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The Barstool Fund - La Vita

Up next: La Vita (East Haddam, CT)

Discover the La Vita difference, where there is always a delicious meal to suit you. La Vita has a wide selection of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts to choose from, including daily specials. Everything is made from fresh ingredients.



Reader Email

Hey Barstool! 

I am reaching out about the opportunity to get help for our small Family owned restaurant! This year has been hard for everyone and we have absolutely seen a direct impact. My mother and stepfather started as an 8 table Italian family owned & operated restaurant over 21 years ago. Since then we’ve grown into a much larger establishment and my mother & I have been running it for the last several years. We are known for our delicious New Haven style pizza and I'm dying to get El Prez out here for a taste!! We are located directly across from the Goodspeed opera house in East Haddam, CT. The Goodspeed has been closed for the vast majority of the year and are planning on closing for most of next year already. They have been almost 75% of our dinner business in the past.

I’m writing to you as an avid Stoolie, and as part of a Mother-Daughter duo that is trying everything to stay afloat during this pandemic pleading for some help and sanity during this time. The money could help us immensely over the course of January and throughout the pandemic if possible. We still have employees on payroll, all of them either are family or have worked for us for an average of 10+ years. Our staff means the world to us and we need to continue to pay them as they’re having the hardest time of us all. We have a phenomenal patio for dining which was doing great while the weather was nice but we’ve seen a severe decrease in customers since the cold weather moved in. In the mean time we’re getting creative with our social media and our promotions, it just doesn’t seem to be enough.

My mother is a huge music fan and is always feeding the starving artists or local baseball teams, she was head of the little league snack shack for 18 years!!! Its not easy for my mother to ask for help when she’s usually the one giving it - so Im asking for her. Please help us stay afloat so we can continue to serve our community.

Please check us out on;

Facebook- LaVitaEastHaddam 

Instagram- LaVita9Main 

Website -

We’ve got a pizza with your name on it! Let us know if there is anything else we can do.

Thank you so much!

Alexina Hebert