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Zuppa di Pomodoro e Basilico
Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup (V)

Avocado Pear con Granchio
Tian of sliced Avocado Pear, filled with Cornish Crab and topped with Prawns

Conchiglie St. Jacamo
King Scallops in a Brandy sauce with Cream, Mushrooms and creamed Potatoes


Beef Carpaccio with Rosemary and Mustard, finished with Parmesan Cheese

Prosciutto di Parma e Melone
Parma Ham and sweet Melon


Fried Mozzarella, coated in Italian Herb Breadcrumbs, served with Aubergine Caviar and marinated sun-dried Cherry Tomatoes



Pollo Grigliato
Griddled Chicken Breast, served with an Olive and Red Basil Pesto sauce

Skate Wing (boneless) topped with Spinach and Cheese sauce, glazed

Lupo di Mare al Limone
Fillet of Seabass, pan-fried with White Wine, Parsley and slices of Lemon

Anatra al Pepe
Breast of Duck, cooked in Brandy, Peppercorn and Cream sauce

Traditional Roast Beef
Roast Beef, served with Yorkshire pudding and Red Wine Gravy

Mediterranean Vegetable Tart, topped with Goats Cheese (V)

Selection of fresh Vegetables and Potatoes

Desserts from the Trolley


Three-course Lunch £27.00

Ample parking at the rear of the restaurant
Well-appointed and exquisitely furnished
En’Suite bedrooms (4 poster bed) available

Traditional Italian Restaurant

First, relax in the cosy private bar located at the back of La Bella Vita Restaurant. Here, amid the grand Italian decor and 17th century architecture, you can browse the sumptuous Italian menu in comfort and listen to Giorgio present the tempting fresh daily specials. Then, select from the exceptional wines and champagnes, with expert advice on hand if needed.

All meals at La Bella Vita are prepared from the finest fresh ingredients, according to traditional Italian recipes. Giorgio and his team personally source all their ingredients from some of the best produce markets in the UK: Billingsgate fish market; Smithfields meat market; and vegetables from Spitalfields market. The daily specials will reflect La Bella Vita's market selections - perhaps a Cuttlefish Risotto, Oven-baked Razorfish, or Pasta with Brown Prawns & Wild Mushrooms. A true taste of Venice in historic Hitchin!

Finish off your meal with one of the tantalisingly fresh desserts from La Bella Vita's dessert trolley, and perhaps some rich Italian coffee...