Even the Waiter Was Italian
Bella Vita was just across from the Club Intrawest Resort and next to four or five other restaurants, one of which was Morton’s Steakhouse which we tried on a previous visit.  On this night we were both looking for pasta so Bella Vita fit the bill.  Our waiter was in his 50’s and had a unique accent that made us feel like we were in an episode of the Godfather, purely Italian and a pleasure to listen to him describe the special features of the night.

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vineger
Once we had been seated and ordered a cocktail, a bread basket was brought to the table.  Nothing special except the very unique container which contained the Olive Oil dispersed from one spout and the Balsamic Vinegar from the other.  Pretty neat and it reminded us what a great pre-meal treat bread with oil and vinegar can be!

Jeff opted not to have an appetizer on this day, however Tara choose the beefsteak tomatoes with Motzzarella and fresh, whole basil leaves.  She loved it!  For dinner Jeff had the Fettuccine Bolognese and Tara the “special” which was a Spaghetti with Lobster in a red tomatoe sauce.  Both were excellent and enough for lunch the next day!

The Wine
We have had some good wine since arriving in California and have tried to sample local wines when possible.  However on this day we each opted for a glass of the house Chianti.  One of the things we enjoyed the most about it, for the first time in about two weeks on the road, we got a ‘real’ wine glass, big enough to handle a good size pour!  The wine was excellent…however the name escapes us right now!

Final Thoughts
If you are in the mood for pasta, be sure to give Bella Vita a try if in the Palm Desert area.  The room is small and intimate, but the food, wine and company were excellent.

Today we are off to Disneyland with our nine year old niece from Winnipeg.  We’re fairly sure there will be a blog worthy story from this “event”!  Stay tuned…

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