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.
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