Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano
We have already returned and plan to bring friends here when they come to town! The eggplant parmesan casserole was delicious!! So was the veal scaloppini piccata! And their meatballs were yummy. Very comfortable place with a nice ambience.
Excellent food and service. Calamari best I've ever had. Also, specials are always great. Best Italian restaurant in Palm Desert.
New Year’s Eve was perfect. The shrimp scampi and the lobster ravioli were perfect!
New Year’s Eve dinner
Unfortunately when we showed up there was no reservation, lucky for us they new us so they made it work otherwise it would have decked our night as it was New Years Eve???
We started out on a bit of a bad note. Despite showing the hostess the Open Table confirmed reservation, she was insistent that we had no reservation. She was able to accommodate us at a small table in the middle of the restaurant.
We started by asking which pasta dishes featured house made pasta and were told there were none. One of us had the lasagna and the other a non-meat pasta dish. Each dish had a nice flavor. The lasagna was the far better choice. The portion size was quite generous. We were a bit taken aback by the salad prices. The salad prices were disproportionate to the entree prices. Perhaps the salads are large enough for several diners to share, but we never saw one being served, so not sure.
The wine list was short, but its quality good and prices reasonable.
We saw several veal and chicken dishes served. The diners reported that they were very good. Each dish was visually appealing and again large portions.
We are never disappointed...wonderful food and ambience
Here’s my issue. I made a reservation via Open Table. It said “hurry they only have a few spots left.” So we booked it and left for the restaurant. When we got there they wouldn’t honor the reservation. Not cool.
Very disappointing. Large portions of bland food. Had the veal chop that was huge and tasteless. Did the chef forgot spices? Reasonably priced. Very busy
Ordered pasta in place of vegetables, waiter missed my request. Pasta arrived after we finished the meal.
Will not return. Disapounting.
An authentic Italian Resturant. The best marinara sauce I have ever had, also very good terra misuse. Ample parking and with no charge.
Excellent food! Great service!
Aside from our calamari order being forgotten our experience here was very good. Ample portions and good variety. Caesar salad with optional anchovies , sea bass, chicken Marsala and pasta were prepared perfectly. And the tiramisu was delicious, light and fluffy. I’m eager to go back for the calamari. Will definitely be back to Bella Vita!
Food was excellent.
Would definitely go back again.
Indoor lighting was too bright so happily sat out on small patio to dine.
Service was great.
The hostess wasn’t able to find our reservation. We felt rushed when the waiters were present and were ignored for most of the time. Food was okay. We hoped for better quality food; not salmon that should have been served a day earlier and pasta with too much garlic and oil. Vegetables were just right!
Wanted a simple Italian meal, nothing too fancy. Bella Vita delivered. Chilean Sea Bass was wonderful. Simple spaghetti and nicely cooked vegetables to accompany were perfectly done. My husband and I split the entree and shared a very good antipasto. Great meal, great value.
The family recipe, Fettuccine Zingara with chicken sausage and ossobucco sauce was outstanding!
The service was friendly, the atmosphere was good, except the lighting was way too bright, and unromantic.
Overall...a great little neighborhood gem.
Wonderful restaurant. Great food, service and atmosphere. A bit pricy, but it is well worth the cost! We dine here when we have guests in town or for a special occasion. Must get reservations in advance.
This is one of our favorite spots to dine. It’s like a friendly neighborhood restaurant that has 5 star food and service! Every time we go we find something new that’s totally delicious 😋
Everything was great except for the fact u need background music. Way too quiet. Lady next to us played music on her phone to help out!!
We took a chance on selecting this restaurant based on the location and other reviews. We were delighted with the entire experience. We enjoyed a quiet private table. Our server was relatively new and gave us wonderful attention and service. We started with an order of burrata which was delicious. The house bread is perfect, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi and it was superb. Very large shrimp with fettuccine in a divine sauce. Not too much garlic. And perfectly steamed veggies on the side. My husband ordered the eggplant parmesan and loved it. We plan to return next time we stay in Palm Desert.
Authentic, great service and amazing food. I would definitely come back!
Have never been disappointed. Food is delicious
We were seated promptly even though early. Our orders arrived promptly and were delicious. The servers were attentive and pleasant. We had a lovely evening.
Delightful place, good food, good service, I'll be going back
The food was wonderful and the service was great! Would definitely go back.
The food and service is always excellent. We enjoy the variety of menu options and smaller restaurant experience.
Our first time and it was wonderful and will go again soon
Restaurant was CLOSED when we arrived! Took our reservation but sign on door said CLOSED.
Excellent all around
Amazing service, everyone was very friendly. Had a great dinner experience
We made a reservation for Sunday. We arrived and found the restaurant is closed on Sunday’s. Odd that I was able to reserve when it’s not open.