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La Vita Gustosa

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9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-8999
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
You Changed your Pizza!!! Ugh

This used to be the best pizza in Connecticut...Yes, all of Connecticut, but they changed the size and the cheese, and well, now its just average. Such a shame. Please please change it back. this is a great place to eat outside or in, nice views, very close to the Goodspeed opera house. Prices... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Nancy1313
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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Madison
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Have eaten here a few times before the Good Speed Opera plays. My wife and I tried pizza, dinners and apps and most were below average. If it wasn't for Good Speed, this restaurant would be closed for good. Find another place to eat.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is located across the street from the Goodspeed Theater and has been serving wonderful Italian cuisine for many years. They have expanded their menu to accommodate the theater crowd and hasn't affected the homey atmosphere. The owner Jackie has changed the name to La Vita at Goodspeed Landing in order to better describe where the restaurant is located.... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This used to be the best pizza in Connecticut...Yes, all of Connecticut, but they changed the size and the cheese, and well, now its just average. Such a shame. Please please change it back. this is a great place to eat outside or in, nice views, very close to the Goodspeed opera house. Prices are good, drinks are very good,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Great location! Right across the street from Goodspeed Opera House Nice house wine. Delicious thin crust pizza. Excellent service! Will be back.

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great spot for diner before the theater. just walk across the street. Good food , good service. Gave an Excellent as I found absoluty nothing to complain about.

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College Station, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was decent enough, the atmosphere was appropriate. Parking was a problem so be prepared to park across the street near the opera house and take the short walk. I thought it was a tad pricey, but factors mitigate that. It is located in a small isolated community and probably tends to cater to attendees at the local theater... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Right across from the Goodspeed Opera Theatre, this comfortable and friendly restaurant with a splendid Italian Menu is a wonderful way to spend your pre-theatre experience. We arrived early for our reservation, but were seated right away. Service is quick and friendly regardless how busy everyone becomes. There is outside seating as well as seating in a glassed--in area along... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We have eaten at La Vita a few times, usually in conjunction with a Goodspeed production. There were six of us this time. First the restaurant. It is old and needs some updating and a fresh coat of paint. The AC wasn't working and flies were competing with us for the food. The food..average at best.. portions were a bit... More 

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The meal and service I received were good but, I didn't go on a show Wed. I will go back and try this restaurant again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Delicious food, generous service, good bottle of wine, friendly attentive staff. We sat outside, River and Opera House in view. We would certainly dine here next time we are in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haddam
  • Phone Number: (860) 873-8999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?