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La Vita E Bella

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401 - 12 Av SE
Calgary, AB  T2G 1A5

(403) 264-6046

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September 10, 2013

We are officially open! Our chef Steven Dowdell has put together a new fall menu to go with our newly renovated dining room. Join us for lunch service from Monday - Friday 11:30am and dinner service 7 nights a week starting at 5:00pm.

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June 30, 2013

From OpenTable:

A fresh Calgary Italian restaurant, with a warm Italian atmosphere.

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February 22, 2013

A vibrant Italian restaurant located in the heart of revitalized Victoria Park. Situated in the historic Dafoe building, La Vita creates modern Italian in an inviting and sleek setting. With the inspiration of local and fresh ingredients La Vita s menu offers exceptional flavors to please your palate. With 76 seats spread over 3 rooms, we are an ideal choice to host celebrations, meetings and... more

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4.5 star rating
Superb Food
August 05, 2014

There were 6 of us and we all had different dishes which were all fantastic. A genuine Italian meal.

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4.5 star rating
Yum
June 24, 2014

We went here last night for the first time. It is located right beside the saddledome (convenient if you have an event there afterwards or otherwise live downtown). They have a patio and indoor seating. The food was superb (they make their pasta fresh everday). My spouse loved the drinks with bourbon. My wine was excellent. I did not love... more

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4.5 star rating
Another amazing meal
June 17, 2014

We went for dinner in June 13/14 to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was very quiet for a Friday night so we received the most attentive service. We each ordered an appy, aranchini and pol petite, both of which were HUGE and incredibly delicious! My husband had the risotto for his entree and I had the gnocchi and neither of... more

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4.5 star rating
Terrific Italian near Cowboy Casino and Stampede grounds
May 27, 2014

If you're in the mood for Italian, this is an excellent choice. I went with a group for a business lunch. We started with a variety of appetizers and all were good. I especially liked the arancini and caprese. The pastas were delicious and seemed freshly made. Our waiter was very good, too. He made recommendations and checked in with... more

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4.5 star rating
Excellent
March 11, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by my sister in law One word ! Excellent. Great meal, great service, amazing meal. You must try the meatballs ! Great value for the money. I would pay the same amount for meal in Medicine Hat for a chain restaurant and food not nearly as good as this place. Will definitely be back. Amazing !

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4.5 star rating
Friendliest service I've ever had
January 17, 2014

We stumbled upon this place by chance and are we ever happy we did. We didn't have a reservation so we were offered a spot at the bar an hour later. It smelled so good that we decided to wait. The staff were the friendliest ever, they made you feel like an old buddy and it all felt really genuine.... more

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4.5 star rating
Gnocchi and Lobster Soup were amazing
January 17, 2014

Went out to celebrate a birthday, staff was very personable & knowledgeable and food was great.
A little on the pricey side, but well worth it for a night out.

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4.5 star rating
Lobster Soup yep
January 08, 2014

the lobster soup was amazing. what more is there to say. Good portions of lobster, I went there for dinner and have been back 3 times since for lunch. Lovely lunch. each get a soup, comes with some fresh bread, and then we split an appy, crab cakes, the caprese salad is nice or a pasta/entree...
When we went for... more

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4.5 star rating
Has become a full-fledged Italian destination
December 07, 2013

We love the new detail and classic presentation of a warm and comfortable Italian
ambience! Service at the small(four seats) but intimate bar was perfect and very
accomodating. We started with signature beers---very nice Italian wine list, and
appropriate global selection.
Caprese was excellent. Millerighe veal and prosciutto superb and a high-light,
polpette stuffed beef balls and ricotta.... more

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4.5 star rating
Terrific Italian Food, Underrated, Excellent Staff
November 10, 2013

We have been to La Vita E Bella several times, the most recent last night. I believe it is underrated. The setting is very nice, sometimes all the brick and windows make me think it will be cold but last night was chilly and it was great. The staff was very very pleasant. Funny and helpful. The menu is new... more

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4.5 star rating
FAST service
September 25, 2013

A couple of girlfriends I went there for dinner after seeing Tony Robbins. The wine was fantastic and I quite enjoyed the risotto. I love the ambiance of the restaurant. Being so close to the BMO centre & Saddle Dom they must be well equipped for being fast. It might have been a bit too fast. I would have like... more

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4.5 star rating
Poor service today
September 11, 2013

Only open 4 days since the flood and took 2 hours to get main course. Told our fault because we did not look like we were in hurry

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4.5 star rating
Wonderful intimate night out
June 01, 2013

We actually had our wedding dinner in the private dining room! It was a tight fit for the 21 people we invited, but it worked very well. We had a choice of menus to provide our guests with, each with its own set price per person. Lots of variety, we went with a menu with 9 options for the main... more

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4.5 star rating
Not as good as the reviews I read
May 13, 2013

We were visiting in Calgary and read reviews on this place as we were also looking for a good gluten free menu. Of the 5 of us who went, 2 of us had decent food, and 2 okay, with the other meal sent back. The meal that was sent back was a chicken pasta, and after 2 bites, my daughter... more

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4.5 star rating
Delicious, exquisite, expensive
May 11, 2013

Having taken a look at their website prior to my visit, I knew I was in for a culinary treat. The food was well worth the price, because everything is prepared in-house and was very fresh. I was impressed with the wait staff and their extensive knowledge of the wine selection and pairings. We had the Tiramisu for dessert, which... more

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4.5 star rating
Scrumptious
April 22, 2013

This is a must to try when down in Calgary...it is located right next to Cow Boys Casino at the Stampede grounds. It was FANTASTIC to say the least....we ordered to start the caesar salad & bruscetta....OMG...best bruscetta I've ever had......Then for the main course my husband had the bison lasagna & I had the veal cannelloni...the past is outstanding,... more

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4.5 star rating
La Vita E Bella continues to prepare great food
April 15, 2013

Is there anywhere better close to the 'dome. Met at La Vita E Bella in advance of a Flames game, and treated very well again. I started off with a Velvet Fog while waiting for my friend to join. He ordered up a Caesar (boring). We started with Romaine Insulata (Caesar Salad), not boring, it was excellent, nice presentation, very... more

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4.5 star rating
Great atmosphere, delicious food
April 02, 2013

Loved it. It's a quaint restaurant with charm, fantastic food and great service. I can't wait to go again.

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4.5 star rating
We need more restaurants like this in The Warehouse District
March 30, 2013

Four adults and an 8-year old easily found several options from this menu (although the 8-year old was disappointed that there was no pizza). The most expensive item was around $30, and the cheapest pasta entrée was $16. The décor was warm and trendy, but the dining room seemed a bit crowded and very noisy. The dress code seemed pretty... more

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4.5 star rating
Best gourmet "dome" location
March 16, 2013

Be it Saddledome shows or Games, this is a great location for pre-activities
if you are looking for something much more than your pub-casino food fare!
Sure, parking is tough, but usually is with all Dome events, so you must reserve,
and must go early. Due to location, and demand, reservations are essential,
however, with a mixup in reservation times... more

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4.5 star rating
Check the Flames schedule
March 13, 2013

We had a lovely dinner for four people, excellent service, great food, wonderful ambience. The only downside was that we had to pay $10 for parking some distance away as it was on a Flames home game night. There is dedicated parking, but it was full. Worth a return visit, but will check the schedule first.

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4.5 star rating
Very unique and very tasty
February 09, 2013

Our family (2 adults and 3 children) enjoyed a wonderful evening at La Vita E Bella. The restaurant is located next to the Stampede Grounds in a renovated old house. The atmosphere was wonderful with quiet conversations and a home like feel. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing. Our server and the rest of the staff made... more

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4.5 star rating
Disappointing
January 14, 2013

We dined here last Friday night , arriving without a reservation. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly which we appreciated on a cold Calgary night. The atmosphere was very pleasant, as it has been since we dined in another restaurant in this location about 20 years ago. Our meal was very disappointing- I had a caesar salad that was... more

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4.5 star rating
Back again
January 04, 2013

Made a return trip to La Vita and it was equal to or better than my last visit in November. This time it was a boys out night, just me and my Dad before a Hitman game. It was a Wednesday night, just after New Year's so the restaurant was not very busy, which was perfect. My Dad can be... more

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4.5 star rating
A Beautiful Evening with Friends
December 07, 2012

We had a fabulous Holiday dinner with customers and colleagues here. Everyone loved their meals. We had antipasto to start, salads, and the steaks were great.
The service was top notch and everyone had a great evening. Exactly what we were looking for, especially in their private room.

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4.5 star rating
The best Italian food and the best service in a small, classy resturant
November 25, 2012

Great Italian food and better service. Right next to the Stampede Casino. High end, just a step below formal dinning. Great atmosphere for a date.

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4.5 star rating
Great meal before the show
November 19, 2012

Four of us arrived at La Vita Bella before a concert at the Saddledome (walking distance). The atmosphere is excellent, cosy, comfortable and feels like home. We started with the bruschetta which was excellent. The veal was very good, however the Gnocchi was excellent. Great selection of specialty coffees for after dinner treat. Service was attentive and wine selection, both... more

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4.5 star rating
A great place for fine Italian cuisine
September 23, 2012

You wouldn't think it too much about it from the outside - the restaurant is in an old-style, near-downtown brick building - but this eatery is something special inside, with style, a beautifully appointed interior, a cozy terrace and food that is brilliant. Plus, there's a wine selection that's more than impressive. Italian food doesn't get much better than this... more

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4.5 star rating
A wonderful choice & offers gluten-free options
August 11, 2012

Delicious food & excellent service! They offer gluten free choices, and their spaghetti puttanesca is fantastic! They offer a nice selection of wines, and have indoor or outdoor seating in the summer. A very enjoyable place to spend your lunch or evening!

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4.5 star rating
Great atmosphere but food could be frozen entree
July 27, 2012

I went to eat Friday night with a party of three others. I was initallly quite impressed with the space. The restaurant is quite beautiful and we sat on the patio which was also impressive. The issue was really with the food. The pasta itself was no better than anything you find at a supermarket. All our dishes were bland... more

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4.5 star rating
Great Location
July 15, 2012

This restaurant is very near the Stampede Grounds and is in an old building made up of small dining rooms with an outside terrace. It is expensive but well worth it. The food is very good although the menu does not change very often. Good wine list with lots by the glass. Staff are excellent. Need to book on most... more

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4.5 star rating
Has potential would like to try again
July 14, 2012

We travelled to Calgary during the 2012 Calgary Stampede and made a reservation ahead of time at this restaurant using OpenTable (online). We were running about 15 minutes behind so I called the restaurant and they were accommodating. We arrived about 5:30pm and had a patio table for two on the upstairs level - thought that was kinda neat! It... more

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4.5 star rating
For Lasagna Lovers
July 11, 2012

You must try the lasagna! The service was great, even with the Stampede going on. Our waitress was excellent, the staff so friendly, very family style, the outdoor patio was nice, and the food was fantastic.

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4.5 star rating
Food Ok .. portions small
December 21, 2011

The atmosphere is nice. We went here for my husbands xmas party and the food was ok. I have definitely had better Italian. We only got one small scallop each for the appitizer and it said jumbo scallops. We found the portions very small such as 1 potaote slice with the steak dinner . They must have made at least... more

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4.5 star rating
Freshly delicious
September 11, 2011

We made reservations (highly recommended!) for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed the experience immensely. Service was attentive, but unobtrusive; food delicious, fresh and correct temperature; and outdoor ambiance was perfect. Seafood and pasta were cooked to perfection.

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4.5 star rating
Great food, great location. I'll go back
July 29, 2011

I tried their risotto and it was fabulous. Located walking distance to the saddle dome, and casino, it is worth the little extra price.

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4.5 star rating
Life is beautiful at La Vita Bella
April 24, 2011

We took friends out for dinner for their anniversary and could not have been happier. The fresh pasta was a hit as well as the huge meatballs but the best was the tiramisu cheesecake which we will be back for again and again. Service was outstanding. The prices were perfect we thought the evening should have cost us more than... more

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4.5 star rating
Would return just for the soup
December 29, 2010

My wife and I tried this restaurant on a one-night trip to Calgary, based on an Internet search. The Open-Table reservation system worked very well from my iPhone and was able to accommodate a change in plans that saw us arrive early. Parking was a bit confusing as we were looking for the lot in a snowstorm but once found,... more

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4.5 star rating
Great little-known Italian joint
March 31, 2009

Great menu, great dishes and reasonable prices.
Have yet to be dissappointed in my many frequent return visits.
Often booked up lunches and dinners especially before Flames games

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4.5 star rating
Simply Awesome
February 15, 2009

An excellent dining experience! The food was awesome and the service even better.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was elegant but the service staff were in no way pretentious. They made us feel right at home the moment we arrived. Our dinner was presented so beautifully and the food was just amazing. The portions were perfect, not too much and... more

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4.5 star rating
A Cozy and Elegant Dining Experience...Well be back
September 20, 2008

What a lovely surprise of a restaurant located just beside the new Stampede Casino. A friend and I decided to check out this quaint little Itallian restaurant after reading a few newspaper reviews. Naturally we had to try the calamari and meatball dishes as appetizers and they didnt disappoint. They were a great way to begin our meal with a fantastic glass of wine that our pleasant and... more

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Business Description from the Web
English
July 30, 2014

Upscale bistro serving modern Italian cuisine: lasagna with bison, proscuitto and bacon bolognese; ricotta gnocchi; and rib eye served with sun-dried tomato puree. Convenient location just north of the Stampede grounds. Meeting rooms available. Entrees: $$$

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October 20, 2013

A divine Italian bistro located in the historic Dafoe building, La Vita creates modern Italian fare in an inviting and sleek setting. Situated just steps from the Olympic Saddledome, Calgary Roundup Center and new Stampede Casino, we are at the heart of Victoria Crossing's revitalization.

With tables spread over 3 rooms, we are an ideal choice to host celebrations, meetings and functions in... more

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February 22, 2010

La Vita E Bella is a Italian, Tapas, and Small plates restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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