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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita /Jennifer Gray

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Price: $$$


Monday & Tuesday
Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner 5 - 10 p.m.
Café & Bar 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday
Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner 5 - 10 p.m.
Café & Bar 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner 5 - 11 p.m.
Café & Bar 11 a.m. - Midnight

Dinner 5 - 11 p.m.
Café & Bar 5 p.m. - Midnight

Sunday (during ArtPrize)
Dinner 1 - 9 p.m.
Café & Bar 1 - 9 p.m.


Happy Hour:

Monday-Friday: 3-6 p.m.


Full Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010 coverage.

There are so many things about Bistro Bella Vita to love, it's hard to know where to begin. Delicious food made from scratch daily--as much as possible with fresh, local ingredients. A warm and welcoming space where you can cozy up to the bar, find yourself a comfy booth or enjoy the fresh air and urban atmosphere on the patio deck. A commitment to sustainability that gives you a self-indulgent thrill to think you are so eating well while loving the planet. An unyeilding commitment to be of the most respected restaurants in West Michigan. And, delicious food.

To complement the food, Bistro Bella Vita offers a variety of beverages. Patrons can dine on pizza and beer, feast on innovative appetizers paired with a specialty martinis ($5.99 during ArtPrize -  try a Screaming Eagle in honor of artist Tom Sheerin's "Open Flight'" or a Gunslinger Martini for David Campbell's 3-D mixed media and welded steel "Cowboy"), sup on freshly delivered seafood paired with the perfect wine, munch on salad, pasta, sandwiches--all interesting, creative (and yes, delicious!) housemade dishes. And, if you have any special dietary needs--gluten free, lactose free or vegan--don't hesitate to ask your server. Since the cooks make every meal from scratch when you order, they gladly create the dish you need.

While the food and drink are definitely worth the higher tab, Bistro Bella Vita offers plenty of specials for those of us watching our pennies.  Monday through Friday, Happy Hour specials and other special events are listed on their website.

The ArtPrize you'll see

When choosing artists to host for this year's ArtPrize, manager Brad Teachout looked for pieces that would be a big draw to folks making the ArtPrize rounds. Tom Sheerin's "Open Flight," an American Bald Eagle made from discarded silver ware, knives, forks and spoons, is a perfect fit for its venue. David Campbell, a 70 year-old retired auto worker, is presenting "Cowboy", made of welded steel and auto parts. And Patrick Gietzen will be displaying photographs titled "Welcome to Michigan."

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