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“A taste of Italy right here in Wellington!”
Review of La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia
Ranked #35 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$18
Cuisines: Deli, Italian, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: From the moment you step through our door, you will feel like you are in Italy. A unique combination of a Restaurant, Cafe and Retail shop, La Bella Italia in Petone, Wellington was born from director Antonio Cacace's passion to educate Kiwis about the beauty of traditional, authentic Italian products and cuisine.
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Had a meal here for the first time last weekend. Was recommended by a friend who had just heard about them being awarded one of the "70 Best Restaurants with a Pizzeria in the World, a list drafted by Heinz Beck and Enrico Famà of the Ristorazione Italiana Magazine." Congratulations La Bella Italia! After dining here we can see why! We will definitely come again and highly recommend to others.

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LBIManagement, Guest Relations Manager at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ciao, and welcome to La Bella! Thank you for the congratulations, and thank you for the review :-). We really glad you enjoyed your meal here, and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Came here with family this time and it was as awesome as ever. Thanks to Mark for making us feel so welcome and for his sense of humor. It really is a piece of Italy in Petone.

Thank Paul S
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LBIManagement, Guest Relations Manager at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2018

Ciao Paul, thank you so much for the review. We're so glad you and your family enjoyed your time in our little slice of Italy here at La Bella Italia :-). We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

We booked online at the last minute after picking up friends from the airport. They had travelled from Melbourne and at 1:30 we thought we'd better grab a bite to eat. Our booking was for 2:45pm but we arrived at 1:45pm and they were really happy to take us earlier which was excellent. The food as always was outstanding, service great and the ambience excellent. Our friends from Melbourne were impressed and pleased that we had taken them there. For tourists its a bit off the beaten track so nice we could take them there. Keep up the excellent work and we look forward to visiting again soon.

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Thank dnlcompton
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you very much for your feedback/review. We are so proud to provide good modest Italian food and service here at La Bella, but at the same time we are also proud to be in Wellington and to host people from overseas. We do have a lot of people coming through Wellington and, among other activities, they are coming to La Bella for lunch or dinner. Having such a positive compliment from visitors from Melbourne, which I think is one of the most attractive food destinations in Australia, thank you.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

Although service was quick, it felt rushed and not particularly friendly. Staff were curt and seemed uninterested. The food was very average - pasta a bit like a microwave meal, gnocchi a bit tough and the sauce a bit boring. The pizza was OK. The building is like a barn and, when full, it's noisy and hard to move between tables. We were regularly bumped by staff, without apology.

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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you very much for your negative review, which arrived at the same time from the weekend just gone along with two very positive reviews saying the opposite of what you are saying. Even so we take any feedback very seriously. I like to make a comment on your one: yes we are a very busy place. We have a quite efficient and prompt service, my staff when it is busy are quite focused and not uninterested for sure. The gnocchi we had as a special with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, only mention these two ingredients are not boring at all. And please explain to me how a particular gnocchi can be tough? Yes La Bella Italia is in a 450 square metre warehouse or barn, we have been here for 20 years providing always good service and good food, always authentic and traditional. Your review is very offensive. Your comments I am not considering a review. It is only a way to throw rubbish at businesses. I think you do that all the time. Because you haven't got the guts to say anything on the spot, if you have got the guts say something in person next time you are at La Bella.

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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We’ve been looking for a good Italian place for a long time now......and we’ve found it!! Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and good portions! Lots of options for all ages and friendly staff

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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

First of all welcome to La Bella Italia and thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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