Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and wine at La Vita E Bella, located in Belltown.
Palatable plates of pasta and pizza star on a menu chock full of authentic Sicilian cuisine and imported vino at La Vita E Bella. Tease taste buds with a delectable liguria salad of red onions, artichokes, and cannellini beans slathered in a balsamic vinegar sauce ($8.95), before digging into an entree of jumbo cheese ravioli in mushroom sauce ($13.95) and a glass of grape-derived libation, such as Donatello bianco ($5) or pinot grigio della casa ($6). A mozzarella-packed margherita pizza quiets nagging stomachs ($10.95), and a helping of lasagna imparts a sense of luxury paralleled only by walking around Versailles dipped in paraffin wax ($10.95).
La Vita E Bella has been reviewed in Seattle Weekly in 2006, and more than 90 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars. More than 40 TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes and 85% of Urbanspooners like it.
- You can smell the garlicky goodness of this Belltown Italian cafe a full block away. And it gets better with every step: The European-style windows and awnings invite you in; the room envelops you with rich jewel tones; and when you take your seat, Italian-accented servers with names like Fabio graciously recite the day's specials. – Lynn Jacobson, Seattle Weekly
- The bruschetta was one of the best I've ever had, So warm, crisp, and tasty. – Joe U., Yelp, 1/6/2011
La Vita E Bella
Although La Vita E Bella is physically distant from its Italian roots, it preserves one of the most important parts of home: the coast. Seafood infuses its menu—from appetizers of garlic-marinated octopus to the Siciliana pizza, topped with tuna, onions, kalamata olives, and capers. The kitchen's emphasis on freshness persists beyond its sautéed prawns, though. Owner Giuseppe Forte heads out multiple times a week to purchase groceries for his chefs, ensuring that their bruschetta and pollo cacciatora contain crisp veggies and fresh herbs. Then there’s the crepes—three kinds enveloping such Old-World ingredients as champignon mushrooms and prosciutto di parma.
Yet it’s pizzas that form the base of the menu. More than 20 specialty-topping combinations include the salsiccia, which boasts sausage and broccoli, and the gorgonzola, which mixes its namesake cheese with walnuts. As diners match their slices to a selection from the sprawling wine list, they can tune in to the lilt of live accordion music, which evokes the ambiance of Italy's streets and keeps dates from trying to fill conversational pauses by reciting their favorite Matlock plotlines.
2411 2nd Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98121Get Directions