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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Authentic (11)
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Cozy (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for a Date (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Food was awesome. One of the best Italian dinners we've ever had!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I took my friend to celebrate our birthdays that fell on either side of the weekend. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, the decir was homey and the feel was very relaxed and friendly. I had never been before but will probably go more often now that I have found it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fabulous food, great wine list and awesome service!! Do not miss this wonderful restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Picked this based on reviews. SPOT ON!! Was very happy with the friendly service. Husband enjoyed the salmon special. Child enjoyed smoked salmon farfalle dish. The spaghetti carbonara (a touted house classic) was good but I like my pancetta crispier and my sauce more runny (raw egg), but again, that is ME and my taste. The dish still tasted delicious! If we had room for dessert I'm sure it would have blown me away...this is a neighborhood treasure!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 1, 2017

lovely restaurant, excellent authentic italian dishes, amazing wait staff. We will return

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We had a great time here while we were on vacation. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the drinks and our waiter, Sean Michael, made it a fun experience, especially for folks who don't know Italian food or wine pairings very well. On our go-back list next time we get to visit Seattle, for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We had reservations. The restaurant was not busy. They sat us at a table down a hallway. No one came to our table for at least 15 minutes. I was ready to walk out. Service was terrible. Minestrone was presented as a potato, broccoli broth. I sent it back. They said that IS minestrone...😟 I will not be going back to this restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 27, 2017

This restaurant is an absolute GEM!!! The service was fantastic, the ambiance was great, and the food was unbelievably good. If you have a chance, order fettuccine alfredo (not on the menu). The chef made this for our 12 year old and it was truly unbelievable! It has the most delicious brown sugar flavor - it was almost like a dessert pasta. I'd travel 3.5 hours on a plane back to Seattle just for that. Anywhere with a margarita panini named the "Sofia Loren" and a picture from the movie Il Postino is right by me...

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I'm from Vancouver BC, I always come here to eat, it never disappoints. I love the live accordion music.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The best Spaghetti Carbonara I have ever eaten, in or out of Italy. Service was good, especially as I was by myself.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Outstanding Value
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Terrific service and tasty food
We always enjoy the friendly staff

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Food was great. Had to ask for bread 5 times. Charged for bruschetta that never came. Waiter was apologetic and friendly. Drinks were good. Handmade pizza dough and pasta. Pasta di mare was amazing. Quite restaurant but only 3 other tables. May get loud when busy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 24, 2017

I always enjoy La Vita e Bella. The atmosphere lends itself to conversation, not too loud. the Italian cuisine tastes authentic, and the daily specials are usually the must-have. Moretti on tap is a rare delight.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 21, 2017

La Vita E Bella was delicious! The food comes out very quickly and Sean is very attentive. There are a ton of options between antipasti, pastas and salads. We had a great time here and would highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 18, 2017

the food was fine, The waiter was all over the place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for Valentine's Day. Food was amazing and service was even better. Will be back again (and again)!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2017

This was my 3rd visit here. The food and wine were fantastic!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Only one server and a nice but helpless helper. I am sure the did their best , however it was not enough to compensate for the painful wait. It is a place for pizza and pasta, don't get the idea is an Italian restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I love this place. We discovered it by accident on Christmas last year, and were incredibly impressed. The food is amazing, the staff friendly (and speaking Italian to one another, which is amazing), and the value incredible, particularly for Seattle. I have been telling everyone about this place, and will definitely be back.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Was looking for a moderately priced Italian restaurant that was still fairly fresh and authentic, which can be REALLY hard to find. This place hit the spot. EXCELLENT food, amazing service and food/wine suggestions, fresh local ingredients... All for a very reasonable price

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

Very happy with our meal and service. We had a early dinner reservation and arrived before the restruant was open, the owner seated us and served a glass of wine until open. Great place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We've eaten here several times for various occasions or the heck if it. A little Italian hole in the wall....So good, it never disappoints!!! The

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2017

What a special place! Family owned and run, and they put so much heart into their work! One time, my husband left his bag (with our babies first ultrasounds in it), and the owners went through so much work to track us down to return it! We love it here!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2016

place seemed fine. waiter was nice and gave lots of options and information. Problem was food was undercooked and when the mouse ran through the restaurant, the employees acted as if it was a normal occurrence.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We were visiting family in Seattle over the holidays and were looking for a great place for dinner on Christmas Day. La Vita E Bella exceeded my expectations. The food was great, the place was nice, and the staff had a great attitude considering they were being run ragged on Christmas. My Choppino was amazing. Great food, good prices, good wine selection. I'll be returning next time I'm in Seattle.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2016

My husband and I had Christmas Dinner here. It was a very enjoyable evening! The food was delicious and everyone was very friendly. Our server was could have been more attentive, but they were busy and we were at a table in the corner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2016

this was a mouse. 🙈

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We have had a fantastic meal every time we go here. It is by far my favorite Italian restaurant in Seattle.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Service was sometimes inattentive, but otherwise friendly and knowledgeable. Some menu and wine items not available. Menu leans Sicilian, portions are large, salads and antipasto are imaginative, pasta dishes do not disappoint.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 26, 2016

A romantic restaurant due to it's simplicity. A single rose on each table. The wine list was full of offerings but not the ridiculous 8 page menu of a pretentious place. A waiter who listened and then made suggestions. The food-fantastic! One of the best "date dinners" we have had in years in Seattle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Really fantastic meal, and a real neighborhood gem. This Italian place is not to be missed!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2016

La Vita Bella was so so good! We enjoyed everything from the great wine selection, to the warm bread with marinated olive oil (basil, garlic, peppers :) to our main dishes. Enjoyed the classica bruschetta and ordered the special of the evening (penne with small shrimp in vodka sauce). Sauce was fantastic. A friend ordered the carbonara and it was to die for!!

Everyone had a pleasant time and the price was very reasonable for the quality and quantity you receive. I'd recommend to anyone! Bravo!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Great service, delicious food and nice atmosphere ! Definitely will go back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Good food at a good price. It was a great little place for a date with my wife and close to the Crocodile for a show.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Great food, friendly staff, delightful evening, thanks!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 7, 2016

The food was really good, but the service was really poor.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Food is good and generous portions.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 16, 2016

I was disappointed with my lasagne and felt I could have cooked just as good myself. It was not very hot just warm. My husbands pizza was also nothing special

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great service$

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Excellent pasta dishes!

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