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To all of our wonderful customers! Welcome back! Based in the heart of East Hanningfield, close to Chelmsford in Essex, Vita Bella Italian Restaurant aims to provide guests with authentic Italian food within a friendly and inviting atmosphere. With a range of Italian dishes to choose from, from our array of menus, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy. All of our fresh produce is sourced from the local area, ensuring that your dish with be exceptionally delicious. Call today to book you table at Vita Bella Italian Restaurant. Please note that we are closed on all Monday Bank Holidays. Thank you for your custom! Please check our website for the: * YOUNG DINER POLICY * DRESS CODE
PRICE RANGE
₹528 - ₹3,170
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today via mobile

A perfect lunch with family to celebrate a birthday. Delicious food, superb setting and the most attentive staff. Truly a fabulous experience.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To celebrate my 70th birthday, my wife took me, our 2 daughters and our 2 sons-in-law to dinner at Vita Bella on 13th June. Very briefly, the atmosphere was excellent, the service was superb and the food was extraordinarily good. Thanks to everyone at Vita...Bella for making my birthday celebration so memorable. We will be back I'm sure.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many thanks again to the staff & management team for making my wife’s birthday complete. We are regular visitors and every visit has its special moments highly recommend a visit to the restaurant 👌👌👌

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment you walk in the door you are treated special by the front of house staff. From the car park attendant to the manager, Chip ( hope I have got that right) are all great. The choice of drinks is very good and...the food well, quality, presentation and portion sizes are excellent. We are back again in a few weeks for a business dinner and looking forward to it already , so much choice as well.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friends took me here as a birthday treat - wonderful experience as not just a meal in a restaurant. We were met in the car park and assisted with parking, shown to table and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The food was...excellent and portion size adequate. This is not an every day restaurant but somewhere you go for an occasion or just to treat yourself or your significant other. I would certainly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for a family birthday there was a big group of us The food was amazing massive sizes great taste and quality and temperature was all perfect Service was quick and professional nothing was too much to ask Will be back soon

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Returned to Vita Bella (our regular italian restaurant) but this time for the Harry Rednapp evening. First time attending one of these 'Black Tie' evening here, and had a fantastic night. The food as always was excellent and the service 1st class. The entertainment was...brilliant, a lovely singer, football memorabilia auction for charity and Harry Rednapp and Tony Cottie telling some great stories from their life. All in all a fantastic evening, superb food, excellent service and great entertainment, what more can you ask forMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing as always. My birthday choice of Vita Bella did not disappoint. Food is always wonderful, and the staff go above and beyond to make your visit a truly elegant dining experience. Thank you, Vita Bella, for a wonderful evening . See you soon

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have dined a few times before but have booked this venue to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday with friends as a surprise. I took my neighbour along to lift her spirits and to confirm my booking and details. It was an exceptional experience which...my friend absolutely loved - from being met at the car to the entrance and service at the meal we both enjoyed the visit and it lifted her spirits having recently lost her husband. The food was exceptional - as always - and so now I’m really looking forward to the surprise meal to celebrate husbands birthday with friends and familyMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 13 May 2024 via mobile

We chose Vita Bella for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we could not have been any happier. The staff from start to finish were absolutely superb. The food was amazing along with the service and we will definitely be going back to try some more...dishes. Thank you for making our evening so special. Please say thanks to all your great staff. Regards, Chris & Amanda 👍More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 11 May 2024

Our go too for special occasions. Best friend and share a birthday and this our our place celebrate. Attentive staff,Great food. Another birthday enjoyed.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 6 May 2024

So Love This Place,And A Very High Bar Has Been Set,We Had An Excellent Lunch,Fantastic Service,And Wonderful Staff,The Last Negative Review On Here Is Completely Wrong,Did This Customer,Take Their Issues Up With The Management At The Time?Probably Not,Might Be Best In Future,If You Stuck To...A Harvester Or A Miller&Carter Perhaps,Where They Basically Couldn't Give A Toss,Dont Come On Here Slagging Off An Absolutey First Class Restaurant With Your Negative Comments,Without First Talking To The Owner And Giving Him A Chance To Put Things Right,Stick To MacDonalds,FaceofRayleigh.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 May 2024

Given Vita Bella's reputation I was greatly looking forward to my first visit. Six of us went to celebrate my friend's promotion and the front of house staff remembered her from previous visits which was nice. They put a lot of effort into their service;...someone even walks you to your parking space in the small car park and we must have had 5 different waiters over the evening. I tend to order simple dishes the first time I go somewhere as they're the ones they can make with their eyes closed and are always good. The seafood starter was just that, fresh and flavourful. My steak was lovely and cooked well but unfortunately about 1/3 of it was just fat which I left on my plate. For the prices they charge I was expecting better. The same plain boiled vegetables which come with everything don't taste of much, so the steak sauces are essential. After two courses me and a friend chose to split a profiterole as the lightest option. The hazelnut flavour was good but the pistachio was non-existent. If it wasn't green you wouldn't have known what it was meant to be. They were also room temperature instead of chilled, which made the pastry a bit soggy and the whole thing a bit unpleasant. We didn't finish them. If I had been paying the bill myself I wouldn't have been happy and all in all I probably wouldn't go back. Such a shame after wanting to visit for so long.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Vita Bella, Owner at Vita Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2024

Beth, Reading through the lines your problem was the cost of the meal (even thou you haven’t paid for it). I have to feel sorry for you if you don’t understand the economics in the world we live in. For the price you pay for...More

Reviewed 26 April 2024 via mobile

I wish there was a “Good” between Average and Very Good in the ratings. The ambience, decor, service and friendliness of the staff are all worth five stars here and the prices charged reflect this. I have absolutely no problem with spending money on nice...things and that clearly includes dining out. We came with friends for Sunday lunch and they have been before in the evening for dinner. They made the reservation and we all had a nice experience. My three stars here is because the food I was served was not in the same league as other places we been and it was a little disappointing overall. Nothing was awful. Nothing warranted complaint. But none of it was any better than average as far as Sunday Lunches go. We’ve eaten nicer food in other places at lunchtime on Sundays. We are going to visit again in the coming weeks to sample the evening menu and I’m sure this will be well received. In closing I should mention the staff, and in particular the younger members of the team. It was a joy to watch them in action and go about their business efficiently and with a smile.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Vita Bella, Owner at Vita Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2024

You wrote and subsequently removed a similar Google review 🤔 You’re not sure about something in a restaurant, you let the establishment know and give them a chance to remediate. That if you really have a genuine concern. Anyway I’d prefer you to spend your...More

Reviewed 21 April 2024

I went for a celebration lunch with two friends who had big birthdays. We had a very warm welcome on arrival. Great choice on the menu, from which we opted for a main and dessert all of which came beautifully presented and tasting wonderful. Service...was impeccable at all times and the kind gift of chocolate and the dry ice display was very much appreciated by the birthday girls! We will be back again soon!! Thank you all.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Vita Bella, Owner at Vita Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2024

Dear Madame, Thank you for your visit and wonderful words! We are very grateful for your support and we shall always make sure you have a great time when visiting Vita Bella! Kind Regards

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smay132021
4 June 2024|
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Response from VitaBellaEssex | Property representative |
The A La Carte menu is indeed available at all times, 7 days a week. We look forward to seeing you soon! Kind Regards
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Ella C
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Response from VitaBellaEssex | Property representative |
Dear Madame, Thank you for your enquiry. Please feel free to dress smart, ladies do wear high heels etc, this is the place to be elegant ☺️
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Vita Bella is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5