Buona Vita Rocks!

There’s a new place in town located on Minuteman Drive just southeast of 123rd and I 15 and it is quite terrific.

Our friends Nancy and Leo McIsaac took us out to celebrate a happy family event and we landed at Buona Vita. It is a place with comfortable and casual décor where the colors are muted and soothing and the sound control is so good that we were able to converse comfortably even after the dining room was filled to the brim.

We all opted for some house wine from their full service bar and then went right past the appetizers to the entrees. Buona Vita looked like a place that provided hearty servings and it definitely lived up to its look.

There are well more than two dozen different pasta dishes as well as interesting selections of beef, chicken, and seafood. Add to this ten different types of pizza and some mighty good sounding appetizers and salads, you will sure to be satisfied regardless of the size of your appetite.

Leo went for a sausage and pasta dish, while Tom selected the Chicken Parmesan.  Nancy had the Spaghette Polpette which was served as a huge mound of pasta and vegetables over a delicious looking mound of meatballs.

I decided to try the Fettuccini Vongole from the seafood section. It was huge, fantastic, and unique. The pasta was covered in a rich mixture of creamy white wine sauce with parsley and South African clams. I wolfed down every bit that I could and still brought enough home for another meal. My companions were able to do better than I could and judging from the cleanness of their plates, their selections were every bit as good as mine. 

Each of their entrees are served with interesting combinations of ingredients including lots of vegetables which usually don’t find their way to Italian dishes. For the future I have targeted the Sapore Fiero (lobster and crab in a creamy saffron sauce) and Gorgonzola Sacchete (a ravioli with this greatest of cheeses and marinara sauce with capers, olives, and basil).

I am also planning some lunches around their wonderful sounding appetizers. Grilled Eggplant with marinara and mozzarella, and Mussels Vaporetta are just two of their offerings I would love to share with friends. For the more traditional lunch treats, they offer a fantastic selection of Paninis and Wraps. These sound so good I can barely make my way through their descriptions. My fear is that I will find something I really love and never make my way down to the rest of these mouth watering combinations.

To top all this off, they have a great selection of desserts. Nancy thoroughly enjoyed her Canolli and had I had any appetite remaining, I would have opted for one of their Italian Sorbets. The flavors change regularly so they don’t even try to list them on the menu. Just ask for the selection and you will be hooked immediately.

Buona Vita is open from 11-10, Monday through Saturday.
Bring this article with you when you visit and receive $5 off your second entrée when you purchase another at regular price.

They are located at 12434 Minuteman Dr #200. Call ahead to order 801 571 9695.