La Bella in Ghent

La Bella in Ghent

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labellainghent.com/
  • Phone: 7576226172x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday- Thursday: 11am-10pm

    Friday- Saturday: 11am-11pm

    Sunday: 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options:
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
La Bella in Ghent reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (11)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (8)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)romantic (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have eaten at many Italian restaurants and by far La Bella Ghent is one of the best! Loved the food, excellent service, and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ken was an amazing server. He was personable, confident and attentive. The food was delicious, lots of flavor and presented well. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norfolk's Best
    KidsdocVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My favorite Norfolk restaurant. The lasagna was superb. My wife had the salmon special which was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had dinner on Friday night 8-29-14
    Wintercamper
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the Veal Milanese special - pretty greasy, too much garlic, server didn't put water on the table for at least 10 minutes after seating us, overall a so-so experience. I believe that there are other options to explore in Ghent. Probably won't be back there for some time.
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  • Favorite Italian Restaurant
    KidsdocVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    La Bella continues to be our favorite Italian restaurant in Norfolk. Creative drink selections. Fabulous food. Great desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ezxcellent Meal
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food and service, we have been here before and it always great! Friendly service and great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've never been disappointed. Great Northern Italian.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice upgrades
    Maori
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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" !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Yummy
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Restaurant
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken meatballs
    Wolrab
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
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  • good food
    ChrisKfromWestchester
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love the chicken meatballs. We ate outdoors on a beautiful night, the food and wine were awesome!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Eatery
    KidsdocVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fabulous Authentic Italian Cuisine- my favorite is the meatball special, and the canoli is outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    OT123VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the La Bella in Ghent reviews archive.
  • Tutti Buono!
    SsnsailorVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    John
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Rockbridge
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our experience was outstanding. The staff were professional and friendly. They were attentive but not overly attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Bella in Ghent
    foodlover
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Restaurant was a local vibrant neighborhood type. Food was excellent and price was moderate. Enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Service Great... Host RUDE
    HNSTIER
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Loved the food. Loved our waitress. Very knowledgable .. but the host was extrodinarily rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • great food
    restaurantgoer22
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian off the beaten track
    vbdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    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!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before Addams Family
    Moose
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent atmosphere
    Chistoso28
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was great! The restaurant has a decent wine selection and the atmosphere is quite, relaxing and romantic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rico
    TexMex49
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is poor
    Luigi
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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.
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  • Very good.
    JohnnyTtheculinaryguru
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expectations
    DrSS
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Kimberly
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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.
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  • From the first reservation
    Fred
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Pasta
    GeekGirl
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Great food and great service. I had spinach lasagna, which was very good. Good vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Italian Restaurant Great
    KidsdocVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Fabulous Italian Restaurant Great Chicken Meatballs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Poor service
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time & Love It
    Lmarie
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love La Bella
    FitnessbabeVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet