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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well after a day of touring Ortigia and worse on a Monday finding many of the recommended rated restaurants closed, luck shone on us. We wandered down a street and spotted lovely outdoor tables at Hotel Gargallo’s bistro restaurant. There we feasted on gnochetti with...pistachio pesto and Pasta with tuna, raisins and mint. The latter combination spoke of Arab influences and a chef who knew how to combine fresh ingredients to lift flavours. Just as that dish sang, the subtle blending of pistachio and pesto was equally wonderful. We split grilled tuna that again was perfectly cooked and allowed to speak for itself freshly seared. All in all one of the best meals in two weeks in Sicily and just when we were despairing. Come when you can eat outside as the little street added to the charm sitting under bleached Baroque stone facades. Great value for money as appears the adjacent Hotel Gargallo where the frescoed Junior Suite looked far better than our pricey seafront choice. All praise to a chef who really knows how to celebrate Sicilian cuisine.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our first night in Ortigia and chanced upon this restaurant. Not particularly busy, which eventually surprised us (it should be). Charming 'front of house' who presented us with an 'amuse bouche' of Aranchini. Have had enough of these to know they are usually on a...spectrum of interesting to very ordinary. This was a wonderful example with squid-ink rice and ricotta in a light crisp ball of flavour. Followed this with a Primi Platti of pasta and tuna, but what set this apart was the subtle use of fresh herbs that lifted this dish to another level. For our Secondi Platti my wife had a prawn dish and I had pan fried ombrini fish; both delicious. We washed this down with a delicious but reasonably priced Etna white wine. The restaurant is next to the competitive area of Via della Maestranza which may explain why it is not always full. It should be.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I just had a delicious lunch at Bella Vita today. A lot of attention to details. Surprises from the chef, even though we only had two dishes (pasta and dessert). A beautiful and relax atmosphere, a bit away from the affluence. As...guests, we felt welcome and even celebrated!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 16 December 2019

A very nice small restaurant on a quiet walking street in Oritigia. We ate at one of the outside tables. The food was very good and well presented. The one waitress was very nice and explained everything. One of our top meals in Sicily. Reservations...recommended since it is a small place.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 20 September 2019

Was very disappointed by Bistrot Bella Vita. It looks lovely from the outside, with starched white tablecloths and napkins on the little pavement tables, which is what induced us to book in the first place. It was raining when we arrived, so we had to...eat indoors. We were introducing ourselves to the receptionist when we were rather brusquely interrupted by a Versace-bedecked lady who I assumed to be the proprietress. The receptionist broke off his conversation with us, to speak to - I imagine - his boss. Not a terribly friendly start. The evening improved when we sat at out table. We placed our orders and then were presented with a plate of amuse-bouches and a mixed basket of some of the best bread I have ever tasted. The first course, cous-cous arancini, was excellent. The lamb that followed was so-so. The creamed potatoes were too wet and the small selection of vegetables was overcooked. Skipped the pudding, but one of my companions had a cannolo, which he said was ok, but not special. Grillo accompanying was good. The ambiance was, sadly, rather poor. There was very little atmosphere. The room was starkly furnished and the lighting was too bright. People spoke in hushed tones. It simply wasn’t fun. Service was quite friendly but rather haphazard and sometimes rather slow. There was nothing startlingly wrong with the evening’s experience, but, on the other hand, nothing memorable either. Not really recommended, I’m sorry to say. There are many better restaurants in town.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 27 August 2019

Really delicous food, best ravioli, best tiramisu, friendly staff. I can only recommend it! Not the cheepest but worth it.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 9 August 2019

The restaurant is small and very charming! The food is absolutely delicious! The service was quick and efficient. The tuna and shrimp tartar (pictured) was my favorite, but whole meal was great!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 1 August 2019

We came here while holidaying in Sicily. It felt like a real attempt to serve good-quality food, rather than playing to the lucrative in-out-as-fast-as-you-can tourist market. To start we had some fresh tuna tartare and an aranchino, followed by pasta and some steak. All of...the food was excellent and sensibly priced. It's both a blessing and a curse that this place is tucked away a little bit - in some ways, you don't feel like you're in a city packed with tourists, but the location is a bit quiet as a result. Don't let that put you off!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 28 June 2019

We were surprised by the high ratings. This place has good food, but doesn't feel like you're Sicily. I guess we just didn't like the atmosphere, which felt more like an ice cream parlor than a dinner restaurant.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 21 June 2019

Tucked away down a side street this small bistrot is part of a hotel, but the atmosphere is good as is the food, beer and wine.

Date of visit: June 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5