La Buona Vita

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409 Reviews
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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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LD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good Italian food in a comfortable neighborhood restaurant.

LK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good kids and adult menu! We arrived early evening and received our food in a timely fashion. Those with salads raved about the house dressing. Overall, good selection.

MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome food!

B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for James. as your waiter. He's unbelievable -- smart and funny. He will lead you to the right think to order. He is one of the few waiters that justify your highest tips!

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good. The food (chicken marsala, red potatoes and lentil soup) was outstanding. Even my leftovers the next day was absolutely delicious. The tiramisu was probably one of the best I have ever had. Looking forward to going back.

WR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, good house wines and numerous menu selections. Baked clams are made somewhere else it seems (have gotten them served ice cold in the past/frozen) but still delicious. Attentive staff and value priced Italian that tastes great.

K
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Had a group of people and everyone's food was ice cold. Someone received a meal they didn't even order. The server was forcing us to leave and taking unfinished drinks off the table. Would never go back

LG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have a great red sauce.

SH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go to place to celebrate family events.

CC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. Beautiful night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome as usual.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic family luncheon. Good food. Great service?

OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

EJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, everything was great!

JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

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