on October 1, 2009
It was starting to rain so we went looking for a restaurant close to our hotel which was near Vondel Park. Bellavista with its white linen table cloths and gleaming wine glasses looked appealing so we went inside. We were greeted with "buona sera" just like when we were in Italy. This proved to be a good sign as the food is very authentic Italian – very fresh, simply prepared and extremely tasty. I had probably the best fish soup ever – full of a variety of seafood and the flavours perfectly balanced. My spaghetti vongole had so many clam shells at first I could not see the pasta. Other pastas and pizza were also very good.We had the fun of getting a waiter who spoke Dutch and Italian but not much English, so some of us spoke to him in Italian. Occasionally, another waiter would helpfully stop and explain in English and the young man behind the bar would also chat in English to us, so we got through the meal with a lot of hand gestures and no major misunderstandings.The wine list is Italian focused but good. We were too full for dessert but received a plate of little chocolates anyhow. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the prices were reasonable, and would recommend it even if you are not staying close by.
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