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Va Bene unveils new private dining space, Soffitta

Va Bene unveils new private dining space, Soffitta

In response to numerous requests to accommodate larger parties, owners of Va Bene Caffe, Jim and Mary Kay Berarducci, have created a new private dining experience: Soffitta (pronounced so-fee-tuh).

Perched above Va Bene, Soffitta is a newly renovated space that will function as private dining when reserved and a lounge for pre-dinner drinks on busy evenings. Soffitta is Italian for “attic,” which hints at the location, and the owners’ sense of humor.

“This isn’t your Nonna’s attic,” Mary Kay explained. “Soffitta’s atmosphere will perfectly suit our guests who seek an upscale but welcoming private dining experience.”

Visitors and locals alike can now book Soffitta for events such as rehearsal dinners and wedding showers as well as business meetings, holiday parties, birthdays and other celebrations. The space offers a large 65” HDTV with full a/v capabilities and sound system for slideshows or business presentations.

Soffitta is the latest in a series of expansions that have included an outdoor deck, enclosed solarium and a covered outdoor area, the Grotto. The need for private dining arose when the owners starting fielding request after request for wedding-related festivities and family events. This expansion includes banquette-style seating, a bar and its own kitchen area. Visit the Private Dining page for pictures of the fabulous results from the full reconstruction of the second floor space.

“We love having our friends over and entertaining at home, so it just makes sense that Va Bene should be able to do the same,” Mary Kay explained. “We’re so honored that couples, families, and guests want to spend their special occasions with us, which is why we set out to create an environment worthy of celebration.”

When it isn’t booked for private parties, Soffitta provides extra seating for Va Bene patrons. “Waiting for a table is much more enjoyable with a Negroni in hand, and a place to sit and chat,” Jim explained. “We’re continually trying to make every detail of Va Bene more memorable and enjoyable, so this expansion was the logical next step.”

Soffitta is available for online booking immediately. The space can accommodate groups of 12 to over 30 guests. Contact Mary Kay or visit our Information and Reservation page for more information or to submit your booking request.

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