About La Vita E Bella

At La Vita E Bella we provide authentic Italian food made with homemade sauces and pasta. We offer many seafood dishes inspired by our Sicilian roots and fresh Seattle offerings. Thin pizzas are baked fresh for our mouthwatering customers. We have a large wine selection and many antipasto platters (appetizers) that are perfect for a quick drink and snack on the go. With a live accordion player, our restaurant has a romantic atmosphere and welcoming environment ideal for locals and tourists alike. Owner Giuseppe Forte strives to offer affordable cuisine that pops with flavor and value. He personally buys the groceries several times a week to insure the best products, allowing prices to remain low and fair for our customers. If you prefer, you can always call 206-441-5322 for an amazing meal TO GO!

2411 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Battery st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 441-5322

Website:
http://www.lavitaebella.us/

Entertainment:
Accordian Player

Catering:
We do catering up to 250 people.
Free of charge delivery

Weddings,
Rehearsal dinners,
Birthdays,
Anniversary

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe Forte

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, La Vita E Bella can accommodate your private event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 620-8228

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Vita E Bella Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for a Date (12)
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Casual (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food and excellent service! This restaurant is great!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

While the food and service were great, clearly the restaurant was focused on turning tables as fast as they could instead of offering a relaxed experience . Being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to have a great and relaxed dinner. But I felt like being pushed through a mass production factory. We had cocktails, appetizers, main course and dessert all in 55 minutes. Way too rushed!

And in fact, this meant less money for the restaurant. We were planning on having our cocktails and then getting a wine bottle. Things moved so fast, that cocktails lasted until well into the main course. So it didn’t make sense to ask for the wine anymore.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Authentic Italian cuisine. Taste like mama's.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was great, well prepared and presented. The staff was friendly, professional, and attentive, without being burdensome. That was nice for a date night. Dessert and espresso hit the spot.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic food, great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Pasta was cooked the way we like it. Al dente!
The Carbonara was one of the best!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wanted a good Italian meal and was not disappointed in the meal. Would go back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were looking for good Italian and found it at La Vita E Bella. The food was scrumptious. The wine they recommended was delicious. The servers were attentive and we had a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

From the time we arrived to the time we left the servers were attentive and engaging . The food was perfect and every person in our party was very happy with the evening. The birthday party was one the best we have ever had at a restaurant in many years. Coming from an Italian family out of NY city we were so impressed with the meals and the presentation.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Ok I’m italian and let me tell you , they make one of the best Tagliatella in the U.S.A
MOLTO BUONA !

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing food and great service. Totally authentic Italian. Highly recommend

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Completely uncomfortable place, get's smokey from cooking, eyes start burning (saw 2 people using visine) then they open the door so you can sit and enjoy freezing your butt off while eating dinner. Bread was hard as a rock. Food was ok.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our server was amazing! The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is consistently delicious here, and they always have wonderful specials. It's much more truly "Italian" than many local places. The only thing I could say I dislike is the stupid TV playing a football game over the bar area during dinner. I prefer when they have the accordion player, and feel like during dinner on a weekend, the TV should be off.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My husband and I went for a date night here. We reserved in advance and had no idea with our reservation. Our server was a great guy and let us have our space, but was available when we needed anything. The restaurant itself is really cute and is definitely a great spot to grab wine or dinner with a friend, or a date. The food itself wasn't anything to write home about, but it was okay overall. Don't think I'd necessarily go back for the food specifically, but I'd definitely go back fora glad of wine and an app.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I love this restaurant so much! I’ve lived in Seattle for 20 years now, and this is probably the best Italian I’ve ever had (sorry mom). I can’t believe I’ve never been here before this, and I’m sure I will be going back again.

I had the fettuccine tartufo, my wife had a spaghetti di mare dish. Both were excellent. Seriously, it’s hard to make Italian food that isn’t too sweet, too salty, too “thin”. La Vita E Bella’s offerings are delicious, well proportioned, and left me with a satisfied feeling for the rest of the night.

The service was also excellent. Prompt, friendly without being cloying, warm.

If you want real Italian food in a warm, comfortable and authentic environment, do yourself a favor and eat here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Out of 2 salads that we tried to order. The lettuce had frozen.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Terrific food! The owner was warm and personable!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice people and decent food, but after telling the server about an allergy I was served two plates of food with the one thing in the world I'm allergic to. That ingredient was not listed on the ingredients of either item on the menu and the server said nothing when we ordered. Underwhelmed by the response thereafter. The rest of the experience was fine, but not amazing food or service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were a large party of 10 on a Sunday evening. Food was excellent, arriving very hot so obviously did not 'sit' any length of time even though there were 10 orders that needed to be delivered simultaneously. The wait staff was outstanding. It was just an overall excellent experience and I would highly recommend La Vita Bella.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was fresh and flavorful, it was like being back in Italy. The bruschetta was perfect and the olive oil was delicious, which came from the farm of the brother of the owner in Italy. The pasta was not too heavy but hearty; my mother-in-law said the lasagna was the best she's ever had, and she's had a lot.

Great service, nice ambiance. I would definitely go back again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice, warm atmosphere. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the bartender make our appetizers in front of us. Very flavorful (caprese) and good portions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Love this neighborhood gem! We are regulars, always tasting the specials of the night, though the regular menu has many favorites :-) In fact, the lasagna is fabulous!!!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Evening was great! Food was terrific, as always. Wine good. It was a little noisy in the back with several large tables but it was Friday. My guest this night was an attorney from Alaska. Every guest I have taken there, and there have been a lot, just loves the food, wine and usually the ambiance.
Janet George

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

La Vita e Bella is one of our favorite neighborhood spots. Wonderful Italian food and wine, quiet, with relaxed service. We have visited twice this week!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were staying at a downtown hotel as we were attending the Coldplay concert. Wanted something within walking distance of the hotel - just about 1 mile. Excellent atmosphere, service and nice value priced wine list. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was good although the chef would not allow me to substitute cream sauce for meat sauce which to me is not a major request. I'm lactose intolerant so that was my reason but he wouldn't budge so I ordered the rigatoni. It was good. My only concern is that OK rating on the front window which apparently reflects how clean the kitchen is kept. We didn't realize until afterwards and would have chosen a different place based on that review.

Service was ok because they forgot my friend's order so we had to wait to eat until she got her food. It was a quiet night so not sure why 4 peoples orders couldn't come out at the same time.

I'd eat there again if the restaurant rating increased from OK to Excellent.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Authentic and delicious. Had a salmon dish and pasta with dungeness crab and both were incredible. No foam or fusion or artisanally prepared yak cheese, just good real Italian comfort food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Every item we ordered was on point! Excellent service as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had two dishes of the specials menu - Veryyyyy gooood

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2017

La Vita eBella is great authentic Italian dining. My wife ordered the halibut special. The halibut was cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce and kalamata olives. I had the salmon special also perfectly cooked with capers and sun dried tomatoes.

We haven't tried the pizza, but if you're looking for great traditional pasta and seafood with good wine, you can't miss with La Vita eBella!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The waiter, a bearded guy, was fairly rude and also forgot a few peoples' orders altogether.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food, ambiance and service was excellent. In the heart of the city with a great view of the Space Needle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The menu is quite varied with additional specials every day. The tastes are great and presentation is good as well. Great for groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Requested a salad prior to the meal but that was not to be so it was a meal with out a salad. Not great service and wine prices for size of glass and wine was on the poor end of the scale.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The restaurant is closed. According to the lady in the parking lot, they are renovating and changing the name. Disappointing to make a reservation, drive downtown, only to find out that they are closed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Nice traditional Italian restaurant atmosphere and very good service.
Pizzas were very good but the the Halibut special dish was dry and over-cooked.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 12, 2017

It was awful, got ill later that night after eating cannelloni (that was mediocre while I was eating it I had weird feeling), then again the next day after eating leftover pizza (what was I thinking?) won't be back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Good experience. Made reservation to sit on outside patio (great ambiance) but just....Too.....Hot. So sat inside. Very pleasant. Dining room was full but not noisy. Shrimp, spinach, pitacchio appetizer was awesome. My lasagna & my wife's mushroom, sausage crepe were great. And they have Peroni on tap......niiiiiice. Not too expensive. We'll definitely go back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We have been here a number of times and the food is always good - however, this time I ordered the mushroom crepes I have had in the past and was told that they were not making crepes that evening. They recommended a pasta plate with the mushrooms and sausage - it was ok at best - the pasta seemed tough and heavy. I ate most of the mushrooms and sausage and left the pasta. Rather disappointing this time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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