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Bella's Italian Café

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#1 of 137 Pizza in Tampa
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$12 - $39
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

Great selection/ variety. Will definitely be back with my vegan husband next time we’re in the area. Really enjoyed sitting outside ( at a table for 2 tucked against the building) while sheets of rain & intermittent thunder + lightning entertained us.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

Wow this is popular! Great service. Great menu. Very reasonably priced. Excellent food. The bolognese sauce was superb. The portions are huge. The crime brûlée was excellent. Beautiful earring outside.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022

Hubby and I dined at Bellas this past weekend and enjoyed not only a great meal but top-notch service from OLSI. Attentive, friendly, knowledgeable! What more could you ask for! If you haven't tried Bellas yet, you don't know what you're missing. Make sure to...ask for OLSI and tell him I sent you!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 15, 2022

We have been coming to Bella's for over 20 years and have enjoyed each visit. We love the atmosphere! Usually busy with couples of all ages, groups of friends, 3-4 generations of a family dinning together. It's wonderful! The food is always good to very...good to great... especially Nate's Chicken! The service is always good, but the service from our waiter, Justin, last night was exceptional. We'll request Justin the next time we visit Bella's.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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bellasital, General Manager at Bella's Italian Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2022

Thank you for the great review; we’ll let Justin know you had a great experience!

Reviewed August 6, 2021 via mobile

The absolute WORST Chopped salad ever! I have been eating there for many years and I couldn't believe it! I am just recovering from Covid and had a hankering for a Chopped salad from Bellas..my husband went to pick it up and was I bummed...!! The whole salad consisted of big chunks of lettuce and ted cabbage! Hardly any little pieces of Pasta and all the other yummy ingredients that I was used to having in previous Chopped salads! I hope this isn't the norm!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021

I am just recovering from Covid and had a hankering for Bellas famous chopped salad! My husband ordered one on line and went to pick it up. What a disappointment!!! Instead of the salad that I have been used to over years and years he...arrived with this salad that was more chunks of lettuce and big pieces of red Cabbage!! Very little pasta and the normal ingredients that makes the salad AWESOME! I wanted to cry!! I hope this doesn't become the norm!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed April 28, 2021 via mobile

Italian cafe in the SoHo district. Great location. Nice outdoor dining patio. Food was decent though not great. Pasta dish was under seasoned. Service was quality. All in all, a nice dining experience.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 20, 2021 via mobile

The whole meal was great. They make their bread and pasta in house. The Caesar salad was one of the best ever. You won’t go wrong by eating here. They’ve been around since 1986 and there’s a reason why...Great food!!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 17, 2021 via mobile

We dined here last night with some and everything was on par or better. The food is excellent (grouper piccata) and the prices are very reasonable. Service pace was appropriate. The beef carpaccio appetizer is great. Thanks for a nice evening.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2021

Great Food - all homemade- wonderful service- a must stop if in the area! Been around for 37 years and I can taste why!!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 4, 2020

calamari app is back....$11.99...not v. good. more breading than squid. confetti spagetti $17.99...excellent flavor, could have used more meat. pollo giovanna $ 26.99....excellent bread & butter incl.....excellent

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 18, 2020 via mobile

One of my all time favorites! Love their Confetti Spaghetti, and their Bruschetta! I also enjoy their Proseco!! They also have a fabulous Strawberry Salad, and their famous Chopped salad!! Yummmmm

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 7, 2020

Visiting area from out of town. Meal and service were wonderful. Seated outdoors. Wait staff patient with our many questions as newbies. Food allergy friendly to tree nuts and mustard. We loved the vegan options- took up a nice little corner of the menu plus...the ziti and combine your own meals. Ordered Matteo's Chick'n on rec by waiter. Also had Salaccia vegan pizza, Beyond Sal Al and Ziti. Only bummer was there were no vegan sweet treats available for dinner. However, we stumbled upon Sweet Soul afterwards and what a fun surprise that was!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 2, 2020

This was our second visit to Bella's. Some months ago we came here for late night eats. This time we made reservations for a full meal. It did not disappoint. Food was delicious, portions were generous, and service was spot on. Covid precautions were present....The "reduced" menu still had many great options. Two small points.....First, don't give me my bill until I ask for it. Did not feel rushed up to that point. Second, the noise level is moderate bordering on high, even at 50% capacity. If it ever opens up to full capacity, or the weather cools off a little, I think that I'll dine al fresco next time. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 28, 2020 via mobile

My mom and I visited this restaurant while on a quick trip to Tampa. I was in Tampa for business, mom was there visiting me. She was in the mood for Italian, I just didn’t want to eat at a chain restaurant. Found this place,...while looking up “best Italian near me”. I’m glad we went, it was an excellent choice!! The restaurant was adorable! We walked in on a Wednesday night around 6pm and no wait. Our sever was Kaydinn and he was amazing. He was informative and delivered quick service. Everything made from scratch and it was delicious. You get bread to the table and also brought 2 pieces of bruschetta for us to try. Yummy! Ordered BellaRita ($11) drinks, served in a shaker and server pours in a martini glass. Can’t tell you what’s in it, but it’s fresh tasting and yummy! Lol For an appetizer, I order calamari ($11.99). Again, yummy! For dinner, I ordered Chicken Picatta ($21.99), got it Romano Style(add $3), which is breaded. I picked angel hair pasta and got extra picatta sauce on the side, but didn’t need it. I ended up dipping some bread w/ butter in it. My momma got Spaghetti w/ meatballs ($19.99). She said it was very yummy and also commented on how she wanted to try making the meatballs at home. The meatballs are a mixture of ground beef, prosciutto and soppresatta. For desert, we each ordered the Tiramisu (7.99). Which we ended up boxing most of our food and the tiramisu, but not before we tasted it first! It was also yummy. Not sure that they make the tiramisu but who doesn’t like a good tiramisu? I honestly can’t complain about anything. The prices are what you would find at any other nice restaurant, but they make from scratch. Although, American Italian food, just never seems close to the food in Italy. This came pretty close. Also, the bathroom was nice too! I loved the thickness of the paper towels! LolMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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You have to phone them around 4pm they only take reservations for more than 6 people.
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Yes, Bella's Italian Café offers takeout services.

Yes, Bella's Italian Café is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Bella's Italian Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5