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“An authentic Italian treasure in the tropics”
Review of Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli
Ranked #15 of 1,011 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We wait for you from Tuesday till Sunday from 17:00 till 23:00. Looking forward to receiving you with many smiles and our fantastic food.
Ajijic, Mexico
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“An authentic Italian treasure in the tropics”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

We ate at Bella Napoli right after they opened and were seriously worried that they might not make it. The location isn't great - central enough, but basically on the side of a parking garage fully exposed to heavy traffic. The food and service were great when they first opened, and our meal tonight shows they've done nothing but improve.

We've been lucky to travel extensively in Italy, mostly on business trips with locals showing us around, and have spent weeks at a time exploring regional cuisine there. Bella Napoli gets the important things right: attention to ingredient quality, precise cooking, and most important of all keeping alive the infectious joy about food, people being together and simply being alive that are quintessentially Italian.

The pizzas are the stars here, and as in Italy the simpler the better (don't miss their version of the classic Margherita). Good salads, tempting pastas and the kind of carefully selected, fairly priced wine list that you almost never find in Mexico - with wines served at proper cellar temperature - add to the experience. The staff is all bi- or tri-lingual, kind and attentive, and the Italian owners running the show (and it is nothing else) will keep you entertained with their banter.

The overall experience here is one of the best we've had in any restaurant in North America, and to have it in a touristy beach town is truly amazing. Don't miss it if you love real Italian food.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank ekknox
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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“Fantastic Food”
Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We are here in Puerto Vallarta with a group of 11 and after having shrimp every day for 5 days someone suggested pizza and they wanted brick oven baked pizza. Looked on trip advisor and found Bella Napoli and read a few reviews. Every one of us loved it. 2 people had pasta and we watched them make the noodles. Had the fettuccine with pink sauce, asparagus and pancetta. It was delicious. All the pizzas were fantastic. Bruschetta wonderful on homemade bread. Tiny kitchen with 5 guys working like crazy and having fun. Waitresses fun and good. Only negative and food far outweighs this is the proximity to the noisy street. Would go back in a minute. They open at 4pm.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank EJonell
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McKinney, Texas
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The reviews were right”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

We went to Bella Napoli for our first meal when we arrived in Puerto Vallarta. We ordered 2 pizzas and ate both of them.Fantastic pizza outside of Italy. Friendly owner and staff. I highly recommend it for a casual dinner that will make your taste buds happy.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Terrisdreams
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Montreal, Canada
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118 reviews
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“Puro Italiano !”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This place has been open for 3 years and it will be open for a long time if it continues to operate as it did when we were there for supper yesterday. The warm greetings upon arrival and departure were as though we were old friends..The service is impeccable starting with a total explanation of the entire menu and then full description dish by dish as we were served..The two ladies serving were simply the greatest and the owners and chefs are from Napoli and Rome, while the maître d is also Italian and one of the owners girlfriend. The food is out of this world fresh and the taste opens up your senses..It started out as a dream of two boys from Italy wanting to open up a pizza joint in Mexico and that dream came alive in 2011! Since then they have added to their menu and it is quite frankly very impressive..Regardless of all the great restaurants in Vallarta , we shall venture over again before we leave for a taste of their flagship pizza..By the way We had the bruschetta and salad with eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi di pesto served with home made bread and thin crusted focaccia ..All divine and very affordable...

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Akapol
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Seville, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Pizza to Kill for!”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Pizza cooked in a brick oven pasta homemade fresh people delightful! Been twice on this trip and would head directly back next time we are in Vallarta!

All handmade right there in the open air kitchen you can't go wrong! thee employees and owner are all fun and happy people!

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Dave W
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