Finally went for a late lunch yesterday. Quite a remarkable morph. The interior boasts striking shell banquets and dramatic red seats. Exposed brick and reclaimed barn wood actually work in this space as opposed to being a design cliche. The bar is classic and draws peoples attentions. The menu is all about clean lines and strong, flavourful Italian standbys. The Roman style pizza was thin, crisp and had good char. Try it with Lardo. Buffalo mozzarella was hand torn like I've had in Italy with great heirloom tomatoes and balsamic agar agar beads that look like caviar on first sight. The porchetta looked stunning--next visit. Service was young, unpretentious and refreshing. I 'll miss Centro, but Vita is definitely what midtown needs: warmth, quality, buzz and fairly priced. I think some of the other restaurants in the area should not rest on their laurels. This place rocks.