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La Vecchia Scuola

City Centre · Italian · ££££
61 Reviews
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About La Vecchia Scuola

Dear diners, please be aware that reservations are possible only for groups of up to 8 people. If your party is larger, please contact the restaurant directly. The restaurant will attempt to accommodate all special booking requests. However, if you are unsure, please contact the restaurant directly. Situated inside a 300 year old Georgian college building, La Vecchia Scuola has been stylishly restored, boasting an old world charm with its grand decor and creating the perfect setting for a romantic date or special occasion, and on the menu you’ll find an array of contemporary Italian dishes. For an exquisite Italian dining experience in York, book a table and head on over to Low Petergate in the city centre.


La Vecchia Scuola
62 Low Petergate, City Centre
York YO1 7HZ

Opening Times

Closed today

Chef's Choice



Pate della casa

Home made chicken pate served with red onions marmalade, crispy pancetta crumbs, toasted bread and pickles

Gamberoni all` arrabbiata

King prawns finished in a rich white wine, tomato, garlic and chilli sauce served on fresh pizza bread

Salmone veneziana

Smoked salmon roulade with prawns and mascarpone cheese, served with lightly toasted bread sticks, capers and balsamic reduction


Pollo farcito

Chicken supreme stuffed with spinach and pine nuts served with spring onions crushed potatoes,marsala wine and oyster mushrooms sauce

Risotto zafferano

Saffron risotto served with skewers of king prawns wrapped in bacon dressed with a honey, pepper and chilli sauce topped with asparagus shavings

Filetto alla vecchia

28 days matured fillet steak grilled to how you like it served with a potato cake wrapped in parma ham, asparagus shavings and crispy onions with side of diane sauce


Banoffee pie

Our very own recipe of crushed digestive biscuits base topped with caramel, banana and chocolate cream

Peanut butter cheese cake

Peanut butter and toffee cheese cake served with stracciatella ice cream

Combinazione di formaggi

Cheese board combining mature cheddar, blue stilton, soft brie and picorino served with cheese biscuits, celery sticks, fruits, dried berries and port

Further Information

La Vecchia Scuola presents Phil Fryer, with a tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra and the classic crooners.

Live every month on the following Wednesday nights:

12th April 2017
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After taking your seats at La Vecchia Scuola’s Low Petergate address to the north of the city centre, begin your meal at La Vecchia Scuola by sharing some antipasto like the salmone veneziana (smoked salmon roulade with prawns and mascarpone cheese served with lightly toasted breadsticks, capers and balsamic reduction) before moving on to a creative twist on an Italian classic like the ravioli di branzino (citrus sea bass filled ravioli finished in a lemon, tomato and king prawns sauce topped with grilled sea bass) or the pollo farcito (chicken supreme stuffed with spinach and pine nuts served with spring onions crushed potatoes, marsala wine and oyster mushrooms sauce). This is, of course, just one of many routes through one of York’s finest Italian restaurant menus.

61 La Vecchia Scuola Reviews

John O.a month ago · 1 review

We were welcomed warmly and looked after with professional and amusing service. The food was fabulous and our party of six had a really super night out. Good atmosphere and the pianist went around the room asking guests for requests, a really nice touch.

Susan T.a month ago · 2 reviews

Lovely food, two friends came that had not been before and thoroughly enjoyed the food. We usually come to York at least twice a year but will be recommending to others.

Dom S.2 months ago · 1 review

Very nice and cosy place. Staff were all really attentive. There was plenty of choice on the menu and the dishes we ordered were all delicious. Highly recommended.

clive g.2 months ago · 1 review

Lovely restaurant in a nice part of the City, great food with good choice, and service was excellent and even a piano player which was nice.

gillian b.6 months ago · 1 review

Booked table of 4 for 1-00pm on a Sunday, lovely conservatory table overlooking the garden. The waiting staff were amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and super efficient. We all ordered off the special menu. A fabulous mix of dishes from chicken, fish and pasta. For starters I had the pate served with toasted brioche divinely creamy and delicious. My main was the chicken and mushroom dish with roast potato, so scrumptious. Even though very full at this point a little pause to enjoy the rest of our wine and dessert was a must home made Tiramisu it was heavenly delight for the taste buds. A couple of cocktails completed a lovely afternoon spent in fabulous surroundings

Pamela P.a year ago · 1 review

We had excellent service and lovely food. Just a small comment about the seating. We had to ask to move tables as the cream chairs are too low and eating would have been very difficult. As we were eating early and the restaurant was quiet this was no problem, but if it had been full obviouslyit would have been more difficult to give us a suitable tables. As I believe the cream chairs are new, perhaps cushions could be provided. We will definately return as we are always happy with our meals there.

James C.8 months ago · 2 reviews

What a wonderful restaurant. Beautifully set in a 300year old building, and a conservatory set in well maintained gardens la vecchia scuollo really is a gem. Stunning restaurant with attentive service and most importantly beautiful food. We ate off the set menu which, at 3 courses for 17.95, provides wonderful value for such quality food. Cannot recommend la veccia scuollo enough. We will definitely be returning next time we are in York.

Derek L.7 months ago · 1 review

Great Italian food served in very pleasant surroundings by staff who are courteous, attentive and polite. We always enjoy Italian food making La Vecchia Scuola a must visit destination whenever we are in York.

Georgie M.4 months ago · 1 review

Went here for a meal with friends. Our group included a vegetarian and someone who is gluten free, both were well accommodated by the menu. Lovely building, we were on a great table in a sort of conservatory area which meant we could enjoy the summer evening without being fully outside which was perfect. Delicious food fairly priced and attentive friendly staff. Would definitely recommend and return.

Paula J.6 months ago · 1 review

The food was beautiful, however, a pianist began to play what should have been background music, I suppose to add to the ambiance. This would have been fine had the music not been so loud that we could not hold a conversation over dinner as we couldn't hear what was being said. It was such a shame as the restaurant is beautifully decorated, food was lovely and the staff were nice and pleasant as well. May I suggest moving the piano out of the main room where a tiled floor and high ceilings make the noise level seem worse.

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