A Verdant New Italian Restaurant Has Opened In West Loop With Stunning Outdoor-Indoor Aesthetics

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A Verdant New Italian Restaurant Has Opened In West Loop With Stunning Outdoor-Indoor Aesthetics

Stunning interior design meets authentic Italian cuisine.

West Loop’s Bellemore space on Randolph Restaurant Row has been replaced by what looks to be a more-than-adequate successor.

Those who frequent the vibrant strip between Halsted and Ogden Avenue will now find Alla Vita – an exciting new Italian restaurant from Boka Restaurant Group sporting hanging greenery and encased in a breathtaking arched pergola interior.

Opened on Monday, September 13, the restaurant’s eye-catching setup courtesy of Kehoe Designs offers a stylish and celestial atmosphere in the dynamic neighborhood.

For many, however, the elegant indoor-outdoor aesthetics may not be the most prominent pulling factor. The restaurant, which translates as “to life” in Italian, offers an authentic Italian experience with a variety of delicious Italian cuisine from Chef Lee Wolen at modest, affordable price points.

Alla Vita’s menu is made up of an array of family-style dishes designed to be shared. There is a heavy emphasis on the traditional Italis including 5 pizzas ranging priced at around $20, 6 homemade pasta options ranging from $16-$22, and 4 Al Forno options such as a $28 lasagna, and a $39 whole sea bream. 7 antipasti options, 3 vegetarian options, 2 salads, and the restaurant’s featured item Alla Vita’s Chicken Parmigiana make up the rest of the current menu.

There will also be four mouthwatering desserts from Boka Restaurant’s pastry chef, Kim Mok, including a Tiramisu made from Vecchio Amaro del Capo, malted mascarpone, and coffee, whilst beverage director Kimberlee Beeler has assembled an extensive selection of excellent Italian wines.

Verdant interior and features like a wood-burning oven form a truly unique feel but there are in fact a number of striking characteristics at Alla Vita. Entering the restaurant, attendees will walk across hand-painted flowers decorating wooden floors throughout the venue. Looking up string lights hang overhead offering the feel of an Italian terrace whilst a huge wavelike sculpture sways delicately above.

Alla Vita is located at 564 West Randolph Street and is open seven days a week from 5 pm to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. More information and the full menu can be found here.

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