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Bella Italia Southend on Sea

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4-6 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1TJ, England
01702 341353
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bella Italia hits the Essex coast with its Southend on Sea restaurant...
Bella Italia hits the Essex coast with its Southend on Sea restaurant, found in the very centre of the town just opposite the Southend Victoria train station. Locals and visitors to this popular British seaside resort are invited to enjoy classic Italian food at good value prices at Bella Italia. There are a wide range of pizzas to choose from such as the Quattro Stagioni with pepperoni, ham, roasted mushrooms and artichokes and the pasta dishes features options like the spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, egg and pecorino cheese or the beef and pork meatballs in a rich tomato sauce served on a bed of spaghetti. Don't forget to save room for dessert; chocolate lovers will adore The Godfather (nutty chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla and toffee ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh cream).
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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Saved by the Bella

I have visited the Bella Italia in Southend for as long as it has been open. Until recently every review has been positive and enthusiastic. Last time, however, something was wrong. It was ok but not as outstanding as normal. I was suddenly in need of a brilliant restaurant to entertain two... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Dave T
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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essex
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were a party of seven friends enjoying dinner together, sadly it did not turn out to be as enjoyable as we would have liked because as usual the service at Bella was lamentable.Have dined here before about a year ago and it was snail's pace then but decided to give it another chance, not a good idea. The time... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I have visited the Bella Italia in Southend for as long as it has been open. Until recently every review has been positive and enthusiastic. Last time, however, something was wrong. It was ok but not as outstanding as normal. I was suddenly in need of a brilliant restaurant to entertain two dear friends at short notice and within a... More 

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

I'm so pleased to hear you and your friends enjoyed your meal with us recently! And thank you for your lovely review. We really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon :) Chloe@Bella. More 

Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to try out Bella Italia in Southend and I was sceptical about the service, having read previous reviews. However, we were pleasantly surprised, the staff, although busy, were courteous and full of smiles. I had the risotto mushroom balls for my starter and they were delicious, my husband ordered the chilli and garlic prawns, which... More 

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London
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Sunday whilst just 3 tables were filled. The staff were nowhere to be seen for 20 minutes so we got up and left. On the way out we were thanked for our custom; explains why only 3 tables were full as if think us being the 4th broke their serving rhythm. I imagine this will be another... More 

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate them all - the good as well as the bad. I'm really sorry to hear about your negative experience with us recently. This is certainly not the way we like to run things here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If you email us... More 

Marlow, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

So having come to Southend to visit family as we moved 2 years ago I met my friend for lunch with my partner. Being on a diet I opted for the steak salad from their healthy range. We ordered our drinks first and were kept waiting and it wasn't till our food eventually arrived that I mentioned our drinks hadn't... More 

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate them all - the good as well as the bad. I'm really sorry to hear you were disappointed with your meal with us recently. This is certainly not the way we like to run things here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If you... More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Having returned from a day at the races locally, my friends and I chose to go to the bella italia for our evening meal. We were somewhat surprised at the quality and service we received.The staff were very impolite and the food was of a very poor quality. Having only had starter and main course we decided to miss the... More 

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate them all - the good as well as the bad. I'm really sorry to hear about the poor service you experienced with us recently. This is certainly not the way we like to run things here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If you... More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

i visited this restaurant as I particularly like Bella Italia- so went there for my birthday. the waiter (possibly head watier) was surly and unhelpful all night. When my daughter asked for an alternative to green beans she was given "more potato" - no other veg. Disappointing - I wont be visiting this one again

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate them all - the good as well as the bad. I'm really sorry to hear you were disappointed with your meal with us recently. This is certainly not the way we like to run things here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If you... More 

Essex
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We have visited this restaurant on many various occasions, including Christmas dinner, so when we visited in February we expected the normal service. We were seated straight away and our drink order was taken and delivered. Our order was taken after about 10 minutes and we sat and waited- and waited -and waited! After 40 minutes our bread basket arrived-... More 

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We left 1 hour 40 minutes before the start of our film to have dinner in here on a Tuesday night, had a 2 course dinner and it took all of our time. There were only 2 waiters and a "head" man who only came out much later and was quite rude. My starter of mushrooms on bruschetta would have... More 

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate them all - the good as well as the bad. I'm really sorry to hear you were disappointed with your meal with us recently. This is certainly not the way we like to do things here at Bella, and it's something we want to look into. If you... More 

Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

friendly quick service. Rack of ribs was awesome. Filo Prawns were simple but nice. The children menu was a great selection. So much choice on the adult menu.

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Rossi M, Owner at Bella Italia Southend on Sea, responded to this review

Lovely to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! And thanks for leaving your lovely review. Looking forward to seeing you again soon :) Chloe@Bella. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4-6 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1TJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: 01702 341353

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Bella Italia hits the Essex coast with its Southend on Sea restaurant, found in the very centre of the town just opposite the Southend Victoria train station. Locals and visitors to this popular British seaside resort are invited to enjoy classic Italian food at good value prices at Bella Italia. There are a wide range of pizzas to choose from such as the Quattro Stagioni with pepperoni, ham, roasted mushrooms and artichokes and the pasta dishes features options like the spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, egg and pecorino cheese or the beef and pork meatballs in a rich tomato sauce served on a bed of spaghetti. Don't forget to save room for dessert; chocolate lovers will adore The Godfather (nutty chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla and toffee ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh cream).

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