I bailed on a free walking tour of old Warsaw when I got hungry and chilly at noon. I was going to pop into the first pizza joint I saw, but I did a quick Yelp search first, and saw that Bellini received 4.5 stars, and it was only about 100 ft down the road.
Yes, the restaurant is on a very touristy plaza, with school kids running everywhere, but you wouldn't know it once you got inside. The restaurant is in the basement--2 flights down from street level--of a lovely brick building. The dining room consists of four parallel rooms separated by archways. One room, closed off when i was there, appears to share the wine cellar. At the other end, and at the other end of the maturity spectrum, is a room with toys designed for kids.
Before I noticed the layout and ambience, I knew that the hostess/waitress looked like someone, but couldn't put my finger on it. Eventually I realized that she looked like Natalie Portman's character from the film "Closer." That's reason enough to dine here, but the food was really quite good. The minestrone soup was hot, full of veggies, and just had a bit of bite. The pizza margarita was large, tasty, and crisp. I washed it all down with green tea, but if you want sugar or milk, you better ask for it. There's none on the table.
Since there were only two other parties in the restaurant, it was very quiet. After glancing at my Warsaw guidebook, I took in the fine brickwork, arches, alcoves, and high, angled mirrors (see photos). Unfortunately, after being served, I didn't see much of the Natalie lookalike. I tracked her down in the kitchen about 30 minutes after finishing the meal--I was in no hurry and appreciated the respite--and paid the check: 50 zl including tip. If you find yourself in the heart of the tourist district at mealtime, this is a solid choice.
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