La Vita Mia


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  • Owners: Gaetano “Danny” & Lisa DeSimone
  • Full address: 38 Hamilton Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (12 miles north of Boston)
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  • Opened: May 1998
  • Type of food/restaurant: Italian
  • Service hours: Tues-Wed: 4:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Thurs: 4:00pm – 10:00pm Fri: 4:00pm – 1:00am
  • Sat: 11:30am – 1:00am Sun-Mon: Closed
  • Restaurant size: 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Front of house size: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Back of house size: 1,000 sq. ft.
  • No. of seats: 90
  • No. of employees: 15 part-time / 3 full-time
  • Liquor license
  • Lease


  • Danny hasn’t take a paycheck from the restaurant and his wife had to take a second job as a cafeteria worker at a nearby school in order to support the family. Last year business was so bad that Danny and his wife talked about throwing in the towel and closing the doors of La Vita Mia for good. This is their last attempt to try to make it.
  • This restaurant is all Danny knows. If he loses La Vita Mia he has no alternative career to fall back on.