La Vita E Bella
La Vita E Bella

La Vita E Bella

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://lavitabella.ca/menus.php
  • Phone: 4032646046
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Vita E Bella reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (50)special occasion (48)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (41)good for groups (31)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (15)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A Fantastic Place
    LipmanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a great place! Great staff! Thanks for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ramp2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great restaurant with wonderful food and excellent staff. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Respectful and polite
    Prairiechicken
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was very good and appropriately priced. I think the restaurant is very nice inside. Nothing dramatic, just tastefully put together. All of the servers are great. They are very polite, positive, and respectful. La Vita E Bella offers very good food for a very good price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe it was just an off night?
    LilKim
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is outstanding as always at La Vita Bella but the service this time was ... meh. We were on a time crunch as we had tickets to a show at the Saddledome and our waitress advised us it wouldn't be a problem. Apparently it was. We ended up missing the opening acts. I'd go back to the restaurant because the food is really outstanding but never if I was in a rush for anything. I really felt cheated this time because we didn't even have time to relax and enjoy the food (we had to eat VERY fast) and didn't get dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-concert dinner
    CindyLewVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fabulous food, great drink menu (loved the Basil Vodka Collins!), unique facility. Beware trying to get out the door to a concert at the Saddledome on time - the kitchen does its best, but when all the tables want food before a concert and then try to get to concert on time, it's tough on the servers, and customers suffer. They did their best, just be warned that you might be a few min late. Great restaurant, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy night
    dinerdiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was a really busy night at the restaurant as there was and event at the Saddledome which is really close by. The place itself is really nice and the waitress was very good. Its just our food took over an hour. Also, two of our parties food came 10-15 minutes before the rest. They took a discount off the bill which we appreciated. I would go there again when its not so busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food had complex flavours which made the overall experience memorable. Great food, wine, and atmosphere. We dined during the week so noise level was quiet. We have dined on the weekend and so it is noisier during busier times. The food and service make up for the increased noise level. We have been to the restaurant several times and have never had bad food, service or wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    Kcich
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the second time we have been to this spot. We had the same server both times. She was amazing, witty, informative and attentive. I wish I caught her name so I could request her the next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Never disappoints food and service always out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    derp
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wife and I have been going there for 3 years. The food is amazing and so is the service. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There isnt much to say. I have been twice and both times it has been outstanding. Will be going everytime I am in town on business. Even with a group of 16 the service and food was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    JodieL
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We came in to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. We had amazing service front the moment we walked in until the moment we left. The atmosphere was great, quite, romantic, cozy. The food was delicious and filling. Loved everything about this cozy restaurant !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Rated
    Italian
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • East Downtown Delight
    BandH
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • True Lovers!
    SpicyEaters
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Livelaugheat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rightnow
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    Foodie22
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing food and outstanding service! You can't ask for anything better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location.ambiance
    Renata
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Two for dinner before a concert, great service and timing. Would go again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love their pastas
    EllieJ
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was of great quality and quantity. The atmosphere was perfect- welcoming, intimate and fancy. Would definitely recommend and come back anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely ambiance and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine at La Vita E Bella
    Barbie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch!!
    dare2comment
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem
    tobuzVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    Terri
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We love La Vita E Bella ... always consistent; love the service and the ambiance. Such a great place to have a meal. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • plung138
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a great restaurant!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    weekender
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Love La Vita Bella, a favorite spot we go back to time and time again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Coolit
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Every time we come here we find the pasta to be one of the best in town
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    Cindy
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • took a chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great venue for a business lunch.
    NJH1
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beer and snacks
    thuner
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Four of us had beer and appetizers at 5PM. Service, food and serving sizes were excellent. Just what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calgary's #1
    Delicious
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food to die for
    outlaw69
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Vita E Bella Indeed!
    Elle
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 921 reviews are from the La Vita E Bella reviews archive.
  • Pre-event Fav
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Love this place. Given it's location, it's great before a game or concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.