La Buona Vita

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$30 and under
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Italian
Born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food, La Buona Vita has become the premiere location for fine dining in LaGrange.

Our biggest challenge is finding the right, high-quality ingredients for the dishes we serve. We are dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods. We have also taken great care in assembling a team of only the best chefs, and experienced kitchen and dining, staff.

Come and taste the experience for yourself.
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LG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I thought that I was going to get a really great culinary experience but I found the food to be way too much example the sauce around the lasagna was so much that I could've gone home boiled 1/2 box of pasta and used the excess sauce to dress that dish and my rotolo had way too much sauce over the two very large pieces. Both of us had really upset stomach after that evening and would most likely not go back. The salad was very good and the bread was outstanding they has a great wine collection an the service was very friendly.

BK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I put it was a birthday celebration and no one did anything

JL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was prepared well. Family members are gluten free and they enjoyed the gluten free pasta. I enjoyed the restaurant as well. It was not noisy and you can enjoy a good conversation.

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Alice was our server and she was so attentive to us. Great food and drinks. Thank you for a great night as we celebrated our anniversary!

PH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife had the walleye, she thought it was excellent, I had the veal saltibucco, I thought it was overcooked and chewy. Atmosphere and service were both excellent..... we will most likely go back.

n
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just didn’t like it that much. Just ok. Won’t run back.

d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have a great red sauce.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a go to place to celebrate family events.

CC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selections! Fabulous staff! I have had 2 showers using their private dining and I am about to have one more there. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of quality Italian food.
The portions could be a little larger though.

MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Been here a few times but this last visit I was very disappointed. Food not good martini was off. Is this under new management?

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here and we had a wonderful time. Service was great and the food and drinks were wonderful. Will be back

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside. Beautiful night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here. The food and service were great! I'm definitely going back!

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great local spot, great food, nice Bier choices, everything we've tried here has been very good!
the hostess, Mimi, was spot on with recommendations!

DF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and nice space. My chicken Marsala had no taste. My dinner companion had Salmon and liked it.

NP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome as usual.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!!!! This is our second time back and the food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites, never fails to deliver!! Always good service and delicious food!

LD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic family luncheon. Good food. Great service?

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the salmon with salsa and walleye pike picante style. Nicely done. Servers were attentive.

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at the restaurant. The food was very good. Friendly service. We will definitely be back .

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service wasn't really good, but the food was excellent!

EJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The pasta dish I ordered was decent, however the Italian sausage was so over cooked and you could tell it had been sitting for hours, because it was hard and cold. They should have everything made to order and fresh. Obviously meatballs need to be pre-made if they truly are made from scratch, but I think they could up their game especially for what it costs there.

DO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

They were not busy. We only ordered pasta. It took an hour to get our food. By the time the food arrive we had to take it to go because we didn’t have enough time left to eat it. The experience was a waste of time and a waste of money. The food is fair at best. Slightly overpriced.

PS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Dominic was outstanding! He was polite efficient friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I’m sorry I didn’t get the bus boy s name but he too was polite and friendly
I had the snapper and it was done to perfection
I will be back and I will bring my friends

H
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food that we could have paid nearly twice as much for at other Italian restaurants—their homemade pastas are delicious!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food has been consistently delicious, ample portions and well delivered. We have gone several times

w
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is what they call a "perennial favorite". We had family in from out of town, so we wanted to treat them to something special. NObody was disappointed!

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, everything was great!

JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian spots in the 'burbs. Good Entree and Pasta Options. No frills. Not a big menu, but has something for everyone. I enjoyed my Chicken Parmigana. Girlfriend had a risotto special. Dessert was good, too. Had Tiramsu, Cannoli, and Spumoni Bomba. Small, but satisfying!

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant in LaGrange! Immediately, upon arriving, we were greeted by a friendly and welcoming hostess, Mimi, who showed us to a table that we liked. She explained a few things to us and made us feel very comfortable, even suggesting a few of her favorite dinner entrees before our server came to take our order. We took her recommendations and the dinner was delicious! We will definitely come back again very soon!

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend La Buona Vita based upon the menu choices, service, tasty food (basic angel hair w Marinara, salad and meatballs as a side), wine selection (Malbec was very good). We sat outside, as it was a perfect summer night, so did not experience the inside ambiance. The waiter was very attentive and informative. The only reason to give 4 out of 5 stars was that the meatballs were very salty tasting. The Marinara sauce was very good however and the pasta cooked perfectly. Also celebrated a birthday and it was done very very nicely with candles in the dessert!!

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ...SERVICE .
NICE AND COZY

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall it was fine. The only main disappointment was in dining room service. It took about 40 minutes for us to receive our main entrees after ordering. The server may have been new/inexperienced. We didn't see him very much and since the food was taking so long, it would have been nice to get a few check ins and assurances that our food would be out soon. Coffee was brought to us with no spoons/sweeteners. When we did request a spoon and sweetener for iced tea/coffee, it seemed he forgot a few times and would remember one thing, but not the other.

DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

++My veal limone was excelent & well cooked. It was great to see all the people at the restaurant. & the waitors were fast andery curtius.Aso the mater D was a person I knew. It was great to se a old freind.

L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service including the bus personnel were excellent as usual.

LS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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