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“Elio & Paola Do It Again!”

Ristorante Bellavista
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Valganna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $43
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The restaurant Bellavista is open everyday, apart from Wednesday and Sunday evening, on reservation only. If you have any more answer please contact us at our phone number. We do not accept CC. With the best wishes, Elio and Paola
Reviewed May 8, 2014

One of the hidden gems of the northern Italy lake region is Ristorante Bellavista in Mondonico, Valganna, Italy.With its breathtaking view that includes a glimpse of Lago Maggiore and its quaint location tucked into this cute hilltop village, Bellavista and its proprioters roll out the welcome mat with an amazing selection of fine regional wines and freshly custom prepared local and regional seasonal dishes. On this trip we were treated to such primi piatti delicacies as tagliatelle with pheasant and risotto con aspargi with a silky smooth burrata. Next three expertly prepared main dishes were served. These included medallions of tender veal with a light lemon/broth reduction, Guinea foul with spring onions and mint and beef cheeks with traditional Piemonte salsa verde. Paola chipped in with freshly baked bread and amazing desserts such as a hazlenut chocolate torte and an amazing chestnut/honey semifreddo.

Don't let the 3 miles of switchbacks deter you from enjoying this amazing dining experience.

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1  Thank Richard J
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

i'm not one for social media really. Don't have a Facebook or twitter account. But i'm writing my first review here because Elio and Paula are great. We call them friends - and its because of what all the other reviewers say about the food and the welcome. I agree with all of it. We got to know Elio and Paula 3 years ago when we lived not too far away from Bellavista. When we come back on holiday we make the pilgrimage up the 2k of hairpin bends and risk child-car-sickness-projectiles in order to spend some time with them. I suggest you do that too. The only problem with Elio is that he supports Everton amongst the English football teams - everyone has their issues…!

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1  Thank James H
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

It s the highlight of our holiday to visit Bellavista and taste the fabulous food made by Elio and Paula. There is no menu, but as if by magic all your favourite food is cooked in the most creative and delicious way. They even charmingly cater for my gluten allergy! It is always treat to eat such inspirational fresh food, every dish is our favourite. Our children said, the food is so amazing it's like there are 20 people hidden in their kitchen, so we checked and it's just the 2 of them working Really hard.
The safely fenced garden means our kids can play between courses, while we try to play at being grown ups and admire the incredible view over the mountain peaks.
It is our favourite resturant in the whole World!

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1  Thank Squiffy-Tiffy
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I have been eating at the Bellavista each vacation period for years. I have brought family and friends. We have never been disappointed.

Elio is a fantastic chef who consistently shows the good effects of his world-wide cooking experience. Paula is a gracious and funny representative in the dining room.

Recently we had such wonderful dishes as home-made tagliolini with artichoke, a delicate orata cooked to perfection, faraone in a lovely velvet sauce and pork loin with a mushroom gravy.

Paula bakes bread every day for the restaurant, even experimenting with Moroccan flour, and makes the deserts. I am always happy I saved room for a dolce.

If the season is right and it is still light at dinner time, it is fun to enjoy the view on the terrace with a glass of prosecco.

We will certainly return whenever we are in the area.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Ristorante Bellavista is a hidden gem!! The view is breathtaking and the food is just divine!! The desserts, which are prepared by Paola, are to die for!! One must call before going as Elio and Paola prepare food on a daily basis, it cannot be fresher than that!! They are so welcoming, it instantly feels like home!! We went twice and would surely return if we are nearby. Thanks for everything Paola and Elio!!

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1  Thank ClaireCassar
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