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Bella Italia Norwich Riverside

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4AA Leisure Scheme | Riverside, Norwich NR1 1EE, England
01603 615584
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Perched along the pretty riverside in Norwich city centre, Bella Italia is...
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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    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Pizza

We called in for an early lunch on a sunny Saturday. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated in an almost empty restaurant, which soon started to fill up. We ordered two pizzas, one wine and one beer. Service was ok, and food was delicious. Total bill was £26.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Norfolk
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Norfolk
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We called in for an early lunch on a sunny Saturday. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated in an almost empty restaurant, which soon started to fill up. We ordered two pizzas, one wine and one beer. Service was ok, and food was delicious. Total bill was £26.

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Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

very inviting atmosphere staff lovely and friendly and very helpful we had issues not relating to food and they couldnt have been more helpful and polite. the food was lovely if having grill or pizza we had a meatball meal and the meatballs were rubbery and cold but overall ok

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Went to this place yesterday as it was a very hot day and we wanted something light for lunch. After a 20 minute wait someone finally took our order. Only to be told that as they were busy then there was a further 30 minutes. This is fine if you are waiting on haute cuisine but this is a general... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was my first trip to Riverside for some-time,and certainly my first ever visit to this and Restaurant. I am not a fan of restaurant chains and prefer small boutique locations, but this was a family meal and an OK point to meet up. I waited at an outside table for my party to arrive and enjoyed the hustle and... More 

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Witney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Bella Italia at Norwich's Riverside is one of many restaurants in the area, but this is certainly one of the best and one I would recommend. It's not as cheap as some at about £30/head but the food and wine are good, as is the service, so it is value for money.

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Rossi M, Guest Relations Manager at Bella Italia Norwich Riverside, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We really do appreciate it :) We hope that we can continue to impress you in the future! We hope to see you soon at Bella Italia! Emily@Bella. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Friendly but slightly dippy waitress didn't instill us with confidence with her knowledge of the menu. We all ordered pizzas - two gluten free - and they were absolutely lovely. This chain are approved by coeliac uk and therefore have agreed procedures to provide safe gluten free food, but from our, admittedly mild, symptoms I can't say they were 100%... More 

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Rossi M, Guest Relations Manager at Bella Italia Norwich Riverside, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. I'm really sorry to hear about your recent disappointment with your meal with us. We take complaints about gluten free meals being prepared incorrectly very seriously. If you email us at social@bellaltalia.co.uk we'd like to look into this as soon as we can. Thanks, Emily@Bella. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

To be honest, I was a little dubious when my son suggested this restaurant for a late breakfast , however it turned out to be a pleasant surprise . Claire, our lovely server was helpful, informative and friendly, adding to the overall positive experience . Our only concern was that she was the only person serving when we arrived which... More 

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Rossi M, Guest Relations Manager at Bella Italia Norwich Riverside, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We really do appreciate the time taken to write this :) We're so happy that you have enjoyed your recent visit and meal with us! Hopefully we can continue to impress you in the future. See you soon! Thanks, Emily@Bella. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

waited 45 minutes for food,I had pollo cacciatore, what came was two bits of chicken obviosly boil in bag with tomato sauce, dry potatoes raw onion and a bit of pepper, yuk not what menu advertised at all!!! husband had filettodi spigola, bit of pan fried fish with!! you guessed it with dry potatoes raw onion and a few olives,... More 

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Rossi M, Guest Relations Manager at Bella Italia Norwich Riverside, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. They're all really important to us - the good as well as the bad! I'm really sorry to hear about your recent disappointment with your meal with us. This is certainly not up the standard we like to keep here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Long wait for food, food is okay but a couple of the pasta dishes are really bland. Polpette Americano for instance. Touch of Chilli? Not that I could tell. Be warned 20% optional service charge added for large groups to your bill. Good things? Ice Creams ( Gelato) for dessert are very, very good. Decor is pleasant and lots of... More 

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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I love Bella Italia, but it's a chain restaurant so it's going to be the same anywhere you go! Recently updated and it looks lovely outside. Very cool. Handy place to eat before the cinema

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Rossi M, Guest Relations Manager at Bella Italia Norwich Riverside, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We really do appreciate it :) We hope that we can continue to impress you in the future! We hope to see you soon at Bella Italia! Emily@Bella More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4AA Leisure Scheme | Riverside, Norwich NR1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich
  • Phone Number: 01603 615584

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?