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“Just Good American Italian”
Review of Bella Milano

Bella Milano
Ranked #24 of 485 Restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bella Milano features contemporary Italian with Old World flavor. Dine with us by the fireplace, join us for hand-crafted cocktails, or bring the whole family for a great meal. COMING SOON: ALL-SEASONS PATIO!Planning your own party? Check out our party planning carryout menu, and let us help your throw a great event!
Springfield, IL
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215 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Just Good American Italian”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

This restaurant would like you to think it serves real Italian food, but it's just good American Italian food. The pizza is done in a stone oven, but the pizza is not even as good as any chain store pizza. The other food the four of us had was just average restaurant food. Our waiter was probably the worst we've ever had. He had a little trouble reading the specials but then really failed at serving a bottle of wine. It would take too many words to describe his ineptness. This was our second dinner at Bella Milano and maybe our last. I think a restaurant of this caliber and prices would be certain that the wait staff was well trained, but I don't think it's that important to them.

  • Visited December 2012
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Taylorville, Illinois
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Similar prices to the better places on The Hill in STL, but without the top notch food and service.”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We have heard some great things about this place...some even going as far to say that it is as good as the hill. While the prices are competitive with the hill, the food and service lags pretty far behind.

We had a reservation at 7:00, and were seated within 5 minutes of getting to the restaurant. I guess intermittent would be the best way to describe the service. Our server, Brandy, was not very knowledgeable about the menu. In fact, when she was explaining the special, you could tell that she was reading it, and her tone made it seem as if she didn't care. Other than that , she was definately a nice server, but could have been better with removing dirty dishes and refilling beverages. Not bad, but nothing special.

We got the toasted ravioli as our appetizer. The portion was about right for the price, and tasted pretty good. Our entrees came with salads, which were also quite good. The Pancetta in the salad was a good addition. For our entrees, my wife got veal parmasean, I got the steak milano, and our 10 year old son got the fettuccine alfredo. While all three of the entrees were tasty, none of them made us say "Wow, that was really good." The food was average to slightly above, but for the price we expected more.

Before we went, we joined their e-mail club, and they sent us a $15 certificate to use on our first visit. We also received a free entree certificate (up to $20) or her birthday. We used the birthday certificate, but they then added the 18% tip to the bill, as stated in the coupon.

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My new favorite restaurant!”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Phenomenal! My boyfriend and I ate there last night for our 4 yr anniversary for the first time ever and were so impressed. The atmosphere was romantic with blue walls and dim lighting. The food was flavorful and the service was great. Andrea was our waitress and she was so nice and helpful. We ordered the Bella trio as an appetizer. I highly recommend it. The salads were amazing. I ordered the beef Milano which was fantastic. For desert , we had the fried cheesecake. We left happy and very full. We will definitely be back. Worth the money!

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Thank SJojo128
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Springfield, Illinois
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disappointed twice”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

First visit - our food came out wrong, the bill was $5 MORE per entree than the menu stated - - - and the manager gave us a gift certificate to come back. 2nd visit - used the gift certificate, but our service was HORRIBLE, kept asking for drink re-fills, bread re-fills... but waiter kept forgetting and apologizing.... food took forever to come out - and we had an early reservation (5pm!)

Visited June 2012
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Thank illini G
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Black, Missouri
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Italian”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

I have eaten at their Springfield and Edwardsville restaurants in Illinois. Both have great food and service.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Ozark Dave
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