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Bellavitae-any must-haves?

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Hi everyone,
I am going to Bellavitae tonight for the first time...i'm super excited about the menu, but not sure if there are any MUST HAVE dishes.

I appreciate all your help...thanks!

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  1. I remember a delicious veal and tuna sauce. Great. Please try to sit in the small bar in the back and have the chef prepare and provide for you. I love this place..... I love the block its on too Minetta Lane is very charming.

    1. The little fried meatballs are to die for as is the cacio e pepe (ask for it if not on the menu).

      1. The Sliced Steak with Salsa Verde is mouth watering in addition to the Baked Gorgonzola drizzled with Chestnut Honey and the Crostone Siciliano. Everything is excellent and the service is great. Sit at the Chef's bar for an intimate view of the prep.

        1. I second the sliced steak and meatballs. If they have the lamb chops, they are sublime.

          They always have an aged parmesan starter with balsamic which is fantastic.

          For desert, I forget the name, but they have a slice of chocolate ice cream cake (not doing it justice calling it that), which is superb.

          Any I suggest a cynar as an after dinner drink to settle the stomach.

          The trick is to order lots of dishes and share.

          1. the puffed bread with ham is fantastic and their oven-baked pasta dish is also really great.

            1. Yes the Baked Gorgonzola drizzled with Chestnut Honey Crostini are addictive! Sliced steak with salsa verde is not to be missed, and the pasta bolognese is really delicious.

              1. Hey everyone, thanks so much for all your responses! In the end, we wound up ordering 6 dishes. We started with the parmesan drizzled with 12-year old vinegar (vinegar was light and sweet with the nutty parmesan, yum) and the figs wrapped with seared pancetta, which was good, altho i think i prefer figs wrapped with crunchy bacon.

                next, we had the Cannellini Umbria con Olio and Patate Fritte. The beans were fine, nothing too memorable. The potatoes were great, french-fry cut, very fresh, perfect consistency with crisp outside and soft in.

                finally, we had the cacio e pepe and Orecchiette con Cime di Cola e Pistacchi. the cacio was very good, although a little salty compared to the cacio at Lupa, which is my all time favorite (I seriously don't think it's as salty). The orecchiette I really enjoyed, it had a smoky note and loved the crunchiness the pistachios lent.

                The meal was wonderful, the experience almost seamless (it was virtually impossible to exit our table as we were nestled in the corner and the only exit strategy required our neighbors to get up, and they were not obliged for whatever reason); and I will definitely go back and next time order the sliced steak with salsa verde. Thanks!