September 21, 2011

Feast Your Eyes: Bella Trattoria

For my friend Aimee's birthday I decided to take her to Bella Trattoria for dinner. I've been to Bella one other time before and was completely impressed by the quality of their home made pastas and even more impressed by their panna cotta! This tiny little restaurant is such a hidden gem!

Bella Trattoria
3854 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-0305

I usually try to steer away from bread at restaurants to save room in the stomach for the main meal but I couldn't have enough of the super fresh bread and the olive oil with a dash of sundried tomato!

Judging by their raving reviews on Yelp, Bella has quite a reputation for giving away freebies and at both experiences our server brought this complimentary appetizer to us. I can't remember what it is and I probably would never go and order it but nonetheless, it's a sweet gesture!

As far as appetizers, we ordered the bruschetta, meatballs and carpaccio. I loved the bruschetta and meatballs but didn't really care for the carpaccio at all.The bruschetta tasted so fresh and I love mozzarella!

As far as entrees, we decided to go family style with the gnocchi, rigatoni and trout. I'm usually not too much of a fan of gnocchi but absolutely loved this one. It seriously tasted so soft and chewy almost like a little mochi!

The trout was a perfect light touch to our heavy and flavorful pasta. I don't know how I would've felt had the trout been my own main entree but it definitely worked with our other dishes!

The hi-light of my meal (both times) was definitely the panna cotta! I've had many strawberry panna cottas but never really cared for them until I've had it at Bella. It was so smooth and flavorful without that artificial sweet taste to it! The strawberrise also tasted really fresh too. I know it doesn't look too impressive in the picture but it was heavenly tasting!

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!


Summer-Raye said...

Girl, anything pasta is my friend. Ha- :)


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