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From the moment you step through our door, you will feel like you are in Italy. A unique combination of a Restaurant, Cafe and Retail shop, La Bella Italia in Petone, Wellington was born from director Antonio Cacace's passion to educate Kiwis about the beauty of traditional, authentic Italian products and cuisine.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was fantastic, they are very welcoming. The food is the best Italian Wellington has to offer. We will return again and again.

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Nicola for taking the time to share your positive review on trip advisor.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had pre booked for 12 people on Sunday Night. It was busy but we were well looked after. We had beautiful aged Chianti and a wide assortment of drinks. Our dinners were delicious,we had the Bruschetta to start, so tasty. we had pizzas,.the famous...sea food risotto,lasagna, pizza calzone and plenty of hot chips. All delicious, We all had beautiful desserts and staggered out after a great family dinner. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Wellington and we can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for coming again to La Bella Italia and for the kind review. It is always nice to be able to treat you. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful meal for a 90th birthday, complete with attentive staff and delicious food, and a birthday cake delivered to the table ! Thoroughly enjoyed by all, Thank you!

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Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jacqueline, Tanti aguri! We are very happy to have had you here at La Bella Italia to celebrate such an amazing milestone! We are thrilled everybody had a good time. Thank you for the kind review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

La Bella Italia always delivers fantastic food and service. My children's pizza's were demolished and the risotto top notch. Service was fantastic where they made us feel welcome and even lit candles to celebrate my youngest childs Birthday. I look forward to coming back soon!

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Andy, thanks for your kind review. Glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our second time here and we took my wife's mum and dad and Antonio the owner was an amazing host, very attentive, giving us the history. A wonderful experience with great food and ambiance

Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your meal and the occasion.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not on google search, Wwhaaaaaat!! but we dropped in for a delicious cheese quatro pizza and a Martinborough Pinot Noir before a ferry Crossing. Excellent service and comfortably cool on a super hot day.

Date of visit: February 2021
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LBIManagement, Marketing at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Neil, Lovely you dropped in. Are you saying you couldn't find us on google search? I find this quite surprising. How did you search on Google? Love to hear back from you.

Reviewed January 15, 2021

We were a party of 21 for lunch. Service was prompt even though the resturant had few spare seats. As normal the food was well prepared and presented. the platter I ordered for 4 was made generous and colourful and made up of quality meats,...cheeses,vegetables[some pickled] and breads. The pizza area,Ice cream serve over and the serve over selling cheeses and meats make it an interesting place to visit.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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LBIManagement, Marketing at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2021

Thank you Bernard. So glad your large group had such a good time here. See you soon.

Reviewed January 11, 2021

We had prebooked but due to a cancelled flat viewing we were nearly an hour early. The owner was lovely about this and seated the 3 of us straightaway. Having eaten here before we knew it would be great and it was. Crepes, pizza and...ravioli all were amazing, true Italian flavours shone through. Service was slick and friendly. The owner took the time to ask if we were ok which was nice. Son had a take out tiramisu and we took 2 lemon chocolates. Love this place, bought pasta from the shop and had for dinner that evening. One of our favourite places when we come to Wellington.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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LBIManagement, Marketing at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. Looking forward to when you pop in next time you are down.

Reviewed January 10, 2021

Where to start? probably from the beginning, but firstly comment that had eventually left this cafe on what was thought to be "good terms" and not intending to share a recent unforgettable experience on Tripadvisor. However.... a guest observed the owner's outrageous outburst & thought...it appropriate to comment on their personal experience. Amazingly the owner was briefly "Sorry if you had a bad experience" & then continued with a narration that was a total fabrication of the truth as to what occurred & his perception of"interesting couple" who where "told to leave and not waste any more of my time". So..... one weekend towards end of November we decided to treat ourselves out for breakfast. Where to go? there are a number of pleasant, good, even user friendly cafes closer to where we live, but decided upon a 35 min drive to La Bella Italia in Petone. What a huge mistake. One of the "interesting couple" ordered scrambled eggs & myself poached eggs & side of mushrooms with a very clear and succinct request for 'PERFECTLY COOKED POACHED EGGS". My husband obviously heard what was requested, not so the waitress it appeared. What are perfectly cooked poached eggs? according to a search on the net "firm whites with runny yokes". This is what I expected. No way in the wide world did I order overcooked poached eggs. Someone got it very wrong, certainly NOT myself. What was served were severely overcooked hard poached eggs that were inedible. Attracted attention of waitress who had taken order advising the eggs were overcooked & reminded her of what I had asked for. Took up offer of replacement as certainly not going to eat what had been served. Next eggs arrived also unbelievably severely overcooked. The owner's wife walked by where we were sitting so politely asked her if this was what poached eggs should be like ... no she agreed....would I like some more she offered. Shortly after both owner and wife approached the table. Shockingly was told that I had asked for "well done poached eggs".... Again reiterated what I had asked for were "perfectly poached eggs". The owner then, with aggressive body language, commenced to yell at the top of his voice to leave/get out in such a manner that was beyond bullying, extremely threatening, unacceptably aggressive, totally intimidating, extraordinarily offensive. Although his aggressive outburst could not help but be overheard by any customer in the cafe, this appeared to be of absolutely no concern whatsoever to him. Neither the waitress or those we personally noticed in the kitchen appeared to be of New Zealand or European descent. English was not the first language of the waitress and quite possibly some or all of the kitchen staff either. I believe? the owner's wife (who did not accept payment) was quite embarrassed with the husband's outburst, suggesting what was requested was lost in the translation. This was possibly the case? or had it been that the waitress and/or kitchen staff were simply too terrified to own up to the truth. Quickly looking thru Tripadvisor for La Bella Italia, it is apparent that anyone who has posted anything that is NOT complimentary receives retaliatory comments from owner/management that they are either not telling the truth or have never set foot in La Bella Italia. Nothing is ever the fault of the owner or staff. Get a grip La Bella Italia. Amazingly customers actually know what they have ordered, what is wrong with the food you have served & even where it is they have eaten. Leaving this feedback now secure in the knowledge that we would never want to set foot in La Bella Italia again, which no doubt will be very welcome news to the owner. A little courtesy and respect costs nothing.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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LBIManagement, Marketing at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2021

Dear 17Barb17, I was not present when this event took place. I understand there are always two sides to every story. I also understand that the owner had sent back your order to the kitchen twice. That tells me he tried his best to satisfy...More

Reviewed December 28, 2020

We popped in for lunch without a reservation and the La Bella Italia was packed. Service was prompt and the food and wine delicious. We had fillet steak with anchovy butter with crispy potato and salad, it was perfect. The lamb chops with smashed potato...and a rustic salsa verde was also great and a generous amount of olive oil. The wine recommendation was spot on and the coffee was as good as I can remember. There was also convenient shopping metres away from the table and very helpful staff. We can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2021

Hi Ross, Glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience here. We look forward to your return and trust your next visit will be equally enjoyable.

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October 1, 2017|
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Response from jaypot2015 | Reviewed this property |
I'd resume yes, but unsure. I've read a newspaper article recently about problems the owner has had with both his restaurants (Wtn and Petone) with changes to accommodate licencing laws.
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Response from Venderina | Property representative |
Hi Laurel, no, we are not open on Christmas Day. we will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December. all the other days and all the evenings of December we will be open. Thanks Ciao!!
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