Boston >Food & Dining > Cafe Bella Vita
30 Charles St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.356929 -71.069953
Mon, closed; Tue - Wed, 10am - 10:30pm; Thu - Sat, 10am - 11pm; Sun, 10am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill
Hospitality Fail. – It was a cool summer day and all I wanted was a little something warm to hit the spot while I did some computer work. My boyfriend and I, both with laptops, saw a sign on the door that read 'wifi available.' Perfect, we thought. As we brought our computers onto our table, and after we ordered two drinks and lunch, our waitress* said to us, "You can use the internet, but you can't stay here for ten hours." Hospitality/tip fail. I'm sure she's not the mascot for Bella Vita, but she's a face nonetheless.
*Dark hair, resembles the actress Nancy Downs from 'The Craft."
Terrible – A small cafe in a very touristy location, Italian only in the name and clearly catering (but not really) to one-time visitors... Dirty, no table seating service (if it's full you stare at the people who sit at the table you want until they feel uncomfortable and leave then you bus your table of their appetizing leftovers and wait... and wait... and wait) Two very nice if clueless servers running both counter and table service, overwhelmed and obviously underpaid college students. Ordered and eventually got a forgettable cappuccino and a truly inedible (as in spoiled and sour) cannoli. Sent it back (I know, mistake) and told that I was a complainer by the manager-cook, a shady unkempt obnoxious character that basically told me off (I think -- language barrier). Left the food, washed my hands really well, paid, tipped the two indentured servants generously, and got out as fast as I could. Stay away...
YUMMY GELATO! – GREAT PLACE! RECOMEND IT HIGHLY! GREAT GELATO AND COFFEE. NEVER TRIED THEIR FOOD THOUGH BUT IT LOOKS YUMMY FROM WHAT I CAN SEE HOW OTHER PEOPLE ARE EATING
Editorial Review – Relaxed Charles St. cafe serves up fresh coffee drinks, light lunch fare and rich, creamy gelato to neighborhood crowds.
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