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About Bella Italiana at Potawatomi Bingo Casino

Settle in, relax and feel the warmth and comfort of being surrounded by friends and family, all while enjoying the familiar flavors of Italy, or try something a little different, maybe even slightly wild.

At Potawatomi Bingo Casino, located on the third floor right off the sky walk, Bella Italiana offers guests a polished yet casual dining experience featuring a menu of traditional Italian favorites, as well as re-invented classics with bold new flavors, all inspired by the many regions of Italy.

1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Bella Italiana is located inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cross Street:
St. Paul

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 847-7626

Website:
http://www.paysbig.com/dining/bella-italiana

Parking Details:
There is ample parking in our parking structure and Valet is available.

Executive Chef:
Maggie Haller-Kuester

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bella Italiana at Potawatomi Bingo Casino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Good for a Date (11)
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Comfort Food (10)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great service as usual. We personally have never experienced anything less here. It hurts me to say this but I have noticed lately that the food quality has declined. The chicken in my Chicken Piccata could have used some seasoning or marinating before cooking. The chicken was pale and tasteless and overpowered by the lemon caper sauce. I would rather have Piccata over pasta than over those lukewarm smashed potatoes. Also, we do not care for the dinner rolls. They are not crusty or salty or yeasty, just dull and tasteless. How about some Italian bread with dipping oil, PLEASE! Tip: If you order the Lasagna, ask before ordering if it is fresh or reheated. Last time I had it, the large serving was cold in the middle! Because the serving was very large, I just ate around the edges and took the rest home to reheat for lunch the next day. This is my first bad review for Bella. I feel like my favorite restaurant at Potawatomi is slipping away. Sad!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was absolutely fabulous and everyone thoroughly enjoyed dining there. Our server, Haley, was phenomenal! Love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good atmosphere for casual comfort food dining. Service is a little slow but worth the price for taste and ambiance.

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

One of us had the Chicken Parmesan, which was very good. One had the Shrimp Scampi, which he said was good and I had the Cheese Ravioli with Chicken. It was good, except the shredded chicken tasted like "supermarket" roasted chicken. The salads were very good as were the desserts. We shared the Cannoli. Although good, we all felt the shell was too dark and hard. Probably would not order it, again, We also shared the Double Chocolate Cake, which was very good. Definitely would save room for this dessert.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We always have a delicious meal & cocktails & enjoy the pleasant staff.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The serving size was pretty small for my expectations. The spaghetti was bland and sauce was watery which was a surprise for a what one would expect from an "Italian " restaurant. If it weren't for the Italian sausage spaghetti would have been tasteless.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

THE SPAGHETTI SAUCE WAS TERRIBLE, TASTE LIKE CAN. I HAD IT NEW YEAR'S EVE AND IT WAS GOOD, CAME BACK ALMOST A YEAR LATER WHAT A DIFFERENCE OMG. I LOVED THE OTHER FOOD AND THE RESTAURANT.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service some food. like the chicken Marsala was great with other dishes just ok. Great place to eat before a concert

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

the food was good reasonably priced. service was lacking a bit, did not pay attention to us as much as others she was serving. Almost rude. thinking if i would go back, maybe it was just the server. We have been here before the name change and did not have anywhere near the rudeness we had this last time.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

I was apprehensive to dine in Bella with all the negative reviews but I'm happy i did! My wife and I got to
Bella around 7:15, 10/13 the host told us there was going to be an hour wait but surprisingly we were sat within 25 minutes, we had a nice table by the trees in the front of the dining room. Our waitress greeted us, she was very friendly and helpful! Emily suggested some appetizers and sold us on the calamari and arancini. It was just as good as she described it to be. After our apps were gone she came to grab the dirty dishes off the table and asked if we were all decided on entrees. My wife ordered the salmon, I ordered the scampi, emily asked if either of us wanted to add a soup or salad to our meals (three dollars extra) I ordered the basil soup and my wife chose to add a house salad, both were excellent. Our entrees were delicious, scampi was almost too much garlic for my likings, but my wife very much enjoyed it. We couldn't finish out meals(saving room for dessert) so our waitress offered to box up the remaining, I appreciated that. For dessert we orders a tira misu, it was very good, kind of a large portion so I'm happy we decided to share it. I would highly recommend my friends and family to try out Bella!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was horrible!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good service "Carla", great food, too bright, too loud, NOT ROMANTIC, NOT FOR BIRTHDAY. GREETER BLAMED MANAGEMENT NOT LISTENING TO FEEDBACK. SO TYPICAL. 😡

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I took my wife to Bellas for the first time for a birthday celebration. I must say she really enjoyed the food. She ordered the sea food linguini. I heard her praise the meal several times.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Fun, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Birthday dinner

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was horrible. No soup or salad for $16.00, it had to have been yesterdays reheated Lasagna. Totally disappointed .

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Group of 4 waitress only one bill. She was slow and not very efficient

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was great. Their pasta is always good! Service was excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant. It is far enough away from the casino (2nd floor) to not have to deal with noise or the crowds in the casino.

The food was very good and reasonably priced. They have a good selection of wines, not a long list, but very good options. The service was exceptional with our server constantly checking on us, making recommendations and keeping the water glasses filled.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Bruschetta was too salty and not enough cheese. Alfredo and cheese ravioli entrees were really good. Chicken on top had little seasoning. Overall was good, but not crazy about it. Didn't taste authentic. Wish it did! But still good.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food, cocktails before dinner & service outstanding as always.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was great as always! Service was a little slow this time which is unusual. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 4, 2017

4th time at Bella, and just as wonderful. Arrived during happy hour and drink specials we're quite good. Chicken parm was lightly breaded and crispy with a sweet tomato sauce. Eggplant was also excellent (2nd time having that dish). Great service and relaxing atmosphere that evening.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My Sister and I had a wonderful dining experience at Bella! The Chicken Marsala, (New item on the menu) was outstanding! I love that extra side items are so reasonably priced. It does not cost much to add a salad or extra veggie to the meal. You will never be rushed at this restaurant. Bella does not overbook so servers are very attentive and not overly rushed. Our server was great and checked back several times, refilled water, offered dessert, etc..... I highly recommend Bella's.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was great as always and so was the service! Really like this place a lot and will be back again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The restaurant is extremely noisy, very bad acoustics.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Happy customers all around at our table! Everyone enjoyed their meal, service was good, and the Dinner Special was an excellent value!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food was delicious with big portion sizes. The prices were very reasonable & we will be returning! The Chicken Parmesan was amazing! As were the eggplant fries with fresh mozzarella.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food was good but shrimp alfredo had fish bones in the sauce. We were compensated fairly and would recommend the food.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great portions, good value, excellent flavours.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Nice atmosphere and excellent customer service. The food was very good and pricing is reasonable. Overall a very good value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 23, 2017

A nice place for a quiet dinner with spouse and/ or friends -- great food --and a happy hour too!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Was wonderful except our waitress was not personable.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Love the food. Service and atmosphere were good. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The food was very good and quite reasonably priced. We had a lovely bottle of wine. This restaurant is a very good value, and has a pleasing atmosphere. Our waitress was very attentive and helpful. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Thought it would be more Italian, it was more of a casual experience. It was ok, food was good, wine list ok, but I thought the atmosphere was going to be more upscale.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was excellent as it always is. Our server, Collette was fantastic! Love going there and will be back again soon!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Another great meal at Bella! This is our favorite spot to eat at Potawatomi. This time I had the Chicken Parm. (two pieces) and a side Caesar salad which were both excellent. I had leftovers that were just as good the next day for lunch! I like the fact that I was able to substitute the included vegetable for another one that was more to my taste. The service at Bella Italiana is first rate. They never overbook and are careful to assure that the wait staff is sufficient to handle the seated diners. It's always safest to make a reservation if you know the day and time you wish to dine, but we have also just walked in a few times when they were not too busy. This time we were not quite ready to eat at our reserved time and asked if we could move the reservation to 9 PM. It was no problem and we had a wonderful meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 18, 2017

disappointing... from the advertisement, it looked to be more upscale... seems more like a hotel setting where they'd roll out a breakfast buffet each morning... Food certainly was affordable, but not too extensive of a menu...

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent meal with generous proportions! Prices were very reasonable and service was fast! Drinks were good too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We had a great dinner with friends. Excellent service while waiting at the bar and when we were seated. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. Happy hour going until 8 was just a bonus!

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Authentic
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