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“Could have been better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bella's Bistro

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
Massachusetts
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63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Could have been better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Three ladies out for lunch and some antique shopping . We were the first to arrive at Bella's for lunch on a Wednesday. It was past 12. Our waitress eventually came around . A local lunch crowd soon descended . It obviously was a popular place. ( and there are quite a few choices in downtown Putnam) We ordered salads,a large pizza to share and a bottle of wine. This should be enough to get some attention ,but sadly we were pretty much ignored. The food was ok. The decor the usual Italian bisto faire. Overall a less than satisfying experience. The antiquing ...fun!

Visited May 2013
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English first
WEST WARWICK, RI
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82 reviews 82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Point of going to Putnam was to visit the antique stores in the downtown area. We start looking around for a place to eat and stumbled upon Bella's with the allure of the wonderful food being served to folks in the outside seating area.
We decided to eat inside which was very airy and comfortable. Bella's is a Northern Italian Cuisine restaurant and the menu reflected that influence. My partner decided on the Caesar's Salad and I chose a turkey sandwich loaded with different cheeses and veggies on a roll that is made on the premises. While the wait tested my patience (over 20 minutes) I have to tell you it was well worth the wait, the Caesar's salad and my sandwich were simply the best we have ever had, coupled with the reasonable prices this would be a place I would revisit for a dinner experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vernon, Connecticut
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We have eaten here several times and each one is even better than the last. The food is fresh fresh fresh and we love that the meniu changes with the season and availability to so we are always eating what looks good. Th owner is amazing and very personable and the food is authentic Italian..he studied there which is why it is probably so good. We have been to Italy several times and purposely do not eat "Italian" food in the states because it is so bad...except here. The atmosphere is pure romance and it is also a great place to bring your family and kids. We have had everything from the pizzas which are supersized and loaded with toppings to the italian pasta dishes and they are all yummy, perfectly seasoned and sauced. They do have a lounge area downstairs but we prefer to have our drinks with dinner...a must place to eat if you want fresh local ingredients with an authentic Italian preparation.

  • Visited May 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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Putnam, Connecticut
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Living in Putnam, we are offered a variety of restaurants, Bella's being one of the better choices. Italian food at its best, I would say. The food is always fresh, abundant and delicious. The menu changes seasonally, which is a nice touch. You do not get bored with the same old things. Service is average, on the slow side at times. Summer is the best time to go, and sit out on the patio, with Italian music in the background playing..

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Putnam, Connecticut
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Another yummy meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

I had the Falzarano filet and it was delicious. My mom had a special kabob with lobster mac and cheese. The swordfish with onion chutney was divine.

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