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with vegetables. Dana went simple with Spaghetti Bolognese with sausage and ground beef in a tomato sauce. J.Chris ordered poached salmon topped with lobster infused roasted bell pepper sauce. And I had the Chicken Saltimbocca, a sautéed chicken breast with prosciutto, and sage in marsala wine demi-glace, baked with mozzarella cheese over potatoes and vegetables. The meal comments were lavish. Elaine: “Generous portion with plenty for lunch tomorrow and the Dijon flavor was great!” Dana: “Spaghettitacular, the meat was chunky and just delicious…a very authentic sauce.” J.Chris noted that the menu offered pan-seared or blackened salmon but she was able to order it poached. “it came with a very nice sauce, a little bit spicy but good…think comfort food.” I described mine as “a medley of flavors, sweet and salty…really good.” We all agreed that we did not need desert but we still ordered snickerdoodle cookies, a chocolate eclair and a chocolate tart. We rationalized our extravagance with having to tell our readers about the offerings. Dana summed it up :“They do everything well.” Very full and quite happy we ended the evening noting that we enjoyed the experience—Bella Viva by itself is great fun. But the combination of Bella Viva and Garlic City Café is just amazing. Bella Viva Wine Bar has a back room for special events and parties. It also has a Wine Club with pricing on over three thousand wineries. Wine Club members receive a 10 percent discount in the wine bar, invitations to member-only events and wine shipments tailored to their individual palates. Open seven days a week with varying hours. Bella Viva Wine Bar 7423 Monterey Street Kellan and Lindsay McBain 408 842-3723 Garlic City Café is operated by the husband and wife team of Socrates and Margarita Diego. Some might recognize Socrates from his days at the Golden Oak. This intimate family- owned restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday. Garlic City Café 7461 Monterey Street Socrates & Margarita Diego 408.847.7744 Entrees Poached Salmon Spaghetti Bolognese Chicken Dijon Chicken Saltimbocca Desserts Chocolate Eclair Chocolate Tart 104 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MARCH/APRIL 2017