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“Nice pasta, decent pizza, & mediocre desserts!”

Bella Napoli (Changle)
Ranked #73 of 16,873 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Former French Concession
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Nice pasta, decent pizza, & mediocre desserts!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

The best Italian restaurant during my year in Shanghai!

1) Paid 700RMB for an appetizer, a pizza, two kids menus, two pasta, a few drinks, and two desserts. (which included only one glass of beer)

2) Priced reasonably considering the taste (A-) and the ambience (A)!

3) Pizza could have been better but belongs to "Tier A" in the Shanghai league.
However, pizza was not good enough to make me an avid repeater.
(Porta Nova pizza on Hongmei Road may provide equal or better taste and crisp)

4) Pasta was impressive as this was one of the few "al dente" pasta I came across in Shanghai.

5) Dissapointment came from the deserts. Tiramisu was dry and "napoletana pie" was like a home-made pie which had been left ouf of the fridge for 3 days. Next time, I will wrap up my dinner with an espresso.

6) I like the contrast of the "ghetto-ish" path that leads to the store from Changle Road and the cozy laid-back restaurant atmosphere.

Would definily go back with my family!

  • Visited May 2013
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“What a bargain!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

No Otto e Mezzo but food is very, very honest. Bread is fantastic, pizza is great and tge pasta is beyond decent. While it will never win any Michelin stars, you'll hardly walk away angry.

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New York City, New York
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“Thatsa Nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

We had a large table of 7 than 8 then 9. The servers handled it like family. The best Italian food and Atmoshere in town.Very much Fun! Very Authentic! Good wholesome Italian food. Thin crust neapolitan style Pizza. Delivery too. good for children. Free pizza & pasta making classes.

Visited May 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Cozy italian restaurant in French Concession”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

This restaurant is located in a small lane on Changle Road. Good italian food at good prices. Very nice atmosphere. You can go there with friends, family and suits also leisure business dinner.
The place is quite busy so I recommend to book in advance.

  • Visited May 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Che meraviglia!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

TL;DR Great Italian food, great prices, great staff, great atmosphere.

After eating pizza at several other restaurants in Shanghai and paying exorbitant prices for less than great pizza, Bella Napoli is a refreshing change.
The pizzas are excellent. The ingredients fresh and delicious. The service fantastic.
It gets crowded so it's best to reserve ahead. But even if you have to wait, it's worth it.
We had reservations for 9 and were being seated but we asked if we could sit outside instead, so we had to wait. They offered us a glass of Prosecco while we waited.
The Vitello Tonnato was fantastic. I'm over using the word 'fantastic' but I have no other word to describe everything, and I don't feel like using a thesaurus.
The Nutella pizza for dessert is well worth it. Sweet and tasty on their light and crispy dough... MMMmmm!

  • Visited May 2013
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