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“Excellent Italian food with variety”

Bella's Italian Cafe
Ranked #37 of 2,400 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Enterprise, Alabama
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian food with variety”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

The food was great. Numerous variations on multiple dishes that were genuine Italian cuisine. We were a group of eight that all ordered something different. Everyone was completely satisfied with their meals. Half the group needed a "to go box" because the portions are so generous.
Meals are not inexpensive, however the atmosphere was welcoming and the clientele ranged from people in shorts and t-shirts to people going to the Performing Arts Center.

  • Visited February 2014
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Riverview, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Not impressed overpriced and slow service”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Beef Carpaccio says Best in Tampa . . . I beg to differ. The sauce was way too heavy and overbearing. Definitely not the best in Tampa. Brio is the best. The chicken piccata was good but it was served on a huge plate by itself so it it just looked naked. The angel hair pasta on the side was pretty good. The Caesar salad was nothing to write home about. I order a mojito and it wad over $11 with tax/tip. For that price it should be one of the best I've ever had and it wasn't. Overall it was overpriced, the service was super slow and the food was not worth the price. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing but not enough for me to ever want to go back.

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Tampa, Florida
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125 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Consistent Quality”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Sometimes you forget that the best service and good food are just down the street. Bellas is still serving great food and many of the servers and bartenders have been working at Bellas for many years. That says a lot!

The Carpaccio is one of the best in Tampa. No heavy sauces to mask its delicious flavor. It is perfect with a Mista Salad for a light bite of to share - get the large Mista.

The wine is a 5oz pour and the menu has a decent selection.

This restaurant is open late night and caters to a crowd that is eclectic and you never know who you might run into.

They have early and late night happy hour which includes food.

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank Anneliese M
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Lake Arrowhead, California
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240 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Met some friends”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We met some friends here for dinner after reading some reviews online and they sat us outside which was fine until the traffic whizzing by constantly caused us not to b able to have a conversation. Food was just ok...

Visited December 2013
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nate's Chicken!!!!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

What a great place! Nice decor, great service. The prices here are very reasonable. A glass of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio for $9.50 is unheard of in a restaurant. But the food is the real shining star here. Our server recommended Nate's Chicken and the Chicken Lasagna. Well, I will tell you that the Nate's Chicken was just outstanding. Sweet, crispy and just unbelievably good. The lasagna was terrific as well. The portions were huge but we ate every last bite and still had a delicious dessert. This place is fabulous. So delicious,with four glasses of wine, for a total of $78.00. I highly recommend this place and will be sure to visit it every time I am in Tampa.

Visited December 2013
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