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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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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Lunch before the Goodspeed? You Bet!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2014
Charles R
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Guilford, United States
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Provincetown
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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East Haddam
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Living locally, my wife and I have dined here regularly over the years. Wait staff seems to turn over far too often and table service is at best a gamble therefore we always just sit at the bar which has been capably captained by Nick for years. The pizza is by far the best around and the menu is varied... More 

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Colchester, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We tried a couple times via Groupon and we're happy with the food. The tap water is "horrible" with a sulfur taste. The thin crust pizza is excellent.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was our first time at La Vita. It was a Saturday night and we had rez for the Goodspeed. We intentionally made our dinner rez early (6pm) - however when we got there it took a while to get seated and then forever for someone to come talk to us about drinks. Once we got service we ordered some... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you want the best pizza in the area, go to La Vita's. If you want the best calamari, go to La Vita's. Great eggplant panninis, prime rib. I've never been disappointed there.

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Portland, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Always have loved La Vita. The location is great and very scenic, right across from the Gelston House and The Goodspeed Opera house, along with the CT River and E. Haddam Swing Bridge. Food has always been good, particularly the pizza which is authentic italian and always wonderful (one of my favorite pizzas). Prices are a bit steep but not... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved the vibe felt like you were in a little villa somewhere eating. In a town that takes you back in time!

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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
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?