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“Good food, poor service”
Review of Bella's Ristorante

Bella's Ristorante
Ranked #8 of 33 Restaurants in Hellertown
Price range: $14 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Bella's Ristorante is a locally family owned and operated Italian restaurant located in the heart of Hellertown, Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves in serving traditional Italian entrees incorporating many generations of family recipes. Bella's has a cozy, warm and rustic atmosphere where friendly and professional waitstaff eagerly await to serve your next meal. We also offer seasonal outdoor seating creekside. In addition to street parking, Bella's has parking available behind the main building and in the adjacent church lot. Please come join us at Bella's and enjoy the comforts of a home cooked meal away from home.
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We had reservations for 6 people. Four of us showed up together and gave the hostess our name. She told us our table was given away to a party of 6 who just walked-in without a reservation! She proceeds to put a few tables together and seats us at the entrance near the kitchen. The chairs were very uncomfortable and tall, meant to be located at a bar. So we sat there waiting for the other couple....15 minutes passed...only to find out that our friends were sat at a different table. The hostess clearly didn't read her reservation book when we gave our last name or should would have realized we were all in her restaurant! Ridiculous!!!!!

So once we all found each other and sat down, we waited and waited and waited for wine glasses to be brought over. Finally, one of us got up and got glasses for ourselves! Terrible service. We constantly repeated ourselves to our waiter asking for things, such as a wine cooler and waters, etc.

The food was delicious, yet overpriced. Yes, large portions of pasta, but small amount of seafood/veal/whatever on top.

We won't return because of the service.

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Thank Kristine N
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We had a group of 5. They first tried to put us on a table for 4 that was about 3 ft square, we said no, they then crammed us into a booth and put a chair (from outdoor seating no less) at the end for the 5th person. The back of the booth was loose so whenever the person behind us moved, the back moved and vice versa. It was very annoying. Table was so cramped my son knocked over his water reaching for an appetizer. The food however was excellent, the olive oil soaked garlic bread was special, never had it before and the plate of calimari was big, tastey and hot. We all took doggy bags home with us. The service was fast and friendly on a busy Saturday night. Prices were consistent with the quality of the food and service. We would not go back with 5 (which just happens to be our family) without assurances that we would get a table large enough and not cramped booth.

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Thank jfowlerpa
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We highly recommend the veal rollatini. The fresh baked garlic bread and homemade soups were an excellent complement to the meal. The large entree portions make excellent left-overs to take home. We bought a gift certificate for our friends to visit. Park in the back and come in through the back entrance where there is outdoor seating.

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Thank Ansensei
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We go to Bella every few weeks. It's good food, good portions, sometmes excellent service, but acceptable at the least. The menu has a lot of choices and it's not just pizza parlor Italian. The Veal Florintino is my favorite. The only thing I wish they did different was be more modern upscale in the decor. I saw enough murals of the collesum in NJ when I lived there 30 years ago. More clean lines and upscale would help match the food. Love the byo option. For 2 of us, dinner is usually under $50. You don't need appitizers as the portions are large enough, you won't be hungry. So if you need a good everyday italian place, give this a try. You will be pleased.

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Thank lmw9767
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

A few things were right and too many wrong. Right off the entrance is confusing. You enter through the coffee shop next door. The decor is great - very upscale. The prices are through the roof. Over 100 for four, without drinks or dessert (one appetizer). I enjoyed my entree of artichokes, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms in white wine sauce. The alfredo sauce was nice, too. However, I'm told there were only three tiny pieces of veal in one of the entrees. The salads were tiny and the parmesan was from a shaker (like at a pizza shop). That said, the services was super. The server overheard me mention I was a vegetarian and warned me of meat in the red sauce - very nice. And he was quite attentive. The price was way too high, though, and for what we got, we won't be back...

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