Bella Gente

3.9
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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Neighborhood
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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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CHRISTMAS PREFIXED MENU
Appetizer:
Crab Cakes or
Roasted Peppers and Mozzarella
Salad:
House Salad or Caesar
Pasta:
Rigatoni Bolognese
Penne Tomatoes and Basil
Entree
Tilapia Marechiara
Shrimp Fra-Diavolo
Chicken Francese or Della Casa
Veal Picatta or Francese
NY Strip Steak w/Pepper & Onions
$29.99
p/person + Taxes
Make your Reservation at 973 239 4416 ask for Martin A.
Additional
BYO Wine, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.5
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Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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d
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value , byob , best brick oven pizza around!

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Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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d
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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!

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DK
St. Louis
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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LL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

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KC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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..

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AD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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CP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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v
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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b
Miami
254 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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e
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant advertises as neighborhood Italian and delivers good food without pretension. Very good informal dinner.

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CP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Having just moved into the area, it's hard to know what places are good without using the trial and error method. In our former city, we knew every spot - not only our favorites and what to avoid, but also places that were good in a pinch and those we were eager to try. Here, it's a bit different, but I saw the reviews for Bella Gente online and decided to give it a shot. I'm happy I did. A classic Italian BYO, the food was spectacular and they brought my daughter's dinner out fast so that she wasn't waiting long (very appreciated). The service was a bit slow at times, but overall it was a great experience and a place we'll certainly revisit again.

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JL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Always good good here, but this time service was very slow. We had a new waitress who wad fine, maybe a touch slow, but itr was not her fault setvice was so poor. They need to inform the customer when the kitchen is backed up, not just let us sit and wait.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a Groupon for dinner for four and made reservations for a Thursday night at 6. We sat in the dining room and it wasn't crowded. Brought a bottle wine and a couple beers for the guys. The wait staff was very attentive and there was even a young singing waiter! Food was very good and they give you plenty. Two of us had pasta entrees, one had broiled tilapia and last had chicken. We all enjoyed our meal. The only item I didn't care for was stuffed mushroom appetizer. We did not have dessert since we were all full but all of us agreed we would come back.

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LL
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oscar makes the best pizza anywhere! Loyal customers keep coming back for the pizza and pasta dishes.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hello, I hope someone will read this. On June 8th, 2014 I booked online reservation for 2 people at 4pm. I received confirmation number and here t was my friend 60th birthday so I wanted make it for him more special. We walked in and restaurant was completely full, booked for a party. I was embarrassed in front of my friend.

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were attentive and upbeat. Food was good and the pizza was really amazing! They aim to please here, and I am a picky customer.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2014
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Looks like a nursing home inside. Tired and worn atmosphere. No the place it used to be.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was very good, however, service needs much improvement.

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Went here last night for valentines day. Had a reservation for 830 and was not seated until 845, no big deal but when our table was ready we were waved over to come sit instead of walked to our table. We never had a waiter or waitress. The host took care of us and took our order and we were never checked on for the rest of the night. We probably could have walked out and nobody would have known. We had 3 different people handle our check, one brought it, one took it to run my card and another person brought it back for me to sign. The service was absolutely the worst I have seen in any restaurant. The upside of this place is that it's byob and the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Portions are large and it is very good.

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