What is new is their evening service which is headed up by Sami Ben Selma, the previous chef at La Fontana Restaurant.
Here we are, ready to go in.
Next up was a garden salad, which came with our reasonably priced entrees. The house balsamic dressing is perfect with fresh greens and veggies.
OK, time for our entrees, though we are getting quite full about now. First off, Guy's plate of mussels, which comes several ways (as appetizer or entree, with marinara or white wine). Guy got the appetizer size in marinara sauce. He was smart. There was plenty here to fill him up -- 12 big mussels in that great sauce. He was a happy camper.
Tom ordered the armesan cream sauce. He couldn't eat it fast enough and kept repeating, "this is so good, this is so good."
I had the Chicken Bella Vista. Thinly sliced chicken breast with mushrooms, spinach, tomato concasse, sauteed with shallots and garlic in butter wine sauce. All I can say is Yummo. I'm not sure which is better, the delicious rolls or the wonderful homemade pasta. I guess some of each is in order.
It's not that we didn't want dessert, we did. There was just no more room. We'll be going back next week to get more Italian food. You can get your Italian fix Monday through Thursday, 3PM - 8PM, Fridays and Saturdays 3PM - 9PM.
New Bern's best kept secret -- Chef Sami. If you love real Italian food, done right, he's your man.
Update January 2011: Chef Sami has opened his own restaurant, Bella Cucina, in New Bern.