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“Reasonable food, bland environment”
Review of La Vita

La Vita
Ranked #125 of 2,428 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $59
Cuisines: Italian, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: City Centre
Kippford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Reasonable food, bland environment”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I'm not a huge fan of Italian food - there's only so many things you can do with tomatoes and pasta, however I remain open-minded when I do rarely visit an Italian.

The décor and atmosphere of La Vita is mediocre, almost restaurant-chain style. There's nothing interesting in the layout or styling. The staff were cheerful and pleasant at all times; service was also efficient and courteous.

The menu is vast -- we counted just under 100 items, not including sides. I always find this slightly daunting and equally suspicious as there is no way a chef can be the master of all these variations to a high quality. I would far rather have a restricted menu of high quality food than every variety of pasta shapes mixed with tomato or cream sauces. I could have been sitting in any Italian chain-restaurant at this point.

In all fairness the food was very good. The bruschetta starter was the best I had tasted. In essence it is toast and tomatoes with garlic and oil, however the tomatoes were very fresh and the balance of garlic and oil perfect.

The pizza was equally pleasant, as was the carbonara -- the food was above average. If I had once criticism of the food, I would say the portions are enormous. The carbonara could easily serve two. The next table ordered chips as a side, and again it was a mountain of chunky fried potato.

Overall a nice food experience but nothing that would differentiate it from any other typical Italian. There are several nicer, small Italians near-by.

  • Visited February 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“La Vita leaves you smiling...”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Dearly Beloved was hungry and the lady in front of us in the queue for the till at Debenhams on hearing our conversation recommended La Vita having just tucked into the pasta there half an hour earlier. Tripadvisor has a new competitor in Glasgow@ Queueadvisor! The recommendation was a good one. This award winning bistro style restaurant was rammed! We chose from the lunch deal and a three course was under £10 each. Tables are close together and its like a busy bistro in Rome- authentic, noisy,italian- scottish service- which was stylish and with great humour. Then back into the crowds shopping in Buchanan street and listening to the buskers- a fantastic Saturday made so by La Vita! True to its name.A must lunch stop for hungry shoppers.

  • Visited February 2013
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scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Nice food, pleasant atmosphere”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Both my partner an I have dined here on numerous occasions, we had the "jimmy style" which is half pizza n half pasta, and as before received great tasty food, delivered by friendly and profesional staff.

  • Visited February 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Bland”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Dined here on the lunch menu. Was seated on the 2nd floor at a table which constantly had waiters walking past and bumping into the chair when seating other guests as well as several staff hovering behind my seat as there wasnt space for them to go through as more than one at a time. Dirty dishes left directly next to where i was seated. 2 courses for 8.95 is a good deal however avoid the macaroni as its very bland! Similiar to that out of a tin?! With so many italians to choose from in glasgow id think twice before going again!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Just ok”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Went here on a 5pm.co deal which was 3 courses with glass of prosecco or sangria for £13.95, as meeting a couple of friends.
Used to come here regularly up until a couple of years ago for work mate reunions, however the last couple of times the food wasn't great and the colas were watered down really badly. However, One of the girls in our group had been recently and had no complaints.
At a quick glance the 5pm set menu looked plentiful, but on inspection when we got there, a lot of the chioce was vegetarian, there was only one dish including chicken which was wings. There was a chioce of meatballs, but unfortunately on a pizza. There was lasagne and spagetti bol. My friend had beef stew in rice which she said was a bit tasteless.
Two of us had lasagne, which was nothing special, and was similar to a good supermarket ready meal. Luckily the starters were lovely as was the desserts and coffee's.
We did contemplate just getting something of the main menu and we wished we had.
Sorry, but 5pm menu was pretty poor for chioce and i dont think any of us will be rushing back soon, judging on the mains we had.

  • Visited February 2013
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