Was in Cologne for the Christmas markets and didn't know the entire city shut down at 2pm on Christmas eve. Found a couple restaurants open and on the way to one, saw La Vita which looked very welcoming. When we arrived there were perhaps three other tables full, but within 30 minutes the entire place was full.
First impression was very positive, staff friendly and speaking Italian, comfortable seating and good bread. Service was initially very attentive and prompt, in fact our appetizer (calamari) came out perhaps too quickly, a couple minutes after we ordered it. It was actually quite nice, lightly breaded and cooked perfectly. Wine list was very expensive, but did manage to find a decent Valpolicella for about 50 euro which is a bit overpriced.
OK, so far so good, but then came the wait for the main course. My wife ordered a truffle pasta and I ordered a filet. (Keep in mind we were perhaps the second table to place our dinner order) We waited, and waited and waited, a total of an hour and fifteen minutes. The only thing that kept us there was that no one else was getting food either, and besides, no other restaurants were open. After all that wait, my wife got a relatively bland pasta dish and I got an amuse bouche sized portion. OK, not quite that small, but i received about 80 grams of beef, exactly three small brussels sprouts and one fingerling potato cut in half. Interestingly enough, it was actually rather tasty.
What was interesting is that while my wife and I were served, we saw people all around us who hadn't so much as had a waiter refill their water glasses for at least an hour. The couple next to us didn't get their main courses until two hours after being seated and when the plates arrived, they didn't have cutlery and the woman's dish was entirely incorrect, beef instead of pasta.
Finally we decided to order dessert with dessert wine. My wife ordered a port and I a muscat. Ten minutes later the waiter came back and asked what my wife had ordered. Five minutes later he came back and asked "white or red". Now I know technically there are white ports, but I would imagine that when someone orders a port, they mean the red kind, besides they only had one on the menu.
Unless they replace the management, I would not recommend this restaurant.
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