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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Authentic (8)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
People Watching (6)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 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 11, 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 4, 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 26, 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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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 24, 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 17, 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 17, 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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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 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 5, 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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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 3, 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 September 1, 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 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 13, 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 4, 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 27, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

La Vita Bella was a very good choice for us. They had a lot of variety and really great specials.
The server was excellent and very attentive. I would recommend visiting if in that part of the city.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (México)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Muy buena comida y un excelente servicio.
El lugar esta sencillo pero agradable.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The owner is fabulous by making us comfortable and important. Service is outstanding.
Food is very good and excellent wine. I nLive only blocks away and bring different friends. They all love it.
Janet

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food and service was great, reasonably priced. There was a good variety of Entrees and our food came out piping hot and certainly not shy on the portion size. . Service was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I chose this place to link up with friends who were visiting town. The place was relatively empty, and very quiet. We could have a conversation easily. The service was a bit slow but the servers were nice.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Loved the authentic Italian atmosphere, food, and wine. One of my Seattle favorites!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Slow service. Cold food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We read stellar reviews on Yelp but our experience did not match. The restaurant was barely 10% full when we showed up for our reservation but had to wait over 5 mins to be seated. Once seated we waited another 10 before our waiter showed up so we could order drinks. For a starter my husband ordered the minestrone but his soup was potato, broccoli and carrots - definitely not a minestrone.
Our entrees were overly salty and not very flavorful. Our waiter never came back to ask how the meals were or to let us order more drinks. The quality and service we're definitely not worth the price. We would not recommend.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Our food was wonderful the bread dip oil was outstanding. Our vegetarian pasta was perfect. If I lived in Seattle it would definitely be do over dinner!!! Our waiter was also very friendly and very good!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Wonderful food. Loved the manager, she was so friendly. Best pizza ever.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent traditional Italian food in a cozy upbeat setting

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great neighborhood italian spot. Very hospitable and great food!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Always love to come here with friends - great food and excellent service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Walked in for a 9:00pm reservation only to have them tell us they were closing early and come back another day. Open Table showed reservations available until 9:45

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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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