This is great traditional
This is great traditional Italian restaurant. All the food is great, the selection wide, and the quantities large. Additionally they offer half orders. We've been here before and continue to return.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Not sure how I feel about
Not sure how I feel about my last visit. Some of the items were better than others, I remember the food being better than it was this last time. Don't get me wrong everything was good but not great.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good old fashioned Italian food
I can't believe this was my first time at this restaurant after living in the city for almost 20 years. The food was delicious and you can enjoy the leftovers for several meals at home. We really enjoyed the burrata special, but it doesn't leave much room for your entrees! The tomato sauce is extremely fresh and rivals any in Chicago. We will definitely go back soon!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been going to Bella
We have been going to Bella Notte for years for special occasions and have never been disappointed. The portions are enormous. I prefer a table near the front window which is cozy and less noisy when crowded. The seafood appetizers and entrees are absolutely wonderful. Also, they serve the best martinis in town. Love this place!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Have been here several times
Have been here several times now and it is consistently great food, service, and ambiance. Servings are very generous too. The full order of the pasta dish I had was three generous servings so had dinner for two more days!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went before the show at the
Went before the show at the Artistic Home theatre next door. Excellent food with quality ingredients and perfect pasta. Pricey, but truly huge portions. Returned for dessert and coffee afterwards at 11; they accommodated us even though they were trying to close. Nicely done desserts, as well.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Neighborhood Restaurant
This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant. We had gotten several recommendations from friends and co-workers. I had made reservations for 5 for my son's birthday, when we walked in with 6, they were extremely accommodating and made room for #6. The waiters were VERY attentive with water, which is a big deal with some in our group. But not just with water, with everything else as well. They were very good at explaining specials and a very lovely group of people. Their meals are priced full and half portions, very reasonably. If you are going for a nice night out, get the half portion. If you choose a full portion you will have food for several additional meals. We will definitely go back.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. Our waitress was obviously an Italian mother, which I thought was great. She was able to recommend excellent entrees for both of us an selected the right portion sizes. We even had enough leftovers for lunch the next day, which is impressive for having only ordered a half portion of pasta. We had bruschetta for an appetizer, it was the best I have had so far. The tiramisu is home made and the best I have had so far.
Highly recommend this place!!!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
`Food was very good and very plentiful. We couldn't have finished the half orders much less the full orders. It was very noisy upstairs but there were several large parties. I appreciate the waiters accent but when there is a lot of background noise it became impossible to hear the specials. We could have used a written special menu.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brought my mother to Chicago for Mother's Day weekend. Had dinner there on a Saturday night. Waiters were very attentive. Food was wonderful....we got the 1/2 portions and couldn't even finish them. Was allowed to dine leisurely and did not feel rushed.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
last minute choice for dinner. Great find. not much to look at on the outside but inside everything works!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grilled Seafood App
Been here a few times. The food and ambiance here is very good. The prices are very reasonable, although I think the steak prices are a tad high, but the steaks are very tasty. The food quality is great and the wait staff is attentive. You need to tell your server you want the seafood platter grilled, in their balsamic sauce. Octopus, calamari, and shrimp..... delicious
They have valet parking which is very convenient in that area
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We LOVE Bella Notte! We accidently
We LOVE Bella Notte! We accidently found it while moving our son into his apartment and have been back several times. This last time was for his college graduation and we had a small group. The food is excellent, drink menu very good and the service was great.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Italian Gem
Bella Notte is easy to miss -- I passed this restaurant hundreds of times and never thought to check it out until I read a few good reviews on Yelp! I'm so glad I went -- the vibe of the restaurant is very relaxed, almost familial. Most importantly, the food is superb. In a group of 7, we started with a seafood appetizer (special of the day) that everyone oohed, ahh'ed and mmm'ed over. I wanted to lick the sauce off the plate but resisted this impulse. Most of us ordered pasta dishes, and everyone was very happy with their orders. I had the rigatoni with red sauce; the dish sounds plain, but the flavor of the sauce was outstanding, and the rigatoni was cooked to perfection. You won't be disappointed if you go to Bella Notte!
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I booked a reservation for 14 girls for a bachelorette party and it was a big hit! The staff was very attentive and we were seated immediately. The food was delicious! The prices were reasonable and they did not make us pay the $3 fee to share a plate. And as the reviews said the half portions were plenty and could easily be shared between two people (if you are the kind of person that can never finish your plate). They were also very patient while we decided how much to charge our various cards!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great Italian Spot
All of the reviews we had read about Bella Notte were on target.
This is a great, authentic, old world Italian restaurant. Very nicely prepared traditional dishes like chicken vesuvio, veal parmigiana, and fettuccine Alfredo were served generously. The salads were very tasty, as we're the fried shrimp, calamari, and ravioli appetizer.
Service was friendly and professional.
A moderately priced wine list complemented all of the menu items.
We will be back!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect before United Center events...i.e. bulls, hawks, etc....they know you're going to a game...welcome your group - and get you served effeciently. Food was fantastic - great service and valet parking.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a great find!
The food was delicious and the menu varied. The service was outstanding from the waiter suggesting an affordable wine that was excellent to his apportioning for us the dishes we were sharing. The place has a warmth about it not found in a lot of places. They turned my stressful day into a delightful evening.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place!
Had an early family dinner celebration for my grandson's 3rd birthday. Everyone is so accommodating and the food is wonderful. They had veal piccata on the menu, and though chicken piccata wasn't on the menu, they were happy to make the change. Portions are large, and we all had different chicken,veal, and pasta dishes and everyone loved what they selected. Great service, nice wine selections, and amazing value! Bella Notte indeed!!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighborhood Spot!
This is a great spot to check out in the neighborhood. It is very intimate with great italian food. It is also very reasonably priced.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
United Center stop for sure
On the way to the UC....can't find a better meal anywhere. Great stuff.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Homade Pastas.
Great food. Homade Pastas. Vodka Sauce is not too heavy. Daughter had Mussels over Linquine and raved about it.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Italian in a neighborhood
Authentic Italian in a neighborhood where my grandparents lived for over 60 years. Every trip in from our home in Arizona requires a trip to Bella Notte. The homemade pasta is amazing and every dish served is so filling, you are sure to bring leftovers home. A wonderful atmosphere and food that makes me relive my childhood experiences of home cooking.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great ambiance,
Great food, great ambiance, friendly and attentive service, good wine by the glass or bottle - what more can you ask for?!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both the food and service were wonderful! Would definitely eat there again! Staff was very attentive. The only negative was the noise level. Difficult to talk across the table, but once people began to clear out noise level went down. The portions are very large even the half portions.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the beaten path
Always great food, large portions, very good salmon and egg plant parmigiana
Waitress was very attentive. Would highly recommend. Not your typical hyped up ITALIAN restaurant.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bella Notte always delivers a consistent experience. Good food, nice atmosphere, good price. Neighborhood feel and charm. Would definitely recommend!
7/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a tried and true spot great food and service
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Italian Food
The food, service wine was excellent. It would be hard to find something
to complain about!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of those places
This is one of those places that just does all the little things right. Much better than it has to be. They offer incredibly large full servings of pasta, enough for two days of eating for big...make that even huge..eaters. But they also offer half-servings (which for my wife is STILL enough for two days. Pasta has been perfectly al dente every time we've dined here. Their arrabbiata sauce includes plentiful pancetta. This is a touch many Italian restaurants either forget or skimp. Service is attentive and accommodating without being overbearing and there is a nice by-the-glass wine list.
In addition, they do a great job on delivery. They'll deliver most anywhere and do a really terrific job of packaging and preparation.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were there quite early
we were there quite early on a Sunday evening....really quiet.
but, we have also been there on Friday and Saturday nights when there was a crowd. It's just great food.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has the feel of
This place has the feel of an authentic Italian restaurant mixed with a little city/bar atmosphere. The menu selection had something for everyone and looked so good you want to come back and try more. The guys had the veal that you could cut with a fork. Service was outstanding. Only complaint is that it was hard to hear the waiter and sometimes each other talk...the location is a perfect stop before heading to the United Center.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was a little slow. It was crowded, but it could have been faster service!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Chicago Italian
I was looking for a place to take a group of out of town colleagues near UIC and this came up. I tried it the other night with my wife and was very impressed. Everything was well prepared and though a Friday night the service was very good. Italian salad was delicious (though maybe next time will ask them to lighten up a bit on the dressing), minestrone soup, grilled vegetables, grilled sea bass, and chicken marsala all terrific. I am sure my colleagues will love it.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Bella Notte! This is our absolute must every time we come to the city! It is by far our favorite Italian restaurant when traveling and we have been to many big cities.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We can't wait to go back to this OUTSTANDING place. Great food, great service, great wine & great music. Well worth the fight on the Dan Ryan to get there. If we can drive a hour out of our way, you should too!!! Looking forward to our next visit on 10/6/13!!!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small Italian Gem
Bella Notte(BN) was excellent. The four of us(two couples) left the Cubs game early Monday night and arrived at BN at 9:15. There was a comfortable, casual feel to the place. The food was outstanding. Portions were large. My Veal Limon was delicious. We would all go back.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy neighborhood Italian!
A little outside downtown but great food and service! A super broiled snapper and great appetizers and pasta
9/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
All I can say is the chicken francase. I asked the waiter to suggest a chicken dish and wow ! Awesome then I asked to substitute the pasta for a veggie and they brought steamed Broccali. Not only was it excellent but easy on you as far as heavy Italian food goes. Pretty healthy. I recommended it to my parents and of course they said "Oh we've been going there for years". Lol
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll go back!
My wife and I recently dined at Bella Notte for the first time and were impressed from the moment we walked in the door. Service, food and ambiance were truly excellent. Our meals were perfect in every way and we loved our entrees. Quality was outstanding and we can't wait to return. Highly recommended!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal and large menu
There was something for everyone on this menu. We had vegetarians and gluten intolerant friends with us and there were plenty of menu choices. Portions were large enough for leftovers and even on the half portions. We would definitely venture back from the suburbs.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Want good Italian? Want to feel like your part of the family? Then don't miss Bella Nolte and be sure to ask for Jan!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bella Notte for Unique Fare
This was my third time at Bella Notte. What a absolute gem in the West Town neighborhood. Their service, ambiance, and food is remarkable. Bella Notte's dishes are uniquely Italian, offering appetizers and main course that you cannot find at other Italian restaurants in Chicago. I look forward to returning sometime soon.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food in nice environment
We had dinner at Bela Notte before a play next door at The Artistic Home. The waiter worked with us to ensure we'd have enough time to enjoy our meal. We ordered an appetizer and two entrees for the two of us. Everything was very well prepared with fresh ingredients and a nice balance of flavors. Overall a very nice experience. The only negatives were that the only Italian wines available by the glass were chianti, and the food portions are very, very big (we would have been satisfied with a single entree between the two of us and no appetizer). The good news is that everything we took home held up very well the next day!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for date night
My boyfriend and I tried Belle Notte for the first time after reading some great reviews. We really loved it! I had a half order of the Green Noodles Alforno and he had a full order of a veal dish. Both were delicious. However, the highlight of our meal was definitely the sausage and peppers appetizer. It was FANTASTIC. I want to go back just to have this dish again! It's true that the portion sizes are massive, but we didn't mind. Our leftovers were enough to provide us with dinner again the next night. We also had the flourless chocolate cake for dessert and loved it.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love Italian food.
This was our first trip to Chicago and we decided to use Opentable to help us find a neighborhood gem. The reviews for Bella Notte were great so we decided to give it a try and we were delighted with the results! The service was great despite the fact that they were very busy; the food was fantastic; the servings were generous to say the least; and the price was very reasonable. Highly recommended !!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian find
We visited Bella Notte early Saturday evening wth a party of 7. Service was very attentive. It was early and the noise level was low, but even as we left (when the restaurant was close to full) the noise level was still moderate.
The food was excellent and portions were very ample. Everyone thought that their food was great.
We especially liked the grilled calamari (for the table). This group frequently orders this when we dine out , and Bella Notte's is among the best we've tried
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
it was very nice
food was very good... portions are great... full portion is gigantic... menu doesn't have too many choices... but quality was really nice...
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Ol' Italian
A good spot for a low key dinner. Gets crowded on a Friday night but clears out fairly early. And great bread. Really great bread.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always delicious and joyous. This is one of my favorite spots of all time.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM