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Bella's Italian Cafe

#25 of 1,831 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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1413 S Howard Ave Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33606-3176
(813) 254-3355
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Delray Beach, Florida
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59 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Four of us ate at Bella's in mid-August. The restaurant is typically very busy, because the food is so fresh. Even though the place was "hopping" we were seated within ten minutes. The food and wine selection is excellent. The dishes are delicious. Situated in South Tampa on Howard Avenue, the restaurant is close to Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa... More 

Thank Catito C
Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pricey but worth it. The pasta served up called the polo milano and one of the best I've every had was complimented by a delicious chopped salad and freshly baked bread.

Thank Jeane360
Clearwater, Florida
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are four of us who go out to dinner every month and also treat the "birthday girl" to dinner. My choices have been the Colonnade which is now closed and Bella's. They make their own pasta and bread. The Eggplant Parmesan is to die for as well as the pasta Bolognese with Angel Hair. One of us always takes... More 

Thank cookieglowaski
Tampa, Florida, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband ordered two different dinners. He had a pasta with beef and cream sauce and the beef was burnt. I ordered veal with mushroom cream sauce. I was so over cooked that I couldn't eat it so they brought me another one and it was raw and had this stringy fibers in it. TERRIBLE! The dinner salad was good.... More 

Thank Laurie B
Tampa, fl
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of 2 of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. Home made pastas, great salads and mains . They do a most interesting carry out service. A couple of reserved spots, this is Avery crowded parking lot, and after you place your order they just for make of car and color! Usually in under 20 min so if... More 

Thank katherinesI9996NJ
West Palm Beach, Florida
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119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Looking for dinner on a Sunday evening and a friend suggested Bellas. Parking was at a premium and inside was on a 35 min. wait. No worries, had a cocktail. Great big menu of familiar Italian specialties. Portions are huge. Our entrees (Everything Calzone and Eggplant Parm) were both excellent! Finished with Tiramisu and Gelato. Great meal and out for... More 

Thank basenjidave
Tampa, Florida
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were there on a Friday at 6 p.m. This was our first time. The place was very loud, people had to raise their voice to be heard at all the tables around us, including the waitstaff. My eggplant parmigiana was under cooked, and the pasta was mushy, not "al dente". I asked my 3 guests what they thought of... More 

Thank DocAndyHouston
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I stayed at the Epicurean for a birthday weekend. On my way to hotel, I saw Bella's and since it was within walking distance it would be a good option for dinner. Went on a Friday night around 7pm and got a table with no wait. Its a loud restaurant, has open kitchen and the décor feels Italian...loved the chandeliers!!... More 

Thank 2sisters07
Boca Raton, Florida
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at Bella's so much that we returned the following evening. Our second dinner was even better than the first because we went with our waiter, Jay's suggestions. He suggested a nice glass of pinot noir to enjoy with the appetizer and a very nice chardonnay to accompany my meal. I had a dish called Pear Sachet... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Pleasing appearance with flower boxes, a patio and striped awnings. On a well-known Tampa foodie-street, the restaurant is a short walk from the bay (but has no view). Once inside, the decor is respectable but somber. I was pleased to hear the receptionist ask if we liked the seat she was going to allocate - far more welcoming than "sit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1413 S Howard Ave Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33606-3176
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 254-3355

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?