As any Italian food snob will tell you, it's very hard to find authentic home-spun Italian cuisine this side of Sicily. Thus extra kudos must go to La Vita é Bella for trying and largely succeeding in a difficult field. The pizza margherita is a good yardstick, though the vongole (clams), desserts and coffee are also spot on.

As in all good Italian restaurants, the owners mingle seamlessly with the clientele with plenty of handshakes and good humor.