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“Nice atmosphere, good food”
Review of Bella's Restaurant

Bella's Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 596 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th Street NW
Transit: Catch the CAT down West Main Street.
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Sauteed de Cozze PEI mussels served with thinly sliced, grilled Italian bread was the highlight of the meal. The broth was fabulous with a subtle taste of fennel and a touch of heat. Chicken Francaise was not too heavily battered, served with fettucini and a tasty lemon and fresh basil butter sauce. The pasta had the texture and flavor of homemade. Very friendly staff, casual atmosphere, excellent food and service. I would recommend making reservations because it seems to be a popular spot. It's in one of the old buildings downtown. If there are not parking spots available on the street, there is a modestly-priced parking lot right across the street from the restaurant.

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Thank Abider
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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Bella’s is a small restaurant with big food! The entrees are made in two sizes to share with two or four people. We split the Seafood Puttanesca. It was amazing! It was very flavorful. We were full and couldn’t quite finish it all. The only negative is there is no kids menu, but if your kid will eat what you do, it should be fine.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

First time visitor here in Charlottesville to watch our son play against UVA. We were craving some Italian and decided to try this spot out. We couldn’t decide between the Linguini and clam sauce or the Puttanesca. So we asked if we could sample both sauces before we placed our order. Our waiter was happy to oblige and brought to our table both sauces for us to sample before we placed our order. Both sauces were equally good but we decided on the Seafood Puttanesca. The meal you order is either for 2 or 4 people to share. We ordered the meal for 2 and it could’ve easily fed 4. For this much food, we were pleasantly surprised that the meal was quite good and it had the right amount of spice to it. The ambiance is cozy and the staff was friendly. Would highly recommend!

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

carl was our wait staff and wanted to make sure the family had a great time. Good wine selection. Plenty of food, no one goes hungry. Lots of recommendations from Carl as well as opinions on what is good for the day. The comments were spot on and worth listening to for ideas. Do try for a reservation. Excellent location and walkable if you enjoy walking.

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Thank saba1946
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

We were on the prowl for dinner on a Saturday night and didn't have reservations. Ended up on West Main at Bella's. We got seats at the bar just before the place filled to capacity.
We had a GREAT dinner and a good experience.
The dishes are HUGE, so bring your appetite !
The meals are family style and priced for 2 people or 4 people. The 2 person entrée would probably feed 3 people. We made the mistake of ordering garlic bread (which was also a huge dish and very tasty) and then the meal came with extra bread. Bottom line, you will not leave hungry.
The food was excellent, served quickly and hot. The bartender was our waitress and she tended to us and all of her other customers with excellent care.
The entire staff was working hard and everything meshed perfectly. They really are a team. The doggie bags come with re-heating instructions (nice touch considering the amount of food you get)

If your group is larger than 2 people, I would highly recommend reservations. If you are solo - you better be hungry !
If you're with one other person and just want a great Italian meal, stop in and take a small table or sit at the bar.

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Thank CaptMancuso
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