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About Bella's Restaurant
Bella's is an authentic Roman Italian family style restaurant. Bella’s values are to treat customers like family and provide them with great Roman-Italian food at an affordable price. We provide an authentic Italian atmosphere of Family, Food, Happiness.
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 5:00pm- 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00am- 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm
7th Street NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bella's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Amazing food, generous portions, and out ...
Amazing food, generous portions, and outstanding service. The owner and wait staff were attentive and made our evening incredibly special!
Quantity over Quality
We were very disappointed. The eggplant parm was burnt and so tough you almost needed a staek knife to cut it. The "catch of the day" on the Zuppa de Oesce was TALIAPIA!! Talapia is a farmed raise, cheap, fish and is NOT the catch of the day! The Tierra Musu was dry, lttle to no evident coffee liquor (and had CHOCOLATE CHIPS on it.
Our second visit, lunch this time, and it was just lovely for my sister's birthday. The food was great- fresh and real- very pleasant to sit there and share, family style, and they let us hang out and talk for HOURS. Our server David was wonderful. I look forward to returning, and working my way down the menu.
Service was very subpar. Waiter kept us waiting for several long periods without refilling our water and was late to check for dessert and the check. It was obvious the waiter ignored us as he went by us many times to serve everyone else around us.
Lots of food, little flavor
The best part of the meal were the appetizers. The Caesar Salad was outstanding and polenta balls stuffed with cheese were very good. The entrees (sausage with red peppers and chicken masala) were long on volume and short of flavor. I took the leftovers home. Reheated the chicken masala with a base of butter and masala and ended up with a creamy and quite good dish. Reheated the sausage with red peppers with a tablespoon of garlic sautéed in olive oil, tomato salsa, and red pepper flakes -- again a nice dish. Wish I remakes had been what we had at the restaurant.
Excellent Italian food
This is a charming restaurant that sets the standard for Itaian food in the Charlottesville area. The gorgonzola romaine salad was superb as was the eggplant entre. All in all a pleasant dining atmosphere that is perfect for that special occasion.
Excellent Food, Friendly Family Feeling
Food and service were excellent. Friendly atmosphere. We chose one of the specials as one of our entrees (pasta w/clams) and it was teriffic. Portions are huge, but the leftovers taste great the next day. Roasted romaine salad is a must. If you love garlic, this is the place for you. Try a few different entrees and you get a variety of tastes and preparations. I can't wait to go back!
Excellent clam linguini
My wife and I had perhaps the best clam linguini we have ever had. The noodles were, contrary to most restaurants, actually cooked to an al dente consistency. The clams were tasty and plentiful. The dish was delivered hot and with no extra (untrained pasta water) liquid. Bravo!
Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive - but not intrusive; the menu was great - something for everyone, and the 'serves 2/serves 4' approach is innovative. The Grilled Gorgonzola salad was fantastic- suggested by our server, and recently voted the best salad in Charlottesville. There were four of us, and we all agreed on the Chicken Marsala for four: an enormous platter of the best Marsala dish we had ever eaten. A fabulous experience, dimmed only slightly by the very high noise level.
It's family style and a little pricey if ...
It's family style and a little pricey if you don't have a big appetite.
Outstanding food and very good service. ...
Outstanding food and very good service. The menu had everything you want and the drink selection was balanced (ales and lagers). Only complaint is we were seated next to the door, which was opened about every 2-3 minutes throughout the evening. We all kept our coats on for the meal, it was that cold. If you go to Bella's, request a seat away from the door.
My parents visited town this weekend and I just had to take them to Bella's as it never disappoints. Great atmosphere, food and service!
All dishes are served family style for 2 or 4. They focus on classic Italian dishes. We had the veal parmigiana. Quality is high and ingredients appear fresh.
Excellent Restaurant. Very tasty. Fanta ...
Excellent Restaurant. Very tasty. Fantastic service.
Excellent as usual.
We continue to go here with friends and family when we want to be assured of a quality, delicious meal.
Took my mom here for lunch when she came to visit. We split a two person order of grilled romaine and a two person order of spaghetti and meatballs. Glass of merlot for her and pinot noir for me. Plenty left over spaghetti and it was all delicious. Not terribly expensive for the quality and quantity. Service was also excellent.
Food was great.
Everything was great except we were seated where every time someone came or went it was freezing. It made it very uncomfortable. You also had nowhere for coats. I had a problem with leaving my coat partway on the floor.
Good Italian Food
I've been here several times. The food is good, and the portions are huge. Food is served family style to feed 2 or feed 4. If you have an appetizer and Entrée, then order according to the number in your party or you'll be taking food home. 1 appetizer for 4 and 1 entrée for 4 will leave all 4 of you filled. Multiple types of pasta with varying sauces. Good food. I really only notice slight differences in some of the sauces, so the food flavor profiles don't differ vastly from one dish to another. It's a fun, intimate restaurant. Tables are very close, and it's very loud if the restaurant is full.
Service was quick, but a little quick.
delicous, and so yummy. Honestly the only thing I didn't like was how quick the service was. I was expecting to have a lovely, long date with my boyfriend to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day. We got our entres in 5 minutes of ordering and I felt like the waitress and manager were rushing us out of the restaurant, and we had only been there for 30 minutes. Great food and environment, but we choose your restaurant to have an experience together, not get a fast meal.
wow! best Italian food we have had in ye ...
wow! best Italian food we have had in years!
Bella's in Cville!! Great veal parm! The calamari was spectacular to start with. The tiramisu so good! Its really amazing! Service and attention to detail was top notch. Great place. Best Italian food i have had since moving from The NYC metro area! I live in Richmond and its worth the drive. I will be there again very soon!
Hostess tried to sit us in an undesirable location. Otherwise, it was a perfect experience!
Perfect date night spot!
I don't usually write reviews, but this one definitely calls for it! My boyfriend and I wanted to go out somewhere new and nice for Valentine's Day, and it had to be somewhere with tiramisu. We looked online and found a great little spot. He called and unfortunately (and crazy) they don't take reservations. So we decided to just show up early and hope for a table. We also found Bella's restaurant via Open Table online and booked it as a second choice. When we went to the first restaurant we really wanted, it was CLOSED on Valentine's Day! We were both surprised, but happy that we made other reservations at Bellas. We showed up to Bellas and I immediately was impressed by the sweet roses they gave out to all of the women for the special occasion. The setting was intimate and romantic even though the restaurant was busy. They were playing sweet classic love songs and the italian food smells were heavenly. We were both starving so we ordered the calamari (one of our favorite dishes) as an appetizer. We were also both very excited about the large "Family style" portions at Bellas. The calamari came out quick and we were both extremely impressed. Not long after we received our orders. I got the salmon polenta cake special and it was HUGE (also heavenly). The melt in your mouth sauce was the perfect compliment to the buttery polenta cakes and the yummy zucchini noodles. My boyfriend got the seafood pasta dish with fish, shrimp, oysters, mussels, and calamari. I had a few bites of his and it too was amazing! We of course knowingly couldn't finish our dishes, so we had them packaged up to go, excited to have them the next day for round two. To top off the night, we ordered the tiramisu, of course. This was probably my favorite dish of the night (sweet tooth). It was a perfectly large enough size just enough to fill up the both of us. I highly recommend it, and I highly recommend Bella's restaurant if you are in Charlottesville! :)
Great Italian food in Charlottesville
We were visiting Charlottesville from NY and needed a restaurant near our hotel for our family with two teenagers. Living in the NYC area we are used to great Italian food. Bella's didn't disappoint. We all loved it. Food was fresh and delicious. Service was great. Highly recommend!
I've eaten there many times and have alw ...
I've eaten there many times and have always enjoyed it! You will not go away hungry!
My last visit was better.
Rice ball appetizer was cool in the center (it is fried). Eggplant parmesan was warm but not hot, served in two huge pieces with no knife to cut, and laid like a lead ball in my stomach for the duration of the day. It was a surprisingly heavy meal. I will not order it again. Zuppa de pesce was served on a plate, but should be served in a bowl. Broth splattered everywhere: shirt, tablecloth, etc. The leftovers were brought in shallow Styrofoam containers, which leaked all over the back seat of hubbys new car. So much for the new car smell. It did taste good, though, even with the gross blobs of tomato stuff in the broth. There is an option to choose one's own pasta combination. You can add whatever meat you choose, to whatever sauce you choose. It would be nice to see a vegetarian option here. Mushrooms would be awesome. There is no place to put your coat, and mine was constantly falling off my chair.
Bella's for Valentine's Day
My husband and I went to Bella's for Valentine's Day dinner. It was our first time there. We enjoyed the atmoshere very much. Our waitress was excellent. The food is quite authentic as we are Itailians and know when Italian food is for real. We would definitely go back and would also recommend Bella's to friends.
The lasagna was very good and we loved t ...
The lasagna was very good and we loved the garganzola salad. The portions are very large, so we left feeling full and satisfied. The server was excellent; he offered suggestions to help us make up our minds. Overall, a great meal in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Not as good as in previous visits
My husband wanted to take me to one of my favorite restaurants for Valentine's Day and we chose to go on Friday night instead of later in the weekend. The salad and dessert recommended by our server were top notch but the entree did not impress. We ordered my favorite, lasagna, but it was not the same as in previous visits. Instead of lovely melted cheese sandwiched between layers of pasta, we received the end pieces from the pan which certainly were not hot or displaying melted cheeses. I can't imagine what happened but I'm almost inclined to think we had leftovers from Thursday's dinner. If we return in the future, we sadly won't order the same entree. There aren't many good Italian restaurants in C'ville so I would hate to think that the quality is deteriorating.
A group of 4 went and had a wonderful meal. Make a reservation early, especially on the weekend. Huge family style portions allow for leftovers the following night...which is a good thing.
Our whole experience was excellent. Very ...
Our whole experience was excellent. Very attentive wait staff and the zuppe de peche was awesome. We also had the grilled Gorgonzola salad which was also excellent. Highly recommend
The service in my opinion is some of the ...
The service in my opinion is some of the best I've ever seen. Each waiter and waitress serves with a genuine smile. The food is PHENOMENAL! My girlfriend and I fall in love with the food every time we come and of course we have our favorites like the grilled gorgonzola romaine lettuce salad and the gnocchi mac &cheese and the eggplant parmesean. 100% worth it!
New Favorite Restaurant
I'd heard good things about Bella's when I moved to Charlottesville, but I only recently started going. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The Chicken Parmesan is to die for. Highly recommend!
We always make it a point to dine at Bella's every time we visit Charlottesville. It is some of the best Italian food anywhere.
excellent food. terrible service.
our server (i forget his name now) was a gentleman maybe in his late 40s, and he was incredibly pleasant for the first hour of our meal. And then, as we were wrapping up our enteres, a 6-top sat next to us (in his section) and it almost seemed as if when he realized their check would be bigger, he no longer cared about providing us with excellent guest service as he had started off doing. He rushed us tremendously, taking our plates as we were still picking off them, and then proceeded to bring out our check without asking if he could split it or even offering us dessert. We asked to order the tiramisu, and when he brought it back, he took away our water glasses (that were still filled!!) and then brought back out the check. Very rude, and if I go back and was assigned him, I would ask for a different server. I've worked in the industry before so I know it's incredibly inappropriate and wrong to treat guests with the mentality "what can they do for me..." which is how I felt treated the entire second half of my meal at Bella's.
Like that there is now a gluten free pas ...
Like that there is now a gluten free pasta option!
Great Food at Great Prices
Enjoyed a delicious dinner at a reasonable price. Food is served family style so it is best to decide in advance what food choices would please all your dining companions. The restaurant is small so it can be a bit noisy. It was also crowded considering it was a Wednesday evening. Reservations are a must.
Great food! Great service!
Great food! This is the first place we tried since we moved to the area! The portions are huge and delicious.
Bella's has been on our favorites list since it opened. Love the family style meals. The eggplant and mussels particularly good. Ciao Bella!!
Generous portions at this family style Italian eatery. Pastas were excellent. Spicy calamari and lasagna very good and also enjoyed Chicken parm. Garlic bread had too much garlic for our taste. Adequate wine list. More amenable to families or groups than quiet romantic dinner.
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