My wife and I have been to Bella Verona many times, but have yet to write a review...so here goes. Bella verona is a small (maybe 10-15 tables) trattoria in the heart of Salem. Located on Essex Street, across from the Hawthorne Hotel, the location attracts locals as well as travelers. We have always had a pleasant experience at Bella. All pasta is house-made and cooked perfectly al dente. Their specials are consistently great, and presented on a small chalk board that the wait-staff bring right to your table to explain the night's offerings.
The Staff i always friendly and attentive. They are always close by (probably because of the size of the space!) and offer great service.
Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as the popularity and small size of the space play against getting a table as a walk-in.
I would have given Bella 5 stars except for the claustrophobic nature of the space. the tables are set very close together, and the decor is very dark. I wouldn't let this get in the way of trying Bella V...the food and service make up for the tight quarters!