Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Buona Vita in Enfield.
Buona Vita's ample menu enchants taste buds with homemade Italian cuisine crafted from fresh ingredients. Pique palates with one of the inviting appetizers, such as eggplant rollatini layered with ricotta and spinach ($10). A variety of pasta dishes, including the chicken and penne à la vodka ($16) and the spaghetti carbonara ($14), make for satisfying fork twirling. Veal sorrentino served in a sherry-wine sauce ($18) is a starlet of an entree, ideal for appearing center stage in an avant-garde Broadway production. Pie lovers have several specialty pizza options to feast on, including the herbivore-friendly veggie pizza ($11–$17). Buona Vita’s warm and welcoming atmosphere may even have diners chatting with their silverware after they are seated at the bar or at a sleek and stable table.
George Carabase opened Buona Vita when he was only 23. But by spending his boyhood at his father's pizzeria, George learned the ins and outs of the restaurant business at a very early age. A graduate of the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, he draws upon his familial and formal educations at Buona Vita, which he's owned since 1998. Utilizing local produce, his traditional take on Italian cuisine encompasses generous portions of dishes such as veal sorrentino, as well as more than 20 available pizza toppings, including eggplant and clams. Buona Vita's commitment to using fresh ingredients extends to their rotating seasonal and monthly menus, as well as the locally produced brews on tap.