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    Bella Vista, Santa Barbara Review

    1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA
    Bella Vista Review
    5 Star Rating
    Tags: Santa Barbara, USA, Italian reviewsThe Bill: £87 per head

    Bella Vista can be found inside the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara. We recommend booking a table on the outside terrace where you can enjoy your meal with candle lit tables and views over the ocean. There are plenty of trees for cover and a large fire pit, if it’s a pleasant evening you cannot fail to have a memorable experience.

    We started with a couple of G&T Cura’s as our aperitif. Their G&T Cura’s are mixed with Plymouth Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, an Assortment of Chef’s Garden Botanicals, and Seasonal Fruit Shrub. Very refreshing, and just the ticket to start the evening.

    To begin we ordered a couple of dishes from their fresh house-made pasta menu. I ordered Rigatoni with Wild Boar and Rosemary. I have to say this is a wonderful combination for a pasta dish, and the flavours were delicious. My partner ordered the Lobster Radiatore, prepared with Chile, Oven-dried Tomato, Bread Crumbs, Basil, and a hint of Lemon. Another faultless dish.

    “You cannot fail to have a memorable experience.”

    For main course we ordered Dry Aged Bistecca, with Heirloom Potato, Braised Short Rib, Mozzarella Curd, and a Tomato Tartare. The dish was well presented, and tasted divine. My partner ordered the Black Cod, a tasty dish with Tomato Brodo, Baby Squash, Cherry Tomato, and Garden Herbs. This was cooked to perfection and well-seasoned, very flavoursome. We added sides of Brussel Sprouts with Roasted Pear, and Gorgonzola Dolc, as well as Spiced Roasted Beets with Pistachios, and Beet Tops.

    For dessert we ordered Frozen Gianduja Semifreddo, with Valrhona Hazelnut Praline, and Crème Fraiche. Which I have to say was an indulgent pleasure. While my partner ordered a Late Summer Peach, with White Chocolate Lemon Crema, Ruby Peach Sorbeto, and Candied Almonds. Our chosen wine for the evening was a 2010, Castello di Bossi, Chianti Classico. A lovely deep ruby-red wine with subtle notes of vanilla and wildflower.

    We had a wonderful evening. The staff looked after us well, the food was superb, and we would happily return.

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