On a recent trip to North Conway the topic of dinner came up as it usually does around midmorning. Food is a very important part of our lives. Knowing there are many fine restaurants in North Conway along Route 302 I was only concerned about what type of food we choose.
As we checked into the Kearsarge Inn on Seavey Street, (a small side street right in the middle of the town of North Conway), I noticed a sign for Bellini's Ristorante Italiano. I inquired at the inn on the quality of food, as I had never noticed the restaurant prior to that day. The recommendation was outstanding, but make sure you get your name in early was the warning.
At 5:45 pm we walked into Bellini's for a table. The wait was 60 minutes. Wow, an hour during the slow season. At this point I need to tell you the wait during high season is usually 2 to 3 hours if you get there before 5:30. They do not take reservations, but they have a great lounge area and you can leave and come back, just make sure you are back at the restaurant when they call your name.
I was hoping this was worth it as I was insistent on this being our dinner destination. I was not disappointed. We began with Fried Calamari and Antipasto, fresh baked bread and fabulous house salad. Next Fettuccini Carbonara, and Scallop Scampi with a side on Pasta with Marinara Sauce. At this point there had been so much food on the table we could have fed 5 people instead of 3. The quality of the food was no less that outstanding as I had been told. Everything, including the service was wonderful.
But of course, we were not going to resist dessert. So with four doggie bags at the table we ordered, homemade Spumoni and Tiramisu. Again, the servings sizes were large and the quality marvelous.
I have found a new home away from home in North Conway and recommend Bellini's as one of the top places for value, quality and service.
- Lynn B. for NH Living.com
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Editors Note: This review is several years old. Read an updated review of Bellini's here.