Bella Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the heart of Downtown, Bella Trattoria features authentic, Northern Italian cuisine. Our menu offers original, classically prepared, traditional recipes from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy! We utilize the highest quality, seasonally fresh ingredients served family style in a comfortable, home-like setting.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We decided to try something new downtown (we’ve lived in Frederick City for 25 years), as we usually stick with the same 6-7 places. Bella looks like a hole in the wall from the street but beyond the front tables a hallway takes you to a spacious dining area. We stuck with the daily specials - ahi tuni with shrimp, calamari, etc; another with ahi tuna over tortellini with Gorgonzola and carrots. A weird combination but delicious. Orrichetti (?) off the regular menu was fantastic as well. Portions were perfect. Appetizers- ahi Tuna with Asian pears- very good, and the chicken liver pate with figs - amazing on the grilled bread it is served with - and very filling. Cocktails featured McClintock and other local ingredients too. Great menu, a little slow getting the entrees, but it was all obviously made to order and worth the wait- we didn’t really notice anyway since we had drinks and appetizers. Definitely going back as a new regular spot that doesn’t cost a fortune.

BC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super friendly service, plenty of reasonably priced wine, and very nice decor.
Thanks for a great night!

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice ambiance after we were moved due to a very loud child next to our table. The management was very accommodating and moved us to a nice table in front. The server moved with us and we were glad because she was superlative. The food was terrific ... the dessert was as well. When we commented on the local honey used to drizzle on top of the dessert, the manager came out with a container of honey for us to take home! Overall, a wonderful experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tristan our server was super attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was okay. Entrees were mediocre. Grilled octopus was the best. However, the service was the worst experience in awhile. Slow...very slow....very very slow.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!

SV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location (Market Street, downtown Frederick). Great atmosphere, with great front bar area and both indoor, and outside patio seating in the back. The food & service is excellent! We had the chicken piccata, and the market steak (special). Both were excellent, and the sides were as well. I reserved the table via Open Table, and made note it was my mother's birthday. They treated my mother special, and wished her a happy birthday, and at the end of the meal came out with a special piece of birthday cake for her, with a candle in it (and chocolate syrup on the plate spelling "Happy Birthday"). I have been to Bella's many times and always find it to be a top-shelf experience, soup to nuts. I highly recommend it for a nice quiet night out, or for mid-to large groups as well. * I have attended several wine dinners here and they do a great job accommodating the full house at these events. - Sam Vitale

SH
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy the great food, haven’t had a bad dish yet👍🏼

PE
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as well as service. Very good value for the money. Will be back again in the future.

d
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My guests and I really enjoyed our dinner at Bella Trattoria. Our server, Nichole, was very knowledgeable about the menu and had a relaxed, casual, friendly attitude while still being quite gracious. What I liked: the Red Beet Gnocchi was deliciously creative. I would certainly order it again and again. The crab cake was all crab meat, no filler, and perfectly done. The aioli which complimented it was delicious. The Beef Bolognese with hand cut pasta was exactly what I wanted. The chicken meatballs served with spaghetti were made from chunked meat, not ground chicken, which gave them a unique texture – very tasty. The complementary loaf of garlic bread was some of the best house-baked bread I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant. Improvements I would have liked to have seen: the “spicy” marinara served with sautéed mussels fell short, bordering on bland. It could have benefitted from more cayenne, garlic, and herbs. The house draft beers (from the craft brewery across the street, owned by the same restaurant group as Bella) lacked body, tasting watered-down. There was no hint of berry in the so-called blueberry ale, the IPA lacked the citrus hoppiness characteristic of an IPA, and the house ale was just okay. There was a cruet of olive oil on the table: it seemed to be a low quality oil and it tasted like it had been sitting out too long, like the bottle had just been refilled with oil over the course of weeks or months without refreshing the contents of the cruet. I would have preferred a fresher, higher quality EVOO served alongside some balsamic vinegar and/or a dish of coarsely ground salt and pepper and dried herbs to custom-season the oil. I am giving the restaurant five stars because of the excellent service and to acknowledge that what they did well, they really excelled at. If four-and-a half stars was an option, that would have been my rating of choice.

U
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back!!! Food and service was excellent!!! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!

LC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It began with two great cocktails for my husband and I - an Italian Mule and an Bellinitini. Then, our party enjoyed a few delicious appetizers and all 6 members of our party LOVED their meal. I didn't have much faith in a crab cake at an Italian restaurant, but my son's was one of the best I've had. Every dish had a unique and tasty spin. We had both classics (Chicken Parm and Bolognese) and specials (order the Butternut Squash Ravioli) and everything was perfect. Lastly, the outdoor patio was lovely and a great place for our teens to take a few shots for Instagram! ;)

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We've been coming to this restaurant for years, through its incarnations as Acacia (it was very good then), the Peruvian cuisine Reina (meh), and this is the third visit for it as Bella. Unfortunately, we won't return until whatever is the next iteration. This group has three other establishments in Frederick, and one gets the impression they're in the process of doing away with Bella to go to the next chapter, but not letting anyone know. The menu was knocked down to a few basics from what previously had been a rather nice range of offerings. The two pasta dishes we had were tasteless, dry, lacked any visual appeal and were overpriced. The service was disorganized and indifferent. After waiting approximately 20 minutes for the server to take the credit card with the bill and then complaining to the barkeep, we got not a hint of apology from either him or our server once he finally showed up. If you're interested in superb, reasonably priced Italian food with attentive service, drive five minutes north to Rafi's. Bella is a lost cause.

LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!! Great but small menu. The beet gnocchi is out of this world.

j
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the start of our anniversary weekend. We were actually using a BOGO coupon from Frederick Magazine. Not only were they gracious about the coupon, but they also gave us two free desserts for our anniversary. We felt guilty accepting since we were already getting a great discount. Such great customer appreciation. They noted we have been there before, which was also nice to be remembered. The bolognesi was delicious and the special pasta with peppers and meatballs was also wonderful. We can’t wait to go back. Another BOGO coupon in today’s Frederick magazine. ❤️

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was excellent. We were well taken care of my all of the staff!

L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was our first time at Bella. The service was decent and the food was good-not great. Frederick has become a foodie town over the years with numerous great to fantastic options available. Therefore, expectations are high. The food was good and priced accordingly.

HR
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service! 3rd time. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our meal.

g
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable cuisine, nuanced and product-centered. Service knows what its about and is friendly but never cloying. Prices are what you expect for this level, very fair.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great birthday dinner with family. Great food and one of our favorite spots in downtown Frederick in the outdoor patio in the rear.

FD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no waiting, which was surprising considering it was Father's Day. We got outdoor patio seating. The weather was delightful and the ambience was perfect.

Our server was great and attentive. We ordered three appetizers and we were impressed by the eggplant cheesecake app. The combination didn't sound right but it was quite tasty. Worth having again.

We ordered two entrees. One was a pollo pasta reina dish which had pasta noodles shaped like a rooster crown. Very creative! The other dish was a customized napkincloth pasta with pesto and scallops. A nice combo.

Definitely worth visiting and not as crowded as other more popular restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was good for the most part. Small portions. Dessert left a lot to be desired. Service was awful. Had 7:30 reservations. Restaurant was far from busy. Three plus hours later we left. Slow is an understatement.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation Lunch! Everything exceeded expectations. Will definitely return!

SB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at a table right at the window and enjoyed watching The first Saturday activities going on downtown while dining. The food was delicious and the portions were so big we had plenty for lunch the next day. The staff was friendly And even though there was an event going on in the back of the restaurant they were still attentive to what was going on in the front.

PB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great meal at Bella. Reasonably priced wine choices and traditional Italian fare prepared and presented well.

M
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, classy place on a main drag in buzzing, foodie paradise that downtown Frederick has become. We had a very nice table in back near outside patio, quiet enough for easy conversation. Drifty server, young guy who had trouble focusing. Five of us got our entrees piping hot, but one of us had to wait 10 minutes for his chicken parm. They must have been chasing it down Market Street.

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food/drinks! Can’t wait to come back here.

MW
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We started with a glass of wine at the bar and Eric was wonderful . He enthusiastically told us about some of his favorite dishes and made excellent recommendations. The happy hour specials are extensive and a good value. Dinner on the patio was lovely and Nicole was an excellent server. I will be back!

FS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Alfredo pasta should be more seasoned and flavorful and the bread should be free with food

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Compliments to the Chef! And our server Travis! My party and I enjoyed the dinner....

b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Most everything was good. Only thing that wasn't quite right was timing. Our warm pasta dish came out almost the same time as our salad. The main entree should have been delayed a little while longer.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We brought my grandmother here for dinner while she was in town visiting. There are a lot of traditional Italian options on the menu, everyone liked their meal. There are not many seafood options. It was rather quiet since we were there for dinner on a Saturday, they didn’t seem too busy. Overall a good experience!

TK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Secluded Terrace patio dining is delightful. The interior is hip it looks out to garden and patio. A definite place to go for a pleasant time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner in downtown Frederick! Best Italian restaurant by far in Frederick and the full experience will not let you down. Prego!!!

P
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

This place has amazing food, but our waiter was intrusive and coerced my boyfriend into getting a meal he didn't want to get. The other staff seemed fine, I think we just got a difficult waiter. The portions are very small for how much it costs, so eat before hand or bring some money. The alcholic drinks looked very good, but were also expensive. It's a beautiful place though, a good cheat on your budget and your diet kind of place. Some of the best Italian food I've ever had... And my mother learned to cook from 100% italian grandparents!

PL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely setting, attentive waitstaff; a very enjoyable experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was just so-so. Was expecting better. Minestrone soup was thicker/ more tomato based than you might expect. Spaghetti Pomodoro was dry/ not very saucy. Bread - just okay. Mixed drink from the bar - just okay. Would go back if someone else wanted to go but would typically try somewhere else first.

DT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We had reservations and were sat right away. It was so crammed in the we literally had the back of a man up against our chair. But the complaint is really the service. The waiter came to us right away and informed us he would have bread out shortly and we let him know how grateful we were because we were very hungry. He passed by us 3 more times to which we asked about the bread and he told us each time it was coming. After a long wait our food was delivered by another server who we let know that we never got our bread. Halfway through our dinner the bread arrived. I don't think any further explanation is needed as to why the service was rated a 1.

g
Caribbean
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The six of us arrived in different groups due to parking. But they did not ask the first group if they wanted drinks. The second group did not even get offered water. After everyone was there is was pretty obvious we had been overlooked. Finally they took our drink order and food all together. When the starters came out we had not yet even dished them out yet when the entree’s came too. Awful.

The food was fine.

It was partly our fault for not all arriving at once.

But the service was really bad.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fuimos para celebrar mi cumpleaños. El mesero Seth fue espectacular... muy amable y atento a nuestras necesidades. La comida estuvo muy rica también. Yo pedí la ternera con gnocchi. Aunque no me gusto el gnocchi mucho, la ternera con pancetta estuvo deliciosa.

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