Bella Gioia

4.6
162 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
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 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
5 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!!

MB
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
7 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
9 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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vipMichaelS
New York Area
20 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
4 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
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was great!

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MichaelC
New York Area
9 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
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The gnocchi is unreal!! Great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a double date here for probably the fifth time. We as usual, had such an amazing time. The food, service, chef, and drinks were all amazing. We never doubt Bella Gioia because it’s so amazing every time. Would definitely come back, and will. Would definitely recommend to a friend, a stranger, and a loved one.

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MaureenS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant did not disappoint! The hostess, our waitress and all other staff were VERY engaging, kind & funny. The atmosphere was festive, the decor was lovely as was our meals. The chicken piccata was perfection. The sauce was spot on as was the chicken and the green beans. All of our meals were wonderful.

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MichaelC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Gioia....there are no words left to say. The food is always exceptional. The service is outstanding and friendly, attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance makes you feel like you're home. One of my all time best restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I wanted to love it but I didn’t. It was just ok. The meat and cheese board was average. Similar to what you get from a deli. Nothing exciting. The hot food was bland. Lacking flavor and taste. Desserts were overly sweet. I didn’t even like the drinks. Overall I was really disappointed about the whole dining experience.

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JonM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service and loved the decor of the place. Warm and inviting waitresses/staff.

My whole party felt food was over seasoned in the appetizer courses but little under seasoned for main courses. Food was very rich in terms of fat but lacking some salt aspect on pasta and steak dishes. Possibly the over-seasoning in the beginning dulled/masked the entrees.

Value was great in terms of portions though. Weren’t able to finish all of the food.

All in all still had a great time there celebrating my wife’s birthday. Thanks!

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viplen126
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite Excellent. Warmly greeted. Great ambiance. Lots of salads, soups, meats and cheeses we could have chosen from for an appetizers, but we wanted to try the ravioli with pumpkin cream sauce and we're glad we did. It was outstanding. Halibut and short rib entrees were also excellent as was the "cherry bomb" dessert. Great drinks, too. A neighborhood gem and we hope to return.

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Foodbuds
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate a birthday, and had a great time. We were a large party, and the waitstaff were able to fulfill our requests from cake cutting to drinks/food requests. Truffle fries and oxtail ragu were our favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this place for Italian when in Brooklyn

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just an amazing spot. We absolutely LOVE to come here for dinner. We have come for group dates, double dates, birthdays, anniversaries, and have NEVER been disappointed. The chef is so personable and the rest of the staff is great as well.

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MichaelC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dining at Bella Gioia for 2 years. I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal, only better meals. The arancini, fried buratta, fried calamari are a perfect introduction to the rest of your meal. My personal favorite is the short ribs. The staff is freindly, professional, and attentive without being overbearing. Chef Nico is no longer a rising star, he has arrived and is a Star.

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vipScottK
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing at Bella Gioia, every single time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AtxGal
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Jess
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Deby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Josephr
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bernhot
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

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.

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 162 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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