Bella Gioia

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$31 to $50
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Sicilian

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Tucked into the streets of Park Slope, Bella Gioia is an Italian restaurant specializing in Sicilian comfort food. Established in 2014, Bella Gioia offers a rustic and charming dining experience. Our motto is “Cibo Dal Cuore” which means food from the heart. Each meal is crafted with only the finest and freshest ingredients, calling upon flavors and traditions from Sicily. Chef Nico Daniele continues to create original and surprising seasonal menus throughout the year. Taking recipes passed down from generations, as well as, infusing a modern technique, Chef Nico shares his passion of Sicily with you in every dish he creates.
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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

MD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good sicilian food, Waitress was a real waitress, warm and funny-not a clueless server. Sadly, no Jack Daniels.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very thoughtful, fun and interested in making our experience the best it could be!

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a marvelous find! Food was delicious, service was attentive, and the portions were large and well-balanced.

J
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & service! Waitress was awesome! The rice balls & pizza was delicious!

J
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is one of a kind service was phenomenal food was top notch nico is a top notch chef highly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As per usual Chef Nico’s staff did not disappoint ! Service is friendly and on point and the food is comfort food but innovative !

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

FG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

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

SK
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome meal and experience. If you haven’t been, you should go.

HD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in every aspect

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!!

BM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our favorite was pasta w sardines and our least fav was pizza - it was small and dry

KL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

ME
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pasta was delicious, the portions were confusing (small pizzas and enormous bowls of pasta), and the wine was primo.

AZ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and hospitality!! We stuffed our faces and walked out so happy I can’t wait to come back again! Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

T
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is excellent! Staff is very friendly. Price is very fair, and dishes are shareable. Very tasty and enjoyable meal. Great neighborhood place.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely! I already have! Amazing food, so many great options!!

L
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT ❣️

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t
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was average. The food was fine but not memorable. With multiple choices for dining, I doubt we will be back

A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food, friendly staff, highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

RF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive group.
Food is consistently good and enjoyable.
You won’t go wrong!

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good ambience, good service. Overall an ideal dining experience

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Go! Great place! Terrific food and great value. You'll love it

LA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

YY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent food( oxtail rage was amazing)

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, without any being overbearing. Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Chef Nico is a rising star, his restaurant is a jewel.

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