Scala on Thursdays for $5 martinis and live jazz.

Vail Colorado

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