Bella's Restaurant is the place to go for authentic Italian cuisine in Charlottesville, Virginia. Owner Valeria Bisenti wanted to share all the great food from her native Rome when she opened Bella's Restaurant in 2012. The warm, relaxed dining room along with the friendly and attentive staff will make you feel right at home. Add in an array of delicious menu options and that explains the eatery's popularity.
The menu at Bella's Restaurant features traditional Italian classics like sausage and peppers, porchetta and zuppa di pesce. The make-your-own-pasta option offers classic pastas choices with a variety of sauce and meat combinations, including veal. No meal at Bella's is complete without the signature Coliseum dessert: vanilla ice cream with pecan praline, chocolate, raspberry and caramel.
Made reservation months in advance to celebrate daughter's graduation from UVA. Bella herself arranged to accommodate extra guests at the last minute. Food was fabulous!!!! Everything we ordered was delicious and family style servings were generous. Highest recommendations. Thank you Bella for making our celebration so perfect!
You really can't beat the authentic Italian food at Bella's. The owners are fantastic friendly people who take pride in their restaurant. I love bringing out of town guests here because they are amazed at the quality of food and the bang you get for your buck. Family sized portions make it easy for everyone to try a little bit of different meals. This place has easily become a family favorite in my household.
Amazing food, generous portions, and outstanding service. The owner and wait staff were attentive and made our evening incredibly special!
We were very disappointed. The eggplant parm was burnt and so tough you almost needed a staek knife to cut it. The "catch of the day" on the Zuppa de Oesce was TALIAPIA!! Talapia is a farmed raise, cheap, fish and is NOT the catch of the day! The Tierra Musu was dry, lttle to no evident coffee liquor (and had CHOCOLATE CHIPS on it.
Our second visit, lunch this time, and it was just lovely for my sister's birthday. The food was great- fresh and real- very pleasant to sit there and share, family style, and they let us hang out and talk for HOURS. Our server David was wonderful. I look forward to returning, and working my way down the menu.
Service was very subpar. Waiter kept us waiting for several long periods without refilling our water and was late to check for dessert and the check. It was obvious the waiter ignored us as he went by us many times to serve everyone else around us.
The best part of the meal were the appetizers. The Caesar Salad was outstanding and polenta balls stuffed with cheese were very good. The entrees (sausage with red peppers and chicken masala) were long on volume and short of flavor. I took the leftovers home. Reheated the chicken masala with a base of butter and masala and ended up with a creamy and quite good dish. Reheated the sausage with red peppers with a tablespoon of garlic sautéed in olive oil, tomato salsa, and red pepper flakes -- again a nice dish. Wish I remakes had been what we had at the restaurant.
This is a charming restaurant that sets the standard for Itaian food in the Charlottesville area. The gorgonzola romaine salad was superb as was the eggplant entre. All in all a pleasant dining atmosphere that is perfect for that special occasion.
Food and service were excellent. Friendly atmosphere. We chose one of the specials as one of our entrees (pasta w/clams) and it was teriffic. Portions are huge, but the leftovers taste great the next day. Roasted romaine salad is a must. If you love garlic, this is the place for you. Try a few different entrees and you get a variety of tastes and preparations. I can't wait to go back!
My wife and I had perhaps the best clam linguini we have ever had. The noodles were, contrary to most restaurants, actually cooked to an al dente consistency. The clams were tasty and plentiful. The dish was delivered hot and with no extra (untrained pasta water) liquid. Bravo!