Bellini Lounge and Restaurant
In a word: Worth it. Absolutely. Both the price and the indulgence.
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JM ate the pasta Bolognese.
Nichole ate the tortellini Bellini and most of their "shared" order of tiramisu.
The bill was $50, or $25/person, plus tip.
JM gave Bellini an A-; Nichole gave Bellini an A (see our grading rubric).
Oh, man. We were looking forward to Bellini after reading the Isthmus review, and we were not disappointed. From the olive oil and focaccia to the nutty, nuanced tortellini sauce to the brandy-soaked tiramisu, the food was scrumptious. The menu is seasonal, so we missed out on the vaunted spinach salad, but the staff were very knowledgeable and courteous when we solicited recommendations.
The ambience of a renovated church is beautiful, but noise does tend to echo despite the tall velvet curtains. The crackle of our arteries hardening from the rich cream sauces was drowned by amiable whooping from the bar, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
On the way home, we sang "Tiramisu!" to the tune of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You." Next time we have something to commemorate, we'll likely head back here. That is, once we're done with the list.