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“So Sad - Not Good :(”

Bella Italia Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 304 Restaurants in Largo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We recently went there with a group of ten people. The restaurant was busy, but got seated with no problem - we had a reservation. All of our food came at different times (one example - my husband was served his and mine came much later & it goes on...) this was embarrassing, especially since I was the one who recommended this place - *never had been there before. At least three couples had a complaint about their food - another embarrassing moment. Who is writing their reviews ??? I would not recommend this place and will never go back and neither will our Italian friends.

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Thank Debbie W
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

A very enjoyable experience! We shared a delicious, real Caesar salad (our waitress brought it out to us in two bowls without our asking) before an equally delicious New York-style cheese pizza. She also tactfully told us that a half-carafe of wine would cost less than the two glasses we had ordered. Other patrons (c. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.) were other "senior" couples. Some old photos of Italian coastal towns provided nice atmosphere. Music was a comfortable radio station playing '70s - '80s top "easy listening" tunes. You can buy bottles of their Italian dressing. Bella Italia was opened in 1981, and emphasizes that and its family history. It probably isn't the most sophisticated, elaborately decorated, pretentious Italian restaurant in the area (No Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Rosie Clooney sound tracks, either) . Nor would it appeal to a group of teens looking for loud music and an exciting scene. It is a very comfortable, friendly, reasonably priced Italian restaurant whose staff consistently demonstrates that they care about their customers. We'll be back.

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Thank mtnmarathoner
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We only go here for pizza. It's by far our favorite. The crust has a wonderful, light crunch and the cheese is perfect.

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Thank Surfrdoll5
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn NY, one of my best friend's DAD had an Italian "neighborhood restaurant". You went to this "neighborhood" pizzeria, sub shop and pasta heaven because;
You were hungry and past experience told you the food was good;
You felt comfortable there in a friendly environment.
The portions were big, you felt value, you left "full";
The food was fresh, the place was clean;
The aroma was causing your salivary glands into overtime;
It was reasonably priced and you felt worth the price.
Stealthily, after school, I would sneak in the back door with my friend and we would partake of the cooking, like a slice of pizza, till Mom threw us out.

Bella Italia is that kind of local neighborhood restaurant. Sal and his wife have been there for decades, makes all the dishes from scratch, uses the same quality cheese's and meats that meet his standards (much better than the commercial stuff) and the food is cooked to order. It reminds me of my childhood except he doesn't leave the backdoor open.

I have a favorite dish Sal makes me there. Spaghetti, and Sausage, simple enough with red peppers, pepper flakes and fresh garlic tossed and cooked with the sauce instead of the sauce served laying on top. It creates a kind of Fra Diablo heat flavor but richly sweet.
In Italy this is the way pasta is served, sauce cooked with and tossed. It stays hotter longer and the flavor is more integrated with the pasta throughout the dish.

We have been customers there for about twenty-five years and nothing has varied, lots of familiar faces, family run, clean as a whistle and it's my go-to-place when hungry for simple wholesome down to earth Italian food. The girls up front have been there for years and know you after a while when you come in. The food comes out fresh, hot and very aromatic.
No frills, no smoking, clean, family run though mainly a mature crowd,

Their pizza is handmade, no machines, no gimmicks, real cheese, not synthetic and it tastes like pizza not cardboard. The ultimate pizza is their Supreme and it's a meal for three, or two of me. I have to be helped up after because I can't get enough. It's the best I ever had in the Tampa bay area period.

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Thank aljacobs2
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn NY, one of my best friend's DAD had an Italian "neighborhood restaurant". You went to this "neighborhood" pizzeria, sub shop and pasta heaven because;
You were hungry and past experience told you the food was good;
You felt comfortable there in a friendly environment.
The portions were big, you felt value, you left "full";
The food was fresh, the place was clean;
The aroma was causing your salivary glands into overtime;
It was reasonably priced and you felt worth the price.
Stealthily, after school, I would sneak in the back door with my friend and we would partake of the cooking, like a slice of pizza, till Mom threw us out.

Bella Italia is that kind of local neighborhood restaurant. Sal and his wife have been there for decades, makes all the dishes from scratch, uses the same quality cheese's and meats that meet his standards (much better than the commercial stuff) and the food is cooked to order. It reminds me of my childhood except he doesn't leave the backdoor open.

I have a favorite dish Sal makes me there. Spaghetti, and Sausage, simple enough with red peppers, pepper flakes and fresh garlic tossed and cooked with the sauce instead of the sauce served laying on top. It creates a kind of Fra Diablo heat flavor but richly sweet.
In Italy this is the way pasta is served, sauce cooked with and tossed. It stays hotter longer and the flavor is more integrated with the pasta throughout the dish.

We have been customers there for about twenty-five years and nothing has varied, lots of familiar faces, family run, clean as a whistle and it's my go-to-place when hungry for simple wholesome down to earth Italian food. The girls up front have been there for years and know you after a while when you come in. The food comes out fresh, hot and very aromatic.
No frills, no smoking, clean, family run though mainly a mature crowd,

Their pizza is handmade, no machines, no gimmicks, real cheese, not synthetic and it tastes like pizza not cardboard. The ultimate pizza is their Supreme and it's a meal for three, or two of me. I have to be helped up after because I can't get enough. It's the best I ever had in the Tampa bay area period.

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