From when you first drive up to Bella Vita and see the Valet Parking sign on the extensive stone patio, to when you walk in and see the high ceilings, cherry wooden floors and water fountain upon entrance, it is clear that Bella Vita is more than just a restaurant.
Since its grand opening this past January, Bella Vita’s fine dining experience has been drawing the attention of Chattanooga residents. Located in the Southside district at 1400 Cowart St., they are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. They are also excited about the opening of their wonderful patio seating as well as their brand-new Sunday Brunch that starts this week from 11 a.m. to 3. p.m.
Not only is Bella Vita’s dining experience of Southern-infused Mediterranean-inspired cuisine open for lunch and dinner, but they also keep the energy alive on Friday and Saturday nights through the Ultra Lounge.
This late-night lounge, open from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., is located on the second floor above the dining room area. The Ultra Lounge has light pink walls and comes complete with white leather couches, high-top bar tables, a “fire bar” where liquor is displayed in front of bright orange neon lighting and light columns in the center of the room that decorate the night club atmosphere with blue neon, strobe lighting, and sound systems. According to the staff, the Ultra Lounge has been a popular dance club spot since their opening.
Aside from the fresh atmosphere, popular menu items include the Bella Vita Burger, a Mediterranean-seasoned patty topped with applewood smoked bacon, and the Italian beef sandwich, served with prosciutto-wrapped white asparagus. Their specialty drinks are the Bella Vita and the Ultra Shot. There is a full bar in both the downstairs restaurant and the upstairs lounge, where you can order any cocktail you desire, whether it’s a whiskey sour or a concoction you create on your own.
Order dinner with a glass of wine in the elegant dining area and continue the weekend night fun by ordering a dirty martini in the Ultra Lounge and enjoy the company of Chattanooga’s hippest residents. You won’t be disappointed.