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La Vita E Bella
La Vita E Bella

La Vita E Bella Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://lavitabella.ca/menus.php
  • Phone: (403) 264-6046
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday at 11:30am

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday at 5:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Stassi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Thank you for booking with us, we look forward to your reservation.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street SE
  • Public Transit: One block North-East of the Victoria Park - Stampede station.

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located on the North-west corner of 12th Avenue & 3rd Street SE.

A word from La Vita E Bella
We are officially open! Our chef Steven Dowdell has put together a new fall menu to go with our newly renovated dining room. Join us for lunch service from Monday - Friday 11:30am and dinner service 7 nights a week starting at 5:00pm.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Service Poor. Our server disappeared after taking order. Other Servers paid us no attention. Appetizers prepared well. Main Pasta course average. The Chef needs to be retrained on how to prepare Gnocchi . Maybe we would have received more attention if we order more drinks."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "An unexpected great place to eat! Started off with a homemade julep (bourbon and crushed crab apple) - was amazing. A great variety of italian delicacies. I had the pasta with seafood - excellent. Service was fabulous (notwithstanding it wasn't terribly busy at the time). Would definitely return. Patio is great on a warm evening."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We love this little gem! We say it is one of the best little spots of Calgary. We have been 4 times and always walk out so satisfied with what we enjoyed and also our wallets are not light! You can dine for two enjoying a bottle of wine, two pasta dishes and the beef tartar appitizer for $100. Amazing!! This is a must try! The chefs are amazing! And accomadating to allergies. We are a gluten free couple and I have a dairy allergy and they don't skip a beat."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I go back every year, and each year we can't wait to go back again! Our server was fabulous and the food is always incredible."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Felt food was average for Italian restaurants in Calgary. It's located close to saddledome so would be a good place to go before any hockey game etc"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Amazing food and outstanding service! You can't ask for anything better!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We come from out of town to events in Calgary and always try and have a meal here. Food is always great. You should try it if you have not."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Two for dinner before a concert, great service and timing. Would go again"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I have dined at La Vita Bella at least 10 times. I have always loved it there, I love the Caprese salad and the Lasagna. I have tried several menu items and all are fantastic. A nice wine list. Service is amazing. We will definitely be back again and again."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food was of great quality and quantity. The atmosphere was perfect- welcoming, intimate and fancy. Would definitely recommend and come back anytime!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great location as it was outside of downtown but close enough by walking, transit, and also has free parking. I booked La Vita E Bella for a large group of 16. The restaurant is separated into 3 areas (like a house) and we were put in the back room. It was lovely, very secluded yet the ambiance was great. The service was attentive but not annoying, and we were left to just chat after paying our bill, all the way until they were closing. The food is great and the portions were just right, I enjoyed the Nero Linguine! They are also able to turn a lot of dishes into vegetarian, so that was a plus for some of my friends on top of their gluten-free menu. I would come to La Vita E Bella again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We stopped there during stampede and enjoyed the lovely pasta dishes immensely. Service was prompt friendly and engaging. Good value for your money for sure!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went there just before the Shania concert. Got there early (at 5:00 pm) so we had enough time. Upon being seated, they asked if we were going to the chucks or the concert. We said concert so they paced things accordingly. Menu was quite good however the entrees were rather limited. Wine selection was quite good & catered to all price ranges. All food came in a timely manner & was in a single word, 'fantastic' (my Bison short ribs, wow!). Given, the place was 'packed', inside & out, the staff were really hustling yet, managed to keep up with the crowds. They said it was like this on every event day (Flames games, concerts, etc.). We had no complaints what so ever.We will be back. Everyone, please give it a chance, you won't regret it!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We stumbled across this restaurant while browsing OpenTable -- and loved it. Modern Italian, all very fresh and perfectly prepared. The location - next to Cowboys, outside the Stampede Grounds - is a bit odd. (We had no idea there was a restaurant there at all.) The inside space is very nice, while the outdoor patio is downright beautiful. You'd have no idea that you're next to all the cheesiness of Cowboys and the ugliness of the Grounds!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We love La Vita E Bella ... always consistent; love the service and the ambiance. Such a great place to have a meal. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were there on a Thursday night Jun 19 and the restaurant was very quiet which was great! both food and wine was excellent and we had a great visit with the waitress. When the bill came, we were a bit surprised at how reasonable it was ! I will definitely go back again and again when I have a chance. Well Done. :)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have enjoyed many great dinners here! It is a great spot!! Service is outstanding!! Have always gone to this restaurant before a Flames hockey game or before a concert! Perfectly situated for that! They know what they are doing and they do it well!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Love La Vita Bella, a favorite spot we go back to time and time again."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Every time we come here we find the pasta to be one of the best in town"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food and wines was delicious and the wait staff was very helpful. Everything looked so good did not know what to order. Look forward to returning for another great meal."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Decided to try this place and it was quite nice. The food was very good, although I have had Italian that liked better at other places... Was disappointed that they ran out of what was I suppose a popular appetizer, as there should have been enough to fill orders.. It was fathers day, so probably busier than usual?, but this should have been anticipated.. Our server was great, very helpful and quick... We found it very hard to hear as the noise level was high... but not a big deal.. We would come back again I am sure..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great for a business lunch. The beef was well prepared and tender. The Bison was well prepared and didn't have the gamey taste that wild meat sometimes can have. The service was prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Four of us had beer and appetizers at 5PM. Service, food and serving sizes were excellent. Just what we were looking for."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best kept secret in Calgary. The owner and staff take personal care of you like being at their home. The food is made fresh with fresh ingredients that make the dish unbelievable. Great cocktail's and wine list to choose from. The end is a super lineup of great deserts and coffee. A great experience anytime."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The linguine fruit de mer was the best I have every eaten. The seafood was cooked to perfection and not smothered in red sauce. The ink pasta was perfect for the flavor in the sauce. Atmosphere is lively and very nice Italian decor. Waiter was excellant at his job and knew his wine. This will be my go to spot next time I am in Calgary."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is my fifth visit. I have book this location for special occasions, celebrations and even book club. I am never disappointed. The menu is not huge but what they do they do well."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A lovely intimate dining experience at La Vita E Bella. Such interesting interior design - very rustic with a careful blend of modern (black baseboards and windowsills) and completely charming! Not one big cavernous restaurant, but a series of "hideaway" rooms - so romantic! Small menu, but beautifully prepared and presented, we opted for a variety of appetizers rather than make the commitment to a large entree in order to explore their offerings. Romain salad with pork belly was beautiful, as were the mozzarella stuffed meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce. Crap cakes with a roasted red pepper aioli on arugula were so very tasty, as was the delectable smoked bacon gnocchi! We will return as soon as possible and leave room for dessert!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love this place. Given it's location, it's great before a game or concert. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great place to take our female staff for lunch. The food great and staff friendly. Place looks great very modern with a touch of old Italy. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "our experience was a very good one. the food was excellent as was the service. it was however not as good as my first experience as the menu has changed and some of the items dropped from the menu wre some of our favorites"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "So firstly, their parking sign needs work. I'd invest in a more legible sign and not written in cursive, placed sideways. Not a dealbreaker for me but it could be for some. Atmosphere was nice, quiet and would be good for first date dinners. The star of my meal was the crab cake; no filler. Risotto balls were crisp and matched the tomato sauce. As for the mains, I wasn't a fan of my seafood linguini but the bison short ribs were great and the lasagna was better than mine. The linguini tasted a bit bland. I'd go back for that crab cake though."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent food, but was I was left having to get the waiter's attention on a number of occasions and catch them helping others who came later first."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had asked for a specific table on we got it. Our food was excellent - I only needed a fork to eat the Bison Short Ribs. The Rigatoni was superb. The service was excellent from start to finish. See you again soon! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great spot, a favorite before special events at Saddledome."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant offers an amazing location for a business lunch. We were seated in a quiet corner which offered the privacy we were looking for. Our server made us feel like "regulars" and her service was exceptional. The food was absolutely fantastic. We will be back! Thank you."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Took the family out on a Tuesday night and was impressed with the quality, service and great taste. Felt we were in Yaletown. Would go back again. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food is wonderful - the fresh ingredients and authentic Italian cuisine make for a delicious meal. Started with the tartare which has to be one of the best in the city, and the crab cakes which were full of crab - no filler here. The server was excellent as well. She was friendly and helpful, without being fake or forced. We have never gone wrong eating here over the years. This was our first time since the floods and new chef, and it is still as wonderful as ever. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had been recommended to your restaurant by friends and were particularly anticipating an enjoyable evening. Imagine our disappointment when we found that the service was inconsistent and at times patronizing, the food was ho-hum at its best and at worst was something that we felt compelled to return. And having returned our first order, the second was no better. So, we gave up on that notion. Your menu is not extensive so I would have expected you to do an outstanding job of the items that you do carry. That NOT our experience. 2nd question does NOT provide sufficient options - - so ignore the question 2 response."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Ok so I could comment about the food, but truly I can not say anything else but amazing! the service was what toped the night off. we went to celebrate my wife's birthday and got special treatment from the moment we walked in. The service was by far the best we received in Calgary to date... (15 years). Our waiter was very attentive to our needs, and super friendly and knowledgeable about his menu. He provided us with the perfect amount of service and left us to chat and enjoy our night perfectly."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "So much fun! We had a group of 8 girls and had a semi private room with our own little bar. The wine list is impeccable and the food even more so. It's reasonably priced, full of delicious menu options, and super great staff! Wonderful Italian food in downtown Calgary! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014