When Chuck Konner was 22 and residing briefly on St. Thomas, he noticed La Bella Vita, a 44-foot two-masted sailboat, glide majestically previous the island.
“It means the excellent lifetime, the great lifetime,” Konner states of the boat’s Italian identify. “And at any time considering that then, I’ve normally desired an Italian restaurant named La Bella Vita.”
Now, Konner and his associates — Mike DiSabato and Dana Heilman — have just that with La Bella Vita Kitchen and Bar in Orleans, which opened in June.
“It’s a blend of Italian from the north and south of the country,” DiSabato says of the delicacies. “We do the tomato sauces and the olive oil and cheese sauces. We get in touch with it Cape Cod Italian because we consider to combine community elements with dishes like clams linguine and cioppino (seafood stew).”
DiSabato handles La Bella Vita’s spirits and social media (labellavitaorleans.com, la_bella_vita_orleans on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/labellavitaorleans). He creates specialty cocktails day by day, together with a new Maple Pecan Previous Fashioned sells $20 bottles of limoncello selfmade with organic lemons and buys a vast range of wines that are provided for $20 every single on both of those La Bella Vita’s dine-in and takeout menus.
The menu also has a $60 dinner-for-two menu, as perfectly as concept evenings and pizza. Most entrees on the frequent menu operate in the lower to mid-$20 range.
The La Bella Vita crew shared a eyesight but could not have acknowledged it would get there on the troubled sea of a pandemic that has swamped numerous longtime eateries.
In 2019, the companions started off renovating the empty making that when housed The Academy Grille. Konner states amongst $600,000 and $700,000 went into the venture that associated gutting the room and introducing home windows to create a far more open up, airier primary eating space, along with a lesser, much more personal dining location in the back.
“We contact it the mafia dining area ’cause it’s tucked away out of sight,” Konner says with a chortle.
Connecting the two dining rooms is a bar with a door primary out to a front patio/deck.
“It (the patio) was supposed to be a lounge where men and women could go to and appreciate a cocktail though waiting for their table. Naturally, that did not happen,” DiSabato states, referring to state COVID-19 polices that closed bars and restricted gatherings.
That outside the house house proved a saving grace due to the fact it could be utilized alternatively for outdoors dining — which, with takeout, was all the state authorized in mid-June and which carries on to be well-liked now.
The companions experienced the deck outfitted with roll-up plastic home windows to give far better air circulation.
“We have sufficient area for all the tables, 7 tables, to be 10 feet apart. We have a propane heater on every desk additionally 3 larger (heaters) and it’s a fantastic matter simply because 70 to 80 per cent of men and women however want to try to eat outside the house,” DiSabato says.
The only disadvantage, DiSabato says, is that La Bella Vita’s propane bill operates $2,000 or so for each thirty day period.
With the state’s new polices limiting occupancy to 25 per cent of ability, Konner suggests La Bella Vita has 15 seats within and 15 outside. But the restaurateurs say they assist how Gov. Charlie Baker and his team are dealing with the pandemic.
“The community well being office has performed an incredible task,” Konner suggests. “I would have to applaud them.”
Limitations have been the mother of invention at La Bella Vita. On the eve of the original launch in March, Baker constrained dining places to take-out only.
“We did not want to open up a brand name new basic Italian cafe with just take-out only so we resolved to wait as long as we could afford to pay for to,” Konner states.
La Bella Vita opened June 8, the to start with day that the state allowed exterior eating. It continues to be open every day for indoor dining and takeout.
The 3 associates have labored in Cape dining places for many a long time. DiSabato took a path numerous do, starting as a dishwasher and working his way up by means of the ranks at numerous places in advance of turning into a bartender. Konner owns Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans and co-owns Grill 43 in Yarmouth Port. Heilman, who was not at the interview, owned various areas of Roo Bar dining places a 10 years ago, as well as becoming a co-operator at the previous Harry’s Blues Bar in Hyannis.
Konner and DiSabato expressed gratitude for the shoppers who support them, including a single loved ones that arrived back again a few nights in a row.
The restaurant’s social media reminds shoppers that La Bella Vita complies with all state tips, together with requiring masks and sanitizing tables amongst shoppers.
As La Bella Vita sails into the second 50 percent of its 1st 12 months, Konner advises guests: “Don’t be afraid of us or any cafe. We are carrying out almost everything we know of to preserve our consumers protected.”
La Bella Vita Kitchen area and Bar
2 Academy Travel, Orleans
Hrs: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. day-to-day