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“worked well for me”

Bella Italia Southend
Ranked #238 of 644 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bella Italia hits the Essex coast with its Southend on Sea restaurant, found in the very centre of the town just opposite the Southend Victoria train station. Locals and visitors to this popular British seaside resort are invited to enjoy classic Italian food at good value prices at Bella Italia. There are a wide range of pizzas to choose from such as the Quattro Stagioni with pepperoni, ham, roasted mushrooms and artichokes and the pasta dishes features options like the spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, egg and pecorino cheese or the beef and pork meatballs in a rich tomato sauce served on a bed of spaghetti. Don't forget to save room for dessert; chocolate lovers will adore The Godfather (nutty chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla and toffee ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh cream).
West Midlands
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229 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“worked well for me”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

I was in Southend for a one night stay and had dinner here. the restaurant was vety busy - Thursday evening 8ish, but room for one was no problem. I liked the stlye of the placer,even though in a new-ish building the decor was done in a rustic style - which is OK if you accept it for what it is.
Dinner was very nice, well presented and the steak I had was nicely cooked - something of a rarity in this genre of restaurant. overall, even dining along amongst many full tables, I enjoyed dinner and will definitely visit again next time I'm there.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Graham19
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English first
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1,120 reviews
784 restaurant reviews
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“Real Italian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

When we visit Southend to visit family,we often come to Bella Italia to eat,the food is always VERY GOOD,the service is good,but sometimes a little on the unhurried side,maybe even a little slow a times,but always a realaxed atmosphere.All the pasta and pizza dishes are very authentic,very tasty and good value.I like a lot of the little touches,like olives ,a bread selection with oils,all help to give it that real ITALIAN feel,as yet I have not found a wine to my liking,but the house dry white is not bad.All in all a very enjoyable place to eat,always busy,staff pleasant,food EXCELLENT.

  • Visited March 2012
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18 Thank bigbarryEssex
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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food good service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

We went in one lunchtime.As with most Italian restaurants you are never rushed although some would say the service is slow we found it really enjoyable and were there almost two hours and had a lovely meal .
The service was very good and the food also, the price very reasonable.
I would certainly recommend it.,

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank BRIAN403
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Bellagio, Italy
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

If you love propa italian food this place is the bogs dollox

Thank Jake M
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Always value for money before a film”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

The menu gets a bit boring if you go there quite a bit but it's fast and good value

Visited January 2012
Thank Tittletattle
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