La Scala Bistro Owner Lalli Dies of COVID-19

© Provided by The Columbus Dispatch William Lalli, left, and his son, Nick Lalli, right, in their restaurant, Vittoria Prime Italian Steakhouse, last year. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]Gitto, Jr. © Provided by The Columbus Dispatch William Lalli, left, and his son, Nick Lalli, right, in their restaurant, Vittoria Prime Italian Steakhouse, last year. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]Gitto, Jr.

Columbus, OH. La Scala Italian Bistro and Vittoria Prime Italian Steakhouse will go on without their owner, William Lalli, who died Sunday from complications of COVID-19. He was 67. “Everything is going to remain open, just like he would have wanted,” son and partner Nick Lalli said.

Lalli was a founding chef at La Scala, which opened in 1972 at 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin. He later purchased the restaurant and was sole proprietor until his death. Last year, he and

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