Bella Gioia

4.6
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sicilian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 184 people are saying
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MatthewF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious prices are amazing and the service was great. I will definitely be eating there again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy that this place reopened! This place has authentic Sicilian dishes. I really like the atmosphere and their staff is very kind.

Appetizers:

Arancini
-served with four dipping sauces: garlic puree, balsamic reduction, chili-infused oil, and marinara

I really enjoyed their dipping sauces. I thought they were different and paired nicely with the rice balls.

Fried Burrata
-comes with tomato sauce and grilled bread

Our favorite appetizer! It's delicious and their sauce is fresh.

Entrees:

Rigatoni alla Norma
-eggplant, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, shaved ricotta salata

Again, their sauce is just amazing!

Pasta d'Oro
-tagliolini, lemon, saffron, almond, sunflower oil

If you want to try something different, then this is the dish for you! When I first looked at their pasta choices, I wanted to get their Tumminia pasta because I'd get it every time. However, it wasn't on their menu which was disappointing because that's my favorite dish. I asked the waitress about it and she explained that it's a seasonal dish. So I decided to go with the Pasta d'Oro and I was very pleased with my choice!

Again, I am just really happy that is placed reopened after the pandemic. I can't wait to come back!

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vipihhltd
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Don't understand why it was empty on a Thursday night. Been coming here for several years and each time is better than the last.

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HarryD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience
Best Sicilian food in Brooklyn!!!

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AlanaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good vibe, owner very friendly. Will be back.

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Gordon
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service; our group ordered a variety of appetizers and entrées and none of them disappointed. The veal and oxtail dishes were particularly tender and savory.

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Lynda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very under seasoned steak. Was given table salt in shaker and not sea salt to season it which didn’t salt it properly… otherwise ok.

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MichaelS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, ambiance and service

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KristenM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so charming inside and the food was delicious. Bonus points for the waitress last night who really went above and beyond.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner - lovely food and HUGE meat and cheese plate!

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vipSouthslope
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have given 5 stars except the swordfish was overcooked and dry.
Everything else was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, friendly and efficient service, in a homey environment.

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JosephE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food and service were pretty good, but I booked an outdoor reservation and they told us when we arrived that they could only seat us indoors. Somewhat frustrating because I had made the reservation largely due to the availability of outdoor seating and people still have valid health concerns about dining indoors. We ended up still dining there because it was 7:30 on a Friday night, and we didn't think there would be many other options at that point.

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vipAndrewH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oh, how wonderful it was to return to indoor dining and Bella Gioia was the perfect choice. Terrific food and wonderful service. The portions you get here are gigantic and could feed twice the number of people. There were happy faces throughout the restaurant last night! Bravo!

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Chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Am so thrilled that it is open again after the pandemic! The over an hour drive is totally worth it! The meat and cheese board is like no other we have ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Sat outside on 4th Ave which was comfortable but a bit noisy (unavoidable). All in all great meal.

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JennaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic! Everything was amazing, the fried barrata, the calamari, my burger was insane. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very cozy the service was excellent and the food was prepared nicely

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere at Bella's.
Felt safe and comfortable with Covid protocols.

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ammm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oxtail Raghu was amazing and service was great.

Arancini was ok at best and the lemon pasta was alright as well.

Drinks and ambiance were great

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Journeywoman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The coctails, caponata and veal entree's were excellent and abundant, sorbeto a bit grainy.

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MikeM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! Never had a bad experience here and always leave satisfied and excited for my next visit. My pasta was so fresh is basically melted in my mouth. 15/10 would recommend!! Chef Nico is truly an artist!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here 2x in the last month. Great place to have dinner with loved ones. Food is delicious and reasonably priced. Staff are following all safety and cleaning guidelines for indoor dining for COVID-19. Highly recommend! I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

From start to finish great, charming experience for all the sense. Bella Gioia delivers. This is a wonderful gem, that I am joyful to return to. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The food is fresh, flavorful and delicious. They do live up to their motto, Cibo Dal Cuore!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was great!

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Ladiiloca
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!!! We were the only people there but it was literally 1 hour before they closed. The staff was amazing! Super sweet. Drinks were great as well. Definitely recommend!!

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MariaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! One of our favorite Italian restaurants. We felt very comfortable going back for indoor dining.

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MeganG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Everything was great, but the service was next level. Maybe the best I’ve had in Brooklyn.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, overly friendly wait staff, great ambiance & fair priced! I went to Bella Gioia with four buddies of mine for a guys night out. Chef Nico came out from the kitchen to greet us and welcome us to his restaurant. He was extremely friendly and grateful that during these times he had customers. He made our bellies feel great and also our hearts. The chef is a good man, from my first experience meeting him. I think everyone far or near should go check this place out. A+++

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AsteriosK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was particularly fantastic -- food was cooked to perfection, and the waitstaff was awesome.

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vipDavidC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food taste & quality. Waitress was very friendly & attentive.

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MichaelC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first COVID outdoor dining experience at Bella Gioia, what can I say, other than it was like coming home for a family dinner! Chef Nick and his staff were very welcoming as usual! The food, ny wife enjoyed the pasta alla Norma, and I thoroughly enjoyed my steak with truffle fries. Steak cooked to a perfect medium rare and dressed with a grape skin and sugar reduction.
The only thing lacking was the coziness and ambience of being inside.

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Rehavia6
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I look forward to coming here when indoor dining is allowed. The food and service were excellent, but the outdoor accommodations are not the best. You are seated on a sidewalk with all the noise and fumes of the street, Nevertheless, I definitely recommend.

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ConorS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they’re back open! Best restaurant in the area - our favorite in NYC.

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MichaelS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food at reasonable prices, excellent staff and ambiance. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, food and service! For real, everything soo good

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vipNYCFoodieandFriends
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time from the minute you walk in. Nice wine list, large portions, good service, great atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was great!

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MichaelC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day Celebration! Crab risotto an added jewel to an already delicious menu!

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ChristineC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall atmosphere is very warm and cozy and comfortable. Wine list was nice with many options. Service was good and the staff really friendly. My friend and I ordered the Sicilian Pizza and sweet potato crostata. There was nothing Sicilian about either one of these dishes. I did not care for the pizza at all, the sauce was bitter and the dough chewy. The sweet potato crostata was delicious.
I ordered the pasta con sardi, and my friend the gnocchi rustico. I have had many versions of pasta con sardi, it is a family meal for me. I found my dish tonight to be dry and flavorless. My friend who ordered the gnocchi reported that it had way too much gorgonzola cheese and she had a hard time tasting the gnocchi. I was somewhat disappointed but it may be worth a second try.

FAQs

Bella Gioia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 223-4176.

Bella Gioia is rated 4.6 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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