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Jul 29, 2007 10:41 PM

"CAFE BELLA ROMA" on Roberston. GREAT!!!

My husband & I decided to try the cute new restaurant called "Cafe Bella Roma." When I read that the chef is from ROME, and makes his pasta "fresh" on their premises, we had to check it out for ourselves. It was located a little bit south of Pico Blvd. on Robertson, and whe dined there Friday night. WOW, what a delight. We both order pasta, since that seemed to be the draw, and since the pasta is made there, every bite of my pasta w/ bolognese sauce was making me happy. My husband ordered a house specialty which he adored. Actually, one of the really "fun" aspects was when we ordered "SPAGHETTI FREDDI" for dessert. Yes, DESSERT! The chef comes over tableside with vanilla gelato the he presses out of this device, which made the gelatocome out exactly like "spaghetti noodles." Then for the marinara aspect, he poured on some raspberry syrup, which worked very well for effect. To top it, he then goes for the parmesan cheese, which was really white chocolate flecks. Since we are kids at heart, this was just as much fun as it was delicious. If you go there, and order the Spaghetti Freddi, it will put a smile on your face!

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    1. re: Jerome

      No alcohol license, but BYOB-friendly: $4 corkage.

      1. re: Jerome

        Jerome, thanks for offering Cafe Bella Roma's "correct" website address. (I was quite embarassed when I saw that I offered their website incorrectly). That restaurant is truly a gem, isn't it?

        1. re: foodhappy

          The restaurant is truly a gem! I've been there four times already for both lunch and dinner. The homemade pasta is definitely its strength. Try the Da Amico, which is a chef's choice prix fixe dinner for $30 that includes soup, antipasto, two pasta dishes, desert and espresso (or coffee). In addition to the low corkage fee for wine, you can have Italian sodas, which are not as sweet as our sodas. My favorites are the San Bitter Red (berry-like flavor) and the Crodino (orange-flavored). The bread comes freshly baked with a small dish of olive tapenade and olive oil and balsamic vinegar cruets. I would recommend the minestrone soup, antipasto misto (platter of grilled vegetables, sliced meats, cheese and olives), suppli al telefono (deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with melted mozzarella), con polpette (pasta with meatballs in tomato sauce) and lasagna. For dessert, their tiramisu is the best I've ever had, though I wouldn't consider myself an expert. You should also try the cornetti from the breakfast menu, which is similar to a croissant that is baked/warmed to order. There is a choice of chocolate-filled, vanilla-filled or plain. Although I enjoyed the chocolate-filled, I heard that the vanilla-filled is better and feel the plain might be the best of all. The chef and maitre d' are very friendly and make you feel at home.

          1. re: Critter

            thanks! I live in the neighborhood and have been wondering...will check it out this week.

      2. sounds delicious and the prices are very very reasonable. will have to try it out soon!

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