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Bella Christina's Trattoria

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511 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ (511 Route 72 East. Driftwood Plaza)
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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Little tratoria

Quaint little storefront trattoria. Good Italian food. BYOB. Food is excellent and good value. Staff is great

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
grammypapa28jump
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Barnegat, New Jersey
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  • Casual Elegant
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Barnegat, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Quaint little storefront trattoria. Good Italian food. BYOB. Food is excellent and good value. Staff is great

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Jeff mangone serves authentic Italian meals , and Saturday & Wednesday has a female singer with keyboard that is perfect, if you are in a hurry to get in and get out ,this is not a place for you Jeff takes his time cooking it the old fashioned way , everything is fresh

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Long Beach Township, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We went to Bella Christina's after getting a Groupon . What a delightful experience. Our server (Allly) was excellent. We were seated quickly (no immediatley). Atmosphere was wonderful, pleasant music, we were seated away from other guest (unlike other resturants that like to group their customers) Our dinners arrived promptly and hot, deliciously seasoned and presented. We were treated like... More 

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Lavallette, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Went to Bella Christia's last weekend and was not impressed. Friends had warned me that the restaurant was not nearly as good as other reviews said is was but we went anyway. Food was OK but no better than any other pizzeria in the area. The veal was overcooked and tough and chicken special my wife had was oily and... More 

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Ivyland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

So, a 4 star review? Maybe 3 star elsewhere but 4 star for Manahawkin. We live 5 minutes away and decided to try it. We arrived upon opening and were promptly seated. Our wine bottle was opened and ice bucket and glasses were provided. Salad was fresh and served family style. All dishes were served steaming hot from the kitchen.... More 

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new jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My husband & I eat here all the time, when he closed his restaurant on route #9 we were very disappointed, until we found it had moved to this Plaza on highway #72 East. Bella Christinas's Trattoria is a wonderful place, great staff, great atmosphere too. The food is excellent, you must try it, love is sauce (gravy)..

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Old Tappan, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Located in Driftwood Plaza (a small strip mall on Route 72 East in Manahawkin) we went there based on a recommendation from a friend. They were right. It's small and does not have a ton of ambiance, but it is owned by the Mangone family, who has owned Italian restaurants on and off Long Beach Island for years. The food... More 

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Galloway, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Located in a strip mall, this delightful Italian restaurant is a great place for an enjoyable casual meal. The service was good, the prices reasonable and the food delicious. They are also very accommodating to tweaking the menu. Four specials are also offered which are a bit upscale from the regular menu.

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Love to go to Bella's for dinner, thay meals are specially prepared and delicious! Pizza is also a great thin crust treate.

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Waretown, New Jersey, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

had a nice dinner here to kickoff the memorial day weekend. we started with a small complimentary bruschetta. followed this with some cheesy garlic bread. the gents had lobster bisque soup which they found thick and creamy. the entrees included penne with vodka, cheese ravioli with bolognese sauce, rigatoni with chicken and sausage and fried calamari. all in all, a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 511 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ
    (511 Route 72 East. Driftwood Plaza)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Manahawkin

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?