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La Vita Gustosa

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9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-8999
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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
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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend and I went to Goodspeed to see the latest Summer offering and walked over to La Vita for an early dinner. The menu offerings were limited so I thought every choice would be fresh and optimal. It was and I was delighted with the meal.

Thank Velma Sue
Willimantic, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been going here for several years, with family , friends and solo. La vita is a wonderful family restaurant with great food and service. When family comes from out of state this is where they want to go! We even had my parents 50th anniversary here and the owner Jackie was amazing taking care of everything including pistachio... More 

Thank julezblue
West Hartford, Connecticut
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168 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truthfully I wasn't that hungry after a show at the Goodspeed but went with friends. Nicole was our waitress and although a cheerful waitress and accommodating, she failed to comp me my salad when I pointed out to her the wilted lettuce in the salad - so bad it smelled. She apologized and said she would point it out to... More 

Thank Travel33871
Trumbull, Connecticut
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Goodspeed and decided to try this restaurant. I had a chicken dish which was tasty. Our waitress was very accommodating. There was wide selection on the menu and we would go back.

Thank Joyce M
Cheshire, Connecticut
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Recently took in a matinee at the Goodspeed Opera House and across the street was a little Italian restaurant. We stopped in for dinner and enjoyed our meals. I had chicken and my husband had the lobster rolls. Both were very good.

Thank FoodFan2911
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is the second time that I have taken the whole family there before one of my sons have graduated from high school. Could not have asked for more. The service was great as was the food and we were out in plenty of time for the ceremony. The Penne Aglio is a must try!-- Thanks again!- Jane Smith

Thank Jane S
Moodus, Connecticut
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We went for lunch. Service was slow. Only two tables were occupied (we were one). Don't think it was the waitress, but the kitchen. The food, however, was good. In spite of the fact that it was mid-day, atmosphere was dark almost dismal - maybe it's where we sat - in the main room. The smaller rooms seemed to have... More 

Thank gtans2016
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We've been to this restaurant a number of times and find it a great place for families and casual dining. It is not fine dining but a very comfortable rustic environment with a gas fireplace for ambiance. We like the crunch of the thin crusted tomato and basil pizza. It' s a good size restaurant, so reservations aren't necessary. Within... More 

Thank HLitwins
East Haddam, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The worst food and the restaurant smells. If you go in summer, the A/C can't keep the place cool. Servers soaking wet with sweat.

Thank aross11
Essex, United States
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The food is definitely not as good as has been in the past. They call Zuppa de clams, 6 clams sitting in tomato sauce. small portion and not even close to being a "Soup"! I will say the service is excellent, the waitress is very attentive and the bartender knows how to mix a drink! Needs updating, looks very worn.

Thank Antonio R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haddam
  • Phone Number: (860) 873-8999

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