Bella Gioia

4.4
65 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sicilian, Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 2pm - 8pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(347) 223-4176
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nico Daniele
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Cross street
Union street
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Street Parking
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Public transit
Union Street R train
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella gioia is always top notch best Italian in Brooklyn best Italian in the tri state area

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b
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My sister and I were in Brooklyn a couple of days for The Magnificat conference. Bella Gioia was within walking distance of our hotel so we tried it for dinner the first night. Our food was so delicious that we opted to go there the second night. Might seem crazy but we didn't really want much of a drive b/c it was kind of late and we knew the food was great. Not disappointed at all. The Pumpkin Ravioli was to die for!! Rigatoni All Norma was truly flavorful and a large portion (took back half for lunch the next day). The Barbabietola salad is very tasty and enough to share. Arancini were a little different than I'm used to but very tasty. Calamari Fritti was great with a nice spicy marinara sauce. It's a cozy, corner restaurant - authentic Old World feel. The noise level can get a bit loud when its full but that didn't take away anything for us. All in all - I highly recommend.

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V
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Definitely will be back!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

1) There were zero greetings upon arrival and/or seating
2) Weak wait service during a not-so busy dining area and time. We were seated and waiting for at least 10 minutes with multiple wait staff passing or walking by. Some of the wait staff just stood by and did nothing when clearly we were waiting and I was asking for basic service
3) After at least 10 minutes we were given a menu but no water was served.
4) We kindly told the bartender that we were leaving immediately after the lack of customer service on a non-busy evening (e.g., empty bar and a lot of open table/seating)
5) As a 5+ year member of OpenTable originally from Brooklyn, it's very rare for me to write a negative review so this is a rare unfortunate situation. However, the ambiance and interior decor was nice.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bella Gioia! The food was excellent!

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BA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I found this spot while searching for a nice dinner destination for my wife and I prior to a show at a nearby venue, and I'm glad I did because it's and outstanding, complete restaurant. Go for the food (they care about detail) and enjoy the ambience. The service was taut but relaxed and the the vibe of the place put us both at ease the moment we walked in.

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p
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chefs Angel and Paola are amazing!!! The food and the passion Of their creations constitute a true Gem

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere and lovely decor.
Pasta dish was a bit bland and overcooked
Sicilian food is simple at best their dishes have a lot going on
Swordfish with gingered mint on top and spicy caponata with a cauliflower puree
and cannelinin beans just way to much fluff let the fish be the star

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff was friendly, but had some trouble getting the order of the courses right. We were rushed through the meal, which was good because the A/C must have been on energy saver mode and I sweated my way through dinner. The food, generally bland. My wife's first attempt at Pasta alla Norma was noticeably better].
We will continue our quest to find a good Sicilian restaurant.

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JD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Food and service could not be beat. Only problem is the availability of parking in the area. Allow 15 extra minutes to circle the block.

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KH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely date night here! Bella Gioia is such an adorable and underappreciated neighborhood gem. From the outside I would have never guessed how gorgeous the interior decoration and ambiance are. Our server Yokasta was really friendly and had great recommendations when we were struggling to choose between options on the menu. The deep fried burrata, the calamari, and the veal Marsala were all especially delicious!

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DR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely evening at Bella Gioia. The food was very good and enhanced by the very pleasant server Yoka. She was very attentive and served our food piping hot. We weren't familiar with Sicilian wine so she offered to let us taste her recommendation. A group of 12 came in without a reservation, but she handled them very well. She didn't panic like most other servers would. We will return for the fritto misto and excellent pizza.

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KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Stopped in with a friend after eyeing the place for several weeks. The meal was very good. The fried burrata appetizer with grilled bread was almost a meal itself. I'd go back for that and the oxtail ragu anyday!

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SS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another delicious meal at Bella Gioia... food is excellent and the drinks are terrific. Staff is pleasant and efficient. We will be back! Fried burrata appetizer was delish! Thanks again!

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DR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best kept secret in Brooklyn. Delicious, great ambiance, authentic dishes, and great service.

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

This was our second and probably last time there. The salads were good. We ordered veal Marsala and the sauce wasn’t right felt like way too much flour and the veal was super chewy. We ordered a $13 glass of wine got served with wine in what probably was a cognac glass that was a quarter full. The pasta was described to us as “ grainy right out of the box”. Went at a peak time and the place was empty.

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RE
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great space. Wished for a less American take and more authentic approach to the food. Slightly confused and bland taste. Delicious drinks. Hopefully they will commit to their story and refine the dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in NYC!

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J
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella gioia is a must try if your in the tri state area food is fantastic and service is top notch chef nico and chef Angel are the best around town..... best Italian in Brooklyn

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MK
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t be better. Great food (meat and cheese plates followed by scallops and lobster risotto) and an excellent, accommodating and friendly service

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Everything was fantastic but the service needs some improvement.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Wouldn’t go back. Service very low.

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TM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredibly good Sicilian food, very good atmosphere, interesting physical structure reminded us of a large brick oven, would absolutely recommend this restaurant.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Best charcuterie platter I have ever had and the pizza was fantastic. Will definately come back 😊

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was embarrassed to have brought my family here. Bizarre, terrible service, icky environment, and genuinely bad food. There is no host(ess) to greet you upon entering. Wander into the middle of the restaurant and flag down a staff member to reluctantly seat you. The place smelled weird. Insanely loud. Tables were dirty. Food was barely edible. Waitstaff was negligent and uninformed. How on earth does this have a 4+ star rating on OpenTable?

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service.
Real Italian speakeasy vibe
Booked Family party immediately

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S
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance, service, and drinks were great. Unfortunately food was mediocre.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

NYC half marathon pre dinner

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Our servers were attentive and took good care of us. The restaurant is gorgeous. Try it!

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r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a really nice dinner at Bella Gioia the other night. It was our first time, despite living in the area, we had never noticed it before it came up on a search for reservations. What a hidden gem! The room is really pretty and rustic, cozy and welcoming, and it's great to be able to see the open kitchen where all the action is at. We were there with our 11 year old son at 7pm on a Saturday night and he was the only kid in the place. It's not surprising, because while there are a few good food choices (including pizza) for children, the vibe is more of a date night place or spot for a festive group celebration. The staff was very nice and attentive -- and without attitude, not your typical Brooklyn hipsters--even though they were very busy and we had a really nice night. The food is rustic Sicilian and very nicely done. We shared the deep fried burrata appetizer to start---divine!--and then had the pappardelle with oxtail ragu (simple, but really delicious), the seared chicken with artichoke hearts and green beans (good but not exciting), and the really interesting tumminia pasta with a sicilian pesto. The pesto is red, not green like pesto genovese -- it's made of almonds, tomatoes and herbs and it's unusual and delicious. The portions were huge and we brought enough food home to have lunch the next day so plan accordingly if you're not starving. We'll be back!

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was a bit inconsistent but I have been there before and this was unusual.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! One of our go to places.

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Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food, fantastic. The ambiance - great. Great waitress and the Negroni was top-notch. Arancini were amazing. Fantastic. The owner was a curmudgeon though - causing a scene and complaining about me using a promotional discount that they had put out. Great dinner tainted by a negative vibe. But I'll go back... probably.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta fagioli anywhere. Meat/cheese plates consistently excellent. Never disappoints.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Staff was nice but service a bit slow. Food was mediocre. Pasta fagiolo was pretty tasteless and mushy. Charcuterie and cheese was good. Burrata salad good. Seemed hit or miss. Drinks average.

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BR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to this lovely restaurant and is now my favorite. The atmosphere is quite cozy. You feel like you are on a set in a movie. The service was great and the food was terrific!. You must try the truffle risotto - it was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Gioa is a great restaurant.
The food is absolutely delicious and amazingly presented.
The service was exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Would definitely come back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried burrata is the most amazing dish ever!

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W
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in early for a pre game (at Barclay Center) meal so there weren't many other diners at the time. Service was prompt, friendly and efficient. We had the baked potato gnocchi and pumpkin raviolis. Both were quite good. The restaurant itself is a rustic brick and wood affair and is worth a try.

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