At La Vita e Bella you’ll feel like you are in Sicily instead of Rotterdam. Pepe is the charming host of the place situated in Kralingen in the midst of the student quarter of Rotterdam. Surrounded by student bars it stands out with its small terrace. Visited by all kinds of people, from hipsters to businessmen and their wives, Pepe serves really nice delicatessen from Sicily. It is a bar, a coffee bar, an Osteria (neighbourhood restaurant, La Sala Federico) and a shop.
Pepe, always smiling, is in for a lot of things. I got to meet him when I was searching for a location to host a musical play and he offered us room in La Sala Federico (Federico is the name of his son) to play it there. The visitors got some antipasti before the show and pasta and a coffee afterwards. So this is not your everyday bar but really a special place.
Don’t think it is too far off the centre because Kralingen has a lot of places worth a visit, and if you are a student, a lot of student bars and a student hotel too.