At 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening Buona Vita was already packed with families and groups of friends while newcomers were gathering at the entrance hoping for a table. The cozy atmosphere was lively and jovial with laughing, chatting friends and families joined together for dinner in the wooden-clad rustic Italian restaurant.
As a former server and bartender, it is always a priority to ask the staff their top choices from menu. Our server was eager to share her personal favorites as well as the most-ordered items. With a few dietary restrictions at the table she was above and beyond accommodating and flexible on what the options were (and there were plenty of fabulous options). We were offered two types of bread to begin, white or garlic baguette; it was a no-brainer to go with the garlic bread.
Based on the recommendations thrown our way, we ordered the mozzarella alla carroza with prosciutto to start. This dish is essentially a grilled caprese salad, the herbs and tomatoes with the addition of prosciutto were melded into a disc of ever so slightly crispy and definitely melty mozzarella. The salad course was skipped in our eagerness to dive into saucy delicious pastas, however, there was a wonderful variety to choose from in both full and half sizes.
The parade of pastas arrived, including straight-out-of-the-oven and still bubbling de carne lasagna, creamy carbonara, and meaty Bolognese with gluten-free rigatoni. The lasagna was exactly what you think of from an Italian restaurant: overly gooey and saucy with a meat-cheese-noodle ratio that was perfection. The pasta alla carbonara was creamy and rich with refreshing pops of peas and mushrooms. Lastly, the Bolognese had the slightest hint of sweetness as well as heat, and the beef and pork combination was very finely ground (which I adored). To further comment on the sociable atmosphere of Buona Vita, as our entrees were delivered, the table next door started a friendly dialogue of what we ordered, and which dishes they were looking forward to trying.
On the first round of entrée ordering, the wild mushroom ravioli was requested, but unfortunately the house ran out by the time we tried to get our forks on it. Need to try orders for next time: wild mushroom ravioli, buffalo meat ravioli, salmon piccata, any of the pizzas, and if we want to feel better about ourselves, a mista salad.
Throughout the meal, the Italian wine menu was taken advantage of. The menu offers a range of Italian reds and whites, as well as other domestic or international favorites. They also offer local Squatters and Wasatch brews as well as High West selections to accompany any meal.
After passing on dessert due to the feeling of complete fullness and all three entrees being boxed up for future leftover enjoyment, we were surprised by a plate of beautiful cannoli, fresh fruit, and whipped cream. In an act of pure bravery and willpower the cannoli and fruit were eaten. Dining at Buona Vita was a treat in itself; the wait staff more than accommodating and the guests all in good spirits enjoying delectable hearty Italian comfort foods.
Buona Vita Ristorante Italiano
804 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
Hours of Operation*:
Monday – Saturday: 5-10 p.m.
Sunday: 5-9 p.m.
*Subject to change for upcoming mud-season.