La Bella Vita Ristorante serves tortellini Grandma-style 

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  • Griffin Swartzell
Full of regulars and retirees at lunch, it’s unlikely this eatery will see any impetus to evolve in the near future — not a bad thing, as it’s pretty sound, with attentive service and pleasant, if dated, decor. 
Location Details La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano
4475 Northpark Drive
Colorado Springs, CO

At lunch, we try the Tortellini di Nonna ($11.75), a recipe we’re told comes from La Bella Vita Ristorante's chef Giuliano Casulli’s actual Nonna (grandma). Cheese tortellini and prosciutto cotto (cooked prosciutto, as opposed to the cured stuff, prosciutto crudo), arrive in a smoky cream sauce made from veal drippings. It’s as rich as it sounds, with smoke implying bacon in some pieces of the prosciutto and black pepper playing a mild supporting role. One could argue for a little lemon or something acidic to brighten it, but that’s not necessary for this heavy dish — Nonna must think you’re looking a little skinny these days. We add a house mixed salad ($5), which bears a creamy vinaigrette and welcome punch from Kalamata olives.


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