Bella Gente
Bella Gente
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Bella Gente

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellagentenj.com/
  • Phone: (973) 239-4416
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tues-Thursday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm;

    Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm;

    Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Angelo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering:
  • Private Party Facilities: Bella Gente Ristorante is one of the few restaurants with two dinning sides in Verona NJ. The BG's room where you can eat our famous oven brick pizzas as well as the regular menu. In our R'S dinning room you'll find our fine dinning option, with a classic Mediterranean atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Martin A. 9732394416
  • Special Events: CHRISTMAS PREFIXED MENU
    Appetizer:
    Crab Cakes or
    Roasted Peppers and Mozzarella
    Salad:
    House Salad or Caesar
    Pasta:
    Rigatoni Bolognese
    Penne Tomatoes and Basil
    Entree
    Tilapia Marechiara
    Shrimp Fra-Diavolo
    Chicken Francese or Della Casa
    Veal Picatta or Francese
    NY Strip Steak w/Pepper & Onions
    $29.99
    p/person + Taxes
    Make your Reservation at 973 239 4416 ask for Martin A.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On the Corner of Bloomfield Avenue & Grove Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our restaurant has municipal parking located in the back and the front of the restaurant.
A word from Bella Gente
Bella Gente is one of Verona, N.J.'s most popular Trattoria & Ristorante. We are famous for our Brick Oven Pizza and are considered one of the best in town, as well as a variety of specialty dishes created by our own chef Angelo, such as Rock Shrimp Arrabiata, Homemade Soups, Scungilli Fra-Diavolo served with Long Hot Peppers etc. We provide a casual dining experience as well as a formal dining experience with a Mediterranean decor along with a fast, friendly and efficient waitstaff to cater to your every need. We look forward to receiving your reservations and treating you the way you deserve.
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Bella Gente reviews from OpenTable diners
  • HfromtheburbsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The restaurant advertises as neighborhood Italian and delivers good food without pretension. Very good informal dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time but Will Return
    Pierzy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Having just moved into the area, it's hard to know what places are good without using the trial and error method. In our former city, we knew every spot - not only our favorites and what to avoid, but also places that were good in a pinch and those we were eager to try. Here, it's a bit different, but I saw the reviews for Bella Gente online and decided to give it a shot. I'm happy I did. A classic Italian BYO, the food was spectacular and they brought my daughter's dinner out fast so that she wasn't waiting long (very appreciated). The service was a bit slow at times, but overall it was a great experience and a place we'll certainly revisit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always good good here, but this time service was very slow. We had a new waitress who wad fine, maybe a touch slow, but itr was not her fault setvice was so poor. They need to inform the customer when the kitchen is backed up, not just let us sit and wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner - Bella Gente in Verona
    Kate
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had a Groupon for dinner for four and made reservations for a Thursday night at 6. We sat in the dining room and it wasn't crowded. Brought a bottle wine and a couple beers for the guys. The wait staff was very attentive and there was even a young singing waiter! Food was very good and they give you plenty. Two of us had pasta entrees, one had broiled tilapia and last had chicken. We all enjoyed our meal. The only item I didn't care for was stuffed mushroom appetizer. We did not have dessert since we were all full but all of us agreed we would come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LLKLVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Oscar makes the best pizza anywhere! Loyal customers keep coming back for the pizza and pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • online reservation did not work
    asa1969
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Hello, I hope someone will read this. On June 8th, 2014 I booked online reservation for 2 people at 4pm. I received confirmation number and here t was my friend 60th birthday so I wanted make it for him more special. We walked in and restaurant was completely full, booked for a party. I was embarrassed in front of my friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service awesome yummy pizza
    Outtodine
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Staff were attentive and upbeat. Food was good and the pizza was really amazing! They aim to please here, and I am a picky customer.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks like a nursing home
    susanVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Looks like a nursing home inside. Tired and worn atmosphere. No the place it used to be.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very good, however,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was very good, however, service needs much improvement.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day Double Take
    BirdVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good although the service was notably slow and we should have ordered the pizza as that is what we saw everyone around us eating; however we ordered from the menu and the food left a lot to be desired...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Service Ever
    RichVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here last night for valentines day. Had a reservation for 830 and was not seated until 845, no big deal but when our table was ready we were waved over to come sit instead of walked to our table. We never had a waiter or waitress. The host took care of us and took our order and we were never checked on for the rest of the night. We probably could have walked out and nobody would have known. We had 3 different people handle our check, one brought it, one took it to run my card and another person brought it back for me to sign. The service was absolutely the worst I have seen in any restaurant. The upside of this place is that it's byob and the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Portions are large and it is very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth another trip
    Diner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Enjoyable and relaxing. Staff was very attentive and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at a reasonable
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great meal at a reasonable cost with attentive and pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    LJZ1VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Terrible experience. Despite taking our reservation, main dining room was closed for a private party. Table provided in pizza/take-out section next door. I don't begrudge the operator booking a private party, but be straight when accepting reservations. A normal pleasant experience, been there in the past, was a crowded loud environment. We left quickly. Will have second thoughts of booking here in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Restaurant
    DocCVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Five of us had dinner there to celebrate my wife's birthday. Everyone had a great time, The food as usual was very good. The staff on their own came out and sang happy birthday to her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was a pizzeria
    CLok
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    we walked in. we left. it was a pizzeria with tables for the family We have no idea what the food was like
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    DocCVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    My wife and I found this restaurant met our requirements of excellent food and service. It was well worth the reasonable price. We will definitely go there again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but not the last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Have been wanting to go here for some time. Finally pulled the trigger and was pleasantly surprised by this Verona gem. Took the kids (ages 5 and 2) and they were also loving the food! Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual restraurant
    Dees
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    We enjoyed our meals at Bella Gente. The service and the food were outstanding. This is a nice casual Italian restaurant. It is clean and has a pleasant atmosphere. Best of all...you can bring your own bottle. We will definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Father's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    A big group of us went here for Father's Day and it was wonderful. The food was great and the price was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great, consistent
    LLKLVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Always a great, consistent meal! Pizza is the best around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been going to Bella Gente
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Have been going to Bella Gente for at least 15 years and was terribly disappoint with the service offered. First our starters were delivered to the wrong table. The our mains arrived not all at once, with one not arriving at all. The waitress claimed it had been also delivered to the wrong table and our guest had to switch to another dish to complete her meal. During that time the owner walked past our table several times and didn't even offer his apologizes. The restaurant lacked the proper staffing to operate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food; very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Excellent food; very attentive staff. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had previously written a review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Had previously written a review including a small complaint about a heating problem. Went back again and am very pleased to report that the problem seems to have been resolved. This is a wonderful place to go for a great meal at a great price. In addition, there are two parts to the restaurant. One side is a trattoria style casual dining area, while the other side has a more formal atmosphere. However, casual dress is the norm for both sides. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Excellent food. Friendly service. Appetizers came quickly, but main course ( ordered with appys) took forever. Food was excellent once we got it. 5 people at 7pm, didn't get out until after ten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we waited at least ten minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    we waited at least ten minutes before the host came over and greeted us, which was very awkward because you're standing in the dinning room next to tables filled with customers. The host dressed like he works in a deli -- in the back room. our entrees had parts that were undercooked and overcooked at the same time. It's evident that the restaurant is going through management changes and it is understaffed. will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is excellent. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Food is excellent. Service very friendly. Prices are very reasonable for the area. Only complaint at this time is the trattoria side is very cold. This is a big drawback for the winter months & people said it's this way every winter. Suggest some type of supplemental heating if existing boiler can't do the job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Poor service. We knew there was going to be an issue when we heard, who we think was the manager, apologizing to leaving patrons. Never will go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local restaurant. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Great local restaurant. Food is always the best, especially the individual size pizzas. Very friendly atmosphere, good service. Great place for family dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really good food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    really good food, great service, becoming our go to place. really does a great job with fish, but haven't had anything we didn't like
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    We used a coupon and so we tried everything. We had 1 cold and 2 hot apps. All Great. We tried the seafood salad - excellent. We all had a different dish - Veal, Fish and chicken - all great.I took home two small pizzas and the teens loved them.Had a great time and the service was excellent! we will certainly go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The service was very poor and it was apparent that the kitchen could not handle the full restaurant. The entire dinner took 3 hours without dessert. The food was good so I would give it one more chance. It was New Years Eve but the tables were staggered so it should not have been a problem.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really nice place, good food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Really nice place, good food, pleasant atmosphere, great service, fair prices really enjoyed and was treated nicely
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate