Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Bella gioia is always top notch best Italian in Brooklyn best Italian in the tri state area
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.
Great food and great service! Definitely will be back!
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.
Love Bella Gioia! The food was excellent!
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.
The chefs Angel and Paola are amazing!!! The food and the passion Of their creations constitute a true Gem
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
The best kept secret in Brooklyn. Delicious, great ambiance, authentic dishes, and great service.
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.
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.
Best Italian food in NYC!
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
Couldn’t be better. Great food (meat and cheese plates followed by scallops and lobster risotto) and an excellent, accommodating and friendly service
Everything was fantastic but the service needs some improvement.
Wouldn’t go back. Service very low.
Incredibly good Sicilian food, very good atmosphere, interesting physical structure reminded us of a large brick oven, would absolutely recommend this restaurant.
Great dining experience. Best charcuterie platter I have ever had and the pizza was fantastic. Will definately come back 😊
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?
Exceptional food and service.
Real Italian speakeasy vibe
Booked Family party immediately
Ambiance, service, and drinks were great. Unfortunately food was mediocre.
NYC half marathon pre dinner
Great experience. Our servers were attentive and took good care of us. The restaurant is gorgeous. Try it!
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!
Food was a bit inconsistent but I have been there before and this was unusual.
Always great! One of our go to places.
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.
Best pasta fagioli anywhere. Meat/cheese plates consistently excellent. Never disappoints.
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.
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!
Bella Gioa is a great restaurant.
The food is absolutely delicious and amazingly presented.
The service was exceptional.
Great food. Great service. Would definitely come back
The fried burrata is the most amazing dish ever!
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.