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Bella Gente

67 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (77)
  • Good for Groups (47)
  • Kid-friendly (43)
Bella Gente is one of Verona, N.J.'s most popular Trattoria & Ristorante. We are famous for our Brick Oven Pizza and are considered one of the best in town, as well as a variety of specialty dishes created by our own chef Angelo, such as Rock Shrimp Arrabiata, Homemade Soups, Scungilli Fra-Diavolo served with Long Hot Peppers etc. We provide a casual dining experience as well as a formal dining experience with a Mediterranean decor along with a fast, friendly and efficient waitstaff to cater to your every need. We look forward to receiving your reservations and treating you the way you deserve.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Tues-Thursday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm;

Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm;

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(973) 239-4416
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Angelo
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Private party facilities
Bella Gente Ristorante is one of the few restaurants with two dinning sides in Verona NJ. The BG's room where you can eat our famous oven brick pizzas as well as the regular menu. In our R'S dinning room you'll find our fine dinning option, with a classic Mediterranean atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Martin A.: (973) 239-4416
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Cross street
On the Corner of Bloomfield Avenue & Grove Avenue
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Parking details
Our restaurant has municipal parking located in the back and the front of the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Crab Cakes or
Roasted Peppers and Mozzarella
House Salad or Caesar
Rigatoni Bolognese
Penne Tomatoes and Basil
Tilapia Marechiara
Shrimp Fra-Diavolo
Chicken Francese or Della Casa
Veal Picatta or Francese
NY Strip Steak w/Pepper & Onions
p/person + Taxes
Make your Reservation at 973 239 4416 ask for Martin A.
BYO Wine, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 67 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kshin13 (Aberdeen)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

There was a private party in the main restaurant area so we sat in the busy pizzeria section. Food for good, service was trying to keep up but really nice and friendly. BYOB is great

vipdave (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Food is very good. Been twice and enjoyed it both times. Servers are very attentive though restaurant was not very crowded. BYO wine is a plus. Will go back again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Great value , byob , best brick oven pizza around!

vipOpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, brick oven margarita pizza is perfection ! Entrees are generous portions , great value byob

Lifeisrosey (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

Has everything from pizza's to steaks - most of the time food is excellent

Italianfoodiecannon (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Our waiter was exceptional. We loved the chef's generous use of garlic in the shrimp arrabiata and in the orichiette with hot sausage and broccoli rabe. My wife liked the bolognese but had hoped for a better ricotta. We would go back and try other dishes.

Ashley (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Went here for to celebrate Father's Day with my family, service was great and the food was excellent

Blitt005 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Authentic Italian menu. Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their food. Nice atmosphere. BYOB. The only downside was a large party (10+) behind us was on the noisier side. Nothing you can do about that.

vipdave (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

First time at Bella Gente. Very quiet for a Saturday night. Staff is very attentive.
Nice menu with all the favorite Italian selections. Food quality is very good. Will go back.

Gary (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Bella Gente is an excellent restaurant with a very nice range of choices on the menu. Also, it's an excellent value!! We always have a great meal at Bella Gente!

vipExcellent (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

The meal was delicious as always. The fact we had to seat in the pizzeria (casual area as they call it) instead of dining room was not great. But there was a private party in dining area.

The service was not really up to par. We had to keep asking for things. Wine glasses, silverware, dessert fork. You could tell she was either new or not interested.

Sarjane (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

Our waitress was very nice but he place was understaffed. Poor management is the pitfall. Food was okay. For an Italian restaurant, it is surprising that they ran out of bread!

vipcheech (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

Bella Gente pizza is certainly one of the best in the area.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

I was surprised that other than the table I was at, there was only one other table occupied. We were there for 4 hours, and no one else came in to dine.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Everything was fine and people were kind only problem was that our server completely forgot to put in an order and he tried to correct it but it was awkward and too late so we just split our meals instead. I thought for their mistake they should've offered a free dessert or something...but they didn't.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We went on Mother's Day....We have been here several times....the food is excellent and so was the service

vipDrKeith (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Pizza was great and so was the salad. Other food was average at best.
Service was below average. Waitress would disappear for long periods. Also, charged us for ice tea refills on our bill but did not tell is she would do that during the meal. Much better Italian options in the area.

vipLLCB (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

The prices are very reasonable & the food was really pretty good. It's a shame the service was so bad. Hadn't been here since they were located further down Bloomfield Avenue (maybe different owner's? Not sure). The new location is not an improvement. The room could use a renovation. Anyway, waitress was very nice but had (obviously) just returned from her cigarette break. The (I believe) manager took over from her but he wasn't an improvement. He was apologizing all over the room for the kitchen. Maybe that was the problem but 1/2 hour wait for a salad & then another 45 minutes for one entrée to appear & then another 15 minutes for the other entrée is unacceptable. We won't be going back.

vipKarenC (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

We stopped by on a Friday night and the restaurant was half empty. We ordered clams oreganato and soup for appetizers. Dinner was a delicious blackened scallops with risotto and Chicken Marsala. Food was delicious and service very attentive. Prices were expensive for a local restaurant. It is a BYO so be prepared.

restaurantreview (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

The waitress was very nice and friendly. She read us all of the specials and answered any questions we had. The food was good. We were there towards the end of the night when they were closing and they did not rush us out which was nice..

AndyD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2015

We decided to try out this restaurant as it was one of the few scheduled to be open on Christmas Day that had decent reviews.
We wanted a nice place with good food where we could host a relatively small number of family members for Christmas
When we arrived at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, we were the only diners inside the place.
We remained the only diners for the next couple of hours. There was a steady stream of take out customers (mostly pizza).

Service was excellent (fast and friendly). This was to be expected since we were alone.
Clams Oreganate were excellent (juicy, good size and well seasoned and crisp)
The Caesar salad was good but not great (ordinary croutons, no fresh cheese, no anchovies).
I had the excellent chicken della casa. My wife really enjoyed her baked orata (fish fillet).
I thought it was a little overdone but my wife prefers it that way.
I thought the vegetables could have been more al dente. The host (also our waiter) accepted the critique said we could just have asked for them and they would have gladly make them that way.
Desserts were very good (cannolis for me and lemongello cake for her).
Really good espresso and cappacino.

BYO from across the street. Moderate prices.
Will bring the family there for Christmas if they have a reasonable menu (won't be full) prepared.

vipHappycustomer (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

As the title says, Bella Gente has excellent food at a reasonable price. We mostly eat on the non-pizza side, but the pizza is excellent as well. It is an under the radar find, so you can usually get a table, unless there's a party. The only downside is if it is packed, you may have to wait for your food, but on the good side, you get to spend time with the people you came with. A bonus is it is a BYOB. I can honestly say that I have never had a bad appetizer or entree, and I usually go the Bella Gente every week.

CPierznik (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2015

For my mother's birthday, we took her to Bella Gente and, once again, came away happy and impressed. The food was wonderful, and everyone at our table - ages ranging from 3 to 69 - was extremely happy with their meal. The staff is understanding of a toddler and go out of their way to be sweet to her. The desserts are great too. We've lived in the area for a little over a year and Bella Gente is our favorite new restaurant.

vipBonbon (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

A family restaurant, it was pleasant and fairly inexpensive. We were there on a Saturday night. It wasn't too noisy so it was easy to talk. My salmon was good. There was no homemade pasta, but my friend enjoyed the pasta she ordered.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Have been to Bella Gente many times,never had a bad meal.Service is always right on.Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Price is very fair. Very clean and simply decorated.Looking forward to my next visit.

Mathpc7 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Great place to celebrate our parent's 68th wedding anniversary. Waitress was very accommodating with our little ones thanks!

BushNJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

We started going to Bella Gente to eat their fantastic thin-crust pizza, which is always delicious and very much to our taste. Then we started trying their main dish specials and once again, everything we have selected has been delicious, especially seafood and pasta dishes. The dining room is lovely, but the decor of the pizza parlor next door needs updating and looks tired. The staff is friendly and very eager to make us comfortable and take care of us in any way that we desire. We have brought friends and they too have been pleased with the food and the service. We are impressed that they will divide our entrees in half and not charge us extra for the additional plating and service. This restaurant is a real find and we hope that others become regular diners there, as we have done.

vipvetfoodie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

This restaurant falls back on service. It's inconsistent and sometimes even annoyingly clumsy. A lot of inexperienced servers over the years since the original staffers left. This visit, we had 3 servers. They moved things along, but it was confusing and overkill. Tables should have one wait staffer, not various staffers coming and going.

vipbigred (Miami)
2.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

Our second visit here. Found service very slow, could have been new waiter food was very salty

mcgeester (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Sometimes you get lucky and we did this past Saturday night having 13 people for dinner at this neighborhood restaurant. Food was great, our table was perfect, service was good and the waiters earned their money. It was relatively busy but not too loud. I have to say it was just a perfect evening and I would highly recommend.