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“Wonderful Italian Food Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of LIFeStyle

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Ranked #5 of 48 Restaurants in Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $55 - $55
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: AT OUR TRATTORIA...the food is traditional Italian. There is no menu, the service is casual and the price is fixed. Everyone is seated at the same table where five different courses are served. We begin dinner with an appetizer, followed by the first dish (pasta or risotto), second dish accompanied by a side (pork, beef, chicken, lamb, salmon... it depends on what we feel like cooking that night!!!), then we finish the meal with a delightful cheese plate including pairings, dessert and espresso. The dinner is perfectly complimented by a bottle of your favorite wine, which our guests are encouraged to bring. Although we do not provide the wine, we will happily make suggestions about what to bring to accompany that night's meal. We do not charge a corking fee. Every night is a unique and wonderful trip for the senses, showcasing the different flavors and traditions of Italy. The cost is $55.00 per person with service included. Our menu changes for each dinner, so please let us know when making your reservations if you have any questions or if you have any dietary restrictions that we should be aware of. Due to limited seating, reservations are required and we recommend making your arrangements several weeks in advance. In addition to our weekly Trattoria, LIFeSTYLE is available for your private events and parties any night of the week except Saturdays, which we reserve for our weekly dinner. For parties of ten or more, the price is $55 per person and we can accommodate up to twenty-two people per event. We generally serve a five course, fixed menu dinner as described above, but we are always willing to customize the meal to best suit your special event.
Harrisonburg, Virginia
2 reviews
“Wonderful Italian Food Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

LIFeSTYLE is an Italian store during the day that turns into a dining experience on Saturday nights and for private parties during the weeknights. I say experience because it is not like a normal dinner at a restaurant. The products are exchanged for place settings that are put on one or two tables down the center of the store. As separate groups file in for the 7:30 dinner, everyone takes a place and the meal is introduced by Stefano, the owner and chef. The trattoria dinner starts out with a primi piatti which is usually crostini. The evening I attended, we had a sausage and gorgonzola cheese crostini what was toasted, served warm and very tasty. The second course was a spicy broccoli pasta with olive oil. Stefano likes to use fresh ingredients and you could easily tell, it was light and well balanced.

For the main course, Stefano served a chicken thigh that had been sauteed and then baked with sauteed onions, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. The chicken was moist and the vegetables were both colorful and flavorful. The cheese plate was a fun addition to separate the main course and desert. Stefano comes out to explain the 3 cheeses that are served, where they are from and what they are made from along with the pairings that are served with them. Lastly, we were served desert which was a chocolate salami, a fudge type cake with cookies that I loved, and expresso.

As the dinner went on and the wine bottles were opened (it is a byob but Stefano suggests a wine that will compliment the meal) everyone gets to know each other and has a unique experience depending on the people that are there on that particular evening. LIFeSTYLE is a gem in a small town that is one place that I would highly recommend. Make sure you make a reservation in advance because the Saturday dinners usually fill up quick, with only 24 seats available.

  • Visited June 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

LiFeStyle Trattoria is a small Italian market by day, but on Friday and Saturdays, it is transformed into an intimate adult family-style restaurant. Authentic northern Italian food, moderately priced. The fact that it is BYOB ensures an evening of sharing bottles and stories. If you are lucky, the chef will be serving chocolate pepperoni for dessert

Visited June 2013
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Kissimmee
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2 reviews
“What an experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Dinner is cooked for you by an interesting chef/owner based on what he could find fresh at the market that day…..great concept. Bring your own wine. We had a great time interacting with the other customers.

Visited December 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“more for the experience than the food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

lifestyles is a unique place in bedford. i've been there several times. its really a specialty italian food store that converts to a one seating set menu italian restaurant for friday and saturday night. the owner is from milan and a good guy. don't expect to be blown away by the food. its certainly ok but nothing particularly special. $50 is pricey for bedford but comparable to bedford springs which is only average for food as well. the experience is fun with maybe 20 people in total and since you bring your own wine, the conversation tends to pick up as dinner progresses. expect at least 2 hours for the dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
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State College, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A little Italy in Bedford”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

We always try to come here when we are in Bedford on a Saturday night, but it takes planning ahead as the Saturday night dinner can book up several weeks in advance. This restaurant is an experience - 22 people sitting at one long table who start out as strangers and end the evening as friends. Stefano is charming as he explains each course and the ingriedients. The $50pp charge includes tip and it is byob - overall reasonable compared to the fine dining restaurants at Bedford Springs.

  • Visited January 2013
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