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“Bella's Bistro is a bargain for the quality of the food, wine and service.” 5 of 5 stars
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Bella's Bistro
75 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260
+1 860-928-7343
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Ranked #5 of 42 Restaurants in Putnam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Menu changes seasonally, full bar and lounge, live entertainment on weekends, patio seating available, private function space, catering and take out available, reservations recommended
Cranston, Rhode Island
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69 reviews 69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Bella's Bistro is a bargain for the quality of the food, wine and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Browsing at all of antique shops worked up quite an appetite. We checked the menus at a few of the restaurants on Main Street and decided to go with Italian, so Bella' Bistro fit the bill. We were greeted immediately and got a great table by the window with a view of the street. Our, server (Sharon) arrived promptly and took our drink order, 2 glasses of Piccini Reserva Chianti ($18). It was a very nice wine. We ordered the Fried Brussel Sprouts ($8) which were perfectly cooked and accompanied by a truffle infused dipping sauce. And, Eggplant Rollatini ($9) which was like your "Nona" made it...both were delicious! Because the appetizers portions were so large we decided to share a Pizza rather than order entrees. We selected "The Godfather” ($15) a pie with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers and more. We love Pizza and this one of the best we've had in a long time. The dough was crispy on the edges and a little doughy in the middle, just the way we like it. It was so filling we could only eat half...not to worry; it heated up great on our Pizza stone the next day! Our total check for this excellent meal was only $50. Bella's Bistro is a bargain for the quality of the food, wine and service. We will be back.We will definitely be back very soon.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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conn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“quaint, in-town bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

stumbled upon this little restaurant in downtown putnam. a charming, new england town,that once had a railroad station stop. the town is in a transition; the waitress told us a boutique hotel was scheduled to open across the street. simple menu offering sandwiches, pasta and shrimp cocktail. nice wine list. great service, allowing you to linger, and watch the passersby in this sleepy town. bonus: jewelry and art shops are housed in same building; so you can shop after you dine.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, MA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“excellent dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Had dinner there on an August evening when the weather was beautiful. Sat outside near the street. Had appetizers and dinner. Seafood scampi had lots of shellfish and was very tasty. Steak tips marsala was excellent. Staff knew their wines and were friendly and helpful.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great location. Bad spaghetti & meatballs.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

The waitress Laura was great. So was the salad and the unbeatable location/ summertime sidewalk ambiance. They need a better spaghetti sauce though. Also, I don't believe they offered any whole grain pasta. The next table over seemed happy with their pizza; I'd go back to try that in such a great locale.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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