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About La Bella Vita

New Authentic Italian Restaurant in the heart of Little Italy located on Mulberry Street. A Delightful menu consisting of an array of seafood, meats, pastas.
Intimately designed and wonderful staff.

163 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 775-8484

Website:
http://www.labellavitanyc.com/

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine

La Bella Vita Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Casual (4)
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Good for a Date (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
People Watching (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Unfortunately, we didn't actually get to eat here. We had a reservation, but when we arrived we stood waiting for 5 minutes at door to be greeted. Once we explained we were there for a reservation, the man told us to wait. He went off, and left us standing there for another 10 minutes. We could see him standing across the restaurant not doing anything, and also not helping us get a table. After 20 minutes of waiting the restaurant, to end up not being seated for our reservation, we left. I was very disappointed by this experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The place is small but cute. When the weather is nice they open the doors at the front which allows for outside in dining. It was a little crazy when we went as far as a full restaurant with folks waiting on the street. They got us in as quickly as possible and we had a reservation. The gnocchi was amazing and the Bella Vita chicken good. It was a little crowded and crazy but that can be expected for a small NY restaurant. The street is on has charming shops too. I would return to this Little Italy staple.

Tags: Quick Bite
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food4
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I celebrated my birthday on Saturday night and loved the dinner and the staff. The waiter, Orlando, genuinely made me feel special and the whole restaurant sang to me with the lights off and my birthday cake candle lit! The whole restaurant seemed to be having a great time and we even met people at several nearby tables. This is the reason I love little Italy so much!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food5
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were looking for good Italian food for a family dinner at the last minute. They were able to accommodate 10 of us within 20 minutes after making the reservation on Open Table. The food and service were excellent. I would recommend it to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent meal in a nice restaurant in Little Italy. Visiting from Ohio. I wouldn't hesitate to go back on my next visit. Great service, great meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I went there with a group of 17, the reservation was for only 15. We took up half the restaurant stayed for four hours and had a great time. staff treated us like gold. This was during the San Genaro feast. We ordered a lot of food but to have an un-rushed experience with great food and service like that during such a busy time was more than you could ever expect. I will go back for sure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My family came from out of town to enjoy San Gennaro last Saturday and we had the best time! The food here is amazing and the staff is super nice! We sampled a wide variety of dishes, including the Bella Vita chicken, shrimp pesto, chicken parm, fettuccini meatballs, and lasagna. Everything was fabulous! This is my go-to in Little Italy. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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food5
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything about our experience was awesome, from service, to our meals. My girlfriend and I had to stop back in well after walking around Little Italy, and they even shared their fried dough with us. We can't wait to take more friends here on our next trip!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

All around nice place. Friendly staff and good food. Would definitely recommend.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Sorry to say this does not deserve 4 stars. You Led me astray open table. Average at best

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Tremendous Value for your dollar ! Nice Portion SiZes.
You will not leave hungry! Lasagna was an A+. Their homemade pastas are scrumptious!!! Great ambience! We will be back!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Overall a good experience. The food quality doesn't match the ambiance or the politeness and aptitude of waitstaff

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food2
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Amazing food and ambiance

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Fabulous place -amazing food & service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Family time

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I made a reservation in advance but was annoyed when they put us in the corner table which was almost impossible to get too - very tight squeeze. The bread was stale and when we asked for fresh bread all they did was toast the same bread that was originally on our table. Food/wine was just okay. Service was mediocre.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy
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food2
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service2
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Friendly people, helpful staff, delicious food. What more could you ask for?

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

This place was amazing. Staff is attentive, food is EXCELLENT and prices are great. Went here for my anniversary with my wife and we were totally satisfied. Definitely going here in the summer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Manager was really friendly and polite! He was waiting for us at the door! He bought us to our table! Throughout the night, he checked up on us! Will go again real soon!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Very much a tourist trap not very good food service was OK and the lighting is horrible

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Good food in a nice little restaurant in the city, definitely will be back

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Family get together for 13 people. Good was great and staff was exceptional

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great family restaurant , a bit crowded but wonderful environment. The food was great . Wonderful first date place !

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Friendly greeting and the service was good, but the food was not great. Spaghetti with clam sauce was very bland, the pizza crust was thin which I usually like but didn't like the taste of this one, the salad dressing on the Arugula salad was just lemon juice and way to tart/tangy. The only good things was the Bolognese.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2017

I really wanted to like this new place however the food was a bit of a let down, I went for the lobster ravioli which was tasty but the lobster meat was more minced when lumps of crab, the sauce was great which really saved the dish, my boyfriend opted for the ribeye steak ( which I thought against since you should always order what places specialize in and we are in an Italian restaurant but he insisted) the portion was very large and tender but kinda tasteless and the side pasta was drowned in garlic. The tiramisu was the best I've had in a while and the service was really attentive. Overall it is very reasonably priced but not enough for me to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

My boyfriend and I invited both our parents to join us for an early dinner on New Years Eve. It was fantastic! Everyone loved their meals and will definitely be going back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tapas, Fun
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Family holiday event.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We were a large party of 9 with a reservation and they did an outstanding job getting us seated quickly. The service was amazing, the restaurant atmosphere was authentic, and the food was good and reasonably priced. Overall a great experience and we will return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Good restaurant in Little Italy. We booked through the app but we had to wait about 20 minutes. Once we got inside the staff of the restaurant was very good and very helpful. The food was good and the quantity was generous.
One of my friends forgot his bag in the restaurant and when we came back 20 minutes later the bag was still there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Local pequeño con mesas pegadas, de hecho nos hicieron compartir mesa con otra pareja.
Comida italina de batalla, nada autentica, tallarines bañados como si sopa se tratase en salsa.
Una hora de espera para servirnos la comida, a la otra pareja que compartio nuestra mesa media hora mas.
Trato amable, pero no volveremos.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Very nice-- had a personal pizza (so good!) and a few Corona's before catching a show! Will be back for dinner next time. Give this place a try, it's a nice experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

I wish the meal was a bit bigger, but they were reasonable enough. The servers were amazing though- so nice and personable- super attentive.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We visit Everytime we visit New York. Pasta is better than pizza, but it's good, too.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Very busy for a Saturday night. They don't "really" take reservations as they seat to capacity but give priority if you have made a reservation. Food was authentic but the wait for food was too long and the seating was too cramped.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

friendly service, great food + sangria. reasonable but small portions

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Restaurant intime, ambiance idéale pour un repas en famille en amoureux entre amis. Le lieux est juste parfait. Situé à Little Italy, ce restaurant abrite un personnel super accueillant et à l'écoute. Ils ont juste été adorables.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Awful Italian food. Tasteless and awful. Nothing authentic. A pretense

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great place to visit during San Gennaro Festival. Food is good and portions are just right.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Good ambiance for our first dinner in NYC. The ambiance is great. It is suitable for kids. Food good, price moderate.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The service was excellent they were patient I was celebrating my birthday and the food was good I would recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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