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5.5 /6 Wonderful 58 Reviews

La Vecchia Scuola

City Centre Italian £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
La Vecchia Scuola, 62 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ York

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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

58 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 58 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
05.09.2017 21:30

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.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 12:21

Excellent service, very reasonable price, great menu choice. Lovely view from the conservatory part of the restaurant, very interesting building. This is my second visit. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2017 09:39

Service was good, food excellent and advice given by staff was good, wine nice, table request was granted. Only slight downside, coffee was not the best which for an Italian restaurant I thought strange, it could have been stronger

1 review so far 6
18.07.2017 08:25

Great service and great food. Beautiful surroundings was sat in the conservatory over looking the gardens. Best profiteroles I've ever had will definitely come back!

1 review so far 6
01.06.2017 07:44

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

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 10:12

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.

2 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 08:45

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.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 21:50

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.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 10:38

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.

1 review so far 4
04.06.2017 08:38

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.

1 review so far 5
02.07.2017 09:15

We were in a lovely room at the front which gave our party a very private feel. Food very good. Menu varied. Good portions. Quite a few ordered pizza which were all delicious. Pasta dishes very tasty. Service good but not subyle ie not in your face all the time. 10 per cent service charge which we were told was optional but paid it. Would return so thats always a good sign!

1 review so far 3
25.06.2017 18:42

When we arrived the man at the front desk was very rude. He never spoke much and when shown to the table just left. The table wasnt what we wanted so I shouted after him, to which he ignored me. I shouted again and this time he turned round, I asked him if we could sit somewhere else, to which he replied no and walked off. Great start to the evening. This was supposed to be a lovely relaxing meal for our 20th Wedding Anniversary unfortunately it was not. Tables too near each other, so you heard everything the other people said. The food was pretty good shame about the staff. Will not be going again.

1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 20:39

We go once a year when in York for three days Christmas Get Away & shopping. It's been a great discovery, staff are friendly and fun. There's a great atmosphere and most importantly the food has always been excellent. Have been four/five times now and will definitely return. Merry Christened to all at La Vecchia!!

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 13:48

lovely building, nice setting in the conservatory. We arrived early and were welcomed in for a drink before our booked time, which was very nice as we had arranged to meet my brother before he went on to a function elsewhere. Great food.

2 reviews so far 5
21.04.2017 18:26

pleasant staff, good food, nice menu choice and all a a reasonable price. We chose from the set 2 or 3 course evening menu. The smoked haddock chowder was delicious so too the beef stroganoff. Friends had the pork belly starter which was good followed by a delicious créant lasagne.

4 reviews so far 6
09.07.2017 09:01

Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will certainly be back. The only drawback was that the portions were so generous we didn't have room for a sweet. The atmosphere was relaxing with the piano playing and the friendly staff.

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 11:53

A really nice restaurant with friendly, helpful staff. The food is amazing. A very good selection for all tastes and requirements that is expertly cooked. The carbonara was the best i have ever had. Very competitive price wise too.

1 review so far 6
08.06.2017 10:17

Beautiful setting with wonderful food, always pay a visit when in York. Highly recommend! Friendly and attentative staff, very popular at all times so advisable to book on evenings but usually call in ad hoc during the day.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 08:46

Lovely friendly staff. Food is first class. Attentive service. Always go to this restaurant when in York. The table is yours for however long you want it. Been 7 times now and a lovely dining experience.

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 20:44

A very pleasant restaurant. We had a delightful table in the conservatory overlooking a lovely garden. The food was good and the service also good. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to my friends.