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Bella Italia Norwich Riverside

4AA Leisure Scheme | Riverside, Norwich NR1 1EE, England
01603 615584
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Ranked #340 of 634 Restaurants in Norwich
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Perched along the pretty riverside in Norwich city centre, Bella Italia is a great place to enjoy a bite to eat, Italian style. Just a few streets away from Norwich train station, this waterside branch of Bella Italia, one of three in Norwich, offers a relaxed, family style ambience. Typical rustic Italian interiors with tiled flooring and walls adorned with poster prints of all sizes create just the right atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The a la carte menu is a veritable feast of classic Italian dishes, such as the Polpette Americano (meatballs in a rich tomato sauce atop a bed of steaming spaghetti) or the succulent sirloin steak fillet served with garlic mushrooms, fries and a rocket salad. Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat with the dessert list with the likes of tiramisu and mascarpone cheesecake on offer.
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We ate here on a buy one get one free breakfast , the place was empty when we arrived we were early as had alot to do . Initially the service was slow we waited quite some time (15 mins+) for the waiter to come take our order so my husband went to the bar to order , after that... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Me and my partner live on riverside and tried to have breakfast here as we had a voucher to use by Sunday. When we got there, there were a lot of chairs stacked up outside, as if the staff hadn't set up and got ready. But there was a sign outside advertising breakfast. The door was open so we went... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It seemed a good idea at the time to have an Italian meal down at Riverside with my partner, before an evening home game at Norwich City 30th Oct. 2014. I selected Bella Italia based on their national reputation and not far to walk to the ground after the meal. I tried to book a table on line on the... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Amongst a very predictable range of chain restaurants on Norwich's Riverside, I chose 'Bella Italia' to dine ahead of watching an evening football match. Pasta seemed like a sensible option, given that I hadn't eaten since breakfast and the menu boasted generous portions. Whilst the Spaghetti Carbonara was admittedly visually recognisable as such, it came as a relatively small portion... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Seven of us went to eat here on a busy Saturday evening, our waitress Clare, a Kate Moss lookaike ,was fabulous and very attentive. We chose Bella Italia because we knew we'd get the food free with our Tesco vouchers. However the food was fab. the garlic mushroom and bruschetta starters were delicious.Yes some of the waitresses were miserable looking... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I rated this restaurant average because it really is a bit of a 'mixed platter'. The food is excellent & I cannot fault it at all. The saying that 'you get what you pay for' is not quite right here as, I know that no restaurant is exactly cheap these days, but I feel that you pay at least 10%... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Booked a table for 4 on Friday evening. Place was very busy. Waited over 30 minutes for our meals All had a brushetta starter which was dreadful - the worst I've ever had. Complained and item taken off the final bill. Main courses were also very poor. 3 of the meals contained very little meat & the salads served did... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
250 reviews 250 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Plenty of food to choose from and the location is ideal for the cinema, station or puns/clubs All the food is well cooked and we had a very friendly waitress

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went with my husbands family after a trip to the cinema. Service was mixed with one waitress being very friendly and attentive, whist the other appeared completely bored and uninterested. Our food was delivered and we were not offered either black pepper or cheese, which to be honest my dish would have benefited from both. The food was ok, but... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Tried to eat here one Friday night. Was told there was a half an hour wait for a table, despite the fact there were a dozen or so empty tables. Waited at the bar, the waiter gave a table to friends of his who came in after us! We left and went to Pizza Hut instead. Avoid.

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