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La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria - 43 Reviews - 2411 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, Seattle, WA - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 441-5322

La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria

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La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria - Seattle, WA
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Best

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 \r Great location - super patio an...

Worst

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 we...

Like being in a great local place in NYC 8/27/2011

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 \r Great location - super patio and sometimes there is music - great local joint! more

my favorite 4/6/2011

its all about the people who work there more

Awesome Cuisine Reminiscent of Italy 5/4/2010

Great little Belltown find…the 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 it’s own that you could eat it without sauce. The fresh ingredients and the robust flavor at La Vita e Bella, without all the Americanized heaviness of overdone sauces is reminiscent of meals I experienced in Florence, Venice and Rome. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a hint of elegance. The prices are surprisingly reasonable and the service was friendly and personal (welcomed at our table personally by the Chef). Dinner for two, appetizer and a glass of wine totaled $55. Pros: Exceptional food, personal service more

Disappointing 2/15/2009

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 no place to wait, so everyone just stood in the front hoping to speak with someone who worked there. It took a very long time to get anyone's attention to let them know we were there. The first time our name was called, we didn't hear it because it was so loud. \r \r Once we were seated, we placed our order and our drinks came promptly, however we had to ask for bread (which all the other tables had). The bread came in a basket that looked less than appetizing. It appeared dusty or dirty, we couldn't tell. Our food did not arrive for an HOUR. We waited and waited and waited. We looked at the other diners and everyone appeared to have to wait an extremely long time for dinner. It seemed as though the kitchen and the staff were very unorganized. The food looked good, however neither meals were worth the price (or the wait). My ravioli was very undercooked and my husband's asparagus was mushy, while his polenta (which I usually love) was completely flavorless. So disappointing. Needless to say, we did not want dessert. Our bill was way too high for the meal we received and we ended up spending entirely too much time there. I will not be back. Pros: Nice dining area. Cons: Food, wait time, parking more

Good food, will try again. 2/7/2009

We enjoyed dinner at La Vita E Bella after a show at the Big Picture recently. There were four of us; we... more

Good food, will try again. 2/7/2009

TheTripChick Provided by Partner
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 se... more

Good food, will try again. 2/7/2009

TheTripChick Provided by Partner
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 se... more

Don't Bother 1/19/2009

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 say was friendly. But, he was clearly more interested in whatever else he was doing at the moment that attending to our table. The food is still very good, but also about 30% overpriced. The pasta dishes, bruschetta, and salads are very good. But, pizzas are nothing to think of and a bit soggy. When we used to go more often, the pizza was not nearly as featured on the menu as it is now. Stale bread for starters...I noticed that too. How could they think that would pass? There are too many choices in Seattle to go here anymore. Farewell to an old favorite. Pros: Food is still good. Cons: Service and prices are not good. more

A shame 6/2/2008

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 establishment has no pride in what it serves, then you can't trust anything else. A real shame, we used to like this place. Pros: Ambience Cons: Service, Food more

I feel sorry about being italian 5/6/2008

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 seemed like an italian real pizza, but I have to complain the horrible service, very cold and rude. People that pretend to be italian when they are not even if there's somebody that look like Mussolini, not only the aspect, but the manner and behavior too.\r For a couple of pizzas, one antipasto and drinks you aspect to pay around 30-40 dollars. We paid 92.\r 7.50 for a little shot of cheap limoncello that seemed medicine for cough.\r Absolutely crazy.\r Avoid this, italian people are different than those I met there. Pros: good food Cons: service and prices more

Worth Another Try 2/1/2008

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 was good and the food delicious, but there was nothing that really stood out and made the taste buds sing, hence the three stars. We started with the Braccio di Ferro salad, which included spinach, Gorgonzola and walnuts drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The simple preparation allowed the fresh flavors to come through; the only drawback was the rather small amount of Gorgonzola - the absence made the salad a little bland. Next, I ordered the Vitello Saltimbocca. I tend to order veal when trying an Italian restaurant for the first time, and while this was delicious, it didn't really speak to me (I guess in a literal sense that's a good thing). It was an interesting preparation, the chef draped the prosciutto over the veal so that when cooked, the prosciutto almost ""shrink-wrapped"" to encase the veal on top. This came with a side of polenta which didn't have an excess of flavor. \r \r All in all, we will try La Vita E Bella in the future, perhaps for pizza next time. The atmosphere is lovely, and it's a great space. \r \r more

Love this place! 11/18/2007

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 appetizer a table favorite. The pasta entree was excellent as well and the portions were just right. When we were done with dinner, the General Manager ran outside to hail down a cab for us. I highly recommend La Vita e Bella and will be back soon. Pros: Cozy, lively atmosphere, Menu Selection, Service, Amazing Pizza and Pasta more

Atrocious Service! 9/30/2007

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 were made to wait so long that we both got that terrible ""let's-get-the- hell-out-of-here-because- we're-not-even-being -acknowledged"" feeling. Right as we were about to leave (Which we should have done, but hindsight is 20/20, blah!), the manager finally came over...He neglected to take our drink order, he neglected to let us know what the specials were, and he walked off, never coming back or even sending anyone over to check on how we were doing. I then had to yell to him to bring us our check. This is totally unacceptable service, the manager is ridiculously rude, and we will definately not be returning. more

I don't condone this treatment of staff. 9/25/2007

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 saying were very inappropriate and unneccesary. We then heard him snapping at another female employee. If this happens in the short time we were there as patrons, I can't possibly imagine how it is on a day to day basis. I would NEVER patronize an establishment that publicly humiliates its staff to the point of tears. There is a time and a place to correct mistakes and the dining room is NOT it. It doesn't matter how great the food is, I can't condone abuse of staff. more

such good bruschetta! 9/6/2007

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 tried the funghi and eggplant and I'm excited to try the others. The bread is nice and light and crunchy. Also, if you are looking for a wine and don't see it on the list, don't be afraid to ask. I wanted a muscato d'asti, but didn't see it on the wine list, however the waitress knew they had a some and didn't even require me to get the whole bottle. This place is a must try for Belltown Italian. Pros: everything! Cons: i don't go there often enough! more

Great food, great service 8/23/2007

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 \r There is a covered patio outside for summer evenings but the inside has a nice out-world feel. The food arrives quickly and our meals have been great. The chef has specials for seasonal items and prepares them well.\r \r I recommend this place for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary as well as a Thursday dinner. Check it out! Pros: Nice location, nice ambience, romantic setting Cons: Downtown restaurant so parking is not free. more

Now That's Italian!!!!! 8/3/2007

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 everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed, with one exception....the middle of the pizza's can sometimes be soggy. The crepe's are unique and the DAILY FRESH List is definitely worth paying attention to. One SUPERB dish after another. Pros: Always open, good value, and TRUE Italian Cons: not good for large groups, busy weekends more

Outside in hot weather, outstanding 7/7/2007

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 people and grreat food and i eat out 80% of the time. more

Service just okay, everything else horrible 5/25/2007

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 entrees arrived the steak that my brother ordered (birthday boy) was way undercooked. They took it back and we were all finished with our dinner when it came back and it still wasn't right. We ordered a 2nd bottle of wine and they were out of it so the owner bought out 2 bottles that were $25 and $35 more. We ordered 2 desserts and they were frozen in the middle. We complained to our server while the owner stood by chatting with someone and didn't even comment or offer to comp any of our items. I used an online order system that wouldn't give me the rez time I wanted but the entire time we were there the place was only 10% full. Don't waste your time here and definitely don't trust them with your special occasion. more

good pizza and gnocchi 10/24/2006

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 \r excellent gnocchi! more
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  • The Scene
    Owned by a pair of Italian brothers and named for Roberto Bengini, with whom one of their cousins went to school, this comfortable Italian trattoria is perfect for rainy...

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  • Hours:

    Mon. - Sat. 11:30am - 4pm;Sun. 5pm - 10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Belltown
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