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“Solid Choice....”
Review of Bella Vita

Bella Vita
Ranked #43 of 275 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Selected this restaurant because it was close to our resort.....and was pleasantly surprised! It is in a strip mall, but don't let that fool you. This seemed to be an authentic little Italian place. One of the first things noted was the very generous wine pour!! . Menu had a nice variety of some lighter selections in addition to the traditional favorites. The lasagna was a saucy and individually served. It was a simple item but very cheesy and flavorful! Definitely not your stacked high loaded with layers if that's what you are looking for. The angel hair pasta with garlic, basil and olive oil was another simple but light item full of flavor. We highly recommend the the Caprese Salad! Oh and don't forget desert....Tiramisu is made in house and probably the best we've ever had. Great balance of flavors and not overly sweet! Only caution....don't ask the male waiter/owner to take your picture!! Lol...he was busy!

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Thank MOCrew04
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

very small, nice menu but a bit heavy on the garlic. Service slow but atmosphere is good, friendly and warm

Thank Janine511
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This place is in a shopping center and you might pass it by on your way to Morton's. Mistake. Bella Vita is small so reservations are a good idea even in off season. Everything is homemade (as far as I can tell) and lovingly prepared. The osso buco is decadent, you even get the bones and a small fork to dig out the marrow. It's not on the menu, but they will make you the parpadelle with the osso buco sauce. Divine. Salads are huge (share...) and the calamari is delicious. Had a great bottle of wine. We were too stuffed for dessert but they looked great as well. Don't miss this!

Thank Sue Z
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We had been referred here by friends so our trip to this quant restaurant located in a strip mall of all places was not without expectations. They delivered. Warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly staff, you gel this is a Mom and Pop home in Italy. Everything drone the bread with a garlic s oil and balsamic to the tira misu was delightful in every way. We enjoyed our evening dining as an event as dinner "in my opinion" should be. Relaxed, and delicious food.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Visited this place on a Monday evening. The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived at about 7.30 which is a good sign! The girl on the front desk was a bit surly, but generally ok. The menu is lacking variety for people who don't eat meat or fish, but I chose an eggplant Parmesan - which was fantastic. The restaurant emptied shortly after we arrived - leaving us as the only customers (even though it was only 8.30 and the young female waiting staff made us feel like we were an inconvenience and that they could not wait for us to leave so they could go home - this was a real shame as the food was lovely. I don't think that we will be going back or recommending this place to anyone anytime soon.

Thank Nutzaboutmutz
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