Does anyone know the name of the restaurant that replaced Cafe Sante Fe and the cuisine?
It is reportedly good. Anyone been there?
The place is La Vita del Forno; it is essentially a carbon copy of the (also-good) La Vita, on Esplanade across from Lola's. Pretty straight-forward "Italian": salads, pizza, pasta, panini, calzones, etc., but feels slightly fancier than one would just expect from a pizza place. What differentiates the two, apparently, is the wood-burning oven in the new location (thus the "del Forno").
I'm right in the neighborhood so a couple friends and I went in for lunch on opening day, and would safely say that, like the one on Esplanade, it seems a better pick for a lunch date than for dinner. A good wine selection too.
For an appetizer we shared the flatbread (yum) and the olive plate (which comes out bathing in oil & vinegar). I went ahead ordered a pizza, which come in one size, roughly 12": perfect to split for two on a light lunch but I was hungry and have no qualms with leftovers. Mine was the Saint something or other--Dominic maybe?--with TASTY, salty proscuitto; fresh tomato; and a light garlic butter sauce, well-proportioned on a crisp crust. The oven definitely makes a difference.
Overall, yeah, try it.