Bella Vita in Finn Hill boasts Italian regional dishes

 

Good things have been happening at Finn Hill's Bella Vita Italian Ristorante. On April 1st, the restaurant reopened with longtime restauranteurs Carlos Kainz and Julie Guerrero at the helm. The two formerly operated Dulces Latin Bistro in Madrona and have a good reputation for making customers feel welcome.

A friend recommended we stop by and try out the new menu which features a large selection of wines, small plates and Italian regional dishes. Being big fans of Italian food, we immediately made plans to check out Bella Vita.

We are not restaurant critics, nor do we pretend to be. That said, we very much enjoyed the service, our meal and the local, family restaurant atmosphere. Our selection of Ossobuco alla Lombarda, was the perfect dish for that cold and rainy Monday night.

My wife and I found the 40 seat restaurant surprisingly busy for a Monday and noticed several people drop by for take out orders on their way home from work. Bella Vita located on Juanita Drive, in the heart of Finn Hill.

We welcome Carlos and Julie to Kirkland and we look forward to returning again soon.

Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano 12114 Juanita Drive NE- Kirkland, WA 98034 (425) 823-2900

Monday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Menu:

Antipasto

Bruschetta Con Pomodoro & Basilico Crostinis with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozarella Cheese and Fresh Basi l                                   $8

Gamberi Rossi Sautéed Prawns with Shallots, Garlic, White Wine and Fresh Tomatoes                             $12

Calamari Alla Napolitana Calamari Sautéed in White Wine with Garlic, Capers, Olives and Tomato Sauce               $11

Cozze e Vongole Clams & Mussels Steamed with Garlic, White Wine, Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs              $12

Insalata

Insalata di Arance

Fresh Oranges with Fennel, Onions, Rosemary and White Wine Vinegar $8

Insalata della Casa Fresh Spring Mix Salad with Fresh Sliced Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinaigrette                  $8

Insalata Caprese Fresh Spring Mix Greens with Balsamic Reduction, Fresh Sliced Tomatoes,

Mozzarella, Basil and Virgin Olive Oil                                                                                 $10

Entrées

Involatini di Melanzane con Salsa di Pomodoro

Thinly Sliced Eggplant Stuffed with Mozzarella, Parmesan, Red Peppers and Basil

Served with Parmesan Risotto $15

Ossobuco alla Lombarda

Veal Shank Slowly Braised in White Wine, Herbs, Vegetables and Tomatoes.

Served Over Creamy Polenta $24

Rigatoni Bolognese Our Recipe of Traditional Italian Tomato and Meat Sauce with Rigatoni Pasta                  $16

Fettuccini al Salmone Affumicato Sautéed with Smoked Salmon, Shallots, Fresh Tomatoes, Cream and Parmesan               $18

Pollo Piccata Boneless Chicken Breast, Sautéed with Dry Vermouth, Mushrooms, Artichokes,

Butter and Caper. Served with Pasta                                                                                     $17

Ragout di Pollo Carciofi e Patate

Braised Organic Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Potatoes, Spinach and Parsley

This Italian Stew is Served in its Pan Juices                                                                          $21

Seafood Cioppino

Traditional Genovese Seafood Stew Fresh Fish, Prawns, Bay Scallops, Clams

And Mussels all Slowly Stewed in a San Marzano Tomato Broth                                         $23