Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]
For a 2 courses lunch that causes $10, what more could I ask for?
Service - After I finished my main course I was rudely told that I have to order my dessert at the very beginning because this is how the system works. I would appreciate if he informed me that I need to order my dessert at the beginning since I told him specifically that I was ordering the 3 courses menu. Furthermore, I receive no apologies and the server was rude.
Food – We had the crab wrap, bliny crepe, and bunjenina. The crab wrap was very nice because the phyllo was hot and crispy. The sauce in my bliny chicken crepe was too milky and not flavorful but the dish was edible. I stole a piece of the pork (bunjenina) and I found it interesting because I don’t usually get to eat cold pork, although the horseradish tasted bland (!).
For main course, we had the lox on potato cakes, beef tornado (beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon), and sole roll. My smoked salmon is pretty fishy so I could only finish half of it. However, I liked the combination of cream cheese and deep fried potato cakes. I took a piece of the beef tenderloin and it was not juicy. (But again, I reminded myself that this is only a $10 lunch). The sole was good; at least it didn’t have the weird fishy taste that my lox had. The risotto in both the beef and sole dishes was too soggy.
I have to admit that Accents has very good value, but I doubt that I will ever go there for dinner unless they have different chefs and servers at night (unlikely). However, I may visit them again for lunch because it’s such a good deal.
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Submitted Monday, November 6, 2006 - 6:00pm [Dine in]
I have been to this restaurant a while ago and I think it is the best Italian restaurant in town. It has to do with the cozy atmosphere and the attentive but not excessive services. I have dined at different Italian restaurants like Il Giardino, Some Kinda Pasta, Café Luxy, Anton’s, Papi's Ristorante Italiano and I like Vita Bella more than any Italian restaurants that I visit regularly. I like new flavors and the pastas served at this place are not quite like the traditional ones (or the “traditional ones” that I have tried elsewhere). I ordered the smoked duck linguine and my boyfriend had a seafood pasta with creamy sauce. Both of they are surprisingly delicious and the ingredients matched each other very well. None of the ingredients seems to be out of place and this could happen when chefs experiment with different ingredients. Vita Bella also has a good wine list. Many of them can be ordered in 1/2 liter or by glass with reasonable prices and I was told by the owner that a lot of the wines are not available in the liquor store. The only drawback is that this cozy little place is pretty far from where I live but I am planning to visit it again and sample more pasta soon!
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