New chef makes all the difference.
Since new executive chef Michael Stauffer took over the restaurant the food has vastly improved.New,inovative,interesting,flavourful,plentiful and presentation is wonderful.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a wonderful dining experience here! Delicious food and service make for an enjoyable meal. Good wine selection too! Yum yum.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
amazing food! loved that the
amazing food! loved that the somalier talked to my girlfriends and I about the wine we had ordered and suggested a better accompaniment for our dinner.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent.The
The food was excellent.The wine was on the expensive side, hence only for special occasions.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great presentation, outstanding
Great presentation, outstanding flavours and great staff. A wonderful way to begin your evening. We definitely will be back!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner for two
We had the bruschetta to start and it was wonderful and the portions were huge. We ordered the lobster and rabbit pasta. Both were very good. Service was very good.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good foodies choice in Burlington
I had made a reservation that day but was surprised that when my wife and I arrived that we were seated close to the door.... maybe it was the case that we reserved too late for a choice table. The décor and ambience was fitting par the menu. It's less stuffy than when it was Costa Nuovo but retains the right amount of foodie cred based on the excellent food preparation (Pollo, Arancini, Scallop Gnudie). Only complaint with the food was the portion sizes were small. The Pollo (chicken) was almost alone on the plate - almost devoid af any veg or starch of any kind, although the delicious jus made me not care so much. Service was a bit harried. Wine list is terrific. An '03 Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin at $85 is a steal.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
food was fantastic and lots
food was fantastic and lots of it. Service was excellent. Friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable.It was a special occasion so we lingered for 3 1/2 hrs and we felt no pressure to get out. Wonderful experience. We'll be going back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been there twice and
We have been there twice and the dining experience was thoroughly enjoyable both times.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lobster tagliatelle was excellent,
Lobster tagliatelle was excellent, as was the hanger steak. Varied selection of wines by the glass, and the service was friendly and attentive. Though the restaurant was crowded, we couldn't hear the conversations from neighbouring tables. Highly recommended.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although we were unexpectedly
Although we were unexpectedly seated in the bar our experience was good. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. The food came out in a timely fashion and 3 out of 4 of us were satisfied with our orders. The chicken entree was tasty but difficult to eat as it is served on the bone. Otherwise, pastas were delicious.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
dinner for four
We ordered the beet carpaccio, Calamari and meatball to start. Beet Carpaccio was excellent and the pistachio sprinkles on top was a nice touch. Breaded Calamari were not over cooked and served with a tomato base. meatball were either made with veal or great cut of beef and were my favorite. We order the rabbit pasta, calamari gnocchi, sea bass and pizza. All were done perfectly with the gnocchi being my favorite. Lyndsy were our server and did an excellent job taking care of us. This was our second visit and we will be back for a third
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday night, dinner for two.
Friday night, dinner for two. Seated at large table with a nice view of the open kitchen with wood stove and started with water while we looked over the menu. The chef brought over two small complementary appetizers while we decided, a welcome gesture. Calamari, prosciutto pizza and pasta bolognese were all delicious, hot, served to order quickly. Only complaint is that they appeared to have only 1-2 servers and the place was packed. Service was solid and friendly when she had a moment to stop at our table but this impacted the timing of our wine order (which was minor detail). Overall great time, fabulous food. Will go back.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Where's the beer?
The food was great, and although I'm sure beer isn't the highlight, it wouldn't hurt to have more than 3 options.
It was only slightly disappointing, but disappointing just the same. Neither my date, nor myself felt like wine, but didn't have much choice...
We survived, and when we were done, we went to another local restaurant/bar for a beer.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Now on our list.
Never tried the old La Costa, but this new place Celli's Osteria will be revisited by us. Very good italian food, with a sophisticated and unique approach--very flavourful. Professional and friendly wait staff--not trying to rush you or pester you, but making sure you well attended. You do pay more for better quality though, so be prepared for a $125 + dinner for 2.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spicy a meatball
Great place, great food, great service and atmosphere!!! Will be back:-)
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Downtown Burlington Dining
Celli's has a very rustic Italian menu and fresh ambiance in the downtown core of Burlington. Our waiter was extremely helpful and attentive to our needs. With his guidance, we chose the interesting and tasty bruschetta combination of three selections of two each of the rabbit combined with cherries, mushrooms and goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes with almonds. We shared favorable caesar salad and prosciutto di Parma pizza and we had just enough room to add coffee with tiramisu dessert. This was an excellent dinner and we will be returning again.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time to
This was our first time to Celli's Osteria. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and helpful. Our meal was not rushed, which was a lovely change from other restaurants we have been to. The wine, a nice Barolo was recommended and it did not disappoint! Overall a great dining experience.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The shimp dish was amazing.. i can't wait to return to try all the dishes...
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have often found that if I go to an upscale restaurant (being only 21) I receive sub par service. I have theorized that this occurs because they probably think I won't tip them enough to make it worth their while. From the moment my friend and I walked into Celli's we were treated exceptionally well. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my experience and will definitely be returning.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Night Out
We had a lovely evening at Celli's. The service was attentive but not obtrusive. The food was great and the ambiance was quiet. We could not understand why they were not busier but this was a Tuesday night. We will be back!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second time inBurlington and I was greatly pleased with this restaurant and would recommend it to all
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
No complaints at all. It was the first time there and will not be the last. A super overall experience both in food and service. Did not leave feeling hungry. Well paced meal . Wines maybe a little pricy but a good and postive time.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
3rd time since February always
3rd time since February always good food and service, portions large that I took food home! Can't wait to go back next week when taste of Burlington is on again!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had heard wonderful things about Celli's, so I decided to take my friend from out of town there for dinner. Both of us were SO impressed! The service was a little slow to start, but everything turned out great. The food was fantastic, everything came out hot and fresh, and we were definitely impressed with the flavours. We would definitely return!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Value for gourmet meal
Tast of Burlington fixed menu is fantastic opportunity to try items you might ordinarily avoid.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday at Celli's
My family and I were looking for a place to have a nice dinner for my husband's birthday and to my surprise, many of the restaurants we go to were closed Sunday evening.
We tried Celli's and were very happy with our choice -- the food was very good and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, great service.
Looking forward to going again and again. All 4 diners in our party agreed that this was a great 'find'. Extensive and partly expensive, wine list. We found an excellent wine at a reasonable price. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and the wines. A solid 5 stars
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely evening
My husband and I certainly enjoyed our dinner. We found the food was excellent. Our server was very attentive and quick to respond to any of our requests. The only thing we were a little disappointed about was the gentleman that served the wine. We had hoped he would have spoke more of the wine selection that we had made.
Overall, it was a very pleasant experience.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a last minute reservation, and glad we went. Friendly service that was on top of things. Must try the bruschetta - we had 2 and just loved them. Fantastic!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Italian restaurant
Great Italian foods, top notch recipes. Everything was great, down to the opening bread and olive oil! Apparently they have their olive oil sent straight from Italy!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the better restaurants I have been to in a while! Creative and well executed. Arancini are delicious and ricotta dumplings with scallops in butter sage sauce to die for!!! Normally I am disappointed with desserts but not here. Gorgeous lindt chocolate tart - beautiful presentation and delicious.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my first time to this restaurant, we enjoyed the appetizers and the main, will definitely be back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but a little over priced. Had a pasta dish with chicken for $22. Not worth that much. $16 would have been more appropriate. Food was good but not great. Needs more selection. Desert was great.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Possibly the best in Burlington!
The restaurant is pretty, lights are dimmed enough to be romantic and lively, you're able to read the menu, too! I recommend listening to your server, Jamie (sp?) and his lady-server partner, and order at least one of what he's suggesting. We went with one appetizer, one main and the wine. Did not regret any! Each of us ordered different things in appetizers, the special mozzarella salad was out of this world/arancini/calamari/mushroom bruschetta all awesome, the branzino was excellent, the vongole pasta with add-on scallops, Mennonite chicken and organic salmon, all exceptional! We ordered different sides, too, gnocchi was perfection!All in all, I hope they won't change a thing and continue to be as splendid as they are now!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful service! Wonderful food! Wonderful ambience! Loved the décor!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Sat Night Dining
Celli's was very good to my partner and I for her Birthday dinner on Sat night. As indicated the food, service and ambiance were enjoyed thoroughly, will be going back again soon.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM