Alla Vita

4.7
296 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
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For the health and safety of our staff and guests, we are closely following the guidelines and requirements made by the City of Chicago regarding indoor dining and the latest Chicago Vaccine Mandate. Please refer to the resources page provided by the City of Chicago linked here before making your reservation:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/chi-vaccine-requirement.html
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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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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Reservation Deposit

    $50.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Enjoy 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • 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
What 296 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night was amazing couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thanks

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vipSAFfoodie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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…

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, I highly recommend the dumplings !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, I’d definitely go back!

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Janna
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks but the star of the show was the elevated service by our server Haneen! Thank you again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s probably the best pasta I’ve ever had. Prices are moderate and a great value for the West Loop.

AD
ADEK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Ricotta dumplings were the best!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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 .

CL
vipChicagoLisa
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

NY
vipNYE2013
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rigatoni was life changing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLmk1
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely excellent!!!! get the affogato

SN
vipScottN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly some of the best Italian dishes in the 606XX. Highly recommended.

JS
JenniferS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Nothing special. Food was fine, nothing great. Service was mediocre. Was really excited to try Alla Vita and left very underwhelmed.

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vipFoodie101
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cute vibes!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Front desk staff weren’t the friendliest. The place is beautiful 11 out of 10, but the rest is just good, not great.

DJ
DerekJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

VR
vipVRChicago
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!’

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Great ambiance. Our particular waiter wasn’t the most attentive though they most likely were understaffed.

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NatB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

AP
APat
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ricotta dumplings and rigatoni were really good! The sundae dessert was amazing!

JS
vipJillS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipNatalie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

CW
vipCaitlinW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic and attentive staff, adorable ambiance. We will def be back!

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vipkmoynihan
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipRobi
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread was Amazing and the meat balls, perfect place to have a great dinner

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipAlyssa
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipShil
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not what we were expecting for the price. Food was good, but again not what we were expecting for the price.

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vipBill
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Friendly and professional service. All food was excellent highly recommend the octopus and rigatoni. We will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was top notch!!

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Victoria
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

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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.