Went to Bella Sera Trattoria in Old Town Monrovia on Saturday for a late lunch/early dinner. They have about four 2-top tables on the sidewalk. We decided to eat indoors. Restaurant was nice and had a warm feeling to it. There were 2-tops on the right wall and against the window and 4-tops throughout no booths. Did not notice the great patio out back until we were finished eating, but there are several tables out there, too. Wished we would have sat there.
Service was very attentive and cordial. Drinks were refilled quickly.
We were brought a basket foccacia and small (about the size of two fingers) baguette-like bread with oil and balsamic to dip. The busboy told me that they make their bread fresh every day.
I ordered the Insalata Mista which was a good-sized salad of mixed organic greens and 3 tomato wedges with balsamic vinaigrette (a little heavy-handed on the balsamic, but I like it that way), $6. Also ordered the Margherita pizza well done, $9.95. This was a very large pizza (8 slices, I believe). Light, tomato sauce, cheese and fresh julienned basil. Not overly flavorful (due to there not really being any seasoning), but very good and fresh tasting. I asked for some freshly grated parmesan and that added flavor. Cousin ordered their Insalata alla Pera which consisted of greens, pears, gorgonzola and candied walnuts in a citrus dressing, $9.95. The salad was large and very good. The dressing had a sweetness to it that complemented the gorgonzola very well. She was very pleased with it. She also ordered a glass of the house wine, cannot remember what it was, it was a white and was very good.
Other diners ordered the panini sandwiches, ravioli and chicken. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I would recommend this restaurant if you are in Monrovia and looking for a good restaurant with great service. I do not feel that it is at the level of Café Mundial (on the same street) but very good.
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