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Bella Vista Trattoria & Wine Bar


660 College St
Toronto, ON M6G 1B8

(416) 532-2518

Rating: out of 5 stars (10 reviews) Average Rating Over Time
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Hours: tu-sa 5pm-12a
Status: Closed
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash, Travelers Check, Interac

Description

Urbane and comfortable family-owned and –operated trattoria provides respite from College Street’s too-hip vibe. Try grilled whole Mediterranean sea bass, seafood linguine and 12-ounce New York steak. The house-made spinach and ricotta gnocchi is also a popular pick. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Entrees: $14-$34. AE, MC, V.
by whereca on September 10, 2014 from whereca

Reviews

Edible, but your microwave at home cooks as well.: There aren't many reviews for Bellavista available, and I think I know why. On a busy Saturday night in Little Italy, when parking is at a premium and every establishment is packed to the doors, Bellavista was nearly empty. After dining there, I completely understand the reason. Service was friendly, but the food left little to be desired. The Caeser salad was fresh enough, but the "homemade" dressing was bitter and watery with an overwhelming taste of lemon zest, perhaps to cover the lack of fresh parmesan. The bread basket that arrived at our table was stale and harder than the salad's croutons, and no butter ever arrived to make it more palatable -- chewing on a wooden plank was more appealing. The canneloni special sounded promising and had a good taste to it, and the noodles were at least firm. But the overall quality simply wasn't there -- it arrived piping hot (with lots of melted cheese on top) but was swimming in water underneath, leaving the impression that it was not a freshly prepared dish, rather a frozen meal reheated in the microwave. At an average of $30 per person (no liquor), it certainly wasn't up to par. A $5 salad bowl and $2 Lean Cuisine from the grocery store would have been far more palatable. With one waitress and one ?manager up front (for all three or four occupied tables) you'd expect quicker service, but several attempts to hail the wait staff were needed for a simple beverage refill. And the music (thankfully not too loud) was like a bad 1980's low-budget television aerobics program. Overall it was certainly a disappointing anniversary dinner, and not one we'll ever repeat. It's a sad, sad statement when the mediocre food at chain restaurants is better than what's offered up at a family-owned establishment in Little Italy. Never again.
Rated 2 star by kcm on May 16, 2011
So excited for Winterlicious!: Just checked out their Winterlicious menu! It looks so good and for such a great price!! Cant wait!
Rated 5 stars by Kayla on January 12, 2011

Information from the business

Not only family run and operated, but this family also built this Italian restaurant. It features traditional Italian dining and is close to the centre of Little Italy. The emphasis here is on traditional Italian dining and the menu drives that point home. Bella Vista’s look is trendy and a place for the see-and-be-seen set.
by n49 on March 31, 2012 from n49
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