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3.5
  • Food4
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  • Value3.5
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  • Reviews53

Vita Bella Ristorante

4544 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5C2K4
Tel: (604) 298-4464
Fax: (604) 298-4485
Neighbourhood: Burnaby Heights
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • New and beautiful, casual upscale Italian restaurant centrally located in the Vancouver Heights area.

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A 5 star place in a 3 star area
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 3:52am [Dine in]

this place has been many restaurants over the years,but i think this is the one to keep.
The attentive chef comes out from the kitchen to see how everything is.

Being italian,the food is very important to me.

It shone like a diamond.
An awesome place for casual dinner,first date,or kindling the spark.
Highly recommended.

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Great Experience
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place in the early evening on a Saturday. It was a little hidden away, and the rear parking was a little tricky to find. Outside looks a little run down, but it was beautiful on the inside.

Food - Outstanding. I sampled the linguini and my significant other had the chicken breast special. Both dishes were incredibly tasty and presented very nicely.

Service - Since we dined earlier on in the evening, we were the only table being serviced by our waiter. He was friendly, attentive and courteous.

Ambiance - As mentioned, a little run down on the outside, but quaint and lovely on the inside.

Great food and good service. Recommended.

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enjoyable dinner
By marymac of Delta, BC (145 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

We were looking for decent Italian in East Van/Burnaby area, for step-daughter's birthday. Checked with DineHere.ca and noticed lots of positive reviews for this fairly new place.

Service was great...friendly and attentive. The food was VERY good. I had the fish special (sturgeon), my husband had salmon, step-daughter and her husband had pasta. Food was arranged attractively, arriving promptly and hot.

Obviously a popular spot with locals - by 9:00 on Friday evening, all tables were filled. The only niggling comment I would make was that it was very loud....tile floors echoed every sound.

We would make the trip into Burnaby to go again. Next time, I have to find out which dish going by was wafting that gorgeous, seductive garlic...!

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another NB Gem!!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

wow, was here last weekend for a group dinner. There were two groups of twenty simultaneous but the service was amazing..Kudos to Leo and Val for hiring REAL wait staff with experience..it sure shows. The food was amazing!! if you go you must try their Smoked duck linguine (actually more like spaghetti a la chittara, square spaghetti made from durum wheat)
the flavour is both subtle and bold at the same time..wonderful and a huge portion that two could easily split. The other pasta of note is the penne a la salmone fumicatto (smoked salmon penne) which the owner smokes himself. For mains I recommend the marscarpone stuffed trout, I am not a trout fan but this dish was delicious! Prices are about what you'd pay for entrees and appys at earls et al but of much better quality and portion. Oh forgot to mention the appys, the Italian way..which is to say platters rather than individual plates (which they also have). The seafood misto salad was great as well as the assorted (sotto olio) vegetable platter. All in all a great slightly upscale dining experience worthy of your time and money. You won't be disappointed.

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Great Italian Food
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

For many years we have gone to Darios for Italian Food and still consider it a very outstansing restaurant. Last week we went to Cioppinos in Yaletown which is also very good. Vita Bella is better than both of these restaurants and is 1/3 less expensive then Cioppinos. A great place to go and our only comment is that some money should be spent to update the restaurant as it is looking a little tired. The staff make Dinner like getting invited to their homes and we will return

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Nice Smoked Duck
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Ambiance is nice, but the restaurant is echo-y and loud. The front of house staff there seem genuinely friendly and warm, from the hostess, to busser to our server (who had a great smile, and great hair!)

Food: Had the Vita Bella roasted veggie salad to start and that was thoughtfully presented and contained nice smoky flavors. The Linguine Fumate (with the Smoked Duck) was a bit too rich for my taste. The smoke duck was cured and smoked, and it was very tender and tasty. I didn't like the sundried tomato, truffle oil, dried wild mushroom sauce as much. It didn't wow me this dish; however, the portion was generous and for what you get, it's well worth the price of $18.

I was too full for dessert, and would have liked to try their gelatos or sorbetos but I was too full, sadly enough. As I spied on other patrons dishes zipping by, I noticed a trend towards elegant presentations and generous portions.

Worth checking out, if you're in the area.

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Bitter Lobster Bisque
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Was here on Valentine's Day for a nice evening out with my girlfriend. Presented before us, courtesy of the owner/hostess, was a mandatory 50.00 per person 3 course "Valentine's Day" menu. I looked around the place, sighed deeply in my mind, and said to myself, OK - they food better be good as the reviews here have claimed.

After we recieved our first courses, my girlfriend and I noticed a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste in the lobster bisque, which looked unappetizing to start with (so much for eating with your eyes). With the prices we were paying, I naturally asked for the attention of our server, who looked at me as if I didn't know what I was talking about - "That's the way lobster bisque is supposed to be actually...you've never had lobster bisque before?".
Motor-oil is bitter too, so what his point was I'm not so sure. Bisque, or any kind of edible soup, is NOT supposed to be bitter.
Anyhow, he exchanged the soup for a Calabrese salad without any hesitation, which turned out to be fine. Still, as a customer who is paying 50 dollars per head, I shouldn't have to deal with that. So a real disappointing start to the meal.

The rest of the meal turned out fine, the lamb rack and venison were tender and quite tasty. However, with that bitter bisque at the back of my mind, I can't help but feel I grossly overpaid for a very non-Italian meal due to the restaurant's Valentine's Day marketing scheme. Will I be back? I'm not so sure since I didn't get a chance to look at their regular menu.

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My idea of comfort food
By mapia of Port Moody, Greater Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

The food here is outstanding! We started with the tomato/bocconcini salad and smoked duck salad. Although the price was high for salads, they were fabulous. The DUCK was AMAZING and I will definately be trying the smoked duck pasta next time I go. For main, we had the avocado/salmon pasta and the sausage/sundried tomato pasta. Again, they were outstanding, and the portions generous. Wine list is extensive. This place is a gem, but don't be expecting amazing decor - if anything, it needs a new take on interior design!

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Was just OK
By Binky of Coquitlam (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

After reading the review below, my friend and I decided to give this place a try last night. We arrived at 5:00 and were the first ones. They have a 4:30 - 6:30 pm $21.95 special during the week for soup or salad, pasta (only) entree and dessert. Hmmm sounds pretty good. We both ordered the ceasar salad (was asiago cheese - too strongly flavoured) good amount of anchovy (whew). That was ok. I ordered the fettucine with chicken, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes. The artichokes were the pickled kind which kind of made it a weird choice in the cream sauce. The chicken was in slices and didn't have that much flavour. My friend ordered the pasta carbonara which she said was good. I tasted it and it didn't appeal to me. Both dishes though do have fresh pasta which was nice. We were offered a choice of cheesecakes and we both chose the pomegranite/berry one, but then the waitress came back and said they were out of it. Instead we both chose the limonetta cheesecake and it was nicely presented although a little too sweet for my taste. Very friendly waitress who gave good service. There were only 2 other tables filled when we left an hour later. Might go back and order something else in the future.

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not disappointed
By samel of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

My wife noticed this restaurant wanted to try. I read the prior reviews and agreed. I ordered the smoked duck linguine which was definitely worth the price. We shared some mussels for appretizer. They were small but made up in quantity. Will come back for sure.

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wonderful evening
By pearlstar of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

my friend and i discovered vita bella last week.everything on their menu sounded amazing.it took us a while to decide! they also had wonderful daily specials that added to our tough decision.i finally chose the stuffed chicken breast special and my friend had linguini with prawns and scallops. both of our meals were delicious and the price was just right.this is my new favourite italian restaurant in burnaby ! i'll recommend this restaurant to all.

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A memorable meal
By victual of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

A recent food and wine pairing event at Vita Bella re-confirmed it as a truly favored spot. The menu proved exquisitely delectable- as pleasing to the eye as it was to the palate. The chef’s obvious love of food and innate understanding of taste combinations resulted in superb dishes, each presented without a hint of pretentiousness.
The 5 well executed courses ranged, from subtly delicate creations, to bold complexities of sweet and savory taste combinations that lingered on the tongue long after the last bite and included wine pairings from acclaimed world vintners such as, Hess, Leyda, and Marques de Caceres.

A few of the highlights were:

-Chef Leo’s pillow-y, cloudlike Gorgonzola Gnudi arrived floating atop a pale green circle of fresh basil puree, perfectly counterbalanced by the salty tang of the black olive tapenade, all making for an amazingly satisfying dish.

- His pan seared Ostrich with sun dried cherry Madeira demi-glaze was skillfully prepared and melt in your mouth tender. Rich sun dried cherry Madeira, a perfect marriage with the ostrich and well complimented by the beautifully roasted Yukon gold potato and stuffed zucchini round, brimming with tasty micro diced ingredients.
...An absolutely spectacular dish, period.

-Another outstanding dish was his grilled Venison with pomegranate cabernet reduction. The wonderfully succulent venison benefited the addition of the pomegranate juice which played up the medieval aspects of the dish, heightening the depth of flavors. The sweet and savoury notes really came through in the reduction, taming any gaminess one might otherwise have noticed. The Truffle mushroom polenta was a nice accompaniment, as it stood up well against the venison and reduction and the corn, tomato, pine nut Caponata brought a nice bright counterpoint to the weight of all the other ingredients- resulting in a superb, well balanced dish.

The evening concluded with a passion fruit tart with fresh fig, mascarpone and white chocolate huddled beneath a crown of pulled sugar.
Sublime....

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Worth returning for
By FeliciaKeyes of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

After deciding to go for dinner at an Italian restaurant, we chose Vita Bella partly because of location and partly based on feedback here. We weren't disappointed. The food was excellent from appetizer to dessert (best Tiramisu I've had in metro Vancouver) and the service was very good. The Gnocchi alla Contadina was a stand out and the Penne dell Zio, served with a light cream sauce, was not overly rich.

It was a pleasure to dine here and we will be back

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another great dinner at this restaurant
By RLG of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

after not having been here for months, the waiter Bill remembered what we ordered last time and what table we sat at. We were very impressed and will be going back again soon with a bunch of friends. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Excellent Italian Restaurant.
By casale of vancouver east (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:03am [Dine in]

My wife and I were here for the first time on Saturday, I had the night special (Venison with pomegranate cabernet reduction $ 24.00), she had the veal scaloppini with Cinzano sauce $ 18.00.
They were both amazing, the sauce for de venison was divine the veal was nice and tender (my wife didn’t need the knife at all). The server was very knowledgeable and recommended a wine that went beautifully with both dishes. This is my new favorite Italian restaurant, the prices are very reasonable and quality is excellent. We will be back a lot.

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Excellent
By cager of White Rock (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We have been to Vita Bella a number of times now with family and friends and have had excellent meals on every occasion. We really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the experience has always been very good. The food is excellent and we will definitely keep coming back! Thanks

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Authentic Italian Cucina
By cathyd of Nanaimo (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Last night was the third time going to Vita Bella because the first two times were fantastic. The quality of the pasta was incredible compared to what I have tasted in other restaurants in the area. Our server Joe was very attentive and prompt. I had the caprese salad twice and the caesar last night - both excellent therefore hard to decide which to have. And the tiramisu - I cannot compare it to anything else:) The decor is simple elegance.Knowing the chef actually tiled the floor himself, manufactured the bar and put in the granite makes my jaw drop. Talented in AND out of the kitchen!!

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Oustanding.
By rainman_104 of Cloverdale (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 8, 2006 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

If you consider Italian food nothing more than simple pasta and sauce, and consider value as a function of quantity instead of quality, then you're better off at Antone's. This place makes excellent Italian food for a reasonable price. I recommend the veal marsalla. The lamb is also to die for. His Zambuka salmon is pretty darned good too.

The chef / owner was the chef / part owner of Amici in West Vancouver which has received positive reviews.

He also teaches at one of Vancouver's cullinary institutes.

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Best Pasta in Burnaby
By lovefood of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 5, 2006 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

New restaurant, excellent service, and delicious pasta! It's a bistro look with a casual dining experience. The chef and owner smoke his own duck. I had the duck and linguine, and it was the best pasta I ever had. This place doesn't have line ups yet but I'm soon that will soon change. It was price right! The salade is not the hot ticket, but the pasta will have you back for more. Compliments to Leo!

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Rude to Children - and not the Pear Tree
By dvlastor of Burnaby Heights (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I guess they want to be the Pear Tree -- maybe a pulpy granny-smith. The touted sausage is tasteless. The fish is dry. The spinach salad is OK, but the crispy – well it was really bacon -- was odd. The buns were warm … much warmer than the service.

When I walked in with my wife and 3 year old daughter (North Burnaby is a family place) we were greeted with a sneer about not having a booster seat -- should have known it was a warning.

We were ignored while the other tables got the flourish of napkins. The decor was a painful attempt at a wanna-be Martha doing Fab Five. I wanted to leave. My wife is more polite. You’d think they’d be friendly in the first week!

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