Trattoria Bella Sera

For the past five years, Chef Guiliana Leardini has graced El Paso with the centuries-long history of Venetian cuisine. Born and raised in Verona, Italy, Leardini learned to cook with the flavor of her homeland, mastering the art of preparing dishes like homemade lasagna, authentic sausage and meatballs.

"Chef Leardini met her future husband while he was stationed in Vicenza, Italy," manager Mario Olvera says. "When the military stationed him in El Paso, she fell in love with the city and pursued her dream of opening her own restaurant."

Northern Italian cuisine is distinguished by its inclusion of seafood thanks to a proximity to Venice and the liberal use of fresh and fragrant herbs like basil and parsley. Dishes like Talapia Sorrento and Salmone alla Diavola are among popular choices.

Entrée prices range $8-$15 and in the summer months Trattoria becomes an extra-enticing spot thanks to Chef Leardini's homemade gelato.

9449 Montana, 915-598-7948, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

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