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“Enjoyed it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bella Italia - Manchester Arndale

Bella Italia - Manchester Arndale
Ranked #1,114 of 2,184 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The legendary Arndale Centre in central Manchester is home to the excellent Bella Italia, where great Italian food at great prices is served. Set amongst the hundreds of shops in this huge indoor shopping complex, Bella Italia offers rustic yet stylish interiors, with lots of dark polished wood and walls adorned with poster prints. There is a lovely terrace outside the main dining room where diners can enjoy the buzz of the shopping centre. Aside from the a la carte menu Bella Italia offers great value set menus too where you might start with a warming soup of the day with ciabatta followed by a Sorrentina Fusilli (fusilli pasta with tomato, mozzarella and basil sauce). Finish with a zesty lemon tart with cream.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Enjoyed it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

I came here with a friend for her birthday dinner last week. I ordered a polla alla crema, which is basically an oven baked pasta with vegetables and chicken in a cream sauce. It was delicious, one of the best meals I've ever demolished.
For dessert, I had cookie dough lava cake, which was bliss.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Cheshire
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117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Another good meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Before I start let me say that many people will think I just give gushing reviews for the sake of it, not so.

I feel that we are lucky to visit places that give good, if not always excellent, service or food and I feel they should be judged fairly unless they do something to really upset you, in which case it could be just your misfortune or their general tardiness.

Bella Italia in the Arndale on 4th June was another good value meal, with good friendly service. These places are not very cheap but "do what they say on the tin". You get a good choice with very generous helpings. We have tried on several occasions to cut down on quantity by sharing starters, they seem to know and the starters get bigger, so take a good appetite with you.

Enjoy this one.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank keyboardCheshire
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Good quality with excellent service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Ate hear at tea time with the missus. Staff were really quick to attend us, take our orders and food/drinks were brought out promptly. Can't remember the names but wife got a mushroom and cheese starter which she really liked and i got anti pasto, which was good, but maybe more meats would be better value. I had carbonara for main which was nice and wife had a pasta bake which she also enjoyed.

Visited April 2013
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Thank gazham
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely food at decent prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is the second I have eaten here with my mum and sister and the food has been very good on both occasions. We went in December during the Christmas shopping period and service was shocking, but having visited last weekend the service was much improved.
The food is always lovely and good value.
Three starters, three mains and three cokes for £55

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank k t
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Pretty average food with good service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Well it's just ok nothing out of this world. The restaurant and toilets are kept very clean and the service is good. But I found the food a little bland not very exciting :-(

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lorraineinwonderland
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