Supporting the arts has taken on a new meaning at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffé

BY Ronda Savel  |  Photos by Janis Foley
Designer and artist Michael Leaf and Co-Owner Amanda Caniglia
Designer and artist Michael Leaf and Co-Owner Amanda Caniglia

There’s excitement in the air at the Bella Vista Social Club & Caffé. Designer and artist Michael Leaf has completed the installation of his innovative 200-foot steel masterpiece which floats along the interior walls.

Owners Nico and Amanda Caniglia both lived in Spain, immersed in the arts, and always had a vision to infuse art into the Bella Vista experience. They waited to cross paths with just the right artist and when Amanda met Michael Leaf, she knew he was the one meant to bring the vision to life.

When Amanda visited Michael’s studio and saw his “IT” sculpture, she told him, “I want that at Bella Vista!” Construction began in the fall of 2018, and Michael unveiled “IT” as the centerpiece of Bella Vista’s new look in February of this year.  Inside, Bella Vista has been transformed by Leaf’s works that depict coastal scenes with Euro chic and blue Moroccan undertones. These, as well as mosaic shapes, capture the true essence of the owners’ Mediterranean roots. 

New and exciting events have been added to Bella Vista this year, including a Wine Master Series with local Wine Master Lindsay Pomeroy, Sunset Hour on the terrace, a spring Drink & Draw, epic networking nights and salsa and bachata lessons. There have even been talks of karaoke! “The Bella V” is the place for great conversation and for making connections. This is the place to be seen, the place to craft business deals and the place to savor friendships. 

The melding of the arts with Bella Vista is an experience not to be missed!  But the show has only begun!  There’s more magic coming soon to the terrace with Phase II. So stay tuned…

The Bella Vista Social Club & Caffé, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla 858.534.9624 bellavistacaffe.com


Michael Leaf is a third-generation San Diegan and a self-taught artist. Working primarily—but not exclu-sively—in fine metal art, Leaf’s portfolio includes wall hangings, furniture sculptures and other public installations. Creating one-of-a-kind pieces with his out-of-the-box thinking has earned Leaf an impressive list of clients. Private collectors, celebrities, professional athletes and more have sought Leaf out to contribute his art to their personal collections. A 26-foot commemorative sculpture by Leaf called “Powering the Arts” was installed in 2015 on the San Diego Bayfront. Michael Leaf Design, 2585 Main Street, Chula Vista, 619.240.4300 michaelleafdesign.com