A few months back, I bought an Eversave coupon for Buona Vita in Arlington - and last week, Z and I finally had a chance to use it.
I'd heard a lot of great things about Buona Vita, despite it's unimpressive exterior and tiny dining space (the restaurant only has about 12 tables). But the biggest thing I heard about was their authentic Italian fare - so I was excited to check it out.
We started with fresh bread, served with quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar (a fantastic combination).
|Don't mind Z's fingers in this photo...|
I wanted to just relax and enjoy the meal without writing every little thing down, so unfortunately, I don't have the actual names and prices for these dishes. I fail as a blogger.
The appetizer we split was asparagus served with cheesy polenta and a balsamic drizzle. This dish was simple, yet wonderfully flavorful, and the asparagus was cooked to "snappy" perfection.
For my entree, I went with the seasonal ravioli - which changed my life forever. It was fig ravioli with gorgonzola cream sauce (and more balsamic). Unreal. Besides how innovative this dish is, the flavor was also spot on, and the combination of the sweet fig with the salty cheese was borderline magical.
Z went for the gnocchi for his entree, with obviously-homemade marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella and basil.
I can't say for sure, but both of our pastas tasted like they were made right at the restaurant. Everything was incredibly fresh, authentic and full of flavor.
Our Italian waiter was also welcoming, knowledgeable about the menu (he even made some recommendations for vegetarians) and attentive. The prices were also very reasonable - our Eversave voucher covered just about all of the food - and, as a bonus, Buona Vita gave every patron that night a $25 gift certificate for their return visit. We'll definitely be returning!
What's your favorite restaurant in Boston to get authentic Italian food?