La Vita E Bella

4.6
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443 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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!
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EmilyS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband enjoyed a nice night out here. The food was delicious and not as expensive as I thought it would be. Great outdoor seating as well. We sat inside, the door was open for ventilation and they spaced each party at a great distance. It was nice and relaxing =)

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RandyA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a reasonable price. Atmosphere is very old school "neighborhood bistro" and so are the clientele and service. Which is great. Food was delicious and I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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JenniferB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood gem! The noise level was only moderate this time versus quiet because we were sitting outside on a Friday evening & there were a lot of people walking by. I have been going to this restaurant for 20 years!! The food is delicious and the service is excellent.

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StephenL
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite Seattle restaurants. The food and the service is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so yummy! The waitstaff was nice, the atmosphere was cozy and the wine list was awesome.

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RichardW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has become a favorite and since they are one of a few good restaurants open now, it gets busy, but safe.

Excellent Italian food!

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getnmybelly
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, COVID safe service :) had a lovely dinner!

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vipRocky
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

While the decor could use a little updating, there was no arguing that the food was truly authentic and delicious. Our group enjoyed the pasta, salad, pizza and great value wines. The service was also very attentive. Highly recommend.

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vipMelanieA
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Delicious desserts and special presentation for a birthday celebration.

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StephenL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we asked for a custom pasta dish and they happily complied with a delicious penne in creamy tomato sauce concoction.

JC
JCinWA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are both awesome. It was a birthday dinner. The staff sang happy birthday song with us. Very nice.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the few places we were able to find pasta in the area. My food was fantastic, but my husband’s was on the cold side. Dessert was mediocre but satisfied the sweet tooth. Service was very good.

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DAJMD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dining experience; we’ll be sure to visit each time we are in town.

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RajS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Appetizers were great
Bread / water cane at same time as appetizers
Service was slow under owner caught on that we weren’t being attended to - was a little too late
Main meal was very good.

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vipLindaE
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Vita E Bella. It is a neighborhood gem in Belltown! The owner and waiters know us as we have been to the restaurant often, and they greet us warmly every time. The pasta on this occasion was and is always cooked al dente, and the sauces are rich and delicious! We usually order Italian red wines by the glass and enjoy dinner on the patio during the summer. Prices are good, and we usually take home leftovers for another meal. Salads are a generous size and are great for two people. Also the Italian bread they serve is lightly toasted and the olive oil and spices for dipping are fabulous!

Try out La Vita E Bella. You will be glad you did!

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vipRpisces
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was my second time at this restaurant. I really liked my food the first time, I did not like it the second time.

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StephenL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Seattle restaurants the food is always great and the service superb. In addition, it's always fun to have old Frank Sinatra songs playing in the background.

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StephenL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to support one of our favorite restaurants during all the Covid-19 disruptions. We went on a Saturday night and were heartened to see a goodly number of others there as well. The food, as always, was outstanding and the service great.

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vipRpisces
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at this local restaurant, food and service were both really good, will definitely be back. Had the lasagna which was very meaty, delicious.

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vipKate
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had reservations but got there 15 late they were able to seat us at the bar. You cannot be late for rezzys at this place. You cannot get upset if they cannot seat you right away. It is worth the wait!! Great food! I had the carbonara and it was sensational. My husband has the pasta da mare and thought it was very good and not too heavy. Place is small and you will definitely need reservations on the weekend! Staff is nice but can get a little brusque when service heats up. Overall excellent food for the price. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got there 5 minutes early for our reservation and were told it would be 30-45 minutes. What is the point of having open table. Rude hostess.

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Ninmah
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We chose to dine here for Valentine’s Day. Everything was lovely. We had the crab ravioli and it was delicious. We felt very welcome and had a great time.

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MorganM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Even catered a dish to be meat free for me! Staff was very nice.

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StephenL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food in town. Always ask what the pasta special is. It's usually to die for.

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TLFaith
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was pretty good. The wait staff was a little brusque, but maybe because they were busy. Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great experience! Love the food and the waiter was amazing too!

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TedC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time to the restaurant. I made reservations pretty much at the 11th hour and was able to secure a time at 9:45. Unfortunately we were a little late getting to the restaurant due to our play running long and traffic, but were seated immediately. Being New Years Eve, the place was very busy, but the service was great. Food was very good as well - sometimes on holidays that is not always the case with restaurants, but we were definitely pleased. Not to mention very reasonable prices. Would highly recommend.

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SteveG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had an early New Years Eve dinner. Due to the holiday it was a limited menu. The restaurant was packed solid and the servers were working very hard. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was due to the 2 factors mentioned above - limited menu and very busy servers which resulted in a bit less attention. The meal and evening was still a very, very good experience and we will definitely come back to enjoy the full menu and the excellent service.

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keri
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find, good service and food. The olive oil and bread we delicious!

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vipFood4Ferg
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice authentic Italian experience-we shared all our portions-so this is a four person view! We started with the simple but authentic bruschetta, steamed clams, and a Caesar salad-all nice and enjoyable. The clams disappeared in seconds...oops another order quickly went in. We then got serious with an order of carbonara, cioppino, and salmon. The carbonara was excellent-done just right and the seafood dishes where eagerly shared.

It seems two types of dinners frequent La Vita E Bella-the regulars getting their standard order or a pizza to go to others having a true feast-makes for a more local meal. Wine list is fairly extensive and the Barolo we had was good but they charged us a little “interest” for holding it! Service was tag team efficient-never a dry glass and heaps of seafood keep coming out from the kitchen-truly a nice unpretentious fund. We will be back to try the pizza and maybe have another crack at the cioppino...

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TobyS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food remind me of the Trattoria Armando (a favorite restaurant) in Florence - Peter.

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Iam40
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic Italian cuisine! Staff treats you like part of the family, always attentive and ready to ensure your table experience is perfect. Food is delicious, lengthy wine list, and fabulous dessert options. Have been here the last two Christmases and will be back!

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SeaTraveler
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

First visit to this great little neighborhood place. Found it only because OpenTable showed a few places still with seats available on Christmas night. VERY busy probably equally fun on other evenings.

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DonnaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I dislike giving poor reviews to small businesses as I know how hard it is to be an owner, and I feel this restaurant is trying, however, we had Christmas dinner there when they first opened, and my husband and I were not impressed. The dinner was a gift from my son, so we did not want to say anything negative in front of him.

My dish was the veal scallopini and the meat was deli cut thin and was tough to cut into and flavorless. Chunks of steamed vegetables on the side were bland and the asparagus was tough, too.

My husband ordered the pasta with Italian sausage and mushrooms and said that he could not find any sausage in the dish except for a few crumbles. but full of mushrooms that may have come out of a can.

They do get other great reviews, so maybe the cook was not happy to work on Christmas Day!

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DuaneJ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent environment, the service was genuine and poignant, and the food was pretty good. The place was empty at 6 when we arrived and completely full by 7 when we were preparing to leave. I would recommend La Vita E Bella, and highly enjoyed the sicilia salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great dining experience. Service was excellent and The number of choices on the menu was fantastic.

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VikR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delicious food! Great, friendly service! Would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fabulous! We’d definitely go again!

JK
JodiK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great find! Our waiter even recognized my husband from a previous restaurant from a couple years ago. Definitely will go back. Great food and wine choices.

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StephenL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food, as always, was exceptional. Prices were reasonable and service was attentive. It's one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Always ask what is the "pasta special." It's usually to die for.

FAQs

La Vita E Bella does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Vita E Bella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 441-5322.

La Vita E Bella is rated 4.6 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.