We last visited this lovely, quiet, off-the-beaten-track place 6 years ago and the only thing that seems to have changed is that the portions served are now huge and would challenge many people to finish on their own.The delicious antipasto di mare for two to share(28 Euros) was more than enough, and hardly the best preparation for what was to follow: a colossal starter of puff pastry, ricotta cheese and steamed vegetables (13 Euros) which quite defeated my wife. it was rich and dense and she loved it, but had to leave half of it. I couldn't help her out as my spaghetti marinara (15 Euros) was the biggest I have ever seen and generated a pile of mussel and clam shells the size of a capsized boat's hull. The quality couldn't be faulted- richly flavoured with discreet chili heat and perfect al dente pasta.
I just wish we had known about the portion size in advance and we could have ordered differently with a view to sharing all dishes. Belonging to a generation brought up in austerity after the war to clear our plates come what may, it grieves us to leave anything uneaten.So if you don't have the appetite of Gargantua and have neglected to starve yourself for the previous 24 hours, you know what to do when you dine here.
The 1 litre jug of excellent white vino locale at 8 Euros is an absolute bargain and unlike most offerings in caraffa, NOT reduced in alcoholic strength.
Now that we know the set-up here, we're looking forward to our next visit to Bea Vita.
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