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Bella's Italian Cafe

1413 S Howard Ave Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33606-3176
(813) 254-3355
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Ranked #25 of 1,968 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I was surprised that I haven't reviewed Bella's yet, since I've been coming here for at least 25 years. I first came for the late night 1/2 price pizza's (the Genoa with pesto is great) many years ago and the food is still a favorite. They do the classics (carbonara, lasagna bolognese) as well as interesting new combinations- (steak and... More

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Tampa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Excellent pasta...both the Pollo Milano and Pollo Rosso were outstanding...especially the Pollo Milano...very unique. Awesome recommendation by our server. Ate outside...excellent atmosphere as well. Desserts very good as well...especially the apple crisp...but the pasta was the highlight of the meal. Bruschetta and hot bread served complimentary were great as well.

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Tampa
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It's one of my favorite places to go and hang out. My husband and I have been here a few times and its typically late in the evening. Their pizzas are good and so is their sangria.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

My husband had dined here a few years ago, so we tried it before a play at the Straz. The service was only adequate, and my husband's chicken came out late, which was not acceptable. Our pasta dish of pear pillows was good, but the fresh bread was not tasteful and the goat cheese appetizer was quite overpriced for the... More

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Tampa, FL
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Bella's is at the south end of Soho, as South Howard Ave. is called, so it has a lot of competition for the dining dollar. The atmosphere is cozy enough to accommodate anything from a family gathering to a romantic interlude. The drinks from the bar are ample as are the portions. My personal favorite is the Confetti Spaghetti. You... More

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Valrico, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love this restaurant. Great bar. Amazing martinis. The food is so amazing. Usually I pick the same meal over and over in a restaurant, but NOT at Bella's. Haven't met a meal I didn't like!

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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We could walk to this restaurant from the Epicurean Hotel. The food was very good and the service was very good.

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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here last Saturday evening and we highly recommend Bella's. The food was absolutely delicious. Portions are very generous and entre could easily be shared, especially if sampling other courses. We got dessert to go so we could enjoy it later at the hotel. The lemon cheesecake with sour cream topping and strawberries was a perfect cap to the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

W went to Bella's twice within two weeks recently. Each time we had delicious, piping hot food and great service. The ambiance is casual but nice. Almost all of their pasta is homemade and you can definitely taste the difference. Each time we went we ordered eggplant parmigiana as one of our entrees. It was great...lightly breaded with a hearty... More

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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We walked in and were very nicely greeted. We did not have to wait. We were taken to our table but we asked to go to another table since there was a very loud table next to where we were going to be seated. We were very lucky to have our server being Vito. He was very engaging and very... More

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Additional Information about Bella's Italian Cafe

Address: 1413 S Howard Ave Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33606-3176
Phone Number: (813) 254-3355
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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