Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bella Vita Bistro - Wichita, KS

This is a guest review from a friend in Wichita: The inside is very elegant, rather dark, with 3 separately themed rooms, and a very romantic atmosphere. We both started off with some unsweetened tea. Then we were served deliciously fresh, warm bread and the waiter prepared the vinegar & oil with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper to taste on the dish:

We chose to skip the appetizers and proceeded to place our order. Todd decided to try the Caesar Salad which included fresh, crisp Romaine lettuce tossed with a house made Caesar dressing topped with saffron crusted croutons. As you can see, it had quite a unique style of preparation:

I chose the House Salad which consisted of fresh, crisp Romaine & baby spring mix topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots & croutons served with an amazing house balsamic vinaigrette dressing:

Again, both were sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper by our very knowledgeable server.

For his main course, Todd chose the Chicken Francese which consisted of a tender breast of chicken dipped in egg batter and gently sautéed with lemon, butter & white wine served over his choice of 1 of 4 pastas:

Upon reading several excellent reviews prior to our visit, I went with the Lasagna Al Forno. This was unlike any lasagna I've ever had. It was made with sliced prosciutto ham, fresh porcini mushrooms, marscapone cheese & house made meat sauce layered between fresh pasta sheets, baked to a golden brown and topped with a three cheese béchamel sauce:

Both Todd & I sampled one another's salads and entree's and were both equally impressed with our selections. We finished off the meal with a rather surprising after dinner mint which was a cocoa-crusted tiramisu ball with a caramel center, delightfully presented on a tiny silver spoon:
Overall, neither of us had a single complaint and were both completely and utterly surprised and delighted with the entire experience. I'm sure we will be returning soon! Bella Vita Bistro on Urbanspoon

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