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“Very nice ambiance and very good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita
39738 Winchester Road, Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
888-809-8059
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Ranked #3 of 346 Restaurants in Temecula
Price range: $7 - $14
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: For Italians, food is life, and life is food.Whenever families and friends gather to eat, the conversation centers on food, local cooking and the warmth of the dinner table. At La Bella Vita, we celebrate that passion for the good life and good food, as they do in Italy. Our Italian chefs use only the freshest ingredients and healthy olive oil to create our authentic menu.With an emphasis on homemade fresh pasta and the best quality of ingredients, we prepare the same wonderfully flavored, centuries-old Italian dishes. We use fresh vegetables and elements that can only be found in genuine Italian cuisine.La Bella Vita restaurant is committed to serving its guests in an affordable, timely, and professional manner without sacrificing the quality of guest service or its products. We are committed to creating and providing our guests with outstanding guest service, excellent food,and gracious hospitality in a warm and friendly atmosphere. So come surround yourself with the warmth of family and friends, the comfort of good food. You do not have to live in Italy to enjoy the passion for the good life.
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“Very nice ambiance and very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We looked at tripadvisor for ideas on a new Italian restaurant to try and decided numero uno in Temecula should be a good choice.

The decor and ambiance are first rate and provide a very nice dining experience. There is a separate bar area to enjoy Happy Hour and inexpensive house wine and appetizers. The "wine cellar" is interesting as it is basically a glassed in room allowing the unique wine racks and their contents to be viewed by the diners. Most of the seating is booth style and the booths are high enough to provide visual privacy - some are floor to ceiling providing an intimate setting approaching a private room. Numerous paintings/murals of Italian scenes are a nice touch.

The food is very good and reasonable priced. Portions are quite generous - the Insalata Di Legumi was large enough to be shared. The Cioppino sauce was more like a sweet tomato soup than the hearty Marinara/Arrabbiata ones I prefer, but it was good and there was adequate sea food and none required shelling. A generous serving of Cannelloni Al Forno was quite good. We ordered house wines which were quite drinkable. The plain white table bread was good, but could be improved. Some of the recipe variations may be regional. Our travels in Italy are mostly in the northern half; one of the wait staff was a recent immigrant from Sicily and liked the food preparation as it was representative of her "culture" as she put it.

The wait staff, of which we saw several in addition to our primary waiter, were all pleasant, helpful, efficient and seemed genuine in their pride of working there.

It is a restaurant to which we will return to try more of the dishes, with the hope they will be similarly received and enjoyed.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Murrieta, California
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“Great find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

We went here for my birthday dinner after seeing Trip Advisor ranked it as the number one restaurant in Temecula. We were pleased with the food, the ambience and the service. The fried artichoke appetizers were excellent. My husband had the lasagna and it was delicious. My son had pizza and it was very good. The cioppino I had was good but not great; I would not recommend it. The mussels tasted a bit off and it had more of a sauce rather than a tomatoe-based broth. Although the sauce tasted good, there wasn't enough of it for my liking. But they made up for it by bringing us a complimentary tiramisu which was beautifully presented and one of the best we have had. Overall this was a great find and we will go back to try one of their homemade pasta dishes.

Visited December 2013
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Temecula, California
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“Great ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is fantastic and the owners are present and ask diners how they enjoyed their experience, its something that you just cant get from large chain establishments. They have live music on the weekends. We were so impressed that we booked our company holiday dinner there in one of their spacious rooms

Visited November 2013
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Temecula, California
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“Upscale Eating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The atmosphere is fantastic and the food is delightful. It was as if I had stepped back in time with the older quiet dinner music playing. I was waiting to see Ole Blues coming around the corner or The Rat Pack waiting to get seated. Beautiful place to take your special lady for dinner and some nice wines.

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“Great find! Fresh homemade pasta and delightful service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Had a lovely dinner at this great Italian restaurant. We were greeted graciously and treated so well throughout our entire visit that it reminded me of what customer service should be everywhere. Complimentary real sangria kicked off a really nice evening. Music in the lounge enhanced our meal without being too intrusive and set a friendly tone. My fresh pasta was just perfecto as was my husband's-and very large portions for a reasonable price. Dessert cart temptations were numerous and authentic. Such a nice evening. Met the chef, manager and manager's daughter and other staff-so friendly and so rare these days to be treated so well. Great find!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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