247 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Wuyuan Lu) / Xuhui / +86 21 6415 7858 / 4pm-1am daily
Though it began solely as a wine bar, and sibling to the already established Le Vin, new Italian-inspired bolthole La Vite is fast gaining a reputation for its popular food and quaint ambience as much as for its imported pours. Unlike other recent wine bar openings in Shanghai (Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen
, D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana
and Project Wine
), La Vite aims squarely for the other end of the spectrum, eschewing upmarket décor and big-ticket oenophile pretence, and instead offering a far more intimate and homely alternative where the focus firmly remains on the product, service and reasonable price points.
The diminutive space is charmingly accented with homespun features, like light fixtures made from wine bottles, oversized metal serving cutlery serving as hanging ornaments, bright-hued cushions and character-packed artwork. Along with its large selection of Italian wines that mostly fall within the RMB189-499 bracket, La Vite also offers imported beers like Birra Moretti and Peroni, and a small but very tasty food menu, including a fab charcuterie plate, mixed salad, and 8 thin and crispy pizzas such as the Capricciosa, topped with ham, olives, mushroom, onion and grilled eggplant. Sauvignon and a slice – perfetto!