Fusing international cuisines creates provocative new dishes, whereas fusing international languages still just sounds like Latin. Savor flavors without borders with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a four-course meal for two at Café Bella (up to a $89.70 total value). The four courses include:
- One shared appetizer (up to an $9.95 value)
- Two soups or two salads (up to a $21.90 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $51.90 value)
- One shared dessert (up to an $5.95 value)
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Café Bella collects a mapful of culinary styles, populating a dinner menu with recipes influenced by flavors ranging from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Rim. Diners break the ice with standoffish tablecloths over appetizers such as hummus and grilled ceviche. Adventurous spoons urge diners to take a chance on the soup of the day, and palates seeking a crisper course welcome mouthfuls of Asian or Casear salad. The entree selection introduces Latin, French, and Italian translations of classic recipes, imbuing jerk chicken with Madeira wine sauce or crowning pork loin chops with mango salsa. Homemade fruit purée colors each of Café Bella's desserts, from the triple chocolate chocobella mousse cake to a creamy hunk of tres leches.
A palm-leaf ceiling fan wafts each global aroma throughout Café Bella's long dining room, whose walls of exposed brick display colorful paintings from local artists. Outside, a flower-lined patio sits beneath burgundy umbrellas, letting diners savor their dishes amid the bustle of the neighborhood and the jealous looks of scorned French dishes passing by.
International flavors shape the weekly changing menu at Café Bella, which was recently named a Top 40 Chicago restaurant by the Food Network and was one of 44 restaurants endorsed to be showcased on their new website. The spot transitions from daytime café to evening BYOB bistro, starting the day with steaming pours of house-blend coffee, café caramelos, and a selection of ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, and pitas.
For dinnertime, chefs may conjure up a mix of Mexican-style cheese steak sandwichs, steaks, seafood, and the spot's popular caribbean jerk chicken breast, accompanied by mashed potatoes with a madeira sauce and an edible steel drum set.
As diners savor preservative-free, all-natural fare, they can admire a spackling of local artwork making exposed-brick walls decent. They can also enjoy their dishes out on the street-side patio during warm months.