Restaurant has a nice layout with cozy/private booths that make conversation easy. Typical décor abounds -- most notably the hundreds of empty wine bottles stacked in open shelves that serve as room dividers. A bit overdone, however, in my opinion. The service is wonderful but the roving diva belting out the usual "Italian" song selections is over the top silly. But she and some of the clientele seemed to enjoy this. And that might take your attention away from the mediocre food.
While the salads are fresh and pretty good, the main attractions are not so much. How can a restaurant that specializes in pasta serve overcooked noodles??!! My capellini was basically mush. Others in my party noted the same over-doneness of their pastas which were also literally swimming in various sauces. Crab cakes were a frozen product consisting mostly of gooey bread filling. I realize this is a Midwestern eatery and if you can't offer a seafood dish that is made fresh, it should not be on the menu. Makes me wonder what else may have come from frozen beginnings.
This is not an inexpensive place to dine. I have been there twice for dinner. I expected much better quality for the money. I will probably not return for a third visit unless I stick to ordering salads. Although it has some charm, Bella's disappoints when it comes to the real reason for being there.
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