Great gem. Fantastic service. Unique wines. The fools is mostly great. There was one dish that was a bit off and bland- the short rid ragu pasta- had VERY little taste. The other meals were good. What a fantastic energetic staff with great wine and drinks!
Good sicilian food, Waitress was a real waitress, warm and funny-not a clueless server. Sadly, no Jack Daniels.
Our server was very thoughtful, fun and interested in making our experience the best it could be!
Food and service were outstanding! Ambiance was perfect. I love small, family owned restaurants. The decor and quaint atmosphere was perfect for our engagement night.
What a marvelous find! Food was delicious, service was attentive, and the portions were large and well-balanced.
Amazing food & service! Waitress was awesome! The rice balls & pizza was delicious!
Place is one of a kind service was phenomenal food was top notch nico is a top notch chef highly recommended
As per usual Chef Nico’s staff did not disappoint ! Service is friendly and on point and the food is comfort food but innovative !
Everything we order was tasty and thoughtfully prepared. The beet and strawberry salad was a winner, so too rigatoni Norma, gnocchi and the pasta of ancient grain. The waitress was attentive and cordial. She knew we had a time constraint and moved the meal along accordingly but we never felt rushed. Looking forward to returning.
Always a pleasure to eat here. Chef Nico and his staff are warm and inviting as is the decor of the homey and comfortable dining room. And the rustic Sicilian food is wonderful, definitely worth a special trip.
Food is great not what I expected waiter service was great
Manager sucked let the kitchen bring out all three courses at once paying top dollar would like to enjoy my food one step at a time
Definitely won’t go back food is very good thou
Always an awesome meal and experience. If you haven’t been, you should go.
Great place in every aspect
Excellent food and ambiance.
Hearty food - well cooked! We liked it so much we went twice!
Limited menu but enough to appeal to a meat eater and a pescatarian!
Would have liked some lighter options for starters though!
Food was terrific. wanted one of everything but settled for family style apps. got to take home half the main course for next days lunch. Delicious!!
Our favorite was pasta w sardines and our least fav was pizza - it was small and dry
Bella Gioa is hands down my favorite restaurant in the city. Brought multiple Sicilian in-laws who raved about the food. Every dish is amazing- esp gnocchi rustica. The staff and owner are the kindest, most welcoming I’ve ever been to.
The food was amazing as was the service. We were never rushed even though it was a Friday night. The chef came and introduced himself and was very nice. Great experience n will be returning.
Poor service - I had to physically get up from the table 3x to get the waitress who was talking at the bar. Food (pizza) was bland and gnocchi was too heavy for this time of year. No one came over to see if we were enjoying our meal, and the manager was there at the bar. Ambiance is dark, cave like and very casual. There are several MUCH better options nearby.
Excellent Sicilian food that surprises those expecting just another red sauce joint; great cocktails, wine, and amari; beautiful and delicious desserts; some of the best, most pleasant service I’ve had in New York. Cute and rustic vibe, too. Highly recommended.
The pasta was delicious, the portions were confusing (small pizzas and enormous bowls of pasta), and the wine was primo.
Amazing food and hospitality!! We stuffed our faces and walked out so happy I can’t wait to come back again! Highly recommend!
They gave us the option of being seated when we arrived at the hour of our reservation or waiting five minutes for a bigger table. We opted for the bigger table and were seated in about three minutes. Meanwhile we ordered drinks; my Negroni was perfect. It’s always a challenge to choose from the excellent menu (and a few specials) because it’s all so good. I had the beet salad, and sampled my friend’s octopus. Awesome. For mains two of us had the swordfish and one the steak. In addition to how delicious the food was, the portions are always quite ample here. This is *not* one of those “quality” places after which one wants to look for a slice on the way home! 😂 We ended our meal with berries and cream. Yum! The wine list and amaro offerings provide great choices, too. All in all, a great dining experience. I will add that on other occasions I’ve had the pasta cu sarde, a classic of Sicilian cuisine. It’s to die for here.
Food is excellent! Staff is very friendly. Price is very fair, and dishes are shareable. Very tasty and enjoyable meal. Great neighborhood place.
Absolutely! I already have! Amazing food, so many great options!!
The service was average. The food was fine but not memorable. With multiple choices for dining, I doubt we will be back
Very delicious food, friendly staff, highly recommend.
This is one of the most underrated Italian spots in the entire city. The gnocchi is out of this world! Do yourself a favor and go here ASAP.
The decor is very nice, drinks were good, and the service was good. The food just wasn’t that great. The gnocchi had 2” of mozzarella over the whole thing. We had to dig and search under the cheese for the gnocchi, and the sauce wasn’t anything special. The chicken we ordered was fine but a bit dry. Had a very nice night there but the food was disappointing.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal in Brooklyn at this neighborhood gem. The waitstaff was so lovely and very knowledgeable about the Scicilian wine list. We will return! Try the lemoncello after dinner...
Phenomenal!!! I eat out often and usually leave a star review with no comment. Bella Gioia deserves one. From the ambiance to service to the food, the whole experience was amazing. The food though WOW. I will be returning soon and bringing friends. Thank you Bella Gioia for a wonderful Sunday dinner.
Very friendly and attentive group.
Food is consistently good and enjoyable.
You won’t go wrong!
Good food, good ambience, good service. Overall an ideal dining experience
Great food and staff.
Go! Great place! Terrific food and great value. You'll love it
This is a gem. Excellent food and great service. Best Italian restaurant I've been to in years. The beet salad is unbelievable and the chicken piccata was amazing. You can't go wrong.
Great atmosphere, excellent food( oxtail rage was amazing)
Attentive service, without any being overbearing. Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Chef Nico is a rising star, his restaurant is a jewel.