The food is amazing with freshly
The food is amazing with freshly made pasta daily. Everything is fresh and tasty. The staff is amazing and remembered us on our first return visit.
2/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
comfort food in a cozy atmosphere
We always enjoy the food and service here. Many homemade pastas which are delicious. Friendly, comfortable ambiance.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is consistently
This place is consistently excellent. Great service, incredible food. The scallops in limoncello sauce (special) were out of this world.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely all around
Cafe Bella Italia is a great experience from the moment you walk up. If you're looking for the amply found, ho-hum, cheapy food of PB, then it is not what you're looking for. However, if you're looking for a place that is a bit nicer, has high-quality food, and great service by people who really know their Italian, it is one of my top pics in the area. Simply put, Cafe Bella Italia is a gem in PB. Don't get me wrong, I do love PB and a number of the other restaurants there, but I'm not ALWAYS looking for a cheese steak, pizza, burrito, or sushi. During those times, I'll be frequenting Cafe Bella Italia much more often. Next step? Have to check out Tuesday night when there is no corkage fee when you bring your own bottle of wine.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful as usual. Grouper
Wonderful as usual. Grouper with lemon wine sauce so fine. Vegetarians in our group were very pleased as well. Lovely Chianti suited us all.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been here a few times
We have been here a few times but were initially referred here by an Italian friend after my European husband was missing some traditional pizza. The pizza is great! Pricey but worth it. This visit wasthreat overallt! We skipped the pizza to change it up and ordered some starters that were amazing. Highly recommend the mushroom & Gorgonzola bruschetta. The caprese salad wasn't as good. The burrata was fresh but it was basically one ball of cheese and three cherry tomatoes w a basil sauce. Bit of a loose interpretation for the price. I ordered the parmigiana which was melt-in-your-mouth excellent. Make it a point to try this at least once! The hubby got the special of gnocchi with asparagus in cream sauce. It wasn't warm. Overall delish!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian restaurant
The food and service at this restaurant were fantastic. We came for Mother's Day and were able to make a reservation easily at the last minute, and did not have to wait to be seated. Our waiter was Italian and very nice and helpful. Explained all our questions about the menu. Service was quick, food was excellent. All the pasta is homemade and delectable. The atmosphere was casual, not intimidating, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will definitely return to cafe Bella Italia.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Local Spot
My wife and I have been coming here every month or two for the last 6 years. We love the menu and the staff. The ownership/managership has changed over the last few years, but the restaurant's personality has remained the same. They have a great staff that always remembers us, even if it has been several months since we came.
Their menu is full of great Italian with a bit of southern California mixed in. Their wine menu is also well represented with something for everyone's budget. They have great outdoor seating with heaters, so you can be outside at any time of year and feel comfortable. They have a great stone pizza oven as well, that they use to create several other dishes.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food!
We were here fir a birthday party. The food was outstanding! The service was great. Their mushroom risotto is my fave!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nicely prepared and unique
Very nicely prepared and unique pasta dishes at a very reasonably price, as well as nicely prepared steaks and lamb. Service is usually a bit better than in this case, but it was a busy Saturday night.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting my son in at UCSD and his girlfriend recommended this place, his choice was a micro brewery..... Food was great and service was excellent. We'll be back on our next visit.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem for Tasty Italian
This was my first visit. Based on past reviews from other social media review sites, I took a chance to plan a family gathering at this restaurant. I was impressed with the accommodating service and quality of the food. I had early dinner reservations for three generations of 18 guests and we were treated very well. The Happy Hour menu was perfect for most of us and the regular menu offered others very tasty selections. The serving portions were very generous. We'll be back again Caffe Bella Italia!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italy in San Diego!
Had a romantic dinner celebrating mine and my girlfriends anniversary! The service was excellent, food was out in a quick time, still being absolutely delicious. They had a great wine list which was perfect for us. I would definitely recommend this to our friends!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food at great prices
3 in party with two picky eaters. All three of us were pleased with our meals. I loved the butternut squash ravioli with poppyseeds. My husband got a fish plate he described as very tasty. My teenage daughter cleaner her plate and not a complaint heard.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brought our two boys there while out of town at Legoland and had a FANTASTIC meal. Personal service and great food. A MUST DO again soon!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first impression
I went to Caffe Bella for a first date and it did not disappoint. The scene was casually romantic and the service was phenomenal. Our waiter was very authentic and helpful in recommending good dishes and wines, yet he did not overwhelm us by constantly checking in. All the food was prepared nicely and it tasted great. Candles lit the table as it grew darker and it was easy to hear one another despite being so close to garnet ave in PB. Overalls, great place for a first date, great place to eat, and great experience, I will definitely be going back and telling friends.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Extremely efficient and friendly service. Both the owners and the head chef were on hand to make sure everything was going as expected. Authentic Italian, with most of the staff native Italian, rounded out the experience.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had another great meal.
We had another great meal. This is our favorite restaurants in Pacific Beach.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was excellent. The food
It was excellent. The food is wonderful and the service very good.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find
We were shocked at the quality of the food, the presentation and the "authenticity" of the waitstaff. They really know their stuff and we can't wait to go back. As word spreads, this small neighborhood gem will be impossible to get in to, and we lost hesitate to let out the secret.
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and superb host, real Italian cooking right in the heart of Pacific Beach.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slight wait for bill But waiting
Slight wait for bill But waiting staff were extremely helpful and friendly and made excellent recommendations
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little gem under new and
A little gem under new and expert ownership. Adds a lot of European ambiance to the neighborhood. They already raised the price go each item by a dollar.
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great hiding Italian place in PB
The staff was great and very attentive! The food was amazing and a great little wine list! Definitely plan to go back! :)
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Rate Italian Cuisine Pac Bch
We really liked this neighborhood restaurant, authentic first rate food and outstanding service. The Osso Bucco on risotto was excellent, the banana squash ravioli was superb, as were the Veal Piccata, Chic ken Marsala and the Caprese Salad we ordered for an appetizer. All fabulous. The house served a Tiramisu with a candle for my daughter's birthday, it was wonderful. Very thoughtful. So light and flavorful. We weren't crazy about the creme brûlée. but this restaurant was stellar. Wine list is very reasonable. We will be back when we come to PB again to see my daughter.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent patio for date night!
This place has a great wine list, excellent food, a friendly host (who may have been the manager), and a great ambiance on their outdoor patio! We really loved this place for date night & will definitely be back to try more of their awesome food. Calamari for appetizer did the trick + a bottle of merlot. For dinner we got the salame e salsiccia woodfired pizza and the chitarra alla pescatora pasta. We shared both & couldn't decide which was better. Being from the East Coast we appreciate a good pizza. They've got it nailed here Italian style at Bella Italia. Pasta had a delicious sauce as well. San Diego doesn't have too many great Italian restaurants, so we'll be frequenting Bella Italia as ours.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an awesome time there
Had an awesome time there with my wife. The service was great and the food was wonderful. We'll be returning again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
AWESOME!! BEST PIZZA!
Our family of four went to Caffe Bella Italia. We brought a bottle of wine and were instantly a hit with what we think is the owner. He loved our selection. He gave us attention right from the beginning. The wait staff were all super friendly and knew everything on the menu. Such a warm and inviting experience. The food was hands down the best Italian ever. The kid's pizza is fresh, large, and hand tossed-super yummy so I heard from our nine year old. The pasta is FRESH and homemade and it tastes like it! Then to top off our great experience the chef gave our daughter a tour of the large kitchen. We will be back many many more times in the future. I would drive FAR to pick just thier pizza for the night! LOVED IT! Isber Family
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service!
What a find! While visiting San Diego, we literally stumbled upon this restaurant while searching online for a place to go to dinner. The authentic Italian food was outstanding and the personal service we received was also outstanding. We also really enjoyed our seating on the patio.
We will definitely be back during our next visit to San Diego!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been in PB for 5 months. driven by 100 times. Met a couple in LaJolla at a restaurant bar and they said this was the best restaurant in PB. So for a special birthday dinner, we tried it. Not only did they have ON THE MENU our favorite region in Italian wine, Brunello, it was 2007!!!. It was like being in Italy, Where we became engaged.
Our dinner was wonderful and the service was good. Everyone was very busy, but came back to the table with a smile. If you want festive, arrive later. If you want special attention, arrive earlier.
They even served us a birthday terra masu to die for.
Thank you Caffee Bella. We love you
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Caffe Bella is always a great
Caffe Bella is always a great place to go for a romantic dinner or just to catch up. My wife and I eat there monthly and we've never had a bad experience. The waitstaff is great, the food is great, and they have a great wine menu...they're great all around!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic Dinner for Two
When visiting PB this past weekend, we were pleased to have discovered Caffe Bella Italia through Open Table. We had a lovely evening - great food, wonderful ambiance on the patio, and terrific service from the team. We will be back when we are back in town!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian food
Loved the food - our choices were delicious and very authentic. Service was attentive.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A happy experience
Three adults and to children went for dinner Monday night and had an absolutely delightful time. The food was terrific for we of different ages, served with style and grace. It could not have been more pleasant. In fact, the experience was so much better for all of us since the restaurant has changed hands - certainly for the better. We HIGHLY recommend it. We plan to return over and over.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
always nice to visit this restaurant. Particularly on Tues. night when you can bring your own bottle of wine in with no cork fee.
The specials were excellent - great choices!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has one of the best made to order food in San Diego that I've ever been too... It's very inexpensive for the food quality they serve oh and let's not forget about their homemade pasta delicious I recommended it and please don't forget to make a reservation.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste of Italy
we absolutely love Cafe Bella Italia, we found it three years ago on a trip through Mission beach and we make a point of eating there every time we are in the San Diego area. Love the waiters and the food is always outstanding.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked a table for 12 for my birthday. When we arrived it was ready and beautifully done!! Our waiter was attentive, fun an knew the menu well! I had 3 options I was looking at and I asked which was best. He told me...and was right!! The meal was amazing!! Everyone eloved their food!!! If I lived in San Diego I would be a regular here!! A wonderful mom and pop restaurant with excellent service and food!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a nice surprise!
Great people - great food - reasonable noise level (able to talk at our table and hear each other with-out texting answers) Fun, happy place with WONDERFUL Italian food!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance
Traveling with six. Everyone ordered something different and everyone thought it was excellent. Homemade pasta delicious.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite Italian restaurant in the area. Great food, friendly waiters, great ambiance, for a fair price. It is our most common spot for special occasions but is not too stuffy for a date or group dinner on a Thursday night.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Last Minute Gold
My friends and I enjoyed our dining experience very much!
Our waiter was charming and staff was attentive. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. From their spaghetti and meatballs to their catch of the day, sea bass, our taste buds were pleasantly surprised! I will definitely recommend to my friends!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food's the thing!
On Saturday night the noise level was very energetic. Next time will eat outside so we can hear our guests. One forgives the ambience and the noise because the food is terrific.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow, I love this place
Our party of eight had a birthday dinner here the other night and it couldn't have been better. Every dish we tried was extremely high quality and delicious. One of the daily daily specials lightly breaded crunchy chicken breast was served with an amazing slightly balsamic sweet and sour sauce which I have never had, Truly unique. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, gracious, and downright fun.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite Italian Restaurant
We have been to this restaurant multiple times and it always delivers! The food is delicious and the service impeccable. We will continue to dine at this restaurant!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first visit to the restaurant but definitely not the last one. We loved it. It has a cozy feel to it, the food is great as is the service. In addition, the music is subdued and relaxing, mainly classical, unlike other restaurants which bombards you with loud conversation-inhibiting music. The restaurant is a gem.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place. Our second visit here and it was nice to see the same staff and have the great wonderful service and food. Thanks to All!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came from the east coast (mostly Boston and New York), and this place served food more authentic and delicious than any place we've dined in the states. The pasta, made on site, was simply amazing. Delicious authentic pizza, and wonderful wine, too. Simply a gem. We thought we were in Italy with such good food. My girlfriend loves Italien food, but I've always preferred other cuisines. This place changed my mind!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I ate here years ago after a trip to Italy, we took friends who were in town there and they loved it. Food excellent, the staff attentive but not overly so, felt like we were dining with family. I recommend this to anyone in search of delicious Italy cuisine.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM