Bella Forno

4.6
55 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Stylish, relaxed pizzeria serving gourmet, wood-fired red & white pies, plus wine & beer.
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and all food ordered was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic! Server was knowledgeable on wine and taught me some tricks and tips! Food was amazing as usual. One of my favorite places in town! Highly recommend!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers and the Gorgonzola pasta was fantastic!

S
Indiana
68 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the apps, to the salads to the Pizza's everything was fantastic! Next time I am in the area I will dine there again.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good pizza and tasty meatloaf

RL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, I was disappointed that the menu didn't match what was on,the open table site. Because I think they took away a good small plate. But what we did have was great. I especially recommend the chocolate torte.

CE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were unsure of where to eat that evening and saw the review on another site and thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. We were seated immediately and greeted by our waiter soon thereafter. We ordered the meatball app which was pretty good and if there was a weak point in the meal this may have been it. My first bite tasted pretty "Heat and serve" as far as the meatball goes. taking my next stab with some fresh basil definitely helped things and I readily gobbled up the rest of it. We ordered the magherita pizza and it was delicious. The sauce was no doubt fresh and the crust was perfect! We were also treated as first-time guests to a complimentary dessert of panna cotta which was amazing. The service was prompt and polite and there prices were very reasonable. There were two specials that we didn't bite on that evening but had it not been pretty hot outside I have have tried the pan seared scallops and on a bed of linguine with white wine butter sauce. Sounded great, just a lot at that time.

OC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here. The pizza was delicious! The service was excellent and the restaurant was really clean.

JN
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We unknowingly went on trivia night, so, it was a lot more crowded and noisier than we are used to. But, food is always outstanding! Still one of our favorite places in Lexington!

AH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Bella Forno. We had tried to get there once before but couldn’t find it. It used to be under the name “Crusts” and that is still the name on the building. Confusing to the new customer.

That said, we thoroughly enjoyed both the food and service. My companion had a Mergherita (Sp.?) pizza which was not surprisingly like the same from the Smashing Tomato, owned by the same people. It was excellent.

I ventured out from my comfort zone and ordered the Italian Meatloaf. Best choice by far. The texture was smooth, the flavor remarkably like Mama Dispirito’s meatballs from the recipe at Rocco’s in NYC as featured on HBO. The sauce drizzled over the meat and mashed potatoes was sweet and a perfect accompaniment to the dish.

The final touch was the free dessert they present to all first time patrons. Just yummy!

WM
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Came in for a date with my wife. Our server was excellent. Very professional and knowledgeable, and although the service was attentive we not rushed at all. My wife had scallops and rates it excellent. I had a pizza with sausage, arrabbiata sauce and balsamic reduction. Crust outstanding. The pairing of the arrabbiata with the balsamic was a bit too much. Salty spiciness dense tomato from sauce with the sweet balsamic and I lost the crust a bit. Better to pair with a basic tomato and lose the balsamic IMO. But a very good pizza, certainly worthy. The bruschetta with Tuscan beans was excellent.

Definitely returning.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wish they served liquor! Awesome food. Service needs work but wasnt

t
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just another outstanding review of an outstanding restaurant. We have been
many times and have never had less than outstanding.

JN
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are huge fans of Bella Forno! Outstanding food, something new to try every time and consistently delicious! One of our local favorites!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, very attentive service, and quiet enough to talk

e
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - the quality is much better now, and the selection better - this was an excellent change. Same quality as their other restaurants now, and a welcome addition!! We will be back!

GG
Key West
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I preferred the old menu. The new menu is predominantly pizza and pasta and appears less creative than the earlier menu and specials.

JC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our Mothers Day dining experience was great! My pizza was cooked to perfection, but I’ll skip the chicken wings next time: far too fatty. I’m adding CRUST to my regular eating-out list.

EW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken and waffles were AMAZING!! They were unique and delicious!!

M
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was outstanding. It was obvious the staff was short-handed, which made things difficult for them especially on Mother's Day, yet we were served with great respect and careful attention.

l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always excellent! Great spot for date night or family dinners! Highly recommend!

J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant! Food was delicious, service was excellent, and ambiance was comfortably inviting! Actually loved this place! Plus they give you a free dessert on your first visit which was sooo yummy!!

t
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

How many ways can you write great? How many times can you be grateful for a find?
This is a great little restaurant.

KK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Aaron! He exceeded all of our expectations and did a wonderful job as a server. It was a surprise dinner for my boyfriends birthday and the staff played along great. The food was amazing and they even had a pizza option called the indecisive for someone like myself who had a hard time choosing just one. The pear salad was also delicious! The restaurant even treated us to a dessert for being a first time customer. We will definitely be back.

AF
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our nite out. Great soup, salads, pasta and pizza. We had it all~! Will definitely be back!

MS
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! We loved our dinner. The staff was knowledgeable, nice, and everything tasted great

KC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gift card we used for a rare date night. We were seated at a high top table that was very nice. The server was Jacob and he was very knowledgeable and had a sweet girl training named Jasmine. They were both great and kept us happy with plenty of drinks and good timing of food delivery. We really never get good service these days and it was a beautiful night. Lovely to have the open doors with a breeze. We will be back

K
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious gluten free pizza!

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C
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Service and staff were excellent. Being owned by Bella Notte i expected alot. The bruscetta is nowhere on par as I expected. Pizza, as for ingredients, excellent but the crust was soggy.i wont travel across town for it again.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Just missed the mark for us. Service was below average and the food was not particularly remarkable.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traveling home from spring and we stayed in Lexington, my wife found a great review and we decided to try. Everything was excellent!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! Friendly, attentive and outright awesome...the food was sooo good here; it’s a definite go-to the next time I’m in Lexington.

Thanks for a great lunch, team Crust!!!!

SG
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our experience! Brittany was an excellent server and really made everything so nice. We had two appetizers - the burrata and one of the bruschettas - which were both VERY tasty! My husband had a sandwich and I a salad with added chicken, again both very good. We were really impressed with the beer and wine selection as well as the prices. Highly recommend!

RS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Normally have pizza which is always great but the server suggested the roasted chicken. it was remarkable. Best I can recall. Will try the meatloaf next time, but it will be hard to not order the chicken.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seating was quick, service was friendly, ambiance very pleasant and the food was excellent! We ordered a wide range of dishes from salads to pasta to sandwiches and every dish impressed. We were there to celebrate a birthday and they even gave us a complimentary dessert.

SL
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous. Food was OK. Pizza a little soggy, pasta a little bland. Dessert wonderful. Nice drink selection.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shared a tasty Margherita pizza with very light and puffy crust just out of the oven.As good as one I ate in Naples, Italy. The baked chicken wings delicious. Sprinkles of a parmesan and basil pesto on the plate. Once again a light touch. Yum!

LD
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the wine list was awesome. Johnathan is an excellent waiter who knows his wine and food pairings! I love the changes!

MK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations but arrived early. We were seated immediately, with absolutely no wait.
Heather, our waitress, could not have been any more attentive. She was pleasant, professional, and provided excellent and fast service.
The restaurant was very clean.
Our salads were delicious and a real bargain. The pizza was absolutely fabulous! We selected the arrabiata sauce and it was kicked up with the perfect level of spice and heat. The crust was thin but not paper thin, and had a great chew. I would certainly dine here again when in the area.

AW
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 3

Awful experience. Manager and hostess were rude beyond belief. Food was delicious and our server was very sweet. I could write for days and never have a enough time to explain how we were treated. Will never go back again, ever!!!!!! Good-bye Crust!

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