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Reviewed November 6, 2021

I really wanted to love this place because I’m a foodie and using go to the most trendy restaurants all over NYC. I really hate to use the race card but unfortunately we STILL live in a world that not all customers or money are...equally accepted or valued. Myself and my date had 7pm reservations, while waiting on our table (although I can clearly see 3 tablet available to seat 2) another couple showed up who happen to be white and was seated asap while we stood there waiting. Bringing this to the attention of the hostess and the manager made absolutely no difference they brushed it under the rug. The couple (who happened to be white)were seated before us had the nerves of get upset because I brought it to their attention we were waiting prior to their arrival. The manager or hostess didn’t care or try to fix the situation and thought it was fine we continue waiting for a table although we were there for almost ten minutes. I really hate to say but THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS RACIST, DO MOT SPEMD TOUR MONEY HERE! There are So many options in restaurant to choose from that actually value their customers unlike this place.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 5, 2020

My husband said the eggplant was the best he ever had in a restaurant. Their pizza is also excellent. Can't wait to go again.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2020 via mobile

This is a restaurant that you feel like home in it. The staff is kind and respectful. The food is delicious and you don’t wait to much for it. It’s warm, cozy.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

We visited LIC for a family wedding, on one of the nights a group of us had dinner here. The food was fantastic. The service however was slow, our server acted as if she’d rather be anywhere else but at work, her English was ok...but she was not interested in trying to understand our Irish accent so as to be able to provide us with answers to our queries or indeed get our order correct. Another slight on our dining experience was that it was extremely cold with a draught behind people sitting by the window.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2019 via mobile

My son his wife and I made a reservation to have dinner there two days ago. We nearly left because we were waiting for 20 minutes before they had a table for us. Then they are late bringing the bread and olive oil. The bread...was cold. Then the waitress comes to take our order and she was very dry and cold..... so by this point we did not have high expectations about the food. We ordered the calamari appetizer and baked clams. The calamari was good, the clams were excellent. Nice surprise. For dinner we ordered the spaghetti carbonara, the 4 cheese pizza, a meal dish. They were all outstanding. The food made up for the lousy service. We will go there again and hopefully the service improves!!!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

We chose the calamari fritti con salsa di pomodoro as an appetizer. The best calamari I have ever eaten. Then my partner chose a pasta and I chose the risotto. Both very tasty. The portions are very large. Definitely recommended for those looking for a...nice Italian restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 12, 2019

Horrible experience. Brought my visiting in laws here and regretted it. The server was incredibly rude and was upset because we politely called him over regarding an over cooked meal. Despite the fact that he took forever to take our order, then when he did...come over he was quick to say how nothing is his fault and give a very nasty attitude, he was completely unprofessional. My husband said we know it’s not your personal fault the meal was over cooked yet he still was very rude. After his extremely nasty snarks that proceeded after speaking to him, we asked to speak to the manager which the unprofessionalism continued. So, we had poor slow service, a nasty server and manager and crap food. We won’t be back, and suggest you don’t go there either. There are plenty of other great spots in town, go there.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

I had the spinach fettucini with pesto and schrimps and it tasted fantastic! The service was friendly and good. Would come here again

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Awful awful experience from start to finish. Rude staff, dirty tables, frozen food! Ordered the ‘special’ lasagne which was served still completely frozen in the middle. The waiter literally said the would microwave it? Was then returned to the table some 10 minutes later still...frozen... Pizza was just about ok- the only thing that looked as though it might have been made from fresh. Completely ruined the last night of our trip.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

My wife and I, along with friends we've brought along for dinner, have now eaten here three times. Three times, the food was very good -- and three times our meal was marred by yelling at the bar, twice coupled by patrons clapping and yelling...so loud that conversation was difficult. Last night, two men came in, and immediately yelled hello to wait staff thirty feet away. Lots of hugs with staff and bartender followed -- for ten minutes, all patrons could do is try not to have the meal spoiled by the transformation of Bella Via from a very good Italian restaurant to a "Cheers" wannabe. TripAdvisor often asks if a restaurant is "Romantic." Bella Via isn't, and has no interest, it seems, in allowing customers who are not regulars and friends of staff to enjoy their very good food.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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bellaviarest, Manager at Bella Via Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2019

Hi Akalith, I’m sorry for the bad experience you had here. We are a neighborhood restaurant and most of our customers are very regular. In these cold months the Restaurant gets quiet and sometimes one or two people can disrupt the small environment. I apologize...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

My wife and I finally decided to try Bella Via for dinner, having passed it many times going to other restaurants on Vernon Blvd. It seemed, from the outside, to be just another pizza place. We were pleasantly surprised, both by the size and quality...of the appetizers: Octopus Salad ($12.95), and Grilled Calamari ($12.95) -- either could have been a main, and one would have been enough to share. The two Chardonnays ($8 each) we had them with were fine. My wife's Grilled Salmon ($21.95) with potato and vegetables was very good, and a worthwhile alternative to the Grilled Sea Bass special, which was overpriced at $32.95. (None of the "Specials" were priced, and we can see why.) My own Fettuccini Pesto with Shrimp ($19.95) was fine. We had to bring home half of each main, and we enjoyed the balance at the next day's lunch. Service was excellent. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Our first visit was about a year ago, and it's been on my mind to return. We stopped by for an early lunch last Sunday on our way home after a night out in NYC. It was about 11:30 a.m. and we were the first...customers. Everyone was friendly and attentive. I commented how clean the place was since we sat right next to a floor to ceiling window without one fingerprint. The restrooms were immaculate. I know we were the first customers, but the staff obviously did a great job cleaning up after Saturday night. We split a Caesar Salad (I think I can taste the real anchovies in the dressing....Yum!) and a small Margherita pizza with sausage. We ordered the same exact lunch last time and our meal was just as delicious as we remembered! The salad has crunchy croutons and a nice amount of shaved cheese on top. I especially love the thin crisp crust on the pizza. It has a fresh tasting sauce and a perfect amount of mozzarella. For sure, the salad was generous to share and we could only finish half our pizza, so we enjoyed leftovers. We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

On a recommendation we order a biancaneve pizza from this spot to take to the apartment where we stayed. While there we noticed they had a flyer about a Mother's Day brunch the next day. The pizza was great with a good crust and enough...toppings. We ordered a large so had enough for leftovers later. Because the pizza was so good we decided to make reservations for the next day's brunch. Brunch was a price fixed deal with three courses; starter, main and dessert. It came with one drink of your choice. Four of us went for brunch so we got to try several items. I had the avocado toast, the nonna breakfast pizza and a ricotta cheesecake. I had a glass of red sangria. I ordered coffee with the cheesecake. Other guests ordered a salmon starter, a salad, an egg dish prepared in the pizza oven and pasta. We all loved the food. I am not sure what happened that some people have rated it so low. When we ordered the pizza, by phone, they were very polite. They got the order correct and the women who handed it to me was very nice. At brunch we had about three different people wait on us with food, drinks and water refills. All were effecient and courteous. I will surely try them again if I am in the neighborhood.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Place totally went downhill. I used to come in at least once a month, sometimes more and everything was made to order and prepared perfectly. This last time was a horror. Every single item came out incorrectly the waiter was rude and did not listen...to one thing we asked. He was not apologetic and did not even want to rectify the situation. It's a shame but we will never go back.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Felt like trying this restaurant for lunch today but the effort to support a neighborhood business was a big mistake. Ordered the Ceasar salad but it came with little to no dressing so I requested an order of extra dressing on the side. The extra...dressing was brought over and inside was a long brown hair, about three inches in length. Ok, this happens. I get it. But when I brought it to the server’s attention, he acknowledged and said nothing. He walked away and I figured he was going to get the manager. But nothing happened so I asked my waiter for the check and brought the hair to her attention. She said sorry and said she would tell the manager. The bill came back and I was “comped” for a glass of Malbec which is a nice gesture but I was shocked that the manager didn’t apologize or said something. He just stood at the bar. That lack of consideration really upset me. Insulting and disgusting. Now that I think about it the hair probably came from the server’s beard.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Bella Via Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5