Instead of staying at Figs, we took a little walk down the picturesque Charles Street in Beacon Hill in the hope of finding a sweet treat. I noticed a little café on the corner of Charles and Chestnut Street called Caffe Bella Vita “Authentic Italian Ice Cream.”
We walked into the open door off the street to this mostly empty establishment and seated ourselves. It seems the right thing to do given no-one was really looking at us. The place is airy and bright with deep red brick painted walls and golden archways. Tables are a bit haphazard giving it a bit of a kitschy, not quite caring look, which seemed to work.
The place was so quiet, I felt like I was in an old Italian mafia movie with the dom and his peeps whispering quietly in the corner and not looking up. A couple huddled over a table holding hands and not speaking and then there were the three of us, slightly noisier but of course not rowdy. It was an interesting sight.
A friendly waiter walked over and handed us some old and worn looking menus and asked if we wanted drinks. I opted for a double espresso and perhaps the reason why I didn’t sleep well Sunday night, while Nancy and Erika went for a latte and cappuccino respectively. Very nice espresso, sharp and bitter with a mild aftertaste.
|Espresso - $1.75 (a shot)|
For dessert I picked the cannoli, which arrived looking mouthwatering. Over-filled with homemade not too sweet ricotta that had a certain something I couldn’t quite place, which made it just that little bit more special than the norm. I shared it with Nancy and we both thought it was absolutely scrumptious.
|Cannoli - $3.50|
|Tiramisu - $3.50|
As I was looking for the café website, which I couldn’t find, I did read with sadness, all of the terribly negative comments on Yelp and understood a few of them. There is something great to be created here and I think it’s totally possible. The focus on dessert, given all the little restaurants in Beacon Hill, could be their niche. It is always nice to have dinner somewhere and then taking it to the next adventure for a fun coffee and yummy dessert. Caffe Bella Vita, I believe, can fill that Beacon Hill gap.