Bellini Restaurant

★★☆☆☆

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The menu is paper and the prices are very expensive (entrees from $30-50, pasta $20-30) in spite of the lack of attention to ambience. Consequently, we expect the food will be justly superb.
So it's New Years Eve, and we arrive on time, only to find out that our table is not ready. No, we're not waiting five minutes for it, but more like half an hour. Given the wait, we decide to go to the bar to get some drinks, which were hinted to be "on the house" by a disingenuously "friendly" maitre d' who must've been the owner. On to the dinner. One of the party requests a half portion of the pasta to go along with a ridiculously expensive "steack" entree (check out the abundant typos on the menu) at $40(?). He asks the waiter, who has a strong Italian accent, about accommodating him so he can have the "primo piatto" as well as the "secondo." The waiter's eyes glaze over. However, from that point on, the fake (you see it is a running theme at this establishment) Italian accent only intensified. "We have a verrrry gooodddee" pasta, but cannot split except for adding a eight-a dollah charge-a." One of us wanted the farfalle pasta, but even early in the evening as it was, they were already substituting with fettucine. The insalata caprese was overchilled and actually had canned olives on the side. The farfalle dish was bland. The tortelloni was equally mediocre, and the pasta bolognese was really just spaghetti with a basic meat sauce. The ice cream dessert was $9; we might as well buy stock options in Haagen Dazs for that price. Enough said, when the check was brought none of our drinks was comped. And the waiter finally broke down under our collective doubt over his Italian, and explained that he had a friend who spoke Portuguese and Italian whom he learned to mimic. Nevertheless, it did not stop him from continuing to the very end with his fake accent. On our way out, the owner lady continued her charade as if she hadn't totally scammed us.

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★★☆☆☆

The menu is paper and the prices are very expensive (entrees from $30-50, pasta $20-30) in spite of the lack of attention to ambience. Consequently, we expect the food will be justly superb.
So it's New Years Eve, and we arrive on time, only to find out that our table is not ready. No, we're not waiting five minutes for it, but more like half an hour. Given the wait, we decide to go to the bar to get some drinks, which were hinted to be "on the house" by a disingenuously "friendly" maitre d' who must've been the owner. On to the dinner. One of the party requests a half portion of the pasta to go along with a ridiculously expensive "steack" entree (check out the abundant typos on the menu) at $40(?). He asks the waiter, who has a strong Italian accent, about accommodating him so he can have the "primo piatto" as well as the "secondo." The waiter's eyes glaze over. However, from that point on, the fake (you see it is a running theme at this establishment) Italian accent only intensified. "We have a verrrry gooodddee" pasta, but cannot split except for adding a eight-a dollah charge-a." One of us wanted the farfalle pasta, but even early in the evening as it was, they were already substituting with fettucine. The insalata caprese was overchilled and actually had canned olives on the side. The farfalle dish was bland. The tortelloni was equally mediocre, and the pasta bolognese was really just spaghetti with a basic meat sauce. The ice cream dessert was $9; we might as well buy stock options in Haagen Dazs for that price. Enough said, when the check was brought none of our drinks was comped. And the waiter finally broke down under our collective doubt over his Italian, and explained that he had a friend who spoke Portuguese and Italian whom he learned to mimic. Nevertheless, it did not stop him from continuing to the very end with his fake accent. On our way out, the owner lady continued her charade as if she hadn't totally scammed us.

Pros: Palm Desert is an elegant community

Cons: Food, Ambience, Authenticity, Service

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Please do not repeat our mistake..........skip this restaurant and go elsewhere............they are guilty of false advertising (the food looked and tasted nothing like the pictures in their ads), the server was rude, and prices for quality were outrageous.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Please do not repeat our mistake..........skip this restaurant and go elsewhere............they are guilty of false advertising (the food looked and tasted nothing like the pictures in their ads), the server was rude, and prices for quality were outrageous.

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