Buona Vita

★★★★★
  • 450 Massachusetts Ave

    Arlington, MA 02474

    Map & Directions
  • 781-641-4734

About Buona Vita

Hours
M - F 12:30 - 3:00 M-Th 4:30 - 10:30 F-Sat 4:30 - 11:30 Sun 4:30 - 10 Sat&Sun 11am - 3pm
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After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time, frozen and stiff from standing in a doorway the whole time because they can't offer a seat to someone on crutches, the food was terrible and the service was, needless to say, completely

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★★★★★

After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time, frozen and stiff from standing in a doorway the whole time because they can't offer a seat to someone on crutches, the food was terrible and the service was, needless to say, completely

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Get Gordon, quick!\r
Nope. We are not going back. The food was awful. \r
We are not foodies, dont have attitude, always polite, with reasonable expectations. But on a recent Saturday night at 7 PM, this was a waste of money.\r
The Ceasar

3
★★★★★

Get Gordon, quick!\r
Nope. We are not going back. The food was awful. \r
We are not foodies, dont have attitude, always polite, with reasonable expectations. But on a recent Saturday night at 7 PM, this was a waste of money.\r
The Ceasar

Cons: food

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inDec 8 th 09 Bouna Vita reopened its doors under a new ownership. Try it ,You will be impressed. The best food at the lowest price.

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★★★★★

inDec 8 th 09 Bouna Vita reopened its doors under a new ownership. Try it ,You will be impressed. The best food at the lowest price.

Pros: the new owner is a chef from italy

Cons: none

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I wondered about this place, read that it was family run which usually means it will be a good bet. It looks a little down in the dumps, sort of run down but that can always be overlooked if the food is good.

The owner was a very nice man, and so I wish I could say that I had a terrific meal at a good price. Maybe it was just an off night? I don't know, but the prices seemed high for what we were served, and so I do not think that we will try it again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I wondered about this place, read that it was family run which usually means it will be a good bet. It looks a little down in the dumps, sort of run down but that can always be overlooked if the food is good.

The owner was a very nice man, and so I wish I could say that I had a terrific meal at a good price. Maybe it was just an off night? I don't know, but the prices seemed high for what we were served, and so I do not think that we will try it again.

Pros: friendly owner

Cons: the food was jsut so-so & the prices were high

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I have been a regular to La Buona Vita since 1998. I always look forward to what the specials are and the freshness of their food. I find the staff to be extremely delightful and this is definately the kind of place I can go alone and not feel out of place. Someone is always starting small talk and are extremely interested to your needs. I have tried there pasta dishes to their seafood dished to their Bistecca dish. If you are not satisfied then it is for sure that Angelo (Owner) will make it up to you some how!! This restaurnant is not your typical italian restaurant, it is better. This is definately not imitation or wanna be Italian Restaurnat like you see out there. It is true family recipes and family run business. Everyone should try it for themselves. Unfortunately like the last person who wrote the one and only bad review, some people are just hard to satisfy!!

2
★★★★★

I have been a regular to La Buona Vita since 1998. I always look forward to what the specials are and the freshness of their food. I find the staff to be extremely delightful and this is definately the kind of place I can go alone and not feel out of place. Someone is always starting small talk and are extremely interested to your needs. I have tried there pasta dishes to their seafood dished to their Bistecca dish. If you are not satisfied then it is for sure that Angelo (Owner) will make it up to you some how!! This restaurnant is not your typical italian restaurant, it is better. This is definately not imitation or wanna be Italian Restaurnat like you see out there. It is true family recipes and family run business. Everyone should try it for themselves. Unfortunately like the last person who wrote the one and only bad review, some people are just hard to satisfy!!

Pros: True Italian Dishes at great prices

Cons: Parking

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I've been to this restaurant a couple of times. I'm a single mom and I take my 11year old there. I get the carbonara, he gets spaghetti with sauce. In March our bill for this, with a single salad and 2 sodas was around $23. We went there last night, brought a friend who had spaghetti with butter and no drink and the bill was $49!!!! I didn't say anything at the time, but called about an hour later. I asked for the manager and I was told by a woman that he was not there. I'm pretty sure the person I was talking to was the waitress we had, who may or may not be related to the owner.
She was incredibly rude. I've worked in a number of restaurants and you always try to please the customer. $10.95 for spagetti with a splash of sauce. NO WAY. $6.95 for spaghetti with butter.... on the high side, I think. These were salad size bowls. Not platters, like mine. I thought the price was outrageous.
Shame on this woman. We will not be going back there. No garlic bread, no bruchetta...... No wonder why there were 5 customers in the place.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times. I'm a single mom and I take my 11year old there. I get the carbonara, he gets spaghetti with sauce. In March our bill for this, with a single salad and 2 sodas was around $23. We went there last night, brought a friend who had spaghetti with butter and no drink and the bill was $49!!!! I didn't say anything at the time, but called about an hour later. I asked for the manager and I was told by a woman that he was not there. I'm pretty sure the person I was talking to was the waitress we had, who may or may not be related to the owner.
She was incredibly rude. I've worked in a number of restaurants and you always try to please the customer. $10.95 for spagetti with a splash of sauce. NO WAY. $6.95 for spaghetti with butter.... on the high side, I think. These were salad size bowls. Not platters, like mine. I thought the price was outrageous.
Shame on this woman. We will not be going back there. No garlic bread, no bruchetta...... No wonder why there were 5 customers in the place.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Rude staff, ripoff.

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I admit that it looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but the food makes up for it 10 times! The inside is decorated plentifully with photos and furnishings from the owner's homeland. The interior is nothing fancy but the food is magnificent. My mother could not stop raving about how she has never had such amazing calamari since she lived in Winthrop, where the seafood is the freshest. I ordered the Siciliana and the sauce was incredibly flavorful. Most everything is homemade and it tastes that way too. To top it all off, the prices were extremely reasonable if not a little cheap compared to other restaurants in the Arlington area. Great alternative to the overwhelming Harvard Square and Boston. The service was great. It seems like a place where lots of regulars know about it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys great cooking without the snobbery.

2
★★★★★

I admit that it looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but the food makes up for it 10 times! The inside is decorated plentifully with photos and furnishings from the owner's homeland. The interior is nothing fancy but the food is magnificent. My mother could not stop raving about how she has never had such amazing calamari since she lived in Winthrop, where the seafood is the freshest. I ordered the Siciliana and the sauce was incredibly flavorful. Most everything is homemade and it tastes that way too. To top it all off, the prices were extremely reasonable if not a little cheap compared to other restaurants in the Arlington area. Great alternative to the overwhelming Harvard Square and Boston. The service was great. It seems like a place where lots of regulars know about it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys great cooking without the snobbery.

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: Simple Interior

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soulful italian food--the real thing. great family atmosphere. a real find.

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★★★★★

soulful italian food--the real thing. great family atmosphere. a real find.

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Delicious food both times I've been there. Cozy, comfortable atmoshere. Service is good. Great value for the price!!

2
★★★★★

Delicious food both times I've been there. Cozy, comfortable atmoshere. Service is good. Great value for the price!!

Pros: Great location, good service

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La Buona Vita may be small, but the italian food there is unbeatable. If anyone has not been there, i reccomend you go. It's a great little place. The head chef is a delight, like a second father, not only in his ways of cooking, but hid friendly profile, always smiling, patting you on the back. Even giving free deserts. Please go if you have'nt. Thanks.

Bob

2
★★★★★

La Buona Vita may be small, but the italian food there is unbeatable. If anyone has not been there, i reccomend you go. It's a great little place. The head chef is a delight, like a second father, not only in his ways of cooking, but hid friendly profile, always smiling, patting you on the back. Even giving free deserts. Please go if you have'nt. Thanks.

Bob

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very casual but still a good date spot, fair prices for arlington, good quality italian

2
★★★★★

very casual but still a good date spot, fair prices for arlington, good quality italian

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I went to La Buona Vita with my date on Valentine's day. It was crowded but we were seated promptly. Despite being so busy the service was very attentive. After the crowds died down my date and I stayed to finish our wine. The owner apologized for the large crowd and said he usually gives even more attention. At the end of the night my date got to keep the rose that was on our table. Nice touch!

2
★★★★★

I went to La Buona Vita with my date on Valentine's day. It was crowded but we were seated promptly. Despite being so busy the service was very attentive. After the crowds died down my date and I stayed to finish our wine. The owner apologized for the large crowd and said he usually gives even more attention. At the end of the night my date got to keep the rose that was on our table. Nice touch!

Pros: Food, Price, Service

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We have been going to this little jewel of a place since they opened in Arlington and have never been disappointed. The chef is a rare find, inventive and genuine in every respect and really cares about his clientele. A true joy! Try the Bocconi or if you really want something to stick to your ribs (and love cheese) try the Gorgonzola and pistachio dish. Hopefully this is down Mass Ave far enough to keep the snobby Cambridge foodies away!

enjoy

2
★★★★★

We have been going to this little jewel of a place since they opened in Arlington and have never been disappointed. The chef is a rare find, inventive and genuine in every respect and really cares about his clientele. A true joy! Try the Bocconi or if you really want something to stick to your ribs (and love cheese) try the Gorgonzola and pistachio dish. Hopefully this is down Mass Ave far enough to keep the snobby Cambridge foodies away!

enjoy

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Great Italian dining in Arlington on Mass Ave. Worth the drive. Family run restaurant with fantastic homestyle Italian meals. Great value as well.

2
★★★★★

Great Italian dining in Arlington on Mass Ave. Worth the drive. Family run restaurant with fantastic homestyle Italian meals. Great value as well.

 

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