About La Vecchia Scuola

Welcome to our restaurant where you can indulge in our excellent service and exquisite food. The breathtaking view is just an added bonus to make your dining experience a memorable one.

Feel free to unwind while enjoying a cup of coffee or a light lunch, or join us in the evening and savor our laid-back ambience, live music, and diverse menus.

Our experienced staff has carefully created exciting, inventive, and varied menus that are sure to satisfy any palate. From contemporary Italian cuisine, spectacular desserts, and fine wines from our cellar to a selection of beers and spirits from the bar, we are dedicated to offering only the best.

Come and join us for an unrivaled and relaxed Italian dining experience.

Meet the Team

Cipriano Gomes

Operations manager

Tony Porneala

General manager







History of La Vecchia Scuola

La Vecchia Scuola restaurant occupies a 300-year-old building with a rich history that includes York College for Girls, a doctor’s residence, and a lawyer’s house.

The building even dates back to Roman times when a fortress stood on the site. York College for Girls opened in 1908 and was known for its exceptional music department, producing famous alumni like Dame Janet Baker. The college also educated notable doctors, solicitors, and university lecturers.

Refectory to Restaurant

La Vecchia Scuola in York used to have different entrances for teachers, parents and students. In the mid-1990s, the last Headmistress Erica Taylor made the green door the main entrance for everyone.

The bar area used to be the Headmistress’ study and the area to the left was a waiting room. The dining area was the school refectory, while the landscaped gardens were once the College playground.

The restaurant area, reception and waiting area have various school memorabilia including books, photos and records. La Vecchia Scuola is a restaurant that pays tribute to this vibrant past.

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