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La Buona Vita

450 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 641-4734
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Ranked #60 of 88 restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Mass Ave Bus Lines
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English first
Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Wonderful food, great service and personal attention! The owner made a special effort to make the person celebrating his birthday a custom dish!

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

This place is wonderful! They made my dad's birthday really special, with his favorite veal and delicious eggplant appetizer! Wonderful branzino fish - so fresh and prepared superbly. All six of us love it and would not go anywhere else for Italian food at reasonable prices in Arlington!!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

high quality ingredients, classic menus, nice atmosphere (tables a bit crowded together - just FYI).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

This was our second visit to this restaurant and it was as terrific as it was on our first visit. The owner/host is from southern Italy and is charming and welcoming and takes the time to carefully explain the menu and the specials. We shared an appetizer of polenta, mozzarella, and asparagus which was cooked perfectly. I had a tender,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We'd been to this restaurant under the previous owners and liked it but now *love* it under the new regime. First off, compliments to the manager as he is always pleasant and attentive. We absolutely love the food (most recently lobster ravioli) and the atmosphere is relaxing and romantic. We just returned from 3 weeks in Italy eating at many... More

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boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

The bruschetta came as four pieces each with a different topping - ricotta, sausage, caponata and tomato and was wonderful. The stuffed squash blossom was amazing. Almost didn't want dinner after that but the entrees - seafood pasta and veal were very good. Price was reasonable.

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Boston, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

This small mom and pop italian restaurant in Arlington is a real gem. We went there Sunday night and had one of the best shellfish pasta dishes I've had in a long time. The pistacio gorgonzola was terrific, too. We like the hometown feel and find it romantic. I agree with others that the space is small and not ideal... More

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Boston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

Nope. We are not going back. The food was awful. We are not foodies, don’t have attitude, always polite, with reasonable expectations. But on a recent Saturday night at 7 PM, this was a waste of money. The Ceasar salad was dry and if you really want the promised anchovies you have to ask for them. The veal scaloppini with... More

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Boston, Ma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

I ate lunch here during restaurant week in the Boston area. My companion and I both found the food to be acceptable but mediocre. The eggplant in the eggplant parmesan was undercooked (tough) though the flavors were good, and the pasta with mushroom sauce had no delicacy of flavor. My companion's seafood pasta was also mediocre. The prices are high... More

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