La Buona Vita is breathing new life into the La Grange gourmet restaurant experience by delivering authentic Italian food with fresh focus and seasonal flair. From homemade pasta made with fine-grade semolina flour to locally raised meats, Owner and Chef Terry Rempert’s seasonal menu features only the highest-quality ingredients, prepared with exacting standards and innovative techniques.
While our customers and staff alike have plenty of longtime favorites, Chef Terry prides himself on dreaming up new dishes and flavor profiles. Many of these creations–like Duck Breast Risotto, Markers Mark Marinated Smoked Scottish Salmon and Braised Pork Belly Sandwiches–have become seasonal specials that are classics in their own right.
Have special dietary needs? La Buona Vita is happy to accommodate you with a gluten-free menu and vegetarian fare, as well as modifications to the menu whenever possible.
Join us today for a transformative culinary experience at La Buona Vita.
House – Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Rose – $8 | $28
Chardonnay, Bread and Butter, Napa, California – $10 | $36
Butter, vanilla oak, and citrus on the pallet, with delicate notes of melon, lemon peel, and jasmine.
Chardonnay, Wildstock, Willamette Valley (Un-Oaked) – $12 | $42
Tropical notes of pineapple mingle with fresh peaches, nectarines, and lemon zest on the nose. The juicy, lightly mineral palate is balanced perfectly with tropical acidity and bright zest.
Moscato, Di Volpara, Italy – $10 | $36
Notes of white flowers. Pleasant, fresh, harmonious and sweet, with a great counterbalance for its sweetness and glyceric content.
Orvieto, Arcosesto, Italy – $11 | $42
Delicate and pleasant, with notes of fresh fruit and flowers. The pallet is refreshing, fragrant and persistent, with a hint of acidity and minerality.
Pinot Grigio, Avanti, Italy – $9 | $32
A crisp, dry wine with soft pear and melon flavors, and a fresh citrus aroma. In the mouth it is smooth and silky.
Riesling, Bex, Germany – $9 | $32
Aromas of orange blossom, lime and white grapefruit are followed by mouthwatering flavors of lime and mandarin orange, which finishes with mineral and citrus zest highlights
Rose, Lacrimarosa, Italy – $9 | $32
Lacrimarosa is a dry rosé wine made from 100% Aglianico grapes. The palate is fruity yet delicate bouquet of white peaches, honey, strawberries, raspberries, peonies, and currants. This is a complex wine that matches wonderfully with antipasti, risotto, pasta dishes with grilled vegetables, and white meats.
Sauvignon Blanc, Lobster Reef, New Zealand – $11 | $40
Aromatic and generous on the palate, the wine offers big tropical flavors, with hints of peach and apricot on the nose with underlying notes of citrus and herbs.
House – Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir – $8 | $28
Cabernet Sauvignon, Peirano Estates, California – $9 | $32
The aromas are a compendium of zesty black cherries, cola, and toasty cocoa. The first initial sip fills the mouth with sweet anise, black boysenberry, cherry, anise, molasses, and baked blackberry pie, while maintaining absolute dryness and firm, round, yet supple, tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Aviary, California – $11 | $40
Aviary Cabernet has aromas of dried plums, blackberry jam, cassis and cherry cola. The round palate features of dried plum, blueberry pie, dark chocolate, and a subtle tea leaf that lingers.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Light Horse, California – $12 | $42
A bouquet of cassis, espresso, mocha, black current and a touch of tobacco on the nose. Delectable flavors of berry and spices are supported by refreshing acidity and soft tannins.
Chianti Classico, Le Bocce DOCG, Italy – $12 | $42
It is rich in the bouquet, fruity with a touch of violets, blackberries and iris at maturity, with a distinctive vanilla aroma. The taste is dry and robust at first, becoming progressively gentler.
Chianti Riserva, Massimo Le Rote, DOCG, Italy – $14 | $50
Massimo has rich, chewy dark fruit and “wet” tannins, yet finishes dry and clean.
Malbec, Festivo, Mendoza, Argentina – $9 | $32
Bright notes of violets are present, along with ripe red fruit aromas. In the mouth it is supple and elegant with a long pleasurable finish.
Montepulciano, La Quercia, Abruzzo, Italy – $9 | $32
Dusty tannins mingle with flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and a hint of dark chocolate. Ending with an espresso and tobacco finish.
Pinot Noir, Leese-Fitch, California – $9 | $34
Dark, juicy berries on the approach are enriched by a tannic and smoky vanilla complexity on the mid palate coupled with a dry essence of braised pear. The finish is long with subtle hints of sun dried raisins; tannins persist.
Pinot Noir, A to Z, Oregon – $12 | $44
The mid-palate reveals ripe tannins and crisp acidity with a touch of minerality and spice (cinnamon, anise, saffron, sandalwood) lending greater complexity.
Red Blend, The Other Red, Californi – $9 | $32
Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, candied fruit and dried cranberries are complemented by spicy, toasty oak notes. Upon washing this liquid across the palate, a wave of sweet dried cherries, cranberry, and raspberries, with a hint of light toast, leads to a long, totally seductive, finish.
Red Blend, Whiplash, California – $10 | $34
Exudes aromas of strawberry, plum allspice and red apple. The palate is enticed with ripe fruit blended with chocolate notes that lead to fine tannins providing a velvety texture and a substantial mouthfeel.
Sangiovese, Bocelli, Italy – $11 | $40
The fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite and rhubarb compote. The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.
Super Tuscan, Carpineto “Dogajolo”, Italy – $10 | $36
Boasts of fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla and spice.
Zinfandel, Whiplash, California – $10 | $34
Exudes spicy raspberries in a dusty field of lavender and lilac. Opulence; an engulfing mouth feel of velvet cherries, rhubarb, brittle chocolate and finely crushed peppercorn.
Prosecco, Bocelli, Italy – Split $10
This Prosecco has subtle flower and fruit aromas that make the palate deliciously light and playful. It tickles the throat with a peachy softness, and is flecked with minerality.
Pierre Delize, Blanc de Blancs, France – Split $10
The nose is apple, apple and then, more apple, with a touch of lemon and slight whiff of baking bread. It tastes of fresh sweet apples, the core included, unsweetened 7up and just a hint of fresh baked bread with a little butter. The finish is soft and subtle with well balanced acidity
Garganega, Frizzante, Italy – $28
Garganega is best known as the white grape variety used to make Soave and Gambellara in Veneto, northern Italy. Monte Tondo’s lightly sparkling wine presents fresh, saline-driven aromas of Key lime juice,white peach flesh, and crushed rye berries. On the palate, crunchy suggestions of fresh celery, green almonds, and pear skin mingle with salty minerals and zippy acidity. Clean, zesty, oh-so-refreshing, and designed for immediate enjoyment, pair this with all forms of shellfish and seafood pastas.
Pinot Grigio, Riccardi, Italy – $36
A Bouquet that is fruity with peach, grapefruit, honey and almond notes. The pallet is fresh, savory, pleasant.
Sauvignon Blanc, Le Pianure, Italy – $30
Aromas with notes of grapefruit, lime, sage and green pepper. The palate has a pleasant degree of acidity.
Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi, Italy – $36
Thinking person’s Pinot Grigio. Refreshing citrus fruits, playful acidity, and complex minerality are the hallmarks of the varietal, and when well-made it is one of the best whites in the Mediterranean world.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Le Rote, DOCG, Tuscany – $38
This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.
Barbaresco, Castello Di Neive DOCG, Italy – $72
Aromas of red fruits and cassis are complemented by delicate hints of licorice, smoke and caramel. The tannins in this wine are central to the mouth feel, yet they are neither astringent nor tight.
Barbera, Piemonte, Italy – $34
A lively, medium bodied, juicy red wine with sweet sour cherries and a hint of tobacco.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Eagle Glen, Napa, California – $45
Notes of savory spices and dark chocolate play a supporting role as the wine’s initial flavors move across the palate and linger with remarkable length and complex finish.
Langhe Rosso, Trabuch DOC, Italy – $55
Intense and persistent bouquet with scents of gillyflower. Full-bodied wine with sweet and velvety tannins which makes it a unique wine.
Langhe Rosso, Gentilium DOC, Italy – $65
A clear and softly elegant bouquet with scent of liquorice touch the nose. On the palate an intense, dry and velvety mouth feel with vanilla aftertaste.
Merlot, Le Diacce, Italy – $36
Merlot from Podere Ciona is remarkably clear in style and tension, with stinging, bright red fruits, subtle smoky notes, and a firm-bodied lushness that befits exceptional Merlot.
Red Moscato, Sangue Di Giuda, Italy – $36
Vinous fruits of the forest Maresca on the nose which tastes sweet and full bodied, slightly tannic.
Montepulciano, Zauott, Abruzzo, Italy – $40
Full-bodied wine, dry and smooth with a lovely richness of flavor. Very well harmonized and balanced with the right degree of acidity and tannins.
Pinot Noir, 47 Friends, California – $42
The wine starts with a lovely nose. For the palate it offers delicacy, finesse, complexity and layers of fruit which provides an excellent mouthfeel and a long, balanced finish.
Primitivo, Primiero, Italy – $48
Intense and complex aromas typical of red fruits, ripe berries and plum jam, with clear hints of vanilla spice and toasted oak flavor in the final. This wine is full-bodied, harmonious and slightly tannic.
Valpolicella Classico, Guiseppe Lonardi, DOC, Italy – $42
Lush cranberry notes with chocolate that epitomizes the lovely characteristics of Corvina.
Amarone Della Valpolicello 2013, Italy | $130
Wine of a deep red color. Warm, attractive, slightly ‘plummy’ style, with quite a rounded, velvety palate. Slightly sweet with dryness on the finish. Amarone Valpolicella has lightened its character and is, nowadays, much more a wine of finesse. A surprisingly balanced wine in spite of its 15% alcohol. Made from late harvested, ripe grapes, which are then ‘raisined’ in drying rooms with further ageing in French oak barrels.
Barolo, Palladino DOCG 2007, Italy – $120
Dry, velvety and austere, with a bouquet of faded rose and violet.
Blanc de Noir, Sea Smoke Sea Spray 2011, California | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $110
The nuanced nose expresses aromas of lilies, fresh pastry and green fig. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length. The nuanced nose expresses cranberries, lavender, fresh bread and lemon curd. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgess 2012, Napa | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $92
Hits the palate with an exotic concoction of dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, licorice and lavender. Dark and imposing, the 2012 possesses superb richness, with plenty of Howell Mountain character and intensity.
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, E. Guigal 2007, France | 93 Pts. Wine Advocate | $98
On the nose you notice spice and mature red fruit. The palate feels round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruit.
Merlot, Avignonesi, Desiderio 2012, Italy | 91 Pts | $105
Desiderio displays fresh notes of forest fruits such as blueberry and raspberry, intertwined with hints of sweet spices and Mediterranean herbs. On the palate, it is long, soft and full-bodied with silky tannins and a persistent, fruity finish with a touch of dark chocolate.
Montepulciano, Avignonesi, Vino Noblie 2013, Italy | 91 Pts Wine Advocate | $75
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 is brick red in color, bursting with notes of bright, red fruits, dried violets and hints of savory spice. The taste is medium-bodied and balanced with luscious acidity and tart cherry flavors, complemented by a long savory finish.
Montepulciano, Avignonesi, Grandi Annate 2013, Italy | 92 Pts Wine Spectator | $135
The ample bouquet opens with scents of camellias and wild roses, followed by notes of black currant and red plums, and hints of eucalyptus and sandalwood. The Grandi Annate is well-balanced and round, with concentration and structure coming from the soil and elegance and finesse coming from the age of the vines. The tannins are firm but silky, and the fruity, elegant mid-palate leads towards a long finish reminiscent of cedar.
Red Blend, Avignonesi, Grifi Toscana IGT 2011, Italy | 95 Pts Tuscan Vine | $105
The 2011 is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet. Deep ruby with violet highlights at the rim, the 2011 displays intense aromas of violets, raspberries, red currants and sweet cherries with underlying hints of liquorice and cumin. Flavors follow the nose with added notes of leather and anise. The taste is warm and full-bodied with fine, long tannins and a long, spicy finish
Pinot Noir, Sea Smoke Southing 2012, California | 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $140
It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, cassis, subtle oak and a touch of rose petal to go with a medium-bodied, silky, elegant, yet still textured and sexy profile on the palate. Just a joy to drink
Pinot Noir, Gehricke 2013, Russian River, California | 91 Pts | $75
On the nose a pleasing medley of cherry aromas naturally scented with vanilla, allspice, pistachio and lush caramel. A medium-bodied blast of cherry flavors, balanced with light acidity, follows with a silky mouthfeel.