La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria

★★★★★
  • 2411 Second Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-441-5322

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Okay heres the thing I rarely write reviews, but this review is being presented so as to spare any future potential patrons the pathetic experience that we had. **SPARE YOURSELF THE NIGHTMARE!!** Read on:

1.) The server finally showed up after 10+ minutes of sitting there. This was not a deal-breaker because it was actually a *first date* which gave us time to talk, but a beer or glass of wine to ease that process a tad earlier would have been really nice!
2.) When the server finally did show up, he described the specials etc and took our orders for drinks. The thing is in the 3-5 minutes that he stood there, he only glanced and made eye contact with my (female) date once. It was so bad (and what I felt was so disrespectful) that I actually noticed!!
3.) When the food finally came, it had a nice presentation but this salmon special was so bland!!! Little Caesars pizza sauce has more zest to it!! Granted it was a pesto sauce, but it was still so bland!!!
4.) The bathroom you have to navigate past a chair placed in a doorway at the back of the restaurant (that Im assuming is placed there to deter other people from entering the restaurant from this communal hallway?). As you walk approximately 60 feet to a barely descript bathroom sign, you realize that there is a keypad to get in! Thankfully the key code is taped on a piece of paper above the keypad. Doesn't this negate the whole secured bathroom ideology? Good thing that I wasn't in too much of a panic to evacuate some of the beer I consumed!! The walk of shame to find the bathroom door, the oh no theres a keypad it could have gotten ugly quick!!
4.) Trying to get refills on our beer and wine required holding the glass up *high* in the air hoping that somebody would see, thankfully they did after a minute or so, I was afraid my arm would get tired!!
5.) The bill after waiting for what seemed like an eternity; I actually went to hand it to the bus boy as he walked by. It was bizarre our waiter appeared from nowhere to magically swoop by and grab my card from my outstretched hand. And no, we didn't wait for the bill to come first. And no, when he came back with the credit card slip, we did not receive the part that shows what we purchased, only the final dollar amount owed. This killed me, hopefully there wasn't a tip already included in the bill. I didn't complain because I just wanted the nightmare to end and didn't want to appear cheap in front of my (first) date. I begrudgingly tipped 10% (which killed me because I ALWAYS tip 20%) but I needed to send a message to the server and staff.

You may be thinking, Wow, it must have been packed in there NOPE, only a handful of tables were taken while we enjoyed/endured this "fine dining experience".

Yes, we have a second date planned. Thankfully shell be choosing the next restaurant!! The only bright thing of the evening was her smile and conversation, and the guy playing the accordion next to the tables.

Horrible service and food!!

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Okay heres the thing I rarely write reviews, but this review is being presented so as to spare any future potential patrons the pathetic experience that we had. **SPARE YOURSELF THE NIGHTMARE!!** Read on:

1.) The server finally showed up after 10+ minutes of sitting there. This was not a deal-breaker because it was actually a *first date* which gave us time to talk, but a beer or glass of wine to ease that process a tad earlier would have been really nice!
2.) When the server finally did show up, he described the specials etc and took our orders for drinks. The thing is in the 3-5 minutes that he stood there, he only glanced and made eye contact with my (female) date once. It was so bad (and what I felt was so disrespectful) that I actually noticed!!
3.) When the food finally came, it had a nice presentation but this salmon special was so bland!!! Little Caesars pizza sauce has more zest to it!! Granted it was a pesto sauce, but it was still so bland!!!
4.) The bathroom you have to navigate past a chair placed in a doorway at the back of the restaurant (that Im assuming is placed there to deter other people from entering the restaurant from this communal hallway?). As you walk approximately 60 feet to a barely descript bathroom sign, you realize that there is a keypad to get in! Thankfully the key code is taped on a piece of paper above the keypad. Doesn't this negate the whole secured bathroom ideology? Good thing that I wasn't in too much of a panic to evacuate some of the beer I consumed!! The walk of shame to find the bathroom door, the oh no theres a keypad it could have gotten ugly quick!!
4.) Trying to get refills on our beer and wine required holding the glass up *high* in the air hoping that somebody would see, thankfully they did after a minute or so, I was afraid my arm would get tired!!
5.) The bill after waiting for what seemed like an eternity; I actually went to hand it to the bus boy as he walked by. It was bizarre our waiter appeared from nowhere to magically swoop by and grab my card from my outstretched hand. And no, we didn't wait for the bill to come first. And no, when he came back with the credit card slip, we did not receive the part that shows what we purchased, only the final dollar amount owed. This killed me, hopefully there wasn't a tip already included in the bill. I didn't complain because I just wanted the nightmare to end and didn't want to appear cheap in front of my (first) date. I begrudgingly tipped 10% (which killed me because I ALWAYS tip 20%) but I needed to send a message to the server and staff.

You may be thinking, Wow, it must have been packed in there NOPE, only a handful of tables were taken while we enjoyed/endured this "fine dining experience".

Yes, we have a second date planned. Thankfully shell be choosing the next restaurant!! The only bright thing of the evening was her smile and conversation, and the guy playing the accordion next to the tables.

Horrible service and food!!

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This is truly one of the friendliest cafes in seattle. The service is attentive and warm. The wine pour and food portions are generous. \r
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Great location - super patio and sometimes there is music - great local joint!

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★★★★★

This is truly one of the friendliest cafes in seattle. The service is attentive and warm. The wine pour and food portions are generous. \r
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Great location - super patio and sometimes there is music - great local joint!

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its all about the people who work there

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★★★★★

its all about the people who work there

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Great little Belltown findthe house made pasta reminds me of some of the pasta I tasted while traveling in Italy, where it was cooked to perfect al dente and had enough flavor of its own that you could eat it without sauce. The fresh

3
★★★★★

Great little Belltown findthe house made pasta reminds me of some of the pasta I tasted while traveling in Italy, where it was cooked to perfect al dente and had enough flavor of its own that you could eat it without sauce. The fresh

Pros: Exceptional food, personal service

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Every time that i visit Seattle, I want to go to this restaurant. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is cozy , and the owner is really nice. The pasta and the salads are my favorites.

4
★★★★☆

Every time that i visit Seattle, I want to go to this restaurant. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is cozy , and the owner is really nice. The pasta and the salads are my favorites.

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La Vita E' Bella is a beautiful restaurant with high quality food. The prices are not outrageous, and the staff is extremely pleasant and fun to talk to. Most nights you can enjoy the sounds of the accordion playing stereotypical but enjoyable Italian music.

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★★★★☆

La Vita E' Bella is a beautiful restaurant with high quality food. The prices are not outrageous, and the staff is extremely pleasant and fun to talk to. Most nights you can enjoy the sounds of the accordion playing stereotypical but enjoyable Italian music.

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We take all our visiting friends to eat here because the food is so good, the atmosphere so warm and inviting, and the staff always friendly. Their pizza side of the restaurant is a little less formal, but everything about the place makes you want to come back and eat there again. So we do, lol.

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★★★★★

We take all our visiting friends to eat here because the food is so good, the atmosphere so warm and inviting, and the staff always friendly. Their pizza side of the restaurant is a little less formal, but everything about the place makes you want to come back and eat there again. So we do, lol.

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We went to dinner here for Valentine's Day 2009. Excited about a night out and a good dinner, but the excitement soon led to frustration. We had a reservation, but were not seated until over 30 minutes after our reserved time. There was

3
★★★★★

We went to dinner here for Valentine's Day 2009. Excited about a night out and a good dinner, but the excitement soon led to frustration. We had a reservation, but were not seated until over 30 minutes after our reserved time. There was

Pros: Nice dining area.

Cons: Food, wait time, parking

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This place used to be one of our favorite eateries in Seattle...for years. Something definitely changed, and based on the bad reviews below I'm not the only one who noticed. We were nothing more than a distraction to our server, who I will

3
★★★★★

This place used to be one of our favorite eateries in Seattle...for years. Something definitely changed, and based on the bad reviews below I'm not the only one who noticed. We were nothing more than a distraction to our server, who I will

Pros: Food is still good.

Cons: Service and prices are not good.

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I've been in a couple times for lunch. I like the salads here - they are simple but well prepared. Also the panini that I have had were good. The only concern I have is that sometimes service can be a little sluggish, but I have not had what I would call a bad experience. I would go back.

4
★★★★☆

I've been in a couple times for lunch. I like the salads here - they are simple but well prepared. Also the panini that I have had were good. The only concern I have is that sometimes service can be a little sluggish, but I have not had what I would call a bad experience. I would go back.

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This used to be a reliable place for food. We were served stale bread, and soggy and rubbery pizza. When we asked about the bread, the service was too arrogant to apologize, and just gave a lame reason why it was stale. If the

3
★★★★★

This used to be a reliable place for food. We were served stale bread, and soggy and rubbery pizza. When we asked about the bread, the service was too arrogant to apologize, and just gave a lame reason why it was stale. If the

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service, Food

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Sometimes you feel sorry to be italian when you find these people out of italy.\r
I am Italian and I went to have a pizza with my fiancee and a friend. I must say that the food we tried was good, the antipasto was good, and the pizza

3
★★★★★

Sometimes you feel sorry to be italian when you find these people out of italy.\r
I am Italian and I went to have a pizza with my fiancee and a friend. I must say that the food we tried was good, the antipasto was good, and the pizza

Pros: good food

Cons: service and prices

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We enjoyed dinner at La Vita E Bella after a show at the Big Picture recently. There were four of us; we walked in on a Friday evening and were seated immediately. \r
It was the first time dining here, and it was enjoyable. The service

3
★★★★★

We enjoyed dinner at La Vita E Bella after a show at the Big Picture recently. There were four of us; we walked in on a Friday evening and were seated immediately. \r
It was the first time dining here, and it was enjoyable. The service

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What a great place for dinner and a bottle of wine! The service was excellent from the wine suggestion to the detailed description of the specials to the upbeat , welcoming attitude. Thin crust and simple, exquisite flavors made the pizza

3
★★★★★

What a great place for dinner and a bottle of wine! The service was excellent from the wine suggestion to the detailed description of the specials to the upbeat , welcoming attitude. Thin crust and simple, exquisite flavors made the pizza

Pros: Cozy, lively atmosphere, Menu Selection, Service, Amazing Pizza and Pasta

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We have been to this restaurant several times before and thought the food was pretty good. So, it's very unfortunate that I feel compelled to write in my very first poor review. My fiance and I went in for dinner on a Sunday evening and

3
★★★★★

We have been to this restaurant several times before and thought the food was pretty good. So, it's very unfortunate that I feel compelled to write in my very first poor review. My fiance and I went in for dinner on a Sunday evening and

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Although the food and ambiance were wonderful, I will not go back to this establishment. Our server was wonderful, but as we took our first bite, we noticed the manager or owner was loudly criticizing the hostess. The things he was

3
★★★★★

Although the food and ambiance were wonderful, I will not go back to this establishment. Our server was wonderful, but as we took our first bite, we noticed the manager or owner was loudly criticizing the hostess. The things he was

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I've been to this restaurant twice and I can't wait to go back! I have never had any of the problems the other reviewers had with the service. I was always treated politely and promptly. The bruschetta options they have are awesome. I've

3
★★★★★

I've been to this restaurant twice and I can't wait to go back! I have never had any of the problems the other reviewers had with the service. I was always treated politely and promptly. The bruschetta options they have are awesome. I've

Pros: everything!

Cons: i don't go there often enough!

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I love this place! We are always welcomed warmly when we arrive and the staff is great. The owner has even stopped at our table and shared wine with us. \r
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There is a covered patio outside for summer evenings but the inside has a nice

3
★★★★★

I love this place! We are always welcomed warmly when we arrive and the staff is great. The owner has even stopped at our table and shared wine with us. \r
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There is a covered patio outside for summer evenings but the inside has a nice

Pros: Nice location, nice ambience, romantic setting

Cons: Downtown restaurant so parking is not free.

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The moment you walk in the door you are greeted by warm smiles, sometimes hugs, since we have become regulars. Guiseppe and Rober' make their rounds frequently and are engaging for the entire dining experience. I have tried almost

3
★★★★★

The moment you walk in the door you are greeted by warm smiles, sometimes hugs, since we have become regulars. Guiseppe and Rober' make their rounds frequently and are engaging for the entire dining experience. I have tried almost

Pros: Always open, good value, and TRUE Italian

Cons: not good for large groups, busy weekends

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Great find. Nice outside dinging in hot weather. And nice inside. Two of us, \r
and average eaters.\r
Split a ceasar salad and a ham, artichoke and sausage pizza. Could not eat\r
it all and had to bring some home.\r
Highly recommend. Nice

3
★★★★★

Great find. Nice outside dinging in hot weather. And nice inside. Two of us, \r
and average eaters.\r
Split a ceasar salad and a ham, artichoke and sausage pizza. Could not eat\r
it all and had to bring some home.\r
Highly recommend. Nice

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Where do I start? Our server was nice enough although she was the only one serving the entire restaurant. We ordered 2 appetizers and she ordered one of them wrong and never came to ask how it was so that we could tell her. When our

3
★★★★★

Where do I start? Our server was nice enough although she was the only one serving the entire restaurant. We ordered 2 appetizers and she ordered one of them wrong and never came to ask how it was so that we could tell her. When our

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sometimes they run out of gnocchi if you get there late....i find the place is very reasonable in price....service can stink sometimes....but the food is good and worth the trip...\r
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excellent gnocchi!

3
★★★★★

sometimes they run out of gnocchi if you get there late....i find the place is very reasonable in price....service can stink sometimes....but the food is good and worth the trip...\r
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excellent gnocchi!

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My dad and I went here for a father/daughter date night ready for some fine italian dining. I ordered a pizza and my dad got one of their veal dishes. After a long long wait for our food, the server brought me the pizza he had

3
★★★★★

My dad and I went here for a father/daughter date night ready for some fine italian dining. I ordered a pizza and my dad got one of their veal dishes. After a long long wait for our food, the server brought me the pizza he had

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I went to this place on a friday evening with couple of friends. We asked to be seated outside. At that time there was no table available outside and we were told that a corner table is going to be available soon. So we decided to wait for

3
★★★★★

I went to this place on a friday evening with couple of friends. We asked to be seated outside. At that time there was no table available outside and we were told that a corner table is going to be available soon. So we decided to wait for

Pros: Don't know of any

Cons: Service

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I LOVE their Penne Al Pesto at La Vita E Bella!! It's hard for me to get anything else. But I have tried the paninis and the veal scallopine and they are just as amazing. The service staff is extremely helpful and extremely nice.

3
★★★★★

I LOVE their Penne Al Pesto at La Vita E Bella!! It's hard for me to get anything else. But I have tried the paninis and the veal scallopine and they are just as amazing. The service staff is extremely helpful and extremely nice.

Pros: Food, ambience, service

Cons: parking, construction

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Now I know what real Italian food tastes like! Never before have I ever wanted to take pieces of bread to sop up the sauce that was left on my plate. And even after I did that, I wanted to lick my plate clean!!! Service was very friendly

3
★★★★★

Now I know what real Italian food tastes like! Never before have I ever wanted to take pieces of bread to sop up the sauce that was left on my plate. And even after I did that, I wanted to lick my plate clean!!! Service was very friendly

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I eat at this restaurant weekly, and I have NEVER been disappointed. Even with take out, my food is always perfect. Try the nightly specials, they are WONDERFUL. (Especially the Halibut Risatto, yum) One of my favorite pizza options is

3
★★★★★

I eat at this restaurant weekly, and I have NEVER been disappointed. Even with take out, my food is always perfect. Try the nightly specials, they are WONDERFUL. (Especially the Halibut Risatto, yum) One of my favorite pizza options is

Pros: Open for Breakfast, Elegant atmosphere, Outdoor Patio!

Cons: Busy on Fri/Sat!, May be busy at 7pm, (Get Tiramisu early!)

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We've been to your restaurant twice. The first time was a wonderful experience; the food was as good as North Beach in San Fransico and our server was awesome. This weekend we came back w/our friends from Portland. Again the food was very

3
★★★★★

We've been to your restaurant twice. The first time was a wonderful experience; the food was as good as North Beach in San Fransico and our server was awesome. This weekend we came back w/our friends from Portland. Again the food was very

Pros: good prices, great food

Cons: service

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I LOVE this restaurant! We go there every Thursday and always have a fabulous experience. David is usually our waiter and he's marvelous. The specials are always tasty (although usually much more expensive than the menu items, I agree),

3
★★★★★

I LOVE this restaurant! We go there every Thursday and always have a fabulous experience. David is usually our waiter and he's marvelous. The specials are always tasty (although usually much more expensive than the menu items, I agree),

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Parking in Belltown

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This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. It it by far the closest to real authentic Italian pizza in the city. They also make their own olive oil and fabulous pesto from their region in Italy and have it sent here for all of us

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★★★★★

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. It it by far the closest to real authentic Italian pizza in the city. They also make their own olive oil and fabulous pesto from their region in Italy and have it sent here for all of us

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: parking

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The pizza here is the most authentic italian pizza i've had since Naples. I come back time and time again just for the pizza.

3
★★★★★

The pizza here is the most authentic italian pizza i've had since Naples. I come back time and time again just for the pizza.

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The food was better than the service that was bad at best. My advise stay at home. food, service, price all were very poor.

3
★★★★★

The food was better than the service that was bad at best. My advise stay at home. food, service, price all were very poor.

Pros: atmosphere, only had to go once

Cons: food, service, price

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By far the worst Italian Restaurant in Seattle city limits!

The wine didn't come until we went up to the bar to ask for it, and they still brought us the wrong wine.

Our appetizers never came, on top of that, the specials were twice as

3
★★★★★

By far the worst Italian Restaurant in Seattle city limits!

The wine didn't come until we went up to the bar to ask for it, and they still brought us the wrong wine.

Our appetizers never came, on top of that, the specials were twice as

Cons: Expensive, Poor Service, No Parking

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I really love this very Italian style pizza, and it's reasonably priced, too. The atmosphere is very pleasant, the staff is friendly although occasionally a little absent-minded. The pizza is unique in the city, and frankly I can't

3
★★★★★

I really love this very Italian style pizza, and it's reasonably priced, too. The atmosphere is very pleasant, the staff is friendly although occasionally a little absent-minded. The pizza is unique in the city, and frankly I can't

Pros: Pizza, Atmosphere, Price

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One bite and I knew the pizza was made by an Italian. It melts in your mouth just like the pizza in Rome. We had the kind with capers and anchovies and no cheese. The decor is very attractive with matching fresh flowers. The service

3
★★★★★

One bite and I knew the pizza was made by an Italian. It melts in your mouth just like the pizza in Rome. We had the kind with capers and anchovies and no cheese. The decor is very attractive with matching fresh flowers. The service

Pros: Food, Romantic atmosphere, Service

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The food is great, the value is good, the atmosphere simple but nice. The service is fantastic, especially when it comes to recomended wines. I will eat here again.

3
★★★★★

The food is great, the value is good, the atmosphere simple but nice. The service is fantastic, especially when it comes to recomended wines. I will eat here again.

Pros: Food, Service, Price

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I have finally found pizza that is just like the kind I used to eat while living in Italy...the ingredients are fresh and simple and the crust baked to perfection. I could eat a pizza here every night along with a glass of wine. The decor

3
★★★★★

I have finally found pizza that is just like the kind I used to eat while living in Italy...the ingredients are fresh and simple and the crust baked to perfection. I could eat a pizza here every night along with a glass of wine. The decor

Pros: pizza, ambiance, service

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I have eaten here numerous times, and each time I am not disappointed! The homeade pasta melts in your mouth and the wait staff is kind and cute! The mom works in the kitchen and makes the pasta while the sons wait on customers. They

3
★★★★★

I have eaten here numerous times, and each time I am not disappointed! The homeade pasta melts in your mouth and the wait staff is kind and cute! The mom works in the kitchen and makes the pasta while the sons wait on customers. They

Pros: Good ambiance, Wonderful food, nice people

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I've been in a couple times for lunch. I like the salads here - they are simple but well prepared. Also the panini that I have had were good. The only concern I have is that sometimes service can be a little sluggish, but I have not had

3
★★★★★

I've been in a couple times for lunch. I like the salads here - they are simple but well prepared. Also the panini that I have had were good. The only concern I have is that sometimes service can be a little sluggish, but I have not had

Pros: good food

Cons: service may be slow

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My husband and I were in town for our anniversary, happened to walk by the first night and followed a delicious aroma outside to a GREAT meal inside. The bruchetta and the pesto ala pepe were PERFECT! very delicious, mellow atmosphere,

3
★★★★★

My husband and I were in town for our anniversary, happened to walk by the first night and followed a delicious aroma outside to a GREAT meal inside. The bruchetta and the pesto ala pepe were PERFECT! very delicious, mellow atmosphere,

Pros: good service, great food, not expensive

Cons: none!

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I've walked by here hundreds of times. Finally someone suggested Lavita E'Bella for having reasonably priced, good Italian food. Couldn't agree more. The inside has so much more atmosphere than you'd expect based on the storefront. And

3
★★★★★

I've walked by here hundreds of times. Finally someone suggested Lavita E'Bella for having reasonably priced, good Italian food. Couldn't agree more. The inside has so much more atmosphere than you'd expect based on the storefront. And

Pros: Ambience, Price, Service

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lavita e'bella blew it in almost every respect. a bad night? i doubt it. inexperienced staff? maybe. terrible management? definately. we were "served" by the "manager" who forgot our salads TWICE. tried to charge us for them, even though

3
★★★★★

lavita e'bella blew it in almost every respect. a bad night? i doubt it. inexperienced staff? maybe. terrible management? definately. we were "served" by the "manager" who forgot our salads TWICE. tried to charge us for them, even though

Pros: ambience

Cons: service, courtesy, management

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The food and service here are both really impressive. It's been a while since we had an Italian meal so good and at such a reasonable price. We will be going back again soon!

3
★★★★★

The food and service here are both really impressive. It's been a while since we had an Italian meal so good and at such a reasonable price. We will be going back again soon!

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The food is wonderful, the service superb and the value is excellent! What more can I say? We eat there at least once a week. Live acoustic guitar on the weekends and great price points on wine!

3
★★★★★

The food is wonderful, the service superb and the value is excellent! What more can I say? We eat there at least once a week. Live acoustic guitar on the weekends and great price points on wine!

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