...so I looked online to see what was available close to my hotel near Victoria station. Found Bella Italia at 152 Victoria Street. It was a chilly, rainy early evening, and I was so glad my hotel had called to make a reservation — there were people waiting and the line was out the door (granted, the entry was tiny). And oh, the warmth and delicious smells were so welcoming! I was speedily nestled into a snug little corner and quickly decided on a glass of the house Merlot, the Polpettini starter (baked, spiced meatballs in tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella, and served with toasted ciabatta), and spaghetti carbonara as an entrée. [I must admit I was gently steered to the Merlot by the waiter, who gave me a knowing wink when he saw I wanted the Polpettini.] Everything was delicious and came out in an extraordinarily well-timed fashion. The portions were certainly ample. WARNING: If you’re watching your weight, either one of the starter or the entrée would be quite enough followed by dessert. I’m not, so I had both AND dessert — the GodFather Fragola, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, crushed meringue, strawberry coulis, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and dark chocolate sprinkles. With coffee, I was in heaven and just about to nod off. Thank goodness I had to hike back to my hotel. The exercise helped my digestion and woke me up. Pricewise, it was about what you’d expect for a restaurant in the heart of a major tourist area: by no means cheap, but not exceptionally expensive either. I was satisfied the prices were in line with other tourist spots in the same area. Excellent food. Excellent location. Excellent service. Good pricing. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did — and give that waiter a wink from me!
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