Take your tour of Savannah to the next level
No one wants to tour Savannah hungry. It so happens that a few of my friends own three of the most acclaimed and historic restaurants in the city. Be sure to pay them a visit. And tell them Sonny sent you.
The home at 119 East 37th Street was built in 1898 to a Mr. C. Owens-maritime attorney￼ and the nephew of George Owens of the Owens Thomas house of the Telfair Museum. The property itself was purchased in 1894, and regails maritime themes throughout the home, such as portal windows, aft cabin archways and rope spindles. Mr. Owens lived here happily with his wife and children until his untimely death via street car on 37th St. in 1923. ￼￼ subsequently, his wife put the house up for sale and it was purchased by the archdiocese for the nuns order of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and thus became a convent. In the early 1970’s the convent became Savannah’s favorite Peacock Florist until Roger Peacock passed away in 2017. ￼The home was then purchased by the current owners, and 2 years and over $2 million later, the breathtakingly beautiful LaScala Ristorante was born-a 19th century Italian Pallazo themed restaurant.
Today, this charming setting is a spacious property that boasts six dining rooms, third floor chapel, wine cellar, three al fresco dining/event spaces and limited parking. Paired with the most discerning table service by the exceptionally trained staff, nightly dining features, in-house prepared artisan breads, sauces, aged and cured meats presented in old world regional Italian combinations. The finest hand selected wines stored in our climate controlled wine tasting gallery is at your service. The environment is unique in it’s historical connection to the Catholic church’s past. The chapel contains one-of-a-kind murals, ornate artisan stained glass can be found throughout the building, and the one of a kind bar takes you back to the old world filling all of your senses as it opens to a beautiful manicured sustainable gardens. LaScala is one of the largest and most exquisite restaurants in the southeast. With stunning ambiance and traditional Italian fare that changes with the seasons, this restaurant is like home to our local community and out of town visitors alike.