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Food was excellent as well a...

Food was excellent as well as the service. Waitress was also excellent. Great service, great food, hope to come back again!



The passion for good Italian f...

The passion for good Italian food is apparent. I t is very nice getting to know your staff! They are all a dream!!



The food was excellent, the st...

The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, and all in all it was a wonderful dining experience.



Our server was great! We were ...

Our server was great! We were hosting a lunch of elderly people and she could not have been more patient and understanding!!



Our server was great! We were ...

Our server was great! We were hosting a lunch of elderly people and she couldn't have been more patient and accommodating.



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good job

We will certainly be back. The view here in just wonderful, except for the fogged windows.



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great dining experience

Food was excellent. The staff was friendly. All in all it was a great dining experience.



Heidi was absolutely terrific ...

Heidi was absolutely terrific - very professional - and interpersonally warm. Please give her a raise!!



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Excellent food

Excellent food and service. Waitress was flexible and attentive to us.



We could not possibly have hel...

We could not possibly have helped for a more fun, a more welcoming, or a more thoughtful venue for our homecoming and we could not possibly imagine a wedding anywhere else. Scalo was been home for us since even before Brooke began working their, in fact, the first time we had a formal dinner date there she poker her finger in my chest , jersey style, and told me she wanted to marry me! Steve thank you for all of your thoughtful help with the venue, for your cash gift and most of all for taking time out of your hectic schedule to join us. We are truly lucky to have you.

samson barry


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nice job

Excellent menu for fat Tuesday. Waitress is great. Food great, Beer great.



Love your menu. Everything is...

Love your menu. Everything is wonderful from the food, to the servers, to the beer. I always have a wonderful time when I come here. I'll be seeing you soon.



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Thank you very much for the hospitality.

Thank you for hosting our Lunches with Leaders. We especially appreciate you working with us to fit our budget. The food was delicious and the space was excellent. Thank you very much for the hospitality.



A quick note of thanks for all...

A quick note of thanks for allowing our team to enjoy a wonderful meal with you last week. Your experience chef Natalie and the entire staff truly made us feel special. From the warm greeting, attentive service, and beautifully prepared dishes. A spectacular treat we will long remember. So glad you could join us too, your company was icing on the cake. Thanks for all you do.



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This restaurant should be in New York or Chicago!

This place is AWESOME. This place serves amazing Northern Italian cuisine. If you are looking for lasagna or rigatoni go somewhere else. This is NOT a low class, run of the mill, factory with all the stereotypical Italian garbage so many think of when thinking Italian. This is the REAL McCoy - true, well cooked and elegant Italian cuisine the way you would find it in Milan. I have lived all over this country, and in much larger and nicer cities. However, Scalo makes Italian better than nearly every other place I have lived. Do yourself a favor - go there and see for yourself. The atmosphere is incredible, the food even better. This restaurant should be in New York or Chicago!



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greatest italian food ever!!!!!

We took our whole family out to eat there for our daughters 16th birthday, and we had never eaten there before, we always liked trombinos for italian, but after the experience at scalos, weve changed our minds, the sea bass was melt in your mouth delicious, and so was the calimari, its was very fresh. And the service was exceptional, were attended to wonderfully, every few minutes, my husband was so pleased he gave the waiter a 100.00 tip, Scalos is our choice for real italian food, i recomend them to every one i know!!!!!



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Disgusting food and waste of $!

I took my husband to Scalo for an early Valentine's dinner. I've always heard that it was one of the best fancy restaurants in Albuquerque, but I was very mistaken and embarrassed!
It's too bad because it has the perfect atmosphere.

I ordered the scallop and gnocchi ""special"" for $28. I assumed that the special would be the best and freshest item that the chef could offer. I was shocked to receive only 3 revoltingly salty scallops with about 7 freezer burned and then deep fried gnocchi! Certainly chicken McNuggets would have been a huge improvement on my plate. I tried to politely eat the dish but had to eventually tell the waiter. I was embarrassed for him, too. When I asked if the gnocchi was made daily he admitted, ""not daily"". Yuck. For $28 I expect FRESH food. The taste was disgusting and I NEVER complain in restaurants. The waiter said the manager would give us our dessert on the house ($5 for $28).

My poor polite husband had to tell me that the salmon on his pasta was freezer burned, too and that he couldn't eat it. He lost his appetite and I ended up eating his noodles because I was starving. I was sad that my rare date night was a big disappointment. I will never, EVER return to Scalo and I will tell all of my friends to avoid it like the plague. $100.00 down the drain and we ended up eating cocoa pebbles when we got home :( A big, sad waste of money!



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Went for a birthday dinner, ordered carpaccio appetizer which came WITH A LIVE WORM CRAWLING ON THE PLATE. The server took it back for investigation and said that ""happens"". Manager never came or apologized for the incident.
I called the owner of Scallo's who told me that happens when you eat organic food, the told me to go F*CK myself... The meal was horrible and their veal DIED OF OLD AGE!!!
Do yourself a favor and pick another place to eat!



Best in Albuquerque

I have been eating at Scalo since it opened about 20 years ago. It is one of the three best restaurants in Albuquerque. Scalo has two pleasant outdoor patios one for the restaurant and one for the bar. The owner Steve Paternoster knows his guests and visits the tables. Their seafood and duck dishes are some of my favorites. Great pastas. It has an excellent wine selection with a temperature controlled wine room so that wines are always in top condition.


Phone: (505) 255-8784

Address: 3500 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106


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General Info
Scalo is a restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisine and beverages. It offers a range of dishes that includes homemade spinach ricotta ravioli, chicken risotto, saut ed gnocchi, fettuccine, orecchiette and capellini. The restaurant s additional food items include red bell peppers, seared wild Scottish salmon, marinated ahi tuna, grilled beef tenderloin, pork chops, red bell peppers, cheese lasagna and chicken risotto. It offers a variety of desserts that includes panna cotta, bread puddings, spumoni and vanilla ice cream. The restaurant offers various types of salads that includes Caesar, chicken and caprese. It also provides online reservation services. Scalo has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the year 2007. Founded in 1986, the restaurant is located in Albuquerque, N.M.
Extra Phones

Phone: (505) 255-8782

Fax: (505) 265-7850

Payment method
cash, all major credit cards
Price Range
Nob Hill
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Paid

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Above Average

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