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Italian family style meals - Alla Vita, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Alla Vita

4.8
4.8
1834 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 667-0104
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Private party facilities
    "To Life!"
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 667-0104
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • Cross street
    North Jefferson Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Clinton Pink Line
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Brunch 2024

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Celebrate Easter with Brunch at Alla Vita! Offerings include our lunch menu, featured brunch dishes & a table side mimosa cart! Reservations are available from 10am until 1:45 pm. Reservation is subject to a $20/per person cancelation fee.

What 1,834 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

    Most Booked

1,834 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server didn’t do a good job of coursing out our food and they neglected to keep in mind of my husbands severe nut allergy even after we told them prior to starting our meal

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  2. Disappointed

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, but definitely not worth the cost. Expected a lot more based on the reviews, hype and cost. The service was okay at first, but poor after receiving a few of the dishes. Will not be going back.

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  3. MalloryS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious!! Eat dish was better than the next! Would highly recommend!!

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  4. Darrenzzz

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, amazing service, lovely atmosphere and delicious drinks. We will keep coming back again and again!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great! Loved the fritto misto and rigatoni.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Alla Vita so much! The food, staff, service and ambience are all top notch! We can’t wait to come back!

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  7. SusanC

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch restaurant in Chicago ! Been many times

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the perfect first date here. Lovely food and the server was awesome. He popped in right when I thought I needed him. Had great recommendations for food and wine. I will totally be back when I visit Chicago again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible and the place is beautiful. Will be back for sure!

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  10. Downtownies

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food for lunch and the service was excellent. Will he going back for dinner.

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  11. Industryfolk10

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent spot. Have eaten here on a number of occasions and it's always stellar. Some of the best pasta and pizza in town, chopped salad is fire. Great spot!

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  12. KimG

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love that they have a prix fixe lunch special. The salad was good, rigatoni was ok but needed something else with it besides just pasta and sauce, tiramisu was tasty but didn't exactly taste like tiramisu.

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  13. KatieB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I sat at the bar and had a wonderful lunch. I had the $25 lunch special. Both the butternut squash soup and the pasta I had were delicious! I took home the tiramisu which was perfect!

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  14. EdieKS

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant, lovely for a special occasion. The staff are incredibly attentive and kind, which makes the experience even better. Would definitely recommend anyone to visit.

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  15. SharadhaR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal. It’s a must visit Italian place in Chicago. Large selection of vegetarian options and extremely courteous staffs. Their cacio e pepe pasta was out of the world. Although it’s very difficult to get a reservation, with opentable we were able to get one easily. Highly recommend this place for any special occasion or a date night.

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  16. KellyD

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Meatballs and ricotta dumplings were the star. The service was not as attentive as we thought it would be but I guess we were in a secluded area

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  17. JalineV

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Joel was amazing! He made it a great experience. We would definitely return.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and loved our server Nicole! She gave great recommendations and we loved our food. Ordered the chopped salad, table bread, tagliatelle, and chicken parm.

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  19. JoannB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When I arrived, I was greeted by the hostess, and she was great. When the rest of my party arrived, we were immediately seated. The wait staff was amazing, kind, polite, and attentive. The food was scrumptious, and the drinks were yummy.

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  20. HeatherM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There wasn’t a dish here that my husband and I didn’t thoroughly enjoy- we got the arrancini (perfect textures between the outter crunch and creamy inside), kale Caesar salad (bursting with intense flavor), the table bread (this was one of the stars of the night for us). For entrees we split the ricotta dumplings, rigatoni Ala vodka, tagliatelle , and chicken parm- all were good but by far our favorites were the vodka rigatoni which was an amped up fresh classic comfort food and the ricotta dumplings which had the perfect mouthfeel and a unique fresh peppery flavor that was almost addicting. We loved the ambiance and our service was outstanding- we ordered everything up front since we planned on sharing everything and our server perfectly timed out our entire meal service so we didn’t feel overwhelmed or rushed. One of the best overall meal experiences I’ve had in a while - I was worried I was hyping the meal up too much before our reservation , but was not disappointed in the least. 5/5 experience.

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  21. Michelle

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and we loved the special touch of adding our friends’s names for their special occasion on the menu! Chicken Parmesan was just okay, was hoping to be wow-ed and wasn’t my favorite.

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  22. MichaelW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Although we requested a circular table, very noisy for a business meeting conversation; almost shouting to talk to each other. Food took forever to delivery and order was mixed. One entre did not have chicken as ordered. Disappointing experience!!!

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  23. Jays

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to Alla Vita with my girlfriend last night valentines 2024. I schedule exactly a month in advance and there was only one slot available. I thought to myself must be a great place. The place itself is beautiful. The service was not awful but not good either, we were greeted and told to wait for a recreation which I paid in advance… we waited for about 15 minutes standing because there is nowhere to sit. After waiting they place in the back by the noisy kitchen in this microscopic table. The table was so small they could only bring one dish a time… half way through my waiter who was great up until the point where he filled my cup and some float black spec was in it. I lost my appetite after this also when I took a bite of the Alla vodka rigatoni it needed at least 5 more mins of cook time. I had told the waiter that I lost my hunger because there something floating in my water. He the proceeded to tell me that it was my fault because I was eating pizza over my cup of water but I was not actually I hadn’t even touch the water because I had a drink. I laughed at him and disagreed politely and he said he noticed when pouring more water in my cup. (Which had plenty in it). He then laughed and asked if I wanted another. I then politely declined and he brought it anyway. If there was something floating in my cup, why not alert me? Or tell me ? Or get me a fresh cup? Overall this place was a solid 6/10. Maybe half a recommendation for this place.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will my server was great! He helped me find a great wine. I never felt overwhelmed by him and he was really attentive. The food was ok. I’d give it a 7/10. I came in for lunch so the menu was limited. I need to come back for dinner for some of the other items I wanted to try.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing although the receptionist was very rude lucky her manager was next to her and was able to assist us in a proper manner. I didn’t catch her name but anyone in the restaurant Buisness shouldn’t have people like her right upfront! Rude and disrespectful! If you work in the service industry you don’t belong there miss

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  26. athena

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very good food, great service. music a little too loud for my taste but still a good ambiance

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  27. Marianne

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alla Vita was everything we expected and more! We had a fabulous meal and shared the arancini, roasted octopus, chopped salad, rigatoni alla vodka, prosciutto pizza, and chicken parmagiana. Everything was delicious and our waiter was very attentive and gave us great recommendations on what to order. We will absolutely be back!

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  28. Karl

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, decor, and service was top notch. Our server Andrew was great in helping us with the menu selections. Unfortunately, my gf did not like the bucatini, but she did love the arancini and beef shank tagliatelle those two were on point though.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was great, our server was amazing as well! It was a bit noisy but it was late night on a thursday!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Italian spots in the city! I go here all the time.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    253 reviews

    5.0

    253 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great spot. The food is particularly good. Great flavor, great options. Great service!

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  32. andrewb

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alla Vita was perfect for my business lunch. The interior was serene and cozy and the ambiance was welcoming and lively during the lunch hours. Food was well prepared and delicious. Would recommend for all occasions.

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  33. balnca1

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! The food is lovely! And it is a very pretty environment!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience! The food was amazing: meatballs, whipped ricotta, rigatoni alla vodka, the ravioli and the ricotta dumplings. Our server was very attentive and made great recommendations!

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  35. TessaB

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My son said its a 6 out of 10.. they should have spent less money on the decor and put more focus on the simplicity of the food. I agree. Our arancini were very small, and while they tasted fine, they did not taste authentic. Everything was overly complicated: the tuna had too many conflicting flavors, the chopped salad was very ‘busy’ - too many different things in it. Italian food is generally very simple and uses great ingredients simply.

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  36. LukeN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and was seated very quickly. Would go again

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  37. Quinn

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the 3rd time I have been here and it only gets better each time. Highly recommend if you love great Italian and good drinks.

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  38. foodiefanatic

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I don’t even know where to begin. We were hosting a work event and one of our guest’s drink arrived and it was not what she had ordered. 30 minutes later, the new drink arrived. The same person ordered the tuna and it never came. In addition, two of our other guests’ wine glasses were inexplicably removed from the table midway thru dinner and when I asked why, the waiter said that the bottle of wine was empty. Seriously? Did he not want us to buy another bottle? Positively mind blowing. I am thoroughly embarrassed.

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  39. CarlySully1221

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this dining experience!!! The ricotta dumplings, arancini, and rigatoni vodka were meal highlights! Have your server recommend some delicious wine to go with. End with their delightful espresso martinis. Hope to be back soon!

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  40. NM2013

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for lunch during Restaurant week. Great options, very tasty, professional and friendly service. Definitely a place to return.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Alla Vita is rated 4.8 stars by 1834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Alla Vita

564 West Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    North Jefferson Street
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Clinton Pink Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 667-0104
  • Private party facilities
    "To Life!"
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 667-0104
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