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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 16 June 2019

This restaurant we have visited several times and it never dissapointed us! The food is great and innovative and the service good and fast. It is always a pleasure to be here!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 11 June 2019

This restaurant is trying to do things a bit differently and there was some interesting dishes eg cuttlefish is a broad been sauce. There are some shortcomings for example no beer but the food is excellent and the staff, although a bit rushed, very friendly.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 10 June 2019 via mobile

If you are looking for a quiet located restaurant with a high quality service and simply an amazing Italian food experience, then Bella vita will match easily all those criteria’s. We had a wonderful time and the Spaghetti Lobster were divine. Definitely a must go....

Date of visit: June 2019
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