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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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4.1

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (14)
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Good for a Date (14)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (10)
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Disabled Access (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
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Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Staff is always friendly & willing to make recommendations on the food.
Always a pleasant experience.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

We came here for the Valentine's ribeye dinner. Our waitress confused us about the deal making it seem like we would be getting two steaks. It was one 20oz ribeye for $65.00. A bit overpriced for that cut of meat, a glass of wine each, and a very small gelato dessert to share. The service was poor. Our waitress must have been new but they gave her too many tables in her section so we rarely saw her. We got our bill from someone else and just left. This neglect seems to be a thing at all of the restaurants except for Dream Dance. I wish we would have went there instead.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

What a great Valentines Day. Very impressed with the restaurant. Very comfortable, everyone was very pleasant. Excellent food. Pricing was fair and the girl that took care of us from sitting down to leaving did a fantastic job. We plan on going back and telling all our friends. Good way to start an evening before sitting down and gambling for a while!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Hands down best Alfredo I've ever had. Such a rich and creamy flavor. Beats olive garden without a doubt!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time here, have to say for the price you pay, food portions were very small.

Great taste on the food though.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very good shrimp scampi. I was pleased with the meal

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waitress was wonderful. We had a great dinner. Can’t wait to go back

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I have eaten there three times now before attending a show at the Northern Lights Theatre. The food and the service is great and I look forward to going again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was fair. The dinner rolls were really good. Prices were reasonable. The service was spectacular. I wish that I could remember the waitresses name
because she was great!!!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Simply AWESOME! A completely excellent experience!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Just casino food. Not a dining destination. Loud. Took forever to pay, despite previously good service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

They were very accommodating because we were late due to traffic. They knew we were in a rush because we were going to a concert. Definitely recommend

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

always a great meal at this restaurant and the service is excellent. The employees are great and the food is delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I've eaten here before, and everything was stellar. We recommended to our friends to eat there prior to attending the comedy show at Bonkerz. When making reservations, I indicated we were going there for not 1, but 2 birthday celebrations. Upon arrival, I asked the hostess about acknowledgement of the occassions, she advised they received the request, and the waitress will be made aware. And...crickets. Unfortunately, we wanted this to be a surprise for our friends, and I was at the back of the booth, and couldn't very well shout it to the waitress. Upon leaving, I stressed my disappointment, asked what more I could have done to have them acknowledged.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very good food. Service was wonderful excellent dinner soup was very good

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Bella's is rich with atmosphere. The decor included paintings of Venice, the vineyards of Italy, city life of old Italy, and others.
The menu has a varied selection of Italian, American food and a selection of vegetarian options. The service was excellent. Our waitress informed us of the specials of the day, made suggestion and listen directly to our requests of items we had to avoid.
The food was presented with very good eye appeal, with that came the savory taste of the meal.
After our main course, the waitress inquired that this must have been a special occasion. My wife indicated that I gain another year of age. The waitress said that she would take care of this and left that table area. Upon return she brought a cheese cake cannoli topped with chopped pistachios and chocolate sauce and two forks. What a wonderful treat!
We enjoy our dinner and hope you do as well. Bon Appetite...

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Healthy
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love the food there! It’s always really great. Haley was our server again because we asked for her and she is fabulous!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 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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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 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 16, 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 11, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 18, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 30, 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 20, 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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vip
 (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 2, 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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