We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (103)
Filter reviews
103 results
Traveler rating
79
14
8
1
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
79
14
8
1
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bread lasagna masala italian food signature dish the wait staff sauce entrees jc
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed June 3, 2022

Terribly slow getting food, bread looked under cooked. Food definitely not worth the wait. I a was so disappointed in this place, go somewhere else or even fast food, not worth the time or money!!!

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 11, 2022 via mobile

This was our first visit to Bella Vita and we left very impressed with both the food and the service. Menu items are cooked to order with fresh ingredients and the staff put extra effort into making sure you will be pleased with your choices....Both our entrees were outstanding and miles ahead of any other Italian food we have had in the Tri-state area. There is an excellent wine list and again the staff are there to help you make the right choice. Since moving to Johnson City we have been searching for a go-to restaurant that offers the trifecta of great food, wine and service. We believe we have found it in Bella Vita.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed February 10, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful small family-owned restaurant. Italian cuisine where everything is made AFTER it’s ordered. Unique menu and friendly staff.

Date of visit: January 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed September 15, 2021 via mobile

We were in town for race and decided to eat out. Johnson City had many options and we chose Bella Vita for the menu. I had the signature dish with chicken and it was fabulous! Hubby had the veal Marsala and while it was good...the sauce was a red wine sauce not Marsala. He enjoyed it nevertheless. Can’t go wrong with this place!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 28, 2021

Small little place and the people were wonderful. I had the veal saltimbocca and my wife the cannelloni. All Italians have their own spin on items and these two just did not impress us that much. Good but no "wow" factor

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 26, 2021

The wait staff was wonderful and the food was great. My wife had the lasagna with sausage and declared it to be one of the better ones she has had. My veal marsala was outstanding and the sauce one of the best I've ever had....Would highly recommend them if you are looking for authentic Italian cooking.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 2, 2021 via mobile

Great food. Super friendly. And very accommodating. We had some special accommodations and they super exceeded the expectations. We will be back next time we are in town. Thank you!

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 14, 2021

this is a regular spot for our family. makes us feel like we are in new york again. food is amazing.. service is amazing... owners are amazing thats about the best way to discribe bella vita... THANK YOU FOR BEING IN JC!!!! WILL BE BACK...OVER AND OVER... MANGIA BUONAMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed September 15, 2020

Since moving from upstate NY over 3 years ago we've been looking for Italian that even comes close to Italian up north. We've found it! Owner we're both very welcoming and friendly. All dishes are made to order so customizing is as simple as asking...to talk to the own/chef. Food was great and the price well worth the meal we were served. It'll be our new go to spotMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 15, 2020 via mobile

SLOW. Food was delicious (including the bread served hot from the oven) but it took 45 minutes to get our entrees after ordering. When we asked about status, the staff offered no apology but said that we must be patient because they were busy (half...the tables were empty and there was no wait for seating) and blamed it on having a lot of to-go orders. That is unsatisfactory—if orders come in too fast, the restaurant should not accept so many orders or manage expectations at the time of ordering or before seating. One of the waitresses had very long hair which wasn’t tied at all; she was in and out of the kitchen. One of the cooks had a beard but didn’t wear a hair net. Wait staff didn’t introduce themselves. Even though the food was very good, we likely won’t be back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 17, 2020

This place is amazing and we always take out of town business associates here!!! They love the food and the atmosphere!!!

Date of visit: March 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 4, 2020

I had the spaghetti and meat balls, it was great. The meat balls were good sized and very tasty, the spaghetti was not over done and the portions were large. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed November 25, 2019

If your looking for great authentic Italian food this is your place. Come hungry because they give you plenty to eat. Service is great also. Located right behind Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City.

Date of visit: November 2019
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

I haven't been here in a while a, so I decided to go to Bella Vita. And I wasn't disappointed. I have the veal picata Which was excellent. The sauce was spot on. I also ordered garlic bread that was done to perfection. The side...of pasta with garlic in a wheel was also very good. Service was excellent as always, and I definitely go back. The menu is fairly extensive, and offers some dishes that other Italian restaurants in the Jonesborough area do not.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 10, 2019

What a find! A local, made from scratch, delicious Italian place hidden in plain sight. Sharing a parking area with the Mellow Mushroom, Bella Vita was like a time capsule with Dean Martin through Elton John on the sound track with matching 60s or 70s...decor. The pasta dishes with red sauce were amazing. Eggplant Parm was especially good. The dishes made with the brown sauce such as the carbonara,, however, seemed heavy on the palate. The service was very good and speedy. The atmosphere was quiet enough for good conversation. All in all a fine meal.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Staybridge Suites Johnson City
13 reviews
.50 miles away
Comfort Suites Johnson City
200 reviews
.52 miles away
Baymont by Wyndham Johnson City
382 reviews
.58 miles away
Holiday Inn Johnson City, an IHG Hotel
254 reviews
.72 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Cootie Brown's N. Roan St.
866 reviews
.32 miles away
Harbor House Seafood and Steaks
111 reviews
.70 miles away
Mellow Mushroom Johnson City
150 reviews
.02 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Winged Deer Park
136 reviews
2.61 miles away
Johnson City Public Library
81 reviews
3.30 miles away
Freedom Hall Civic Center
61 reviews
2.50 miles away
Museum of Ancient Brick
7 reviews
.27 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Bella Vita staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Bella Vita

Yes, Bella Vita offers takeout services.

Bella Vita is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5