Those of you who don't live in a small New England college town may not understand. However, restaurants in Durham that are not geared to college students are somewhat unique (with the exception of Three Chimneys.) This is a casual place that is great for couples or small or moderately large groups. The food is excellent, and the delightful owner is always present and speaks to each table--really makes a difference. I've lived in Durham for 34 years and am not connected to the university. I have dined at Bella's many times with one other person or with groups after a meeting. This is an extremely accommodating restaurant. Wait staff is definitely above average for a college town. It is a small place with no private locations so everything discussed may become Durham gossip. Love the summer "on the porch" tables. You can go there with confidence that you'll have a good meal.
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