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La Vita Gustosa

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9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-8999
Today
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Had a lovely dinner before show at Goodspeed Opera House

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Margaret P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We go here about 4 times a month. Been noticing a decline in quality and service, but an increase in price. Tonight was the last straw. Picked up a pizza to go and my wife, son, and I all got sick shortly after eating. The food tasted fine, but obviously something was wrong. The owner was sitting at the bar... More 

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CT
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went for Mother's Day before going to Goodspeed Opera House. I had the chicken asiago which was very good. The rest of the family had buffalo chicken mac and cheese, chicken caprese and penne aglio. All was good. The waiter was new and did not tell us Tiramisu was a dessert special and that is was not on the... More 

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ct
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I emailed a letter after our May 6 group luncheon with no response. I hope other groups take heed and look elsewhere for a restaurant. Hello. Yesterday we had our luncheon which had been booked since November 2014. Unfortunately, I am not writing with praise. It is true that we had some movement in our numbers resulting in one extra... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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30 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This lovely and inviting restaurant is just across the street from the Goodspeed Opera House. After picking up our show tickets from the box office we decided to give this cute looking Italian restaurant a chance. We had a really nice dinner there: service was quick (we probably aren't the only people who dine there before the evening show), portions... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Came here on a Wednesday night to celebrate a birthday. The food was extremely under par based on the prices. For 5 of us it was almost $200 and the food was not good. For an appetizer we ordered NY style calamari. We were served regular calamari that happened to be cold. When we brought it to the attention of... More 

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Provincetown
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Had good expectations, as the place has been around here and in Chester for a few years. Atmosphere not too good, a main bar area, then a pretty big dining area, but you could hear everything from the bar, and a wall of mirrors which was all streaky and dirty, not conducive for fine dining. Plus only one other couple... More 

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Went there with another couple for dinner and the show at the Good Speed Opera House. I had the the prime rib special with an expresso sauce dip that was out of this world. Everyone else had pasta type dishes that they said were fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant!!! The service was great and they got us to the... More 

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Guilford, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There are very few places in America than you can have soup, salad and 1/2 panini for for $10.99 and leave the restaurant feeling full. Well here is one! We visit La Vita Gustosa before each Goodspeed Matinee and they never disappoint. My cousin had the steak and arugula salad and expressed "This may well be the best salad I... More 

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Group of six for dinner, overall the food and presentation were good. Two had chicken piccata which was very tasty, however one piece of my chicken was on the rare side. They did make a price adjustment. The rib dinner with fries was just okay. Lasagna, manicotti and a Bolanesse pasta were all good. Great desserts. Convenient for a pre... 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
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?