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“Great for Stowe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria La Festa

Trattoria La Festa
4080 Upper Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
+1 802-253-8480
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Ranked #8 of 78 Restaurants in Stowe
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Seasonal Italian restaurant owned and operated by Italian family. Simple homemade food with a solid wine list and great music
Boston
Top Contributor
289 reviews 289 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 148 cities Reviews in 148 cities
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
“Great for Stowe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

If thei palce was in Boston's North End or Federal HIll in Providence it would be "good" rating but I am pretty sure it is the best in Itailian joint in Stowe. Extensive wine list but very little new world choices. Menu had manu pasta choices - food was average but for Stowe, as mentioend, above average. Staff was friednly, the place was packed with regulars.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Harwich, Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Mangia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

This is definately a place the locals go to. When we arrived, we were ignored while several other couples were greeted by name and hugs. OK, I understand that. You either love the decor or not. Red and white checked curtains, old chianti bottles - starving artist paintings on the walls. Low lighting. Funky old school Italian. That being said, we were shown to a table in the corner - very romantic. Our waitress seemed stressed - and in a rush. We told her we were in no hurry, which calmed her down to the point she took to mean she didnt have to wait on us? She brought us nice warm bread, and we asked for olive oil to dip in and she wanted to know if we wanted cheese and herbs in it . Perfect - except it took 15 minutes for it to get to us. Fried calamari arrived with the hot peppers as stated on the menu, but there were almost more fried peppers than calamari. We also shared the antipasto, which had a decent selection of meats and some very nice cheeses. I had Nonni;s chicken which was fabulous. Tasted the way my grandmother used to make it. It brought back some wonderful memories. Bravo ! Hubby went old school and had spaghetti and meatballs - he said the meatballs were very good. Sauce was very nice. All in all we had a very good meal. Dont know what to say about the service - they were busy when we came in and it did seem like they were understaffed - so I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Would definately go back.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Traditional Italian Fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

The food was tasty and the service was exceptional. There didn't seem to be great variety, but plenty of options. There didn't seem to be a lot of deviation from the typical Italian menu, but everything tasted fine. A notable traditional Italian restaurant.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Princeton, NJ
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Couldn't wait to tryy it, but probably won't go back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2009

We were very excited to try this restuarant. When we went, the atmosphere felt a little shady. We sat, and I felt as if the wait staff was tryin g to be more professional than appropriate from the setting. I ordered a soda, which was over a dollar for a very tiny glass, and the fish special. The fish was wonderful, but it was accompanied by frozen veggies. That was a complete turn off for me, because fresh vegetables are the most important part, and determines for me how fresh their ingredients are. Unfortunately I will not return, but if you do go, maybe recommend another starch instead of vegetable?

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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new jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Valentines Day Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2009

My husband and I ate at the Trattoria La Festa on Valentines Day and were not disappointed. Our meal was so delicious and there was an extensive wine list. We loved the atmosphere and the help was so friendly. We were shocked at the bill - VERY reasonable to say the least. We both wished we could take this restaurant home with us (perfect place to go to with friends). Thanks Trattoria La Festa!

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