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“Fairly good italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore
543 W Thames St, Norwich, CT 06360-7135
(860) 887-9030
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Ranked #3 of 95 restaurants in Norwich
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Reggio Emilia, Italy
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116 restaurant reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
“Fairly good italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The restaurant was recommended us by the manager of the B & B where we spent the night.
As I'm italian I tasted something in the tradition of USA cooking and something other.
Good bread (French like indeed) served hot with aromatic butter, bruschetta as amouse bouche, good steack served with vegetable and potatoes well cooked.
The fish stew (zuppa di pesce) was more properly stir-fry and a more decise addiction of garlic and maybe parsley could be reasonable.
The waiter was very professional.
Prices very good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
new hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“good food, pleasant service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

okay, okay...we went on a late sunday afternoon, before the DJ was due to show up in the club (somewhere in the back of the bar...). Sort of the middle of nowhere, how good could it be? pretty good, indeed, zuppa di pesce with good gravy (the red, but oil would have been good, too -- there's a unshrinking hand with garlic in the kitchen) , calamari, scallops, clams, mussels done right (easier said than done, in many places...). the salmon with a cream sauce was rich and good. interesting specials, varied and reasonable wine list, relaxed, unhurried staff; pleasant, unobtrusive service, no one at our table had chicken in any form, but rumor has it that this house does chicken especially well. stands to reason -- if they can do fish/shellfish right they can probably do most anything right. good marinara--and that's the point, isn't it? we'll go back more than once.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by the innkeeper at Captain Grant's 1754, a lovely B&B about five miles away. We were quite happy with this small and beautifully decorated restaurant, loved the waterfall. Everything we had was delicious. My husband had the chicken pizaola (their spelling), compared to Mario's, on Arthur Ave., ("Little Italy", in The Bronx) just as good. That is saying something! For dessert we had to have Tiramisu, because my husband has to compare it at every Italian restaurant we go to and it was right up on top. The zabaglione with fresh strawberries caught my eye. So glad we got that, too. It was made table side. Absolutely awesome, loved it and the waiter/saucier left the pot for us to finish. This on its own is enough reason to return. And if you happen to live anywhere in the Metropolitan New York area you will think they forgot to add half the meal to the bill. The only thing we would like to see change is the music. A little Italian music to eat a beautiful Italian dinner by.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New London, Connecticut
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“Dark inside, needs new decor.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Food was good, however we all thought too much salt. Excellent service. Needs new interior - think Rainforest Cafe.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bangor, Maine
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“good food, interesting experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We were in the area for a conference and were directed to Bella Fiore by the front desk staff at our hotel, We were a little nervous when we arrived - there were no cars in the parking lot(6pm) and once inside, we were the only party for at least a half hour. So, we were bit concerned with the lack of customers, but the food was very good. Reasonable prices, reasonable portions and we were served complimentary bruschetta as we waited for our meal. Very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It was a bit odd to be the only patrons, but we got good service!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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