Bella Gioia

4.6
195 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 195 people are saying
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JenniT
New England
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O. M. G. This is amazing!

We stopped in because it was cold, close to our hotel and had a nice menu. We weee not disappointed!

The ambiance is wonderful, relaxing and smells divine. I had the beet carpaccio (so nicely done) and NY strip steak …perfectly cooked and the Gorgonzola sauce a perfect add. The fries??? YUMMY!
Hubz had the fennel salad (I’m gonna have to try and replicate), the sardine pasta and veal piccata. He was blown away,.

The wine list very good and the service wonderful. Next time in Brooklyn we will be back!

On the side, the chef came out to answer questions and couldn’t have been more sweet. Seriously GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!! We

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel cooks amazing food all the time. The staff knows the menu and can give great recommendations too. The place is great for dates where you enjoy talking since the ambiance is romantic and with low background music.

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BrianW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for New Year’s Eve dinner. Food was excellent with generous portions. Tables were well-spaced out. The service was outstanding. We felt like we were guests in their home. It was a lovely evening with good food and good company.

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MichaelS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service at this cozy Sicilian Italian restaurant

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TonyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and generous portions. Attentive and friendly staff.

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mmmc
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, inviting, friendly staff and delicious pasta! We had the burrata and the ox tail pasta. It was so good!!!

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vipJonjon
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wish I could recommend, but sadly cannot. 4 people, 9 dishes, 2 were pretty good and the rest mediocre to poor. Bread was stale. Salad drenched in oil. Meat was tough. And the place has a weird smell which seemed to get stronger as the evening wore on.

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viphawaiianorchid26
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I have never been to a restaurant where I ordered a bottle of wine from the wine list and they opened it at the bar, when they brought it to the table I said it was the wrong bottle and the waiter told me they didn’t have the wine I ordered so they gave us this wine without letting me look at the wine list to pick out a different wine

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CalebP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the customer service was unmatched. Had an opportunity to meet the owners,Chef Nico and Chef Angel. They are top notch and know their craft. I Highly recommend Bella. We will definitely be going again!

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MichaelS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy the lobster tagliatelle is back, it is such an amazing dish as are all the dishes there!!

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vipDrew
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The food is great, but the poor outdoor seating and environment on 4th avenue detracts from the overall dining experience.

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MatthewF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
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
5 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
42 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
26 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
108 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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Disappointed
New York Area
6 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
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 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+++

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 195 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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