Restaurant Week Part 4: La Bella Vita

by TruexCullins, May 17, 2012

Each day this week we are presenting a recently completed project from our portfolio of restaurants and bars. Today’s special is a new Italian restaurant that opened just last year. La Bella Vita is located at the Samoset Resort on the edge of Penobscot Bay on the Maine coast and features an authentic antipasto bar, a wood-fired oven and a marketplace for Italian specialty foods.

This new restaurant has a strong connection to the ocean. The sound of the sea combines with the aroma of the Italian cooking for an engaging sensory experience as soon as you enter the space.

We incorporated a variety of lounge and sitting areas, including fireside seating, a communal table, and club chairs overlooking the ocean. Exposed wood columns and beams throughout the space frame a series of views, both internally and to the ocean beyond. Interior finishes and materials reflect those commonly found in domestic Italian kitchens, such as marble, wood, and iron. And the color palate of the interior and patterns of the carpets and fabrics are derived from both the food and the rich Italian history.

La Bella Vita is located at the Samoset Resort, just south of Camden, Maine. To view menus or make a reservation, visit


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