Buona Vita
Buona Vita
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Buona Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buonavitaarlington.com/
  • Phone: 7816414734
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Mon- Thu:4:30pm-10:30pm,Fri-Sat:4:30pm-11:00pm,Sun:4:30pm-9:30 Brunch from 11-3 Sat and Sun
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Martini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Mass Ave Bus Lines
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking lot in back of restaurant. The driveway is just to the right of the restaurant and is for customers only.
A word from Buona Vita
Buona Vita!cucina italiana in the heart of the town of Arlington MA at 450 Massachusetts Ave. Chef-owner Francesco Martini, former executive chef at Mare in the North End of Boston, is welcoming his guests and offering a traditional Italian cuisine using the best ingredients at affordable prices. Chef Martini has an ample experience in the culinary world. He has worked with well known chefs in Italy and Spain. Buona Vita features wine from all of 16 Italian regions. Our wine master Mariana Larrosa has carefully chosen quality wines like Chianti, Primitivo, Soave and Pinot Grigio among others, at the best price. Buona Vita is a typical Italian trattoria, just as romantic and welcoming as the little restaurant you find in Rome walking out of Piazza Navona. Egidio de Martino our maître d’ will take care of you and feel you make part of our Italian family. If you are looking for a unique experience in Italian cuisine, come to see us. Grazie e buona vita!
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Buona Vita reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Went on a week night, the
    BostonDave
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Went on a week night, the service was really fantastic; the server paid close attention to our table. The chef was willing to make a past special not on the menu and later came out to chat with. It made for a really fun Tuesday evening out.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Not what it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/22/2012
    Service was excellent and charming in both Italian and English, and the convenience and ambience of the restaurant are a plus. However, despite good meals in the past, the food this time was disappointing--notably a tasteless and undercooked risotto--and overpriced. Doubt we'll return.
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  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    The food and service were wonderful and we plan on returning. The wait staff was knowledgeable and gave clear concise descriptions of the specials. The food is true Italian food – well prepared, simple and delicious. It is a little piece of Italy in Arlington.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Better than Boston's North
    RaskalVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Better than Boston's North End. The best Italian food around. A very European atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I have been a fan of this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    I have been a fan of this Restaurant ever since ownership changed about 2 years ago. Without fail the pasta dishes are exact, the specials are special and the service is always attentive but not over the top. My wife who is not a big pasta fan insists on the funghi linguine.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • My wife and I go to Buona
    pczernyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    My wife and I go to Buona Vita at least once a month. The food is very good and reasonably priced. It definitely has the feel of a European neighborhood restaurant. At one level, I hope that it doesn't get discovered.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Finally, some "real" Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Finally, some "real" Italian in the 'burbs - we love this place! The food is really good, it's like having a home-cooked meal. It's very relaxed, the owner and staff are always so nice. The wine list is small but in a good way, and it's good value.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Attractive cozy restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/7/2012
    Attractive cozy restaurant has become more upscale in recent years. The waiter was very helpful and attentive. My friend had the chicken Marsala before and ordered it again because she really loved it. The Teramisu and cappicino were outstanding.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We had two different veal
    SlipperyslopeVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    We had two different veal dishes. Not so good, the veal was tough and dry. I would try something besides veal, the sauce and accouterments around the veal weren't bad.
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  • Great food and awesome service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    Great food and awesome service. Don't waste your time going into the North End, these guys do everything right! I tend bar in a high end restuarant and I recommend this place to all my regulars. It's my go to place to Veal Parmigiana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very enjoyable, staff was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    Very enjoyable, staff was excellent and food as always was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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  • Very Good Food with Decent Prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    We had dinner there last Friday night (4/27/12) and had really good food. Everything had a good flavor and tasted fresh. The Chicken Parm had a huge piece of chicken, breading was nicely spiced, and the sauce was flavorful (not bland like some red sauces can be). The veal chop was cooked properly and had a nice flavor. The side of pesto linguine tasted very fresh and I would recommend it. Dinner was not cheap but I didn't think it was overpriced for the quality.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The restaurant got very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    The restaurant got very busy for a Wednesday evening. They did not have enough staff to cover the customers. We had to wait to get our check.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Pretty Good but high-priced
    PiesieVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    My spouse and I have been a fan for many years of this place. But, it changed ownership a few years ago and the prices went up quite a bit, though the ambiance also improved a bit. The quality of the food is excellent, but I don't know if I will keep coming here when the entrees are 20% about what they really should be. Also, the service is a little slow.
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  • The lobster ravioli had a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    The lobster ravioli had a tasty sauce, but it was filled with all the junk parts of the lobster. The place was expensive in relation to the quality of the food. The ambiance was outstanding because we had a table next to the storefront. The rest of the restaurant was too dark.
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  • The Sea Bass was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    The Sea Bass was excellent. I had fillets and my son bad the whole fish. Both excellent.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Owner/waiter was a bit over
    suzyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Owner/waiter was a bit over powering. Food was very good but prices were a bit high for Arlington in our opinion
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    fit for foodies
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  • A little too expensive for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    A little too expensive for the amount and quality of food.
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  • Very authentic Italian food-homemad
    topnotch
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Very authentic Italian food-homemade pasta,fresh seafood flown in daily.lamb ,chicken veal-very extensive menu and lovingly prepared. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We discovered this place when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    We discovered this place when our son was at Tufts and have continued to come here for many years and always find the service and food to be excellent. Great Italian spot, ethnic and delicious. The main waiter is personable,knowledgeable and remembers you. There is parking in the back, a big plus. Whenever we want to celebrate something special, we head to Buona Vita.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Since I did not receive any
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Since I did not receive any Open Table points for my visit, there should be no reason for me to rate my experience.
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  • Wonderful meal, very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    Wonderful meal, very attentive staff. food was servred right from the kitchen, no wait, and was delevered quickly after ordering. Portions allowed lefotvers to be used for next day lunch. would go back anytime. noted it got very busy on this Friday nite starting at about 6:30. would recommend reservations, as small number of tables.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • My wife and I returned to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    My wife and I returned to Buona Vita hoping for a great meal with service to match, and we weren't disappointed. We started with the Frittura di Positano, a full dish of shellfish in a delicious tempura batter, accompanied by a tasty marinara dipping sauce. Not only was this starter delicious, but it was much more generous than expected. My wife had the chicken saltimbocca,and was surprised again, not only at the flavor of the dish but at the generous portion of the plate. I had the assorted shellfish over linguine, and it, too was delicious and generous in size. We both had enough to provide leftovers for lunch the next day. Our wine and dinner were served by Phillipo, a young, attentive waiter who was courteous, helpful and charmi
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very small restaurant. Noise
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    Very small restaurant. Noise level is quite high. The food is very good though and worth it.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A bit on the expensive side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2012
    A bit on the expensive side for a tiny, local eatery. My entree was $39, but it was well worth it. Fabulous food and personalized service. Buona Vita is a small eatery where seasonal favorites are cooked to perfection and the staff go the extra mile to make sure the patrons feel "at home". Overall a great evening. I
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Don't miss out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Excellent. We've been to Italy many times and our meals reminded us of the authentic food and recipes in Italy. Simply prepared with the freshest ingredients. Staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable like in Europe. Will definitely go back. A true gem. Loved it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • small restaurant, could get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    small restaurant, could get crowded. food and service were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Mushroom ragout with sausage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Mushroom ragout with sausage over pappardelle was outstanding, very rich and flavorful.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We had another excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    We had another excellent meal here during Restaurant Week. The antipasto appetizers were fresh; the veal saltimbocca and the sausage with broccoli rabe entrees delicious; and the cannoli (one of two desserts) fine if a little plain. We keep returning because we love the food here and the service is always excellent. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great variety of delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Great variety of delicious and fairly priced selctions. Staff was friendly and knew when to come over and when to give you space to enjoy your food and your party's company. Great atmosphere...small (and popular) so make a reservation or you may end up waiting.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • It's as if you walked off
    BelmontBlondieVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    It's as if you walked off Mass Ave and into the Piazza Navona. Bellissimo!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We alsayw enjoy Buona Vita
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    We always enjoy our experience at Buona Vinta. The food is so good and satisfying. The waitstaff is very accomodating and pleasant. We always feel very welcome there, including our two tween children. One of our local faves for sure!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous, fabulous food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Fabulous, fabulous food. Being Italian, I am extremely demanding about any Italian food that I eat out. This is worthy of any top restaurant in the North End. Attentive wait staff, yet not hovering.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Absolutely delicious meal.
    KennethVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Absolutely delicious meal. Warm and friendly service, free parking out back, reasonable prices.
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  • This restaurant is amazing!!
    Anni
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    This restaurant is amazing!! Food is exceptional!! Dining at a restaurant where the owner takes your order and extends such personalized service is truly a treat. I would highly recommend this restaurant food is fresh and well prepared!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The place was slammed on Friday
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    The place was slammed on Friday night. We arrived before 8pm, before our reservation, but preference was given to others without a reservation who arrived about the same time. We were eventually seated half an hour later. My suggestion of complimentary prosecco was well received and we were grateful for that. The staff is likable and numerous -- the service is good considering the density of the diners. The food is well liked by loads of people, though I'm not as enthusiastic. But an interesting menu and a likable establishment.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • We had another really nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    We had another really nice meal at Buona Vita: My companion thought the risotto with sausage was just about perfect, and my pork loin with its balsamic vinegar sauce was very tender, although a little less of the strong sauce might have been better. The sauteed spinach side was wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and certainly a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Great food and certainly a neighborhood gem. We came back for a second time. My only comment is that, for the prices, food could be a little more abundant.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Not the Italian place we went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Not the Italian place we went looking for, but the mozzerella on the antipasti plate was worth the entire trip. There is no reason at all to go to the North End for Italian when this place is much more sane, with better food and friendlier staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Buona Vita is an exceptionally
    EasternReader
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Buona Vita is an exceptionally friendly restaurant, informal atmosphere with warm, personal attention given to diners. The food is excellent - - all ingredients are fresh as can be, and respectfully treated in preparation. The Branzino (Mediterannean sea bass) is truly exceptional, as is the seared tuna with a mustard crust; and the spaghetti with mushrooms explodes with mushroom flavor. Jump in the mouth flavors and textures abound, without any yuppified flounces.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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