Yearning for a special and cozy dining experience, my wife and I embarked on a quest to discover a new dining experience that would transport us beyond the confines of our usual haunts. Driven by a desire to break free from our routine and embrace new culinary adventures, we eagerly sought out a charming and intimate spot that would captivate our senses and create lasting memories. Restaurant Bellissimo graciously extended an invitation to us, we embarked on an assignment to appraise this fine restaurant nestled in Dorval. Positioned amidst the lively thoroughfare of Lakeshore Drive, it finds itself amidst a cluster of quaint shops interspersed with residential dwellings. For those residing nearby, the proximity of Restaurant Bellissimo to Dorval City Hall renders it an easily accessible gem. Strategically situated, it attracts a steady stream of locals, fostering a vibrant ambiance. Complementing its allure is the adjacent parking lot, providing ample free spaces, thus obviating the need for tedious circling in search of a spot.
Despite its unassuming front facade, don’t be deceived by appearances; once you step inside, Restaurant Bellissimo reveals itself as a sprawling establishment, boasting a spacious layout that caters to a diverse range of dining experiences. Ascending the stairs, you’ll discover an expansive upper level capable of accommodating parties of up to 100 guests, offering a perfect setting for celebrations and gatherings. Additionally, a private terrace beckons outside, providing an exclusive al fresco dining option.
Upon our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by none other than Robert Tiseo, the proprietor of this esteemed establishment. Robert, along with his close friend and current restaurant manager, Nicola, embarked on a culinary journey that led them through various ventures, including pizzerias and other dining venues, refining their craft along the way. Their dedication and expertise culminated in the acquisition of Restaurant Bellissimo in 2019, taking over from the retiring original owner.
What sets Robert apart is his unwavering passion and profound sense of pride in both his establishment and his family. To him, the restaurant and its staff are not just a business; they are an extension of his own family. Indeed, his kinfolk are actively involved in the restaurant’s operations, with Robert’s father-in-law tending to their herb garden nestled within the terrace area, a testament to their commitment to freshness and quality. The spirit of collaboration permeates every aspect of Restaurant Bellissimo, with everyone pitching in to ensure its success.
Robert’s commitment to excellence is further evidenced by his enduring partnership with executive Chef Reza and the dedicated support staff. Together, they continually strive to elevate the dining experience, tirelessly working on enhancements to satisfy the discerning palates of their clientele.
With a proud legacy spanning 15 years in the community, Restaurant Bellissimo remains a beacon of culinary excellence under Robert’s stewardship. Rooted in tradition yet committed to innovation, Robert and his team remain steadfast in their mission to provide unparalleled gastronomic delights, with a genuine focus on customer satisfaction at the heart of their endeavors.
At Restaurant Bellissimo, the culinary journey is steeped in the rich traditions of Italian cuisine, offering an extensive menu brimming with delectable delights to tantalize every palate. Commence your gastronomic adventure with a delightful selection of starters, featuring the chef’s soup of the day alongside an array of enticing options including crisp salads, succulent fried calamari, indulgent eggplant au gratin adorned with Parmesan, and a decadent serving of twelve garlic escargots au gratin.
For pasta lovers, the options are as diverse as they are mouthwatering. Choose from a tantalizing array of pasta dishes, each crafted with care and authenticity. Delight in classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and penne Salsiccia Rapini, or venture into more exotic territory with offerings like Ravioli al Aragosta or Linguini Pescatore. With tempting selections like Tortellini Papalina, Linguine Gigi, Penne Provocanti, Manicotti Fiorentina, and Lasagna a la Romana, the choices are as plentiful as they are irresistible.
For those seeking alternatives to pasta, Restaurant Bellissimo offers an enticing selection of chicken, meat, and fish dishes, expertly prepared and served alongside seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes. For the adventurous diner, the Chef’s Inspiration promises a culinary voyage of discovery, showcasing the chef’s creative prowess and innovative flair.
And let’s not forget the perennial favorite: pizza. With five distinct varieties to choose from, each boasting a symphony of flavors and fresh ingredients, selecting just one may prove to be a delightful challenge. Prepare to be spoiled for choice as you peruse the menu, perhaps finding yourself torn between tempting options, necessitating a return visit from your attentive waiter as you navigate the tantalizing selection.
At Restaurant Bellissimo, every dish is crafted with care and passion, ensuring a dining experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. So whether you’re a connoisseur of Italian classics or a daring culinary explorer, prepare to embark on a journey of flavor and indulgence that will leave your taste buds singing with delight.
As we perused the extensive wine list at Restaurant Bellissimo, I opted to forgo indulging in wine for the evening, embracing my role as the designated driver. However, staying true to our preferences, we turned to a classic choice that never fails to delight: Coca-Cola. With one of us opting for the crisp refreshment of Diet Coke and the other relishing in the timeless taste of regular Coke, we found satisfaction in the familiar embrace of these iconic beverages.
While we may not consider ourselves wine connoisseurs, we were impressed by the breadth and depth of the restaurant’s wine selection, catering to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. From bold reds to crisp whites, and everything in between, Restaurant Bellissimo boasts a wine collection that promises to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or simply seeking a delightful accompaniment to your meal, their wine list offers something for everyone, ensuring that every guest can find the perfect pairing to complement their dining experience.
When it comes to dining out, I tend to gravitate towards the classics, embracing the comforting familiarity they offer. Faced with the decision between pizza and lasagna, I found myself leaning towards the latter—a choice that surprised my wife, who had perhaps anticipated my usual preference for pizza. Opting for the Lasagna a la Romana, a quintessential rendition of this beloved Italian dish, I eagerly anticipated the flavors and textures that awaited.
Served piping hot and brimming with savory goodness, my lasagna exceeded all expectations. Unlike the run-of-the-mill offerings often found on pasta menus, this rendition stood out for its exceptional quality and attention to detail. Each layer of tender noodles and rich meat sauce was a testament to the chef’s skill and commitment to excellence, creating a symphony of flavors that danced on my palate with every bite.
But perhaps the highlight of the dish, and certainly my favorite part, was the irresistibly crunchy, cheesy top—a perfect contrast to the velvety layers beneath. With each forkful, I savored the delightful interplay of textures and flavors, relishing in the comforting embrace of this timeless classic. In every aspect, from its preparation to its presentation, the Lasagna a la Romana at Restaurant Bellissimo epitomized everything I love about traditional Italian cuisine, reaffirming my steadfast allegiance to the classics.
My wife, ever the culinary explorer, opted for a more adventurous selection from the menu. She delighted in the Pollo Parmigiana—a tantalizing dish featuring tender breaded chicken, smothered in a luscious tomato sauce and topped with a generous layer of gooey cheese, all expertly baked to golden perfection. Accompanied by a medley of seasonal vegetables and perfectly roasted potatoes, each component of the dish harmonized beautifully, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that danced on her palate with every bite. Embracing the bold flavors and creative twists that characterize Italian cuisine at its finest, her choice exemplified her adventurous spirit and her willingness to savor new culinary experiences.
For the sweet finale to our meal, we indulged in delectable slices of cake, each offering its irresistible allure. Opting for a classic favorite, I savored a generous portion of Tiramisu that proved to be a revelation in every sense. With each heavenly bite, the delicate layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers and creamy mascarpone cheese seemed to dissolve on my tongue, leaving behind a lingering sense of pure bliss. So extraordinary was its flavor and texture that I found myself longing to devour an entire cake, should the opportunity arise—a testament to just how exceptional this Tiramisu truly was. Indeed, it stood as the pinnacle of Tiramisu excellence, surpassing any I had tasted in recent memory.
Meanwhile, my wife delighted in a slice of cheesecake, a dessert she typically excels at crafting herself. However, upon tasting the offering at Restaurant Bellissimo, she found herself declaring it superior to her homemade version—an admission that spoke volumes about the quality of the dessert. While she may not have shared a piece with me, her endorsement spoke volumes, leaving little doubt in my mind about the sheer perfection of her chosen indulgence. And though I jestingly offered to exchange a portion of my Tiramisu for a taste of her cheesecake, it was clear that both desserts had captured our hearts in their unique way, culminating our dining experience on a sweet and satisfying note.
We lingered a while longer, allowing ourselves to fully immerse in the enchanting ambiance of the terrace, which evoked the charm of a European courtyard adorned with lush herb plants enveloping the premises. As we basked in the tranquility of our surroundings, it felt as though we had been transported to a faraway destination, where time seemed to stand still, and every moment was imbued with a sense of serenity and romance.
Restaurant Bellissimo truly excels in providing the perfect setting for intimate dining experiences with your significant other, as well as convivial family gatherings where there’s something to delight even the most discerning palates, including the pickiest of little ones. With ample space to accommodate large gatherings and special occasions, the restaurant caters to a diverse range of needs, ensuring that every guest feels welcomed and valued.
What truly sets Restaurant Bellissimo apart, however, is the warmth and hospitality extended by the staff, who go above and beyond to make you feel like part of the family. From the moment we stepped through the door until the time we bid farewell, we were treated with genuine warmth and attentiveness, leaving us feeling cherished and appreciated.
Leaving the restaurant with our spirits lifted and our hearts full, my wife and I knew we had discovered a new favorite dining destination—a hidden gem where every visit promises to be a memorable experience filled with culinary delights and cherished moments. Indeed, Restaurant Bellissimo had captured our hearts, and we couldn’t wait to return for another unforgettable meal.
Restaurant Bellissimo is located at 484 Lakeshore Dr, Dorval, Quebec. You can dine in, use a curbside pickup, or get delivery. The phone number is (514) 631-7074. You can easily view their whole menu at restaurantbellissimo.com/#menu. Finally, you can also use your favorite ordering apps such as doordash.com, skipthedishes.com, and ubereats.com to order. Trust me they have all their bases covered to make your eating experience a unique and happy one.
Review by Tony Medeiros (Publisher)