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“Traditional Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia
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Ranked #97 of 1,413 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jaco, Costa Rica
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Traditional Italian”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Home made pasta daily, Terrific menu. The osso bucco is marvelous. All the pastries are also made in house.

Visited January 2013
Thank KenOlive
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English first
Piqua, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Nothing but good things to say! We have eaten here several times & it's been amazing every time! Definitely recommend it!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank mandy21z
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“They seem to have lost their way...”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

After coming here for years, it pains me that this one time sure thing seems to have lost their way. I have been to this restaurant over 30 times. The food is still good. the service is simply horrible. On our last 3 visits we left with a very bad experience with the service. On a recent visit we were excited about dinner for my moms birthday. When seated we were approached by a very rude waiter asking, "wanna drink?". No hello or anything. This waiter has worked here for a while and its probably time to move on. When we ordered a martini and referenced the $5 dollar specials, he literally chuckled and said, " yeah, not tonight. That's our other location". I asked him why it was on the website and he said they had taken it off. I pulled up my phone and showed him the actual website. He then said, sorry and walked away. Another occasion, we sat for 40 minutes waiting for our entree. We usually don't mind a little wait because we eat out to enjoy the experience. However, the waiter finally came over and said, "I just put your order back in. Another waiter took your food. I'll try to rush it." First, don't "rush" my $35 veal. Second, if you mess up that bad, you could handle it better. If you want Italian, go to the take out counter. They are always very helpful. Get it to go! I would love to see them turn it around but it will clearly take some work.

Visited March 2013
Thank JonVB
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Don't let the outside fool you”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were referred here by an acquaintance. She told us it didn't look like much from the outside but not to be put off. It's in a strip mall but when you walk in there is a small but wonderful Italian market and a wonderful restaurant. The restaurant was amazing. Our server Josh was fantastic providing excellent recommendations and exceptional service. The tiramisu was amazing--don't waste your time on a cake roll--though they were good, just not as good as the tiramisu or the lemon berry tart.
The gnocchi was excellent! Made onsite. If you have questions about the menu, what's made there or what's not, just ask. They're honest and will recommend what they make there and what will suit your taste. Can't say enough about this place!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank goinback2hi
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews
“The Best”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We have never had a bad meal here. They have different specials, a reg menu too. Either way it's consistently fresh & delicious food. We have eaten fish, meat & Italian foods, all were just great. The staff is always helpful & friendly. They have the best cookies & pastries in town.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Shay K
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