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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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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Visited with our Sister in-law.

The food here has been really good every time we've come. The service is also good and the prices are reasonable. Worth checking out we think.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tyrone D
Manchester, Connecticut
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English first
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just had a wonderful late lunch at this sweet little Italian restaurant. Greeted warmly by the hostess and sat at a small table for two. We had just left a restaurant across the street after being ignored by the wait staff and hostess after seating. So we felt very welcome here. Drinks were ordered and brought and both of our... More 

Thank Michaela G
Manchester, Connecticut
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226 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here has been really good every time we've come. The service is also good and the prices are reasonable. Worth checking out we think.

Thank Tyrone D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cosy place across from Gelston House and the opera house near the banks of the Connecticut River. The food was fantastic and the seasonal cinnamon/cider/sangria was delicious.

Thank kmu524
Higganum, Connecticut
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

very pleasant waitstaff, exciting menu, clean, nice atmosphere,food was excellent, and served in a timely manner, indoor, outdoor dinning.

Thank frank k
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Went last night for a pre dinner before attending the Goodspeed. The waiter knew we were going to the show. Husband ordered clams casino and seafood linguini which he said was excellent. I ordered the pumpkin soup and eggplant rollitini both were good. We thought the service was a little on the slow side. We saw people come in right... More 

Thank Ellington
Meriden, Connecticut
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98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

went on a Saturday afternoon. Food and service were OK. Wings had average flavor and size. Beer was cold. Waitress was nice and attentive. Not a busy afternoon.

Thank Dave C
New York City
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I spent an afternoon here, sitting on their patio and enjoying a few beverages, before having dinner. Nothing really stands out about La Vita Gustosa except the location (right across from Goodspeed) and the aforementioned huge outdoor space. But the service was very friendly and the pizza tasty. Not a ton of options around here but this is a solid... More 

Thank Erithtotl
Bristol, Connecticut
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

we stopped in for pre show dinner with a reservation. the place did fill up so glad we had called first. the service was great. the food was good, had a specialty cocktail that was really good. the lasagna was ok, the lobster quesadilla was good, the peanut butter pie was really good, not too sweet. would stop in again.

Thank yankeefan13
Westerly, Rhode Island
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Went to LaVita for dinner before attending Goodspeed Opera House. Went last and was disappointed but decided to give another try and it was a good decision. All four of the dinners ordered were very good (3 pastas ordered). The focaccia bread was great as was the salads. Desserts were very good. Everything was reasonably priced and service was attentive.

Thank kapaugers
Lyme, Connecticut
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148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

What a really pleasant surprise! we had gone to a close-by restaurant and had a ho hum experience so were worried we would find another place catering to theater crowd but not trying to be a "regular" to which one would return again and again. We certainly WILL return to LaVita-it is cute and pleasant for starters-we actually just glimpsed... More 

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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
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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?