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Dining: Bello Mio in downtown Kitchener offers up Italian classics you won’t soon forget

Bello Mio Resto-Lounge at 271 King St. W. in Kitchener.Bello Mio Resto-Lounge at 271 King St. W. in Kitchener.

When you’re craving for do-it-yourself, feel-good Italian delicacies, Bello Mio Resto-Lounge in downtown Kitchener is the spot.

Opened in April 2022 by Levy Altintutar and his spouse, Nadine Ali, Bello Mio presents up Italian classics that you simply’ll be eager about effectively after the final chunk.

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Inside Bello Mio.

Altintutar, who discovered learn how to make pizza from his Sicilian nonna, has been a pizzaiolo for greater than 30 years. With a historical past in quick-service eating places, Bello Mio is Altintutar’s first enterprise right into a dine-in expertise.

My husband and I ended in on a wet Friday afternoon. We began with a pair of cocktails, which our bar-savvy server advised us have been buyer favourites. For me, a candy Italian Sundown ($12) made with amaretto, orange juice, membership soda and grenadine. My husband opted for a basic Negroni ($12). Beautiful for sipping, on each counts.

Italian Sunset and Negroni

The Bruschetta ($15) actually did its job in whetting our appetites. The grilled bread was gentle and crispy, topped with a mix of tomatoes and purple onion steeped with basil and garlic. Completed with a drizzle of additional virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze, we made positive to make use of the bread to sop up the whole lot on the plate, revelling within the vivid, garlicky flavours.


To not be outdone, the primary minimize into one of many impeccably fried Arancini ($16) was wholly satisfying. Properly-seasoned risotto balls, generously imbued with roasted garlic and stretchy mozzarella cheese, these have been delectable dipped into the accompanying, equally scrumptious marinara sauce.


Whereas we waited for our entrées, our server introduced us samples of a Christmas radler he was concocting, with hopes of providing it as a particular main as much as the vacations. Refreshing, tart and festive, it hit all the suitable notes and we gladly gave our thumbs as much as this enterprise.

The Penne Alla Vodka ($18) was probably the greatest I’ve had. Juicy, halved grape tomatoes, seared within the requisite vodka, supplied pops of recent tomato flavour, whereas the sweetness of the caramelized onions and savouriness of the smoky pancetta have been balanced completely within the lush, velvety rosé sauce.


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Throughout the desk was a heaping Meatball Sub ($18) with a facet Caesar salad. Our server had talked about the meatballs have been successful and I’m glad we listened. Properly-cooked and loaded with flavour, these have been nestled in a toasted bun, topped with marinara sauce, caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms. I at all times admire a great Caesar salad, and this one actually match the invoice, that includes crispy bits of bacon, and tossed in a house-made dressing.

Meatball Sub with Caesar Salad

I indulged within the Tiramisu ($10) for dessert, which was, merely put, divine. Espresso-infused woman fingers, stacks of luscious cream and dusted with shaved chocolate and icing sugar, it was the right quantity of candy and a superb finish to our meal.


Head chef Chris Brossard, who educated in classical French cooking, popped over to our desk and we chatted about what’s subsequent for Bello Mio. “We’re launching a brand new menu in a number of weeks, altering a number of dishes as we head into winter. I consider in easy, high-quality substances. I’ve taken what I’ve discovered over time and, by way of trial and error, we be sure that dishes are precisely how we would like them to be,” says Brossard.

Each Brossard and Altintutar emphasize that the whole lot at Bello Mio is made out of scratch, in-house.

With an unique wine checklist, glorious service and an in depth menu to discover (together with their standard pizzas), the longer term appears to be like vivid for Bello Mio. “I’ve discovered a lot since we opened and we’re at all times striving to be higher,” says Altintutar.

“If you stroll in to our restaurant, we would like you to really feel at residence.”

Bello Mio Resto-Lounge

271 King St. W., Kitchener


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Fb and Instagram: @bellomiorestolounge

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday: midday to 9 p.m.; Friday: midday to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 4 to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 4 to eight p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: closed 

Fee: All types accepted.

Getting your meals: Eat in, pickup and supply (by way of the restaurant). On-line ordering for pickup/supply is out there. Weekly specials are listed on the web site.

Accessibility: The restaurant has an accessible washroom however doesn’t have an automated door opener on the entrance.

The Invoice: $114.13 (together with tax, however not tip). Two cocktails, two appetizers, two entrées, one dessert.

Ordering meals within the time of coronavirus: As eating places are making choices on a day-to-day foundation, please examine their social media or name them for updates. Lists of eating places working whereas eating rooms are closed could be discovered at https://bit.ly/3d2JV74 and wilmotstrongertogether.ca; a crowdsourced checklist is on Fb’s Meals In The Waterloo Area at bit.ly/3d1cKAX


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