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Serving a casual, family-style menu, Alla Vita is a place to gather and enjoy comfortable Italian cuisine. Alla Vita means “to life” in Italian which recognizes overcoming life's challenges and creating a space for shared meals and memorable experiences. Executive Chef Lee Wolen shares his passion for fresh, delicious Italian food made simply with the best ingredients.
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Valentine's Day Reservation Deposit$50.00 per personPrepaid
Feb 14, 2022 onlyEnjoy Valentine's Day with our full a la carte menu. Your deposit secures your booking and is fully applied to your bill. Your deposit is non-refundable
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- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
- Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
cacio e pepe
crispy potato, garlic aioli, salsa verde, castelvetrano olives
Last night was amazing couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thanks
It was good but not outstanding …. Food and service was average … There is great Italian restaurants here in Chicago … but unfortunately this is just average . Also if you sit by windows , ask to he moved… there was a definite breeze …
Again not sure why everyone thinks it’s outstanding . It’s good bit not extraordinary…
Food was excellent, I highly recommend the dumplings !
The food was amazing, I’d definitely go back!
Great food, great drinks but the star of the show was the elevated service by our server Haneen! Thank you again
It’s probably the best pasta I’ve ever had. Prices are moderate and a great value for the West Loop.
Everything from entering to exiting was amazing. The ambience. Our waiter was incredible (Hanna). Everything from the drinks to the food was exceptional. We loved how our take home food has a ticket, such a good idea. Would love to come back soon!!
Food and service was amazing. Ricotta dumplings were the best!
Food was good - service was great - atmosphere is beautiful… we just have so many really good Italian restaurants in the city. I was hoping this place would blow me out of the water and it didn’t .
Neighborhood diners who went early on and didn't have the best experience, but last night blew us away. Great food, great food. Awesome server.
Rigatoni was life changing
I made reservations over a month in advance here and couldn’t wait for the day to finally come, but wow this place really exceeded my expectations! The service was superb - my friend whose family works in the restaurant industry even commented on the attention to detail here. The food had an array of flavors that all complemented each other so nicely, and the atmosphere is gorgeous. Couldn’t be happier with my experience. We ordered the octopus (good enough size for 4 or less people, would recommend another dish for more), table bread, chopped salad, rigatoni, tagliatelle, and soppressata. All dishes were great but our personal favorites were the salad, pizza, and rigatoni. Can’t wait for my next visit!
The octopus and truffle pizza was excellent. The table bread was too much, too rich and greasy. Chicken parm was just ok. Ambiance is lively and fun. Service was good.
absolutely excellent!!!! get the affogato
Quite possibly some of the best Italian dishes in the 606XX. Highly recommended.
Lovely dining experience. We did a date night splitting two pastas and a main course. The food was excellent and portioned medium - we had enough to take home for a lunch. The wine list was great and had less common but wonderful Italians. Service was prompt and well-informed. We highly recommend.
Nothing special. Food was fine, nothing great. Service was mediocre. Was really excited to try Alla Vita and left very underwhelmed.
Amazing experience and service. Well worth the hype - only thought was that the chicken parm was a little too salty.
Tried: ricotta dumplings, rigatoni, wood fired bread, chicken parm and fritto misto.
Recommend the dumplings, rigatoni and bread!!
Service is what makes the experience outstanding
Great food and cute vibes!
Front desk staff weren’t the friendliest. The place is beautiful 11 out of 10, but the rest is just good, not great.
Double date with friends. They had a little issue with our reservation. I guess maybe they double booked. We waited 30 min to finally get our table. To be fair we did get an update at the 5 min mark that they were cleaning it off and getting it ready… but that took 25 more minutes and no update. We were told we had the option to get drinks from the bar, but there wasn’t space dedicated to walking up and grabbing a drink while waiting.
Food: the cooked cured pork in my bucatini was awful. The smell alone was hard to get around. The pasta and sauce was okay, a little bland.
The ricotta dumplings cacio e Pepe - decent and not heavy but not meal worthy more like a shareable for the table.
Wine was great and our server was really kind and sweet.
We won’t go back, but if you are for ambiance and mediocre Italian dinner. Go for it.
Server said order everything and they’d course out but food came much to quick wasn’t coursed out as expected. Meal came before one app.
Food was excellent!’
Great food! Great ambiance. Our particular waiter wasn’t the most attentive though they most likely were understaffed.
We had made a reservation here a few months ago and it was worth the wait! We ordered the octopus, mushroom lasagna, ricotta dumplings and chicken parm. Everything was SO delicious. Our favorite was the octopus. The drink menu was great as well, with a wine book and good selection of cocktails.
Aside from the food being amazing, the service was SPECTACULAR. Our waitress was attentive, our plates were cleared quickly after being done and switched with fresh plates. Our waters were never empty. I can not say enough good things about the service.
I have already made a future reservation to come back!
Ricotta dumplings and rigatoni were really good! The sundae dessert was amazing!
Birthday dinner during Covid. Felt very safe. Vax cards were checked. Servers wore masks. Gave a free dessert for birthday. A lovely evening and a decent value. The food was delicious too!
Great meal & great service! This place has such a good atmosphere and is a great place to enjoy a long meal with friends or family or a date. Our waiter was absolutely outstanding and had great recommendations!
Amazing food, fantastic and attentive staff, adorable ambiance. We will def be back!
Food was amazing! Will definitely return. Great background music and excellent service and timing of courses. Especially loved the chicken parm and the rigatoni ala vodka.
I’m happy to say the two months was worth the wait. Me and my boyfriend shared the octopus, meatballs, ricotta dumplings, and chicken parm. He remarked that it might have been the best grilled octopus he’s ever had. Everything was well seasoned at delicious - will definitely be going back!
Beautiful ambience and all of our meals were great. The arancini was phenomenal as well as their meatballs. The kale caesar was very good. A nice wine selection also. Will go back again soon.
The bread was Amazing and the meat balls, perfect place to have a great dinner
We really enjoyed the food we ordered. The Kale Caesar salad was the best I’ve had in the city. Rigatoni alla vodka was also quite good. The staff was attentive and helpful. Can’t wait to go back!
This is my second time here and again nothing but good things to say- the food, service, and atmosphere are amazing. Each meal I've tasted has been absolutely outstanding.. I wish I could try it all!
Not what we were expecting for the price. Food was good, but again not what we were expecting for the price.
Great experience. Friendly and professional service. All food was excellent highly recommend the octopus and rigatoni. We will definitely be back!
We had reservations for 9:30 but we weren’t seated until 9:50pm. We saw other parties waiting as well but when we were seated we saw several empty clean tables ready to seat but other parties were still waiting to be seated. It would be great if we were seated at the time of our reservation instead. The ambience along with the music was exceptional. The staff - waiters and server service was great. Our drinks - Chianti classico and bravazzi were really smooth. We ordered the house bread, chicken parmesan, rigatoni alla vodka and margherita pizza. We loved the house bread! All other food items were pretty good too! I recommend the nutella and pistachio gelato for dessert here.
Food and service was top notch!!
We had the best time at Alla Vita. We booked the reservations 2+ months in advance and it was sincerely worth the wait. The rigatoni with vodka sauce was some of the most yummy pasta I had ever had. We had a party of 2 and were able to stuff ourselves with sharing 2 plates of pasta. We are simply dying to go back!
I’m not really sure what all the hype is about. To start, the service was just okay. The waiter didn’t take time to explain the menu or dishes he recommended, he wasn’t particularly friendly. The food was okay but not worth the price point when the ambiance and service isn’t good. The glass of Chianti wasn’t as good as you’d expect a $17 glass of Chianti to taste and the cocktails were just okay, more on the sweet side. From an ambiance perspective, the lights dimmed about halfway through our dinner, and the music was quite loud, playing a very odd range of songs from Stolen Dance to something you’d find on an R Kelly album. Overall, disappointing for everything it had been hyped up for.
Alla Vita is rated 4.7 stars by 296 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.