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La Bella in Ghent

La Bella in Ghent Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labellainghent.com
  • Phone: (757) 622-6172
  • Hours of Operation: Monday- Thursday: 11am-10pm

    Friday- Saturday: 11am-11pm

    Sunday: 11am-9pm
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from La Bella in Ghent
If you don’t live in Ghent, La Bella will make you want to move there just so you can claim this Italian charmer as your neighborhood Italian Bistro.



In 2007, a family tradition was carried out from Andrea Di Carlo, combining the warmth of the traditional Italian dining experience with signature family recipes from the original Trattoria La Bella Italia in Virginia Beach on Laskin Road. Fresh ingredients and careful preparations aren’t surprising, given that chef-owner Andrea DiCarlo learned from his mother, Anna Alaimo, making fresh pasta with her since he was a young boy at the Virginia Beach location.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food and service, we have been here before and it always great! Friendly service and great atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We've never been disappointed. Great Northern Italian."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "It's been a while since we have dined there. The change in ambience is nice, delicious Italian meals ( love the spicy Calimari). Only problem is restaurant had no record of our reservation, they indicated this happens all the time with "Open Table" !!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The three of us split the calamari appetizer. A generous portion, lightly battered and fried and served with a chunky marinara sauce. I had the spinach lasagna, piping hot, cheesy and so good I didn't want the dish to end. The other two each had the salmon special. Very large servings of potato encrusted salmon, lightly seasoned, served over a bed of roasted carrots, asparagus and the like."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed everything about this place! We will definitely go back and recommend going there. Our waiter, Anthony, made it a very enjoyable dining experience. The Tortellini dish and Flourless Chocolate Ganache cake is to die for."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great Italian food. We recently returned after a long hiatus and found the food and service very good. We don't often go out for Italian food, but we would include La Bella in our plans for the future."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The house special (chicken meatballs) were awful. It came with penne vodka and there was little sauce to speak of, and little service as well."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The staff seemed oblivious to our Open Table reservation and announced to us and the folks who walked in w/ us that it was 1 30-minute wait, no matter who had a reservation. The couple w/o a res. were seated before us but by that time we were deep into our drinks at the bar. We asked if the A/C could be turned off or down; it was freezing. The staff member said that she could not/would not and, "besides, no one else has complained." Food was fine; good portions. Wine list was OK. Good meal but we will not be back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Love the chicken meatballs. We ate outdoors on a beautiful night, the food and wine were awesome!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fabulous Authentic Italian Cuisine- my favorite is the meatball special, and the canoli is outstanding"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our vacation included a day in Norfolk and we picked La Bella based on Open Table reviews. We were delighted! I think our server was on break when we were seated, but once she found us she did a good job. I had the spinach lasagna and my wife had a fish entre and we both were very happy; served hot, well plated, fair sized, and delicious. My wife (a semi-gourmet cook) found some things to consider for her own next lasanga. We found a very nice pinot noire on the list, and the desert chocolate was special. We had dinner in several very highly rated places during the week, and La Bella was the better measure of value. We will likely visit again next time."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This has become my favorite restaurant. The food and service were outstanding. Our waitress was very informative about the food selections and even shared with us the history of the family who owns and runs the business. I will make this a definite go to restaurant.I "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This was not our first time at Andreas. The food was exceptional. I am always amazed at the choices. I am particularly fond of the penne with crushed tomato and red pepper flakes. I also ordered a meatball side the size of a baseball. Both were flavorful and filling. Can't finish and brought home the puppy bag. Our entourage were all pleased with their choices as well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and had dinner there before a shine at Chrysler Hall. The food was fantastic. Our waitress was very very knowledgeable about their wines and the one she recommended was spot on! This place is now on my top 5 favorite list. One word of caution. I made the reservations at 11:00am for dinner at 6:00 but the restaurant hadn't received the reservation from Open Table. Not the first time this has happened."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our experience was outstanding. The staff were professional and friendly. They were attentive but not overly attentive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Restaurant was a local vibrant neighborhood type. Food was excellent and price was moderate. Enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Loved the food. Loved our waitress. Very knowledgable .. but the host was extrodinarily rude."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been coming here for 3 years and we have loved each visit. Great atmosphere and awesome food. Don't for get dessert!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Tucked next to the tracks on 22nd Street, La Bella serves up Italian standards and some different dishes, too. We had the lobster ravioli and pear sachette (pear and ricotta in pasta wraps). Both were delicious and different. the pear and cheese in particular were very different. Both were in a tomato/sherry/cream sauce that included fresh tomatoes. Portions were on the generous side of adequate. The crusty bread and oil/herb/cheese dip were good, too. Cannolis, cheese cake, and chocolate mouse were all good and fresh. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. Definitely coming back soon!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We each had something different: calamari, antipasti salad, spinach lasagna, chicken meatballs with pasta, veal scallapini & chicken with shrimp over spinach linguini. Everything was excellent and good-sized portions."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We made a 6 pm reservation and were treated to a quiet corner table with a bubbly, fun waitress (Nicole). She was attentive and funny. The portions were large. All in all, a great evening."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was great! The restaurant has a decent wine selection and the atmosphere is quite, relaxing and romantic."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "food was excellent service was great please make sure tables have salt and pepper shakers please leave a bottle of oliver oil on the table"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My wife and I recently shared our wedding anniverary dinner at LaBella's and for the most part we had a very enjoyable evening. We both agreed that the choice was a good one with just a few points of note that were not quite exceptional. We had asked to be seated in a quiet section of the restaurant and a family with small children was seated next to us after we arrived. The children were very noisy in the beginning. Overall the ambiance is quite nice although the seating could be a little more comfortable. The italian food was very good although I think the sauce can be improved on. The service was exceptional!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Although the staff is polite, the quality of service is below what you would expect in any restaurant. The waiter was not very knowledgeable on the specials or the menu and we were shocked when he handed me the bottle of wine to hold and proceeded to wipe the neck of our $45 bottle of wine with his sleeve before serving. We have been to this restaurant before and the decline in service and food quality is noticeable . It is obvious the staff is not being trained on the basics and it is a shame because they are polite and could be so much better at what they do. We will not be coming back anytime soon."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Certainly La Bella is not the absolute best italian food in the 757. That being said it's damn close. I like it enough and they have a fairly decent gluten free menu which is nice. I would go back but would not go out of my way."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "I had heard good things about La Bella Ghent and it did not disappoint. We all enjoyed our meals. The service was good. I would definitely recommend and return."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The restaurant was busy and our server had tables from one end to the other. It took a long time to get waited on in the beginning and when the meal arrived we asked for bread. As we were finishing our meals the server told us the bread was in the oven and would be right out. She delivered the bread which was cold (no way it just came out of the oven) and we asked for a to go box for our meals. I had company in from out of town and was embarrassed about bringing them to La Bella for dinner."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "From the first reservation the last course, my guests and I were afforded excellent service from your professional wait staff and chefs. We were very pleased with it all, and would readily return for future events."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great food and great service. I had spinach lasagna, which was very good. Good vegetarian options."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Fabulous Italian Restaurant Great Chicken Meatballs"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We waited and waited for our food. Just under an hour for four people. Two other tables that came in after us were served before we were. I don't know what the problem was but the waiter was not very attentive. We had to ask for more water, and there was no good excuse for the food to take so long. Once the food arrived, it was very good, but the dessert menu was not very good. They had gelato, canoli, and tiramisu. Not what I was expecting. I'm not sure if we will go back for a second time. I would not recommend this restaurant because of the service. Food is one thing, but if you have to wait an hour for it, it's just not worth it."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "We had a group join us for my Italian mother who was visiting for her birthday. She is a Italian food critic, for sure! Service was wonderful and the establishment was clean and romantic. She ate happily and loved the Sangria. Perfect for a local Ghent dinner atmosphere where you can walk there casually from home, or even dress up and celebrate a special occasion. Will definitely return with my family and friends."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "We love La Bella in Ghent and have dined here numerous times. Love their vegan and gluten free menus also. They cater to all types of diners. Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "A bit difficult to find. You'll need your GPS. Plenty of off street parking, which is unusual in the Ghent area. Food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "The chicken parm was wonderful and only exceeded by the bread with the oil and garlic."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Perhaps the worst food I've been served in many years. Avoid at all costs!"
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "What an amazing place and since they have remodeled since the last time my husband and I were there it looks Great! We took our number 2 daughter there while she was in town (she a graduate of ODU) and she was amazed as well and had never been there during her school years. The service was wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. We will not definitely return."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "La Bella was recommended by an Italian friend, it provided an outstanding dining experience. Four of us dined on a Monday night. We order drinks and shared the Antipasta Misto for 4, which was fantastic - the meats, cheeses, and other treats were thinly sliced and very fresh. For main entrees, we ordered, veal, an italians sausage dish, and two of us enjoyed the Lobster Fra Diavolo special. The flavors were incredible, the homemade pasta was cooked to perfection, and the two bottles of wine paired perfectly. My Lobster Fra Diavolo may be one of the best dishes I've enjoyed at any restaurant. We wrapped up dinner with their Tiramisu, which also was excellent, and ordered cappacino's and espresso. La Bella was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "Entrees were great. Loved the chicken meatballs! Don't waste your time with dessert - mini canolli and red velvet cake were disappointing. Service was okay, a little slow. Tables were too close together."
    Dined on 7/27/2013