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“Only good Italian in Town”

Jenn & Sami's Bella Cucina Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Very good Italian. Lots of good menu selections, not just ho-hum pizza!

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

There are other restaurants serving Italian food in New Bern, but this is a real Italian restaurant. Sami's mother is from Milan and he has cooked both in Europe and the Mediterranean. The menu - as extensive as it is - is merely a suggested list of dishes. If you want it, and he has the ingredients... you will have it, probably brought out of the kitchen and served by the chef! Geat food and Jennifer is a local girl so you get the best of Italian cuisine and Niorth Carolina charm! Make a reservation - especially on the weekend.

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Reviewed April 25, 2012

We have always been very pleasantly pleased with the hospitality and food that Jenn and Sami provide. Sami will alter a recipe to make you happy (although all of the food is great) and Jenn is always watching over your experience to be sure you are taken care of...it is like visiting family. Cost is reasonable for the serving size and taste. No short cuts here....it is as close to Italy as we have found here in eastern NC. This young couple deserves great success!!

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1  Thank FanfromNewBern
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

This is the second review for this restaurant. The dining atmosphere is cozy but conversations echoing from other tables are deafening by any standards. Many patrons sat idly by watching other tables being served while they impatiently waited. Again, the wait staff is mainly untrained young adults but appear to try hard but with limited training can only perform to a below average standard. The food came in a reasonable time and although aesthetically pleasing the main courses lacked many qualities found in Italian cuisine at half the price. Now for the prices - NYC prices for New Bern, NC will never work and customers feel a bit "taken" when the bill arrives. Our table compared notes and found three of the four plates luke warm with an over abundance of sauce used with limp/soggy pasta. The salads were low end cafe grade and noticeably prepared well in advance with many lettuce greens wilted. Deserts are minimal at best and the wine prices for this area are out of bounds. The New Bern Reviewer can only give a mild thumbs up (being generous for hopes sake) for this establishment and suggest you seek other dining arrangements in the future. Generally I give three reviews but after conversing with other patrons who agree with my comments, two reviews are adequate - Sorry Jenn and Sami's?

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2  Thank NewBernReviewer
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This restaurant is once of the elite for italian cuisine, the food is outstanding and plentiful.
We decided on this place for an itimate dinner for 2 and were not disappointed.
The staff were very attentive and made sure we were extremely satisfied.
The surprising thing is this restaurant is not expensive and great value for money.
If you want Dinner and a Movie the restaurant is right across from the theatre.

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1  Thank edodowd
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