Cheaper than Tickest to Italy
This is the most authentic Italian restaurant in the United States at which I have eaten. The salad with fennel and arugula was perfectly dressed. The butternut squash ravioli with sage/butter sauce combined the sensations of a remarkably savory dish with eating a dessert surrounded by homemade pasta - as good as any in Bologna. The paccheri with veal ragu were delicious and perfectly al dente. House made burrata was sensational. The crust on the pizza caprese was slightly charred and the cheese was real mozzarella di bufula. The wine list has offerings from all over Italy, not just Tuscany and the Piedmont. Service was very European - relaxed, yet attentive and professional. This is the real deal.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Meals all around;
Excellent Meals all around; Best linguine with clam sauce ever! Pizza spectacular.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place best truffle mashed
Great place best truffle mashed and lamb chops I found in NYC. Can't wait to go back
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the decor. Vibrant atmosphere.
Love the decor. Vibrant atmosphere. Great service & food was delicious.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tables are fit tightly together.
Tables are fit tightly together. Very noisey. Great food and service. Nice variety on the menu. Accomodating to dietary needs. Great find for the neighborhood. It's always busy with a vibrant bar scene. Make a reservation. We wil definately go back.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been going here for years.
Been going here for years. This time, I was an HOUR late with a group of 8 people on a busy saturday night, and they could not have been more accommodating. A+ restaurant!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
As with most restaurants when the specials are described the price is not revealed. We did order off the special menu and when we received the bill we were speechless. The entrees were exorbinate! I learned that as I go forward, I will always ask the price of the special entree. What we paid for a casual dinner with friends is usually saved for those special occasions.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding as always!
Place never fails. Even when they are jammed they get you in.
Food is unmatched!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good, although
Food was very good, although the Pasta special of the day was a bit skimpy for the price. Sometimes the noise level gets to be excessively loud.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good pizza, but okay service
Had a couple of pizzas here on a Sunday.. The size of pie is small but taste was awesome..
Service was okay..
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect neighborhood spot
Fresh salads,pasta and marvelous meatballs are the things to order at Bella Blu. Brick oven pizza to share with a group and a delicious tartufo and iced cappacino round out the dinner. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Staff is accommodating and food is very good. Service was excellent. Not the place for a "quiet" lunch, but not the noisiest place either.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here several times and
Been here several times and always amazes me how they keep it going when there is always a line out the door!
the food is consistently good to excellent, the wait staff is always polite, professional, helpful and friendly.
There are restaurants with half the people at the door and could not be half as good...keep up the good food!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
no air conditioning. tough
no air conditioning. tough to sit there with the horrible heat. assume a fluke
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were terrific!
Food and service were terrific! But, always a bit too loud...
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday in NYC
After a week of work and stress the Food and Staff at Bella Blue replaced them with good times and smiles !
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently delicious !!! Service always excellent!!!
Love Love Love
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Neighborhood Place
A nice place for lunch. Good food and good service, two things that make a happy meal!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never had a bad meal at this
Never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Even had the same server the last 3 years. Says alot when the staff stays for awhile. Service is amazing and the suggestions are spot on. Will continue to eat here every time we are in the city!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why I miss New York!
A place like Bella Blu makes me wish I still lived in New York. Loved it 15 years ago, single, loved it with my wife and three kids this past weekend. Great food, great service, could go everyday.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of my favorite
This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the décor which is very cheerful and welcoming. The food is delicious and they do not rush you at lunch.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very pleasant experience
It's a shame that this restaurant does not give points, because it is very good, and I certainly would go back
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
spaghetti & meatballs
Go for the pizza but do not forget to order the spaghetti & meatballs. Great Sunday supper!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Dining
Right on Park Avenue. Authentic Italian and Fresh as can be. Tables are a little close to each other but typical.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood Italian
Bella Blu is consistently good, with friendly service, nice ambience and not pretentious. The pizza and pastas are very good and so are the entrees. It doesn't have a particularly interesting and innovative menu but it is pretty authentic Italian. The prices are a little high for what you get, for example $18 for a pizza Margherita at lunch. I prefer this restaurant for lunch because at dinner it gets really busy and loud. I would recommend this place as a good, solid neighborhood Italian.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bella Blu continues to be
Bella Blu continues to be one of the greatest gems of NYC dinning....the weekends are jumping for dinner which is great fun, and just like being out for dinner in any part of a small village in Italy....food is amazing, the brick oven pizza outstanding, great wines, even greater is the staff who will do carts wheels to make your dining experience a great one..
I have been going to Bella for years with family, friends and clients, and it continues to be OUTSTANDING....Thanks BELLA BLU
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Close to the Frick
Bella Bella was a perfect restaurant in which to relax and talk with friends after a morning at the Frick. The lunch menu was varied and offered something perfect for each of our group. We were tucked in a corner where we could talk and we were not rushed out at the end of the meal. I highly recommend Bella Bella for lunch.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coming in from Long Island my husband and I were looking for a place for lunch prior to an appointment we had in the city. Our friend who lives in the neighborhood recommended Bella Blu. Our friend was right on.....Nice atmosphere; great food; attentive service.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy, Elegant NYC Restaurant
Elegant, Intimate and consistent cuisine would describe my experiences at this hidden gem!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate 2 specials and were both superb
Pizzas though looked delicious, and look forward to going back to try them
Recommend to friend without hesitation
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find! - I'd travel for this!
Great Upper East side local place, but so good, I'd make a special trip - even from Jersey :-) The Sardines and Burrata were amazing; Their version of seafood stew was also amazing and different; And don't get me started on the wood fired brick oven pizza. The place is just great - One warning - not inexpensive.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM