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Bella Vista Restaurant Review: Italian chef Alessandro Cartumini thrives on the California coast, making use of regional seafood as well as produce from local farmers markets and his on-site garden at the Four Seasons Biltmore. For sheer ambience, Bella Vista’s outdoor patio with views to the ocean and Channel Islands is unbeatable. The sedate interior has a pleasant Moroccan feel. Cartumini’s recipe for success is based on quality ingredients and proper execution, evident in appetizers like the crispy calamari with watercress and Meyer lemon, braised veal shank with truffled celery root, and grilled bruschetta with wild mushrooms and burrata. Lunches see a variety of foods including the veggie sweet potato quinoa burger. For dinner, there's rigatoni, made fresh and served simply with local tomato sauce and basil from the garden. Each new season ushers in an original selection of culinary creations, and few locations can rival this seaside Shangri-La. The Sunday brunch is the most extensive in Santa Barbara, and the traditional afternoon high tea on Fridays and Saturdays is both proper and pleasing. Service is reliably professional.